Avocados Aren’t Just for Guacamole, Salads & Smoothies

Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel

Avocados

Are avocados something you eat regularly? If not, it is time to rethink them and add them to your diet. They are a heart-healthy fruit and with February being American Heart Month, what better time to add these gems to your grocery shopping list? 

Yes, avocados are a fruit and one of the more nutrient dense fruits you can eat, making them a super food in our book. Nutrient dense? They have over 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, vitamin K, vitamin E, potassium, folate and many B-vitamins. Not to mention they have a good deal of healthy fats, or monounsaturated fats. They are a great replacement for saturated fats in the diet when used in dips and spreads. 

But avocados are so much more versatile. Sure you can eat them mashed up in guacamole, diced up in salads, smashed on toast or as part of a smoothie (and we LOVE all of those ways), but they are actually great in baking and cooking too. They can help create a creamy texture and of course replace saturated fats often found in baked goods or sauces. 

Here are some recipes to get you started:

Chocolate Cherry Avocado Muffins

Chocolate Cherry Avocado Muffins

These are the perfect heart healthy treat combining dark chocolate, tart cherries and avocado. You’re family will love them and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, what better time to try them out?

You'd never know the secret ingredient in these award-winning Peanut Butter Avocado Cookies if I didn't tell you!  They're gluten free, full of healthy fats and make the perfect snack or dessert!

Peanut Butter Avocado Cookies by Lindsay Livingston

Our colleague, Lindsay Livingston at The Lean Green Bean, created these simple, flour-less cookies. Next time you are in the mood for peanut butter cookies, try this variation. 

Avocado Yogurt Key Lime Pie via MealMakeoverMoms.com/kitchen

California Avocado Yogurt Key Lime Pie by the Meal Makeover Moms

Liz and Janice, the Meal Makeover Moms, made over a normally decadent dessert into a luscious and delicious one with avocados.
I bet your family won’t notice the difference.

Chocolate Zucchini Power Muffins by Sharon Palmer

Chocolate Zucchini Power Muffins by Sharon Palmer

Sharon Palmer, the Plant-Powered Dietitian, created this  muffin  recipe also using avocado, as well as many other healthy ingredients like zucchini, almonds  and  chia seeds.  

Spinach Avocado Alfredo Sauce | Teaspoonofspice.com

Spinach Avocado Alfredo Sauce by Deanna Segrave-Daly

Deanna, one of the power duo over at Teaspoon Communications, created this recipe to lighten up a family Italian favorite. The avocados help keep the creaminess of an alfredo sauce but without the heaviness that goes along with it.  We can’t wait to try this one ourselves! 

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What is your favorite way to cook with avocado?

Avocados are versatile and can be enjoyed in more ways than just guacamole, salads and smoothies. Try baking or cooking with avocados in one of these 5 different recipes.

 

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Ann Dunaway Teh & Lesley Baradel

We (Lesley and Ann) first met years ago while training for Ironman Wisconsin. Our paths crossed again at Georgia State University while studying to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Over the years, our paths kept crossing and we soon discovered that we shared a love for menu planning. This blossomed into My Menu Pal where we help the food industry up their nutrition game to become their customer's nutrition hero.
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