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10 Certified Heart-Healthy Recipes with Avocado

Already a superfood, the avocado has earned another accolade as a key ingredient in these 10 heart-healthy recipes from Avocados From Mexico. Each one is loaded with avocado goodness and meets the American Heart Association’s criteria for the Heart-Check Food Certification Program.

In order to be AHA-certified, these recipes must meet specific category-based qualitative and nutrient requirements. A nutrient analysis of each recipe is submitted for review, including: calories, sodium, saturated fat, added sugars, trans fat, and omega-3 fatty acids (for fish entrees). And these avocado recipes all pass!

Before incorporating these recipes into your diet, talk to your doctor about how you can eat more heart-healthy meals.

From skillet chicken to avocado snacks and salads, these heart-healthy recipes will give your day a certifiably nutritious boost.

Try These Heart-Healthy Recipes :

Skillet Chicken with Savory Avocado Salsa

This recipe combines spicy jalapeño, zesty lime, and creamy avocado into a protein-packed, low-carb dinner option.

Avocado Stuffed with Pico de Gallo and Pineapple

Tomatoes, pineapple, cilantro, onion, and serrano chiles replace the pit of your favorite green fruit.

Bean, Avocado, and Pineapple Salad

For a vegetarian entrée combining tropical and savory flavors, mix beans, avocados, red onions, and cilantro. Lightly dress your salad with olive oil and lemon juice, then sprinkle in spicy cumin.

Avocado and Peach Salad

Raisins, peaches, and cream flavor this sweet, summery dish. Serve it in a scooped-out-avocado bowl and pair with lean cuts of pork loin for an extra dose of protein.

Avocado Chicken Waldorf Salad

This heart-healthy salad pairs sweet apple with savory walnut for a satisfying crunch. Vegetable oil, cider vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper combine to create a dressing with a palate-cleansing zing.

Avocado Taco

This easy, heart-healthy dinner recipe is perfect for nights when you need a meal with minimal prep time. Warm corn tortillas in a skillet over medium heat and top with avocado slices.

Classic Mexican Guacamole

Mash avocados and combine with onions, jalapeños, a sprinkle of salt, and a squeeze of lime for a versatile dip that adds avocado flavor to any party spread.

Avocado, Banana, Orange, and Yogurt Smoothie

Blend a dollop of low-fat vanilla yogurt, a splash of orange juice, an avocado, and a banana for a quick, heart-healthy breakfast on the go.

Avocado and Shrimp Rafts

Sail into your next party with this low-sodium recipe. Bell peppers create a low-carb boat for heart-healthy avocado, salsa, and shrimp to rest in.

Avocado Pineapple Smoothie

Combine chunks of avocado and pineapple in a blender and puree when you need a quick, heart-healthy fix.

Any of these quick meals can help reduce your time in the kitchen and supply a heart-healthy helping of avocado. And with Avocados From Mexico set to release new certified-heart-healthy recipes soon, you will quickly have enough recipe options to start a full-fledged meal regimen.

Peruse our avocado recipe page for more culinary inspiration.

By Barbara Ruhs, MD, RDN March 28, 2020

An avid avocado-eater and guacamole-lover, Barb is the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist for Avocados From Mexico and former sports nutritionist for Harvard University. Her philosophy on food is simple: Enjoy what you eat, prepare food with love, and add avocados to everything! 

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