If you love avocados, you’re in luck! With every serving of this fruit (yes, it’s technically a fruit), you get about 20 different vitamins and minerals. There’s potassium for regulated blood pressure, lutein for healthy eyes, and folate, which helps cellular repair and can additionally help build brain development in growing fetuses of pregnant women.
Then there’s the B vitamins for warding away infections and illnesses, vitamins C and E, loads of fiber, and phytochemicals that could help avert illness. In short, avocados are one tasty superfood you shouldn’t be shy about eating.
Yes, they are high in fat, but avocados have good fat (that’s monounsaturated), which lowers bad cholesterol. I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of guacamole (recipe here) and avocado toast — but what else CAN you do with avocados in your meals?
Here are 7 suggestions to enjoy avocados and their health benefits in new ways!
1. Use them in a smoothie
Instead of yogurt for a dairy-free option, they can add a rich and creamy consistency for a vegan-friendly start to the day. Avocados’ good fat in a smoothie can also help you feel fuller for longer. Try this recipe here.
2. Make sushi
Avocados are used in many different sushi rolls – the versatility is amazing. If you eat fish, get sushi-grade fish or use crab to make California rolls. There are plenty of meat-free options, too! Get creative with it. Even just using avocado in your sushi will make for a tasty light snack or meal at any time.
3. Add it to salad
Fresh avocado slices on salads are a great way to use your avocado bounty. Try something southwest style or Asian-inspired. It’s even amazing with watermelon, believe it or not.
4. Try a rice buddha bowl
Whether it’s brown rice or cauliflower rice, jazzing up this dish with a garnish of avocado pulls the whole thing together.
5. Wrap it up
Rice paper wraps are a no-cook, no-fuss way to make a light lunch or dinner. You can fill them with fresh shrimp, cilantro, basil, strips of bell peppers, carrots, and avocados and serve it with a great dipping sauce. Not in an Asian-fusion mood? Use low-carb wraps to make it sandwich-style, stuffed with spinach, sprouts, and other crunchy goodies from the produce section to complement that smooth texture of avocado.
6. Turn them into fries
Avocado fries are a sublime experience, but I must warn you — you’ll want to eat the whole batch yourself! They’re great for sharing and ideal with a homemade dip. To lighten them up, use your air fryer or bake them.
7. Have avocado for dessert
Because of its thick and creamy texture, avocado can be blended with cacao powder to make a rich and divine pudding. Even the kids won’t realize this dessert is good for them. Or you can try my recipe for my Chocolate Avocado Truffles.
What are your favorite ways to eat avocado?
Mine is slices of avocado wrapped in pieces of nori sheet with a side dipping sauce of Tamari. Yum!