Trying to decrease your salt intake? That’s not a bad idea. Many Americans are consuming too much salt, even if they think they’re not. Most of your sodium intake comes not from what you sprinkle onto your food using the salt shaker, but from sodium added during food processing. If you’re concerned about your health and you want to cut salt, you don’t need to worry that less salt = bland and boring. With these tasty avocado-based recipes, we guarantee there’s no need to say, “Please pass the salt”!
An avocado and grilled shrimp with corn make for a perfect pairing atop a chopped salad of tomatoes, peppers, fennel, romaine, and red cabbage. The crunchy, sweet veggies are balanced by creamy diced avocado and a rich yogurt and apple cider vinegar dressing.
Avocado Tofu Toast
Baked rather than toasted, spiced blocks of firm tofu offer the perfect canvas for a topping of mashed avocado, without the added salt.
To make sure you always have ripe avocados on hand, place them in a paper bag with a banana and they’ll ripen in a day or two. If you’ve cut it open only to find it’s too firm, simply rub it with lemon, put the halves back together and in the fridge, wrapped in cellophane for later use.
Taco Stuffed Peppers
Cook up some ground beef, using only half of the taco-seasoning packet (trust us, it’s enough). Once ready, core some sweet yellow peppers and stuff them with the beef, finishing off with some grated cheese and diced avo.
Dressings and Salsas
Avocados provide the perfect base for creamy salad dressings; whipped with yogurt, scallions, lime juice and your herbs of choice, this is a temptingly tangy salad topper. Avocados provide the perfect balance to spicy habaneros in a spicy avo-mango salsa, or go for some Middle Eastern flavor by adding creamed avocado to some chopped seasonal fruits and sweetened yogurt.
Avocados are no strangers to desserts either, especially in the luxurious form of a creamy, vegan chocolate mousse. Finally, Toddlers and babies 6 months and up will love them mashed up with bananas or with those perennial baby favorites, blueberries. Please note that when introducing new foods to your baby, be sure to talk to your pediatrician about what’s right for your baby.*
* Based on recommendations from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.