We’ve raved about quinoa, jumped on the chia seed bandwagon, and pinned more Brussels sprouts and asparagus recipes than we thought possible; but at the end of the day, the healthy food that truly steals our hearts is the avocado. From guacamole to avocado toast, not to mention ripe avocados with just a squeeze of lime and salt, the versatile fruit always wins us over with its creamy texture and adaptable flavor. Of course, the best way to show you why avocados are perfect, while giving the avocado the love it deserves, is with photos and recipe links. Click through our slideshow for some major avocado love.
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— Melissa Valliant, HellaWella
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Yummy, yummy avocados. Smeared or smashed, diced or sliced, they are perfect for adding to your keto repertoire!
And, if your love for avocados only goes as far as avocado toast, you’re in for a treat!
Avocados are one of the most versatile foods out there.
They fill you right up in the most satisfying way.
Not to mention, they are so, so good for you, making them an awesome keto staple.
What do you get when you add avocados to the mix?
Well, a one-stop-shop packed with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Their creamy texture allows them to be used as a sub for other less-good-for-you ingredients, too.
We’ve done the work for you and rounded up the best and brightest keto avocado recipes around.
Whether you’re in snack-mode or need an idea for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we’ve got you covered.
We hope you enjoy these easy keto avocado recipes that work with any keto diet plan!
It doesn’t have to just be the two ingredients that make the name of this next recipe. There are so many different ways to make this delicious breakfast food. Because, again, avocados can really go with anything. If salmon is your topping of choice, then let there be salmon! If wheat or sourdough bread is more of your cup of tea than white, then it will taste just as good with the fruit, guaranteed. You could even make it a topping the next time you make an egg-in-a-hole!
Speaking of which, this next recipe, a healthier alternative, gives this variation of avocado toast a carb-free twist. The fruit already has a hole in it from the seed, so cutting an even bigger hole to put the sunny side up egg shouldn’t be too difficult to measure.
2. Make a Quick Soup for Lunch!
Why: Soup is a healthy lunch idea but it doesn’t have to come from a can. In fact, it’s really simple to make at home with nothing more than vegetables and whole food sources of fat (olives, avocado, coconut, or even nuts and seeds). All you need to do is blend up some avocado with vegetables and some spices or herbs for a flavor-packed meal in minutes. Avocados will enhance the satiety of the soup and improve the texture, provide vitamin E for your heart and skin health, magnesium to reduce afternoon stress, and B vitamins for energy and a healthy nervous system.
How: Raw Carrot Avocado Soup is a perfect option and is a terrific source of low glycemic, fiber-rich carbohydrates, healthy fats, and even has a little protein in there too!
You can use whatever semifirm white fish you like. Not a fan of snapper? Try sea bass or striped bass.
The lime juice and oil will keep the avocado from turning brown, but it’s a good idea to make this pico de gallo recipe right before you serve it.
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This New Way To Eat Avocados Will Send You Into Total Melt-Down
We are literally obsessed with avocados, we eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner, and we just can't get enough of the stuff. But just when we thought we couldn't love the luscious green fruit anymore, we discovered stuffed avocados, and it's the best thing to happen. EVER!
What's not to love about avocados? The creamy superfood is good for you, there are over 25 nutrients in each one, they are delicious, and to top that all of, once you remove the pit, the avocado turns into an edible bowl that can be stuffed with plenty of other delicious foods.
We're talking avocados stuffed with smoked salmon or avocados stuffed with a tuna melt. The avocado can literally be stuffed and loaded with all manner of tasty ingredients, so just have a look at these recipes and prepare to be in food heaven!
Avocado flesh oxidises very quickly once cut and exposed to the air (much like apple). In order to prevent the avocado from going brown squeeze lemon or lime juice over the exposed flesh. If making guacamole mix the citrus juice directly into the dip using around half a tablespoon of juice per each avocado.
You may have noticed that avocados aren't cheap and prices are going up. This is all to do with the increase in demand for avocados in recent years and the huge quantities of water that are required to grow avocados . Avocados are having a huge environmental, economical and social impact - and its worth bearing this in mind as we guzzle down our daily avo fix - find out more in the above link.
9 Uses For Brown Paper Bags
1. Ripen Fruit Faster
You can quickly ripen some kinds of fruits by storing them in a paper bag! This works for bananas, tomatoes, pears, peaches, avocados, and more. Just place the fruit inside, roll the top of the bag closed, and let it sit on your counter for a day or two. Fruit releases ethylene gas over time, and the paper bag will trap the gas inside which will cause it to ripen faster. (This won’t work in a plastic bag, because plastic will also trap in moisture and cause the fruit to rot.)
2. Make Homemade Popcorn
If you have a brown paper bag, you can make really delicious homemade popcorn in your microwave! Homemade popcorn makes a great snack between mealtimes, and it’s even pretty healthy if you don’t go crazy with the butter. -) Get all the instructions for making paper bag popcorn at the link below!
3. Clean Windows
Tear open a paper bag, bunch it up, and use it to clean your windows! Many people swear by using paper bags or newspaper to clean their mirrors and windows, because the paper leaves behind a lint- and streak-free shine!
4. Serve Snacks
Use paper bags to serve snacks at any party or gathering! They have a great rustic look as serving bowls, and you won’t have to wash as many dishes when your party is over. :-) Just roll the top of the bag down or cut it off with a pair of scissors, pour in your snack of choice, and serve!
5. Collect Recycling
I always hang on to my paper grocery store bags to use to collect my recycling. When the bag gets full, I can take the whole bag to the recycling center without having to transfer it in or out of another container.
6. Collect Compost
Speaking of collecting things, another great way to use paper bags is to collect items for your compost pile. Then when you take it out to your compost pile, you can shred the paper bag up and toss it in right in too! (Smaller pieces of paper bag will break down faster, so make sure to tear it up into small pieces if you can!)
7. Wrap A Gift
You can use a paper bag to wrap a small gift! Just cut the bag up so you can lay it out flat, and wrap your item up. Wrap a piece of cute twine around it as a finishing touch, and it’s ready to be gifted! (I love the rustic look of these little packages for handmade gifts like homemade soap and bath bombs.)
8. Filler Material
If you have access to a paper shredder, you can put a few paper bags through to create your own filler material. These little paper shreds can be used as filler for gifts or as packing material. You can also use it to cushion fragile items for storage.
9. Arts & Crafts
Cut open a few paper bags and use them for art projects like drawing and painting. Or you can use them to protect your tabletop from messy projects like DIY projects, egg dyeing, or pumpkin carving.
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What’s In An Avocado Seed?
Avocados are well known health promoters that are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that do wonders for our skin, blood, tissue and organs. But the seed is actually where most of the fruit’s nutritional potential resides. The seed holds 70 percent of the avocado’s antioxidants, including the well-respected polyphenols associated with green tea.
But … that’s not it! Avocado seeds have more soluble fiber than even top tier fiber providers. It has antioxidants that help regulate intestinal function and have even been shown to prevent tumor growth. Additionally, the oil within ups the amount of collagen in our skin, keeping it young and wrinkle-free, as well as shining up the hair so that we remain good-looking, too.
Why would we throw all of that amazingness in the trash?