Avocado has long been a superfood trend, way before that millennial avocado toast stereotype came into play.
Regardless of how you feel about them, they’re a great source of healthy fats and fiber, and they’re creamy and delicious enough to add to just about any dish. Let’s go beyond the simple and trendy “avocado on toast” recipe to check out some delicious ways to bring more flavor into your avocado meals.
Avocado is a great match for protein-based foods, especially eggs! Try filling half an avocado with egg and baking it at 425 degrees for 15 minutes until the white of the egg has set like a sunny side up egg. From there, you can top it with your favorite seasonings, like spicy cayenne and paprika or classic parsley and pepper. You can also scramble avocado in your eggs by tossing diced avocado straight into the pan before topping it off with cheese.
In Sauces and Dips
Avocado adds healthy creaminess to your favorite sauces without the extra calories. Try it as a component of your next salad dressing recipe, add it to your next homemade pasta sauce, or incorporate it into your mac and cheese!
You also can’t pass up on classic guacamole, which is traditionally made with avocado, herbs, and seasoning—especially because it goes great with everything from tacos to burrito bowls. However, you can try it in other dips as well. For example, though traditional hummus comes from chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil, you can also add avocado to double down on the fiber and healthy fat (and flavor).
As a Substitute
If you’re looking for healthy ways to add your favorite creamy foods into your diet, substitute avocado into your dishes. For example, avocado is a great substitute for mayonnaise in tuna or egg salad, and you can also use it in place of sour cream on a baked potato. When baking, it’s a healthy replacement for butter and eggs, and it reduces the amount of calories in your completed dish. Try it in your next banana bread recipe!
In Smoothies and Ice Cream
Avocado is a great way to thicken healthy smoothies. For example, try adding leafy green vegetables and some sweet fruits like banana or pineapple before dropping in some diced avocado. Pairing this with protein powder or Greek yogurt can add protein to this healthy snack.
If you’re opting for an even sweeter treat, avocado is a great way to make homemade ice cream more nutritious. Combine avocado with your recipe in place of heavy cream and fats for a healthier result!
This quick guide is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to avocado, so look for more avocado meals recipes to try online! The more you add it into your meals, the more addicted you’ll become to its fresh flavor and health benefits.
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