A-Z of foods: A is for avocado

Avocados are cholesterol-free, rich in potassium, and although high in fat, most of the fat is the healthier unsaturated type. They're also a source vitamin C, vitamin B6 and fibre. Half an avocado counts as one portion of your "at least 5-a-day" fruit and vegetables recommendation. Although a fruit, we tend to eat it more as a vegetable in savoury dishes. Check out these 3 ways to eat avocado:

1. Blitz them into a smoothie with tomato juice, lime and mint

2. Mash avocado with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and use as a sandwich spread in place of butter

3. Make a chunky salsa with cubes of avocado, chopped red peppers, red onion and coriander leaves, dressed in lemon juice and coarse black pepper.



Azmina Govindji
is Patient's award-winning resident dietitian. She comes with a background in diabetes, having worked as Chief Dietitian to Diabetes UK from 1987 to 1995. She was a member of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Executive Council and Chair of the BDA Public Relations Committee from 2001-2004, and is still a renowned BDA spokesperson. But you may be more familiar with her work on TV and radio - she's appeared regularly on This Morning, The Wright Stuff and The One Show. Azmina is also a best-selling author and co-founder of the award-winning RDUK twitter chats.

Azmina is a mum of two and understands the pressures of family life. She runs her own nutrition consultancy at Azmina Nutrition, and offers advice to the food industry, the media, patients, nurseries, and health organisations. In her spare time she loves to entertain friends and travel. Tweet with her on @AzminaNutrition.