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Avocados are native to Central and South America. The varieties most often used in the UK are Hass and Fuerte. The Hass has a brown pebbly skin and is oval. The Fuerte has a thin smooth green skin and is pear-shaped. Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, as well as potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and fibre. They contain more calories per gram than any other fruit, however they punch far above their weight in nutritional terms, containing twice the potassium content of one banana. Eating a diet high in monounsaturated fats may be beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels. The hard flesh of an avocado ripens to a soft texture, so when selecting choose carefully. Ripe avoc

Sweet treat

I love healthy recipes and I love simple recipes, and this one ticks both boxes, so I am delighted to share it with you. It is so quick to make that it literally takes longer to weigh out the ingredients than it does to do the method! It is also gluten-free and contains no refined sugar, but there is certainly a lot of natural sugar from the dried fruit and honey. Fruit and nut slice Ingredients: you can replace with other types of dried fruit if preferred · 75g dried apricots, roughly chopped · 75g dates, pitted and roughly chopped · 75g sultanas · 75g cranberries · 75g brazil nuts, halved · 75g pecans, roughly chopped · 75g ground almonds · 1 tsp cinnamon · ½ tsp baking powder · 2 eggs · 1