Did you know that the avocado, which is often mistaken for a vegetable, is actually a berry? What’s not mistakable are the health benefits of the avocado.
According to the USDA, one whole avocado contains 19.7 grams of healthy monounsaturated fat. It also provides 13.5 grams of fiber, 975 milligrams of potassium and 58 milligrams of magnesium. Here are a few less traditional ways to enjoy this super fruit.
Next time you pull a slice of crisp bread out of the toaster, reach for avocado instead of your standard spread. Creamy avocado smeared on toasted bread or crackers puts an unexpected spin on otherwise ordinary foods.
They aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Smoothies make great meals or snacks any time of day. Half an avocado adds extra nutrition and thicker consistency to a health shake on the go. Incorporate avocado into a smoothie containing other fresh fruit like strawberries, or vegetables like cucumbers and spinach.
Add extra flavor and nutrients to your turkey or beef burger by placing some mashed avocado in the center before cooking. Even easier, spread avocado instead of mayonnaise or ketchup on an already cooked patty. It makes for a delicious and colorful condiment on a chicken or turkey sandwich, too.
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Similar to the concept of ice cream, avo cream is a healthy treat you can easily whip up in your own kitchen. Mash an avocado, then add cacao or cocoa powder to taste. For a slightly sweeter taste, add a pinch of stevia powder or dab of raw honey. Top with fresh raw strawberries or raspberries. Freeze or serve at room temperature.
When you’re looking for a quick yet healthy snack, try this: Mash half an avocado along with a medium-sized banana. The combination seems risky, but it tastes delicious. It has a creamy, luscious texture and slightly sweet flavor.
Cut an avocado in half and remove the pit. You’ve just made a handy holder for baby carrots, cucumber slices, yellow and red pepper pieces, celery slices and even broccoli! Fill the recessed area with whatever veggies you like, then use them to scoop out the avocado. Add a light sprinkle of unrefined sea salt and a drizzle of fresh lemon juice if you prefer.
Once you branch out, you’ll discover that avocado goes great with many foods, from vegetables and fruits to your average cheeseburger. Keep experimenting until you find your favorite way to enjoy the health benefits of avocado. There’s a whole other world beyond guacamole.
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