The newly-crowned “America’s Favorite Fruit” is basking in the spotlight alongside superfoods right now, and we couldn’t be happier about it.
The avocado craze is at full throttle these days, and for more reasons than simply tasting amazing. Recent research proves the nutritional powerhouse supports healthy cholesterol levels, packs a punch when it comes to potassium and offers loads of antioxidants and fiber.
Your complexion will also benefit from these fleshy fruit. The high oleic acid content and monounsaturated fatty acids present in avocados both maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping it to stay soft and hydrated. They also provide lots of skin-protecting antioxidants and vitamins to prevent wrinkles and slow down the visible signs of aging.
If you think avocado toast is the only way to hit your avocado quota for the day, think again. The versatility of the avocado far exceeds slicing it up and placing it on toasted bread; you can substitute it into many of your favorite dishes for healthier meals without sacrificing taste.
If you’re in the mood for a cool and refreshing treat without the guilt, whip up these avocado-based ice cream bars to satisfy your sweet tooth while sneaking in some extra nutrients.
Craving a creamy smoothie but not a fan of bananas? Adding avocado to frozen fruit will give you a smoothie with the smooth consistency similar to banana-based favorites.
If you love the creaminess that sour cream adds to soups or cream-based dips, you can still achieve that same consistency by using avocado cream, except it will be dairy-free and chock-full of nutrients.
If you want to make thick, velvety pudding or a luscious mousse, don’t rely solely on milk, add avocado. The taste is neutral enough to not interfere with other flavors and the texture is incredible.
Avocado mimics mayo’s adhesive powers and keeps the same sort of texture while adding in healthy fats. It’s a great alternative when making typically mayo-heavy dishes like tuna salad.
Believe it or not, you can replace butter with avocado when baking a cake or cupcakes. The substitution ratio is 1:1, but you might have to adjust the other ingredients in your recipe. The Kitchn advises decreasing your oven temperature by 25 degrees and slightly increasing your wet ingredients to better coat dry ingredients.
An avocado doesn’t really imitate the texture of bread, but it can be a great stand-in. Anything you’d normally put on bread, simply stuff it inside an avocado: turkey, bacon,tomatoes, etc. We're particularly fond of this recipe for baked eggs in avocado.