This Mexican-inspired meal is a dream for avocado lovers. Perfect as a simple mid-week dinner.
|Typical Values||per 100g||per 387g serving|
|Energy ||128 kcal |
|493 kcal |
of which saturates
|5.9 g |
|23 g |
of which sugars
|4.5 g |
|18 g |
|Fibre||2.8 g ||10.7 g |
|Protein||13 g ||50 g |
|Salt||0.1 g ||0.3 g |
Creamy mashed avocado combines perfectly with the spicy chilli chicken and provides a range of health benefits. Avocados are classed a high-fat food but the type of fat is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat (MUFA). Studies have found that replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat such as MUFA has cardioprotective effects.
Other benefits of avocado are that they do not contain any cholesterol or salt. They are rich in vitamins and minerals (particularly vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and potassium). Potassium intake has been shown to help to lower blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular events.
Whilst red meat is important in the diet to provide a rich iron source, it is well known that red meat is generally higher in saturated fat than leaner cuts of meat such as chicken. Top tip: choose leaner cuts such as the breast and remove skin and visible fat before cooking.
Choosing herbs and spices to flavour your meal rather than ready-to-use sauce jars is a simple way of reducing calorie, fat and salt intake. Reducing daily intake of fat and salt can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure, and on blood lipid and cholesterol levels, which may all reduce risk of poor heart health or related diseases.
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