Whether you’re on a kale kick or guzzling green tea, super-foods are the hot topic on everyone’s taste buds. However, did you know that you’re actually doing your body a favor when you’re wolfing down that tasty guacamole or slathering smooth and creamy avocado on your sandwich? Apart from being delicious, the
humble avocado is also a nutritionally healthy powerhouse.
Loaded with heart-boosting mono-unsaturated fat, a great source of fiber and teeming with over 20 essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, this little fruit is a great addition to your diet. If you’re looking to make avocados a part of your diet, get beyond the usual guac and chips and try out some of our mind-blowingly delicious (yet astonishingly healthy) avocado recipes.
If you’re looking for a filling, low-carb breakfast, get your omega-3s on with this easy breakfast hack. This avocado recipe doesn’t have to stop there. Try first scooping out the flesh and mashing it with some fresh salsa, then loading it back in the shell. Make a well for your egg and voilà — breakfast is served, easy and fast.
2. Avocado Soup
If you’ve ever considered adding the whole “raw” element to your diet, this soup is an excellent introduction. Creamy and full of excellent enzymes, raw avocado soup is somewhat of a surprise if you’ve only hit the guacamole train with these fruits.
Try jazzing it up with fresh salsa, grilled shrimp, or even chicken, for extra flavor.
3. Tuna Avocado Salad
Love your creamy tuna salad but hate what it does to your hips? Never fear — here comes your pal, the avocado. This tuna salad leaves the mayo in the fridge and instead lets avocado stand in. You can serve
it diner style between two pieces of toast, or get fancy by stuffing it back into the avocado shell.
4. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he says you can actually have a healthy chocolate cupcake. By replacing the animal fats with healthy avocado, this Vegan Chocolate Cupcake recipe, from the blog Love and Lemons, hits all the healthy marks.
5. Rainbow Quinoa Salad
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup shredded white cabbage
1/2 cup shelled and cooked edamame beans
1/2 cup sliced cucumber
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup thinly sliced red and/or yellow peppers
1–2 thinly sliced green onions
1 chopped avocado
1/2 cup cilantro and parsley combined and chopped
Combine salad in a large bowl. Dress with the following:
2–3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Shake in a jar and pour over your salad. Eat and enjoy!
6. Crispy Avocado Fries
Yes, you can actually have fries and still stay healthy, particularly with these baked avocado fries. Fresh from the oven, these make a perfect alternative to your normal, oil-logged potato fest. Try sprinkling with a little lemon or lime juice for maximum flavor.
7. The Veggie Power Lunch
- 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1/2 small cucumber, thinly sliced
1 small carrot, grated
1/2 avocado, mashed
1/2 can chickpeas
1 cup alfalfa sprouts (optional)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
2 whole-wheat pita breads, warmed in the oven
Combine all ingredients (except for pitas) in a small bowl and toss well to
coat. Stuff into warmed pitas and dig in.
8. Salmon & Avocado Poke
Visitors to and residents of Hawaii know that when it comes to a healthy choice for lunch or dinner, hitting the local poke shop is a sheer joy. Raw fish mingles with spices, soy and vegetables to create a punchy mouthful. This salmon and avocado poke recipe, from the blog Just Putzing, brings in our favorite green fruit for extra nutrition and downright deliciousness.
9. Raw Avocado & Tomato Pizza
Though the idea of raw pizza might send devoted Chicago deep dish and New York thin crust lovers into a tailspin, this raw pizza was actually meant to be that way. Another healthy idea from the raw foods movement, this pizza is loaded with veggies and avocado, cutting the fat and calories out of your normal
slice of pie. Try adding marinated mushrooms, grated carrot or even sprouts for extra flavor.
10. Avocado, Mozzarella & Bruschetta Chicken
Talk about a dinner party dish. If it’s avocado recipes you seek, then Avocado, Mozzarella & Bruschetta Chicken is a clear winner. If you’re concerned about the keeping the fat content low, try skipping the mozzarella and instead ramp up the veggies.