Avocado is certainly ugly on the outside, but boy-oh-boy is it one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful foods inside. It’s rather common world-wide and most everyone already knows that it’s hands-down one of the best things you can incorporate into your diet. This pasty or even butter-type fruit is Native to Central Mexico; is a member of the Genus Persea in the Lauraceae family dated as far back as around 900 A.D. with 3 strains of avocados that now exist; Mexican, West Indian and Guatemalan. Believe it or not, although there are only 3 types, there are actually hundreds of varieties that vary in weight from as little as 8oz all the way up to a whopping 3 pounds! That’s just over twice the weight as an average mens-size basketball! Holy Guacamole that’s no sissy avocado!
As we’ve said before, we all agree that most everyone knows these aren’t something to avoid and is commonly known as just a “healthy fat.” Of course it is, but clearly there are other “healthy fats” too, so what makes avocado so special? Okay, get out your pen and paper to see how many tally-marks you can get out of the many ways these are practically a miracle food.
Benefits of Avocado
Bananas are not the only source of water-soluble B vitamins; avocados have some in common as well such as B5, B6 and B9. These are great for your immune system, energy, along with boosting your metabolism. Sure, they also have vitamin C, but in addition, they contain fat-soluble vitamins such as E and K which are great antioxidants and essential for blood clotting. Other high-valuable minerals include a major source carotenoids, fiber and potassium, (2X the potassium of a banana), copper, manganese, selenium, zinc, and oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid and omega-9 fatty acid) to name a few.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Yes, this “healthy fat” happens to be a natural fat-blaster which helps fights bad fat, you know those bulges that build around your gut making swimsuit season embarrassing. Collectively, these also lower LDL cholesterol levels, (the bad kind), regulate blood pressure and the metabolism, protect against various diseases, are a skin beautifier, and is extremely heart-healthy. Gym-rats also love it because it helps prevent muscle cramps and soreness, is low-carb as well as low in sugar. It’s practically a must-have!
Okay so now that there’s no possible way to argue why you should never eat avocado, there is however, a large number of people who do argue that there’s no pleasant way to eat it unless accompanied with your boring chips-n-dips. But more-so, many suggest there aren’t enough creative ways incorporating it into their diet to reap all of these benefits regularly. Well you’ve come to the right place because not only is this where you learn how avocado is down-right a God-send to your health, but at least 15 ways to make sweet and savory snacks and recipes to satisfy your taste buds, battle the bulges, and not to mention, fool your picky-eater kids.
15 Mind Blowing Avocado Recipes
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Avocados, raw honey, coconut milk (or whatever milk you prefer), pinch of sea salt and lime juice. Also enjoyed by those who follow the Gluten-Free and Paleo Diet. A wonderful idea for summer time sweets!
Avocado, cacao powder, maple syrup/honey, vanilla extract, milk of choice. Vegan, Paleo Diet and Gluten-Free friendly as well as a great healthy swap from Jell-O pudding treats for the kids!
Avocado, grilled chicken, roasted peppers, cilantro, red onions, almonds, bay leaf, chicken broth, garlic, parsley, basil, asparagus, salt and pepper to-taste. Great for Paleo Diet and Gluten-Free fans.
Avocado, eggs, bacon bits, chives, parsley, salt and pepper to-taste. Another Paleo Diet and Gluten-Free breakfast idea.
Avocado, flour (your choice), salt, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Shhhh! The kids will never know the difference!
Avocado, lime juice, cilantro, red onion, salt and pepper to-taste, top with paprika or chili powder for garnish if desire. Fun finger foods and Paleo Diet, Gluten-Free friendly.
1 pound ground chicken or turkey, avocado, fresh-grated Parmesan, salt and pepper to-taste, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper. A gluten-free hit for BBQ’s and picnics!
Avocado, chickpeas/garbanzo beans, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, water, paprika, salt and pepper to-taste. Gluten and dairy-free and loved by Vegans! What a comforting way to say bye-bye guacamole, hello hummus!
Melted dark chocolate, avocado, eggs, sugar, cacao powder, almond meal, salt, vanilla extract. Betty Crocker can’t compete! Paleo Diet approved, gluten and dairy-free!
Elbow macaroni (or whichever pasta you prefer), avocado, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, butter, flour (your choice), almond milk (or your choice of milk), low-fat shredded cheddar cheese. Kid-tested, mother-approved!
Avocado, flour (your choice), cacao powder, sugar, white vinegar, vanilla extract, vegetable/coconut oil, water, salt (lemon juice, powdered sugar, vanilla and more avocado for frosting). A Vegan favorite and a recipe you’ll see crumbs left behind!
Avocado, roma tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, juice of lime, Kosher salt and pepper to-taste, egg roll wrappers (for dipping sauce: sour cream, cilantro, jalepeno, mayo, garlic, juice of lime, Kosher salt and pepper to-taste). You can fool your friends that you drove all the way to a fabulous restaurant and spent a lot of money!
Avocado, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, raw honey, extra virgin olive oil, water, cilantro. A fabulous gluten and dairy-free topping to a nutritious salad!
Avocado, almonds, coconut, dates, salt, coconut oil, lime juice, limes, coconut cream, vanilla paste, maple syrup, gelatin powder, cold and boiling water. A decadent Vegan and Paleo-Diet dessert for all ages! Gluten and dairy-free too!
Spaghetti squash, avocado, fresh basil, chives, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper, hot water. A guiltless way to eat your heart-out!
I don’t know about you but all this talk about avocados is sure to make one’s head spin on which way to eat it first! It’s mind-blowing, isn’t it? To know that avocados can be so under-estimated! These are just some teasers as there’s plenty more recipes out there. I have to admit, there are many people out who claim that although these may sound enticing, avocados are just too expensive. However, in retrospect, they can be super-cheap too depending on how you budget and plan-ahead. If you buy one at a time, perhaps it could start to add-up at the check-out stand. But if you buy them by the sac, especially on sale, they can ultimately be cheaper than a dozen eggs with far more use.
The best part is, unlike eggs, you can freeze avocados for later use so you don’t have to worry about only getting so many before they go bad and waste money and/or miss the sale when you go back for seconds. When you only need half at a time, squeeze a little lemon juice over it to preserve the coloring and the quality of this precious fruit. In the end, yes, guacamole is still a yummy, traditional dish to serve with whatever strikes your fancy to dip in it. Quite frankly, it’s just so boring though and I’m pretty confident I don’t speak alone on that. So, after opening your eyes to another world of history, healthy fats and scrumptious, salivating ideas….you’re welcome. From one health-nut to another-enjoy!