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Avocado...Mood- Lifter, Anxiety-Fighter and Brain-Booster!

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Avocado...Mood- Lifter, Anxiety-Fighter and Brain-Booster!

Avocado is a great food to eat all year round, but especially throughout the winter.

They’re the go-to ingredient for guacamole dips at parties. They're turning up in everything from salads and wraps to smoothies and even brownies. So what, exactly, makes this pear-shaped berry (yes, that’s right!) such a powerful and nutritious food? And why is it such good idea during the colder, darker months?

Avocado is good for the adrenaline system, which is a control room for all of the chemical processes that affect your hormonal balance, mood, anxiety, and much more.

Specifically, avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium (which helps control blood pressure), lutein (which is good for your eyes), and folate (which is crucial for cell repair and during pregnancy). It contains beneficial B vitamins to help fight off infections and disease. They contain vitamins C and E, and fiber, and the ‘good fats’- monounsaturated fats- that are needed for neurotransmitter function and lower cholesterol. They’re a powerhouse of YUM and GOOD-FOR-YOU!

There are tons of recipes out there for avocado dishes-I thought I’d share one. If you need some help preparing/cutting an avocado here’s a link to a brief, helpful video.

Feta, Hummus and Avocado Quesadilla

For this quick hummus put chickpeas, tahini, cumin and lemon juice into a blender and chop. Start adding olive oil until the hummus is creamy.

Spread some hummus on each tortillas and sprinkle chopped parsley/coriander over the tortillas. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and remove the flesh with a spoon. Cut into slices and put two or three of them on top of the hummus. Crumble some of the feta over it and fold the tortilla in half and press together slightly. Heat oil in a pan and fry the quesadillas on both sides crispy.

 

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