Famed for their delicious taste and creamy texture, most people don’t realize just how beneficial avocados can be for helping you achieve that summer beach body.
In fact, avocados are among the most nutrient-dense fruits, providing an excellent source of vitamin E, B vitamins, fiber and potassium. Bananas are often praised for having a high potassium content, but one avocado actually contains three times more potassium than two bananas! For an excellent electrolyte replacement, enjoy an avocado sprinkled with sea salt
Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, avocados can help you burn fat, while increasing nutrient absorption and giving you long-lasting energy to sustain you throughout your day. Don’t let calories or fat scare you. Eat for nutrients and satiation. Your body and brain perform best when well-nourished.
An excellent addition to any meal, this amazing fruit adds beautiful color, rich flavor and creamy texture. In addition, avocados are a great replacement for dairy such as cheese, sour cream and mayo.
- Avocado sprinkled with sea salt
- Avocado omelet with tomatoes and scallions
- Deviled avocado eggs sprinkled with paprika
- Lean Greenie Smoothie
- Smoked salmon with spinach, avocado and red pepper
- Turkey sandwich with avocado, tomato, bacon and alfalfa sprouts
- Chicken salad with arugula, avocado and orange/grapefruit
- Steak salad with avocado, black beans, onion and lime vinaigrette
- Shrimp fajitas with guacamole, peppers and jalapenos
- Pulled pork tacos with peach salsa and guacamole
- Bison burger with sliced onion, tomato and avocado
- Chocolate avocado mousse (recipe below)
Although there are many varieties, Haas and Fuerte are most common. The small, black, pebbly-skinned Haas avocados are creamy, making them best in guacamole, smoothies and dressings. The large, green, smooth-skinned Fuerte avocados retain shape well, making them ideal sliced in salads or omelets.
To test for ripeness, flick off the stem. The fruit is ripe if the stem comes off easily and you see green underneath. Discard the avocado if the stem does not come off easily or if you see brown underneath.
The key to mouthwatering guacamole is to keep it simple with high quality ingredients. This recipe is delicious served as a dip for organic corn tortilla chips or sliced bell peppers and baby carrots. Add a spoonful to an omelet, salad or sandwich for a tasty treat.
Yields 1 1/2 cups
2 ripe Haas avocados
1 tablespoon red onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 jalapeño chile, minced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
To taste fine sea salt
1 lime, juiced
— Halve the avocados, remove the pits and scoop the flesh into a medium-size bowl.
— Use a fork to lightly mash the avocados with the other ingredients.
— Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed before serving.
This treat is perfect for curbing carb cravings, stabilizing blood sugar and boosting fat-burning.
1 ripe Haas avocado
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract/powder
to taste, stevia
5 ice cubes
Optional topping: 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
— Add ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor and blend/process until smooth.
— Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed before serving. Top with cacao nibs for a crunchy treat!