9 ways to get your avocado fix

Packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, avocados supply more than 20 runner-essential nutrients, including the minerals potassium, copper, zinc, and vitamins C, E, K and B6. At 230 calories per medium avocado, it’s a healthy alternative to butter. Here are some of chef Nate Appleman’s favourite ways to eat the smooth green super-veg-that’s-actually-a-fruit.

1/ Grilled ribeye

Grill a ribeye steak with spring onions and serve with fresh tortillas, tomato salsa and sliced avocado doused in extra virgin olive oil and topped with sesame seeds and sea salt.

2/ Avocado 'tortilla'

Rub a halved avocado with olive oil and salt and place on a very hot grill. Remove when grill-marked. Serve with a mild feta cheese and salsa.

3/ Guacamole

Mash an avocado with chopped onion, jalapeño and coriander; mix in lime juice and cumin.

READ: 5 reasons to eat more guacamole

4/ Toast with eggs

Fry eggs, remove, then put grated Parmesan in the pan to form a crispy cheese wafer (‘frico’). Smash some avocado on toast and serve with the frico and eggs.

5/ Grilled cheese

Grill buttered wholewheat bread topped with cheddar and ham and another slice of bread. Open the sandwich and stuff in sliced avocado.

6/ Avocado lollies

Blend two avocados, a can of coconut milk and the juice of a grapefruit. Add honey to taste. Pour into ice lolly moulds and freeze.

7/ Avocado smoothie

Blend a frozen banana, half an avocado, a big handful of chopped kale, a tablespoon of almond butter and a handful of pineapple chunks.

8/ Tomato and avocado salad

Chop tomatoes, red onions and avocado chunks, and top with sea salt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve with mayonnaise mixed with anchovies and tuna.

9/ Salmon and avocado salad

Mix chopped lettuce with veg (such as steamed broccoli). Top with a baked salmon fillet, lemon juice, soy sauce, sliced avocado and pine nuts.