You have likely heard the buzz about avocado as a superfood lately. This lovely little fruit used to have a bad reputation because of its high fat content, but as dieting trends change, that fat is just the thing that is drawing dieters in. Why, you ask? Avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which are the same kind that you find in olive oil.
These fats actually help promote heart health and energy, and they are filling, which allows you to cut back on carbs, processed foods, and saturated fats. Avocados also contain B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin E, and potassium. They also help to reduce inflammation in the body. If you are looking for ways to get this versatile superfood onto your plate, look no further. We share a few easy, tasty recipes below.
If this recipe sounds simple, it is, but that does not mean it is not delicious. Start by toasting a slice of whole grain bread. Top it with ripe avocado slices, drizzle with lemon juice, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. This is an ideal quick lunch, especially when combined with flavorful tomato soup.
If you want to play up the savory quality of this dish, cook avocado slices in a non-stick pan or on a griddle until they are just browned. This highlights the nutty flavor of the fruit. Smash the warm slices on a piece of whole wheat toast and top with olive oil, lemon zest, salt, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
Smoothies are a great way to get vital nutrients into your system and to stave off unnecessary cravings and snaking. Avocados are a perfect addition to or vehicle for your smoothie fix. The natural creaminess of avocados lends to a rich, thick base for smoothies that are delicious and filling.
Add raisins, spinach, bananas, oatmeal, and cocoa powder for a dessert-like smoothie without the guilt or throw a few slices of avocado into a smoothie of pineapple, mango, and yogurt.
Did you know that the thick, creamy texture of the avocado makes it a natural fit for Alfredo sauces? Simply puree a ripe avocado with a blender or hand mixer and add to spaghetti–or better yet, spaghetti squash–with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a little shaved parmesan.
Don’t stop there; you can toss in cherry tomatoes, spinach leaves, mushrooms, and red peppers for a healthy meal that is packed with superfood goodness.
The avocado salad can be as simple or complex as you would like it to be. You can simply top a bed of lettuce with half of a soft avocado and drizzle some olive oil and vinegar on top if you want a no-frills but full-flavor entree. Slice avocado into a salad with tomatoes, black beans, and corn for a Southwestern flare or combine it with asparagus, peas, parmesan and a light vinaigrette for a sophisticated, healthy dinner. This nutritious meal is a perfect way to incorporate foods found in the 17 day diet into a yummy and satisfying dish.
We all love guacamole, but avocados are not just for dipping anymore. Smash an avocado with Greek yogurt, lemon, and herbs for a delightful sandwich spread that is far healthier than mayo.
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