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Woman squeezing half a lemon into a glass bowl of crushed avocado

Smashed avocado and broad beans

Freshen up your complexion for the New Year with this skin-friendly recipe from nutritionist Rob Hobson.

This is a versatile dish that can be served as a snack on top of rice cakes or used as a topping for dishes like chilli or salads.

Avocado is a good skin ingredient, as it contains a high amount of vitamin E, which can help protect cells from damage from oxidative stress, as well as skin-maintaining B vitamins.

Serves 2

300 calories


  • 2 avocados (peeled and diced)
  • 1/4 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 handful baby spinach leaves
  • 50 frozen broad beans (defrosted)
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 lime, juiced
  • 1 pinch crushed dried chillies
  • 1 tbsp coriander (chopped)
  • 4 mint leaves (chopped)
  • Sea salt


  1. Place the flesh from 1 avocado in a blender with lemon juice, spinach and broad beans, then blitz into a coarse paste.
  2. Dice the second avocado into chunks and place in a bowl with the cucumber, lime juice, chilli, coriander, mint and salt.
  3. Place the coarse mixture into the bowl and then stir to combine.

Rob Hobson MSc RNutr is an award-winning registered nutritionist (AFN) and sports nutritionist (SENR) with over 15 years of experience. He founded London-based consultancy RH Nutrition, and has degrees in nutrition, public health nutrition and sports nutrition.

Find out more at Rob Hobson's website, or read more about Healthspan's health experts.