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There is perhaps no fruit (technically it’s a large berry) more versatile than an avocado. It's almost like the coconut oil of fruits. Before we get into what you can do with avocados, let’s talk about their nutrition. You may have heard that avocados are high in fat, this is true, however it’s monounsaturated fat – the good fat. A single avocado has 33% of your daily recommend intake of vitamin C, 25% of vitamin B-6, and 52% of your daily fiber. They also have more potassium than bananas.
So they’re healthy, but what can you do with them? Well, I mentioned earlier that they were like coconut oil in respect to their versatility. If you don’t know about coconut oil, check out our blog. Aside from eating them, you can use the fruit in face masks to reduce wrinkles, treat sunburns, and alleviate dry skin. You may have seen “avocado oil” on your shampoos and conditioners, this is because they’re also great for your hair. You can make a hair mask out of avocados to repair damaged hair and add moisture.
An avocado, as mentioned earlier, is a fruit. They’re generally a darker shade of green when ripe and ready to eat and the inside is light green and maybe a little yellow. The texture is creamy when ripe which make it’s a perfect substitute for bad fats like butter and mayonnaise. You can use avocado in baking to replace butter in a recipe (no, the green will not color your goods). Many people have swapped the butter on their toast for avocados which makes a plain breakfast a healthy one. Like tuna or chicken salad? Swap the mayo for mashed avocado – thank me later.
Don’t forget about the traditional ways to enjoy your avocado. Guacamole can be a very healthy treat when mixed with jalapenos, tomatoes, garlic, and cilantro. Most Mexican inspired dishes will taste great with the added ingredient. For a less traditional recipe, try blending avocados with honey and cocoa powder to make a healthier chocolate pudding.
Whichever way you decide to use your avocados, we're sure you will enjoy them!