Avocados are one of nature’s powerhouse foods: they’ve got biotin for healthy, luminous skin; they’re full of heart-healthy fats, fiber, and loaded with vitamins—and they taste great! Almost every meal is an opportunity to add in avocado. Check out these easy ways to eat avocado any time of day.
Avocado toast is a simple, nutritious, and delicious way to start your day. Mash half an avocado on a piece of your favorite bread, and top it with any number of things. A few ideas to get you started:
- Pepita seeds, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper
- A poached egg
- A drizzle of hazelnut spread and unsweetened coconut flakes
- Bacon crumble and goat cheese
- Tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella
You can add avocados to your smoothie to boost your healthy fat intake first thing in the morning while giving it a creamy consistency.
If you’ve got a bit more time, you can try baking an egg in an avocado. Simply crack an egg in each half; season to taste, add toppings like cheese, diced tomatoes, herbs, or bacon; and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes until the egg is cooked.
Almost any salad can benefit from avocado slices, but if you’ve got a recipe that calls for mayo you can substitute avocado without sacrificing the taste. Try using avocado and mustard the next time you make a chicken or tuna salad.
Add avocado to your sandwiches for extra flavor. It pairs especially well with chicken or turkey, taking your club next level. Try an ABLT—or drop the bacon for a Meatless Monday meal that still satisfies.
Avocados make a great creamy pasta sauce without all the heavy cream. Throw one to two avocados, a few basil leaves (optional), olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste in the food processor and pulse until combined. Toss with sautéed veggies and top with goat cheese for a quick, easy dinner that tastes a little decadent.
If you’re celebrating Taco Tuesday, Fajita Friday, or Enchilada Everyday, experiment with guacamole. Add in peaches, mango, or papaya for a fruity twist; spice it up with cayenne or your favorite hot sauce; or keep it simple with lime and diced tomatoes.
If you’re grilling you can add avocado to almost any burger—and it pairs especially nicely with a marinated portobello mushroom.
Avocados are especially easy to swap in baked goods. Simply replace half the butter in any given recipe with avocado to lower the calories and raise the health benefits in your cakes, muffins, cookies, and brownies.
For a no-bake treat, combine avocados, a banana, peanut butter (optional), agave, and unsweetened cocoa powder, and a splash of milk in a food processor. In less than five minutes you’ve got a rich, creamy chocolate pudding.
Reposted with permission from Naturally Savvy.
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