The Truth about Avocados
At last summer seems to have arrived and with the warmer weather comes summer eating. I have always been an avocado lover, in fact my go-to quick and easy meal is 'avo on toast'.
Whilst avocados are brimming with goodness and are a rich source of vitamins, potassium and folate, they are also high in fat - albeit the right sort of fat - but nevertheless, any food that is high in fat, is also high in calories. That doesn't mean we should avoid eating avocados all together, but it does mean that we need to be mindful about how much avocado we eat!
Avocados have taken the world by storm. No matter where you brunch, avocado owns the menu, whatever the time or place, there’s always an occasion for the almighty avocado!
The sales of the UK’s favourite superfood have grown phenomenally, with more than a 180% increase since 2013. It’s hardly surprising as avocados tick all the boxes; they’re nutritious, delicious and easy to prepare. But, did you know they have an impact on our environment?
The Uncomfortable Truth about the Almighty Avocado
Avocados are often flown 5000 miles in a plane - not so good for our carbon footprint.
In Chile and California, avocado farming is putting immense pressure on water supplies.
In Mexico, avocados are colloquially referred to as "green gold" and growing avocados has become as dangerous to some local farmers, as the drug trade.
But all is not lost for avocado lovers, there are small changes you can make to help;
Cut your avocado consumption down by only eating it on special occasions and make it a real treat
Don’t buy ‘pre-made’ guacamole – instead, choose hummus or tzatziki for crudité dipping
And, as an avocado alternative, try our pea smash - delicious.
News from Jane Plan
This week we've welcomed back our wonderful Customer Care Team Member, Raven - so lovely to have her rejoining us. Be sure to look out for emails from her helping you on your journey. The weather has been beautiful and I've been out gardening with my family. I was pleased to hear an hour of gardening burns ofer 300 calories :) I've also been shelling fresh peas and marking our pea smash. I've been experimenting with peas this week, and I'm working on a delicious pea pest recipe. I'll post this next week as I haven't quite perfected it yet! We'd love to hear what you've all been up to, so do get in touch and tell us your news by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful week, eat right, eat well and smile!
Stay happy, stay healthy and stay in touch
Jane and the Team