Avocado my new friend!
Avocados are a creamy, healthy fruit. Yes, I said fruit! You can use avocados to jazz up so many of your recipes. They make for a delicious snack. And they are versatile.
But here is the actual truth. I never used to have them. I avoided them because I was not sure of how to use them or how they even tasted. Never really gave them a chance, until I actually started eating in a healthier manner. Now I am all about avocados!
What’s to know about Avocados?
Avocados are a source of the vitamins C, E, K, and B-6. They also have riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. Even more specific info is that they also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.
The avocado is full of healthy fats that are beneficial to help to keep your body feeling full and satiated. Research says that “When you consume this kind of fat, your brain receives a signal to turn off your appetite.” Sneaky, isn’t it?
Health Benefits of Avocados
Ways to use Avocados
Here are my top 5 ways to use avocados. I would love to hear even more ideas, so bring them on!
Spread avocado on toast and add your salt and pepper and BAM ! Goodness on bread for you. One other idea is to use it alone as a spread on sandwiches.
My kids taught me this one. Mash up your avocado and add pepper, salt, garlic and a bit of olive oil and put that on your pasta. While it may look slightly strange, it does taste creamy and wonderful.
Mix in your Shakes
Load up some avocado in your smoothie, and the creaminess will make that shake tasty and fill you up faster that will last longer.
The Mexican Food Connection
Use avocados in salsa, in tacos, in burritos, on nachos. They add a distinctive taste and look great in your presentation.
This is our little secret in our house. Not much of a secret, but we like it!
In either a blender or food processor (we have done it by hand too, but It takes a long time) blend 1 pureed avocado with 1 tablespoons of lemon juice, we also add 1 tablespoon of lime (but that is our add. You decide about yours), 1 ½ tsp of Dijon mustard, and ½ tsp of sea salt and ¼ tsp of pepper. Slowly add approximately a 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil or we have used coconut oil in a pinch). There you go homemade vegan mayo. It is a favorite.
Don’t forget there is too much of a good thing, so don’t go overboard with avocados. Do enjoy them when you have them!
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