Avocados are a surprising food in that, although they are high in fat, they are actually helpful when trying to lose weight.
This is because the monounsaturated fatty acids they contain are the type that are more likely to be used as slow-burning energy rather than stored as fat.
These same monounsaturated fats are also an excellent choice to include in your diet if you are looking to improve skin tone.
This is partly because they help to maintain moisture levels in the top layer of skin (known as the epidermis) and partly because they include the essential omega-9 fat that can contribute to reducing red patches on the skin and help to repair damaged skin cells.
Tip: to encourage your avocados to ripen quicker, simply place them in a paper bag with a banana and watch how they ripen within 48 hours.
Below are five delectable recipes using avocados that prove a versatility for much more than just creamy guacamole.
1. Kiwi Avocado Smoothie
In addition to containing good levels of monounsaturated fats, “alligator pears” are also rich in phytosterols and antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and a whole variety of carotenoids.
By increasing your daily intake of carotenoids in the form of this delightful avocado smoothie, you help to reduce your chances of developing arthritis.
Recipe @ feastingathome
2. Avocado & Watermelon Summer Salad
Take advantage of end-of-season watermelon! The creamy buttery texture of the avocado really goes down well next to the watermelon used in this uniquely presented salad recipe.
Just by eating the avo in this recipe, you are helping your eyes stay strong and healthy too as they are rich in the antioxidant lutein, which is vital for preventing age-related degeneration.
Recipe @ whisked
3. Avocado Mango Chicken Salad
The oleic acid that is found in avocados is known as being especially good for raising levels of “good” cholesterol (called HDL for high-density lipoprotein) and lowering “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
So help to lower your chances of developing cardiovascular disease by including this tasty summertime salad rich in avocado–it goes a long way to helping your arteries stay healthy.
Recipe @ eatdrinklove
4. Avocado Shiitake Spring Rolls
Swap out your regular lunchtime bread wraps and make these gluten-free shiitake wraps using rice paper–much easier on the digestive system than regular gluten-containing bread.
Up your potassium levels too by adding avocados as they contain 35% more than bananas.
Recipe @ spabettie
5. Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting
Just because you want to eat healthy doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all your favorite foods–like chocolate cupcakes! This version reinvents the wheel nicely by swapping out all that unhealthy white sugar used in regular cupcake frosting for a healthful agave and avocado mix.
Recipe @ loveandlemons