Say Hello to Your New Bestie: The Versatile, Nutritious Avocado!

AVOCADO

Here’s the thing with avocados. If you don’t use them, you lose them. They want attention the moment they are ripe and ready. Clearly, they are not like apples that cooly wait while you decide how to cook them. Nope. Avocados want to be part of the action!

Hard as a rock one moment, then soft the next- the avocado’s temperament can confuse and discourage people from buying them for fear of them rotting. But, if you avoid them, you’ll be missing out on unique health benefits and more. Ripe avocados can be used in a variety of ways no matter your mood or menu. Avocados can be a healthy staple in your kitchen.

But, why get to know what seems at first blush to be a very fickle fruit? (Yes, it is a fruit, not a vegetable!) Well- because once you get to know them, they rock when it comes to nutrients. In addition, avocados are easy to use, healthy substitute for ingredients that are the polar opposite of “good for you.” Avocados contain a fair share of monounsaturated fats and potassium. According to the American Heart Association, monounsaturated fats can help lower HDL (bad) cholesterol levels in your blood. This means your risk of stroke and heart disease might decrease if you trade out “bad” fats for “good” fats. Also, avocados are rich in Vitamin E and other antioxidants that can boost cells.

Of course, you can eat avocados sliced or make guacamole. But, think beyond that!

Avocados Can Preform Many Magical Tricks:

1) Stand in for MAYONNAISE

Mash it with a little garlic and salt. If you want a little tang, add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice. Use it like you would as mayonnaise to make tuna or egg salad. Or spread it on a sandwich or wrap.


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2) Make a Creamy SALAD DRESSING or DIP

One word: Yum.

3) Replace BUTTER in Baked Goods

Mash it and measure it. Use it to substitute for butter or shortening in cookie doughs, cake batters, pies, and muffins. Use it in your own favorite dessert recipes or try something new.

4) Be Used in Place of SOUR CREAM

avocadoIf you’re avoiding dairy or just want to add creamy texture and nutrition to your dish, mash avocado until velvety smooth and use dollops as you would sour cream on any food.

5) Add to SMOOTHIES

Surprisingly adding avocado to your favorite blended concoction will enhance the texture and nutritive value, without fouling flavor. When added to a smoothie, avocado will add body to the drink, but won’t alter the taste.

6) Make an Incredibly Rich and Delish PUDDING

Try this one on its own or in a pie.

When you think about it, if you take the time to know them, avocados are the type of friend you want hanging around in your kitchen. They are able and willing to take center stage or play a supporting role in your life when you need them. And, chances are, if you invite them to sit down at the table, they will always be great company.

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