words by Kathleen Fleming

Considered by many health experts to be the world’s healthiest food, avocados are packed with many essential nutrients. Avocados are rich in good fats which are easily used by the body as energy and are also beneficial to cardiovascular health. As well as the good fats, avocados contain fibre and close to twenty health-boosting vitamins and minerals such as potassium, folic acid and vitamin E.

The avocado is also a versatile fruit. You can eat it, drink it or use it on your skin and hair. Here are five super ways to use this super food.

1. Guacamole

Blend an avocado with some lime juice and a pinch of black pepper for a delicious snack. Guacamole also makes a yummy lunch with chopped vegetables, stuffed in a cooked sweet potato or on top of a salad.

2. Chocolate mousse

Blend an avocado with some raw cacao and honey until it is smooth and creamy. Add more cacao and honey if you would like and then pop it in the fridge to set. This makes the most amazing healthy, raw dessert.

3. Smoothie

Put the following in a blender – half an avocado, one banana, one cup of almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla, a couple of ice cubes and a drop of honey to sweeten. Whizz the blender and drink for a nutrient packed breakfast.

4. Face Mask

Many people who regularly eat avocados notice the positive difference it makes to their skin. The glowing skin benefit can also be achieved by using an avocado face mask. As an all natural face mask, it is great for people with sensitive skin or acne. Mash up half an avocado with a fork and add one tablespoon of honey. Mix the two together and spread it over your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

5. Simply Lemon and Pepper

Keep it simple by cutting an avocado in half, squeezing some fresh lemon juice over it and adding a sprinkle of black pepper. Eat it out of the skin with a fork. This is the perfect 4pm slump snack.