By M. Elise Giller
The avocado is nature’s most versatile fruit. Creamy, decadent, and nutritional at the same time, it can be used for so much more than guacamole. Avocados appear in sweet and savory recipes, and they’re a surprising substitute for other ingredients either for health, taste, or just to mix things up! Try these four ideas next time your meals need a makeover.
Smoothies are a delicious way to get a jump-start on the day: Packed full of wholesome ingredients, they taste great and help you work fruit into your diet. But sometimes a homemade smoothie can be grainy and icy rather than creamy. Avocado to the rescue! Replace banana in a smoothie recipe with avocado, and you’ll instantly boost the nutrients in your morning drink and make it as luscious as a milkshake.
Turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, roast beef and cheese. Ever feel like your lunch routine needs some renovation? Simply replace that Gouda, Swiss, or American with slices of fresh avocado to transform your sandwich into something even more delicious. And by substituting avocados’ unsaturated fat for cheese’s saturated fat, you’re doing something positive for your tastebuds and your body.
And what are you eating on the side of that sandwich? Say goodbye to the same old by replacing French fries with avocado fries. Simply slice avocados and dredge in flour, egg white, and breadcrumbs, then broil in the oven for a few minutes. Easy, creamy, crunchy, tasty.
Trying to watch your weight but still craving baked goods? Replace half the butter in your favorite recipes with mashed avocado and you’ll lower the calorie count and boost the amount of monounsaturated fat in that cake, cookie, or pie. Try it with frosting! Once you go avocado, you’ll never go back.
Anytime a recipe calls for ingredients that are creamy or rich, try swapping them with avocado. You’ll be amazed at the delicious dishes you can create.
Find out more about the health benefits of avocados.