From the Aztecs to the quaint brunch cafés of today, avocados have been a beloved fruit for centuries. But what makes them so special? Here you will find some great ways to use these healthy, versatile fruits!
Eating healthy, nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits and vegetables, has been proven to help reduce the risk of developing chronic health conditions. Avocados are no exception. These little green fruits pack quite a nutritious punch, aiding in vitamin intake, digestion, eye health, and so much more.
Vitamins and Minerals
Avocados are great sources of vitamins C, E, K, and B. They can even act as a “nutrient booster” by increasing the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, E, D and K when eaten at the same time. They also contain magnesium and potassium, even more potassium than bananas!
Avocados are high in fiber, containing both soluble and insoluble fiber. Eating foods with high natural fiber can help prevent constipation, maintain a healthy digestive tract, and lower the risk of colon cancer.
Eyes and Skin
Avocados contain the carotenoid lutein which has been associated with maintaining healthy eyesight as we age, as well as protecting the skin from UV damage.
Avocados contain multiple phytochemicals that are reported to have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Surprising ways to use avocado
Avocados can be substituted for many ingredients in baking and cooking, making them healthy and full of flavor. Avoca-do try these at home!
Take a ripened avocado and mash it into a smooth, lump-free consistency to use as an oil replacement in brownies.
Use a smoothly mashed avocado with a little bit of lime juice as a cool, tangy sour cream replacement for taco night.
Make this avocado cilantro lime salad dressing: https://gimmedelicious.com/creamy-avocado-cilantro-lime-dressing/
For a deliciously creamy smoothie, blend an avocado with your favorite frozen fruits, spinach, a plant-based milk, and pitted dates for a hint of sweetness.
For your Summer burgers and potato salads, try out this avocado mayonnaise: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/avocado-mayo-recipe-vegan/
Tips & Tricks
If you need to ripen your avocado, put it in a paper bag with apples and keep it on the counter at room temperature.
If you only want to use half of your avocado, save the other half by squeezing lemon juice onto it in order prevent browning.
To grow your own avocado tree from a pit, follow these steps: https://inhabitat.com/how-to-grow-an-avocado-tree-from-an-avocado-pit/