Avocado – My favorite Versatile Fruit!

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Prior to moving to Los Angeles, my relationship with the avocado was strictly guacamole. I was ignorant; I didn’t know what I was missing. Even when I first started buying avocados, I only did so to make my own homemade guacamole, which of course was amazing and delicious! But still, I was missing out and I didn’t even know it! I love to explore different culinary delights and eventually I realized that avocados could be used in so many dishes and cuisines. Not just Mexican. This blew my mind!

Besides avocados being extremely delish, they’re a fruit, but by no means sweet. They have a surprisingly smooth and almost creamy texture to them. Avocados can get a bad rap sometimes since they are high in calories and high in monounsaturated fat, but don’t worry, that’s good fat! One medium avocado does have around two hundred and sixty-eight calories, and since I know you’re watching your caloric intake, only eat half. And once you cut open that avocado it does not last long, so find a buddy. I always split mine with my man! They’re also extremely filling and high in fiber. Score! We all could use a little more fiber in our diet.

So how do you add this amazing fruit into your diet? Let me break it down for you. First, start out simple with the avocado. An easy way to use it is with a Mexican dish. I always make a form of vegetable fajitas, minus the tortilla, with a side of black beans and I top it with some sliced avocado. Delish and simple! Want to know how to spice up a burger? Veggie, Turkey and even regular old beef burgers are great topped with sliced avocado. Amazing! What about a boring old piece of toast? Toast is not boring with avocado! Cut up half of an avocado, then mash it on up and add a little garlic powder or garlic salt and spread it on your toast. It’s so nutritious and delicious! Hot damn, I rhymed!

If you want to get adventurous, mix avocado with some Greek yogurt and you have a light avocado crème that you can add to vegetables, salad, bread, eggs. Anything! How about a creamy avocado pasta sauce? So easy people! Blend a medium avocado with olive oil, galic, cloves, pepper, red hot chili pepper flakes (if you like the spice) and top it on regular pasta, whole wheat pasta, or even spaghetti squash! Do you like tuna fish, but don’t want to use mayo? Try avocado! Trust me. You won’t regret it.

This little old fruit will revitalize your taste buds and transform what you make for dinner! It keeps you feeling full longer. You can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack! My favorite thing about the avocado is that it’s so versatile. There are so many different ways to use it and spice it up! So do yourself a favor and jump on the avocado band wagon!

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