Eating an avocado a day might just keep the doctor away. They are packed with healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients that satisfy hunger and improve your health. Here are six easy ways to enjoy eating avocados every day.
Ways to Eat an Avocado – At-A-Glance
- Guacamole with Parmesan Crisps
- Avocado as a Salad Topper
- Avocado Salad Dressing
- Avocado Mayo for Tuna (or Salmon) Salad
- Avocado Hard-boiled Egg Dip
- Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
6 Ways to Eat an Avocado A Day – Easy Recipes [Video]
In this video, you’ll learn…
- The reason why avocados are great for you!
- Six healthy recipes that will add avocados to your daily diet.
Guacamole with Parmesan Crisps
For many of us, when we think about eating avocados, we think about guacamole. That is not a bad thought since avocados are the base ingredient in guacamole. The challenge is how to eat it without eating refined chips to scoop it up. Fortunately, you can stay low carb by swapping high-carb tortilla chips for low-carb Parmesan crisps.
You can buy Parmesan cheese crisps at the store, but to save money and avoid unwanted ingredients, you can easily make them in the oven. Simply place small mounds of Parmesan cheese on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until they brown.
Guacamole is simple to make at home, but you can pick it up at the grocery store. You will want to read the ingredients to ensure that avocados are the main ingredient and there is no sugar added. Wholly Guacamole is a good brand.
Avocado as a Salad Topper
My favorite way to eat avocados is on top of a salad. A daily salad is one of the best ways to control hunger, fill your body with nutrients, and control your weight. But, to accomplish all those things, your salad needs to contain healthy fat.
Avocados are packed with healthy fat and fiber, and they add a hearty, creamy element to salads. But just plopping some avocado slices on top of lettuce will not have you coming back for more. There is an art to making a salad that you will look forward to eating every day. You can start with my favorite that contains salad greens, half of an avocado, feta cheese, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.
Avocado Salad Dressing
Avocados work great as salad toppers. They also blend well to make salad dressing. You can whip up homemade avocado dressing in minutes using a food processor. Place half of a ripe avocado into a food processor. Add olive oil, lime juice, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and enough water to smooth it out.
Avocado Mayo for Tuna (or Salmon) Salad
Avocado makes a healthy alternative to mayonnaise. Most commercial brands of mayonnaise are made with unhealthy vegetable oils (i.e., soybean oil) and high fructose corn syrup. You can easily swap commercial mayo for homemade avocado mayo and use it to make things like tuna, chicken, or salmon salad.
To make avocado mayo, place half of an avocado into a food processor along with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, onion and garlic powder, salt, and water until it reaches the consistency of regular mayonnaise.
You can buy packets of salmon in the same way that you would buy tuna. To make salmon (or tuna) salad, mix the avocado mayo with the salmon and chopped onion. You can enjoy the mixture as a salad topper or any way you’d enjoy tuna salad.
Salmon contains a lot of healthy fats, as does the avocado, so with this recipe, you’re replacing unhealthy oil with two healthy ones while at the same time avoiding sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
Avocado Hard-boiled Egg Dip
Because of their balance of fat and protein, eggs work perfectly in a low carb diet. But it is easy to get bored with them. You can liven them up with a spicy dip made from avocados. The great thing is that you can use up any leftover avocado mayo.
By adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the avocado mayo recipe above, you can create a spicy avocado dip for eggs. You can mix the dip into any egg dish, but I like it with hard-boiled eggs, which makes it into a quick breakfast or a hunger-satisfying afternoon snack.
Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
Avocados work great in smoothies. They add a creamy component and also a good portion of fat and fiber. Often, smoothies taste really good, but they don’t stay with you. So, you find that you are hungry soon after drinking one. The fat and fiber from the avocado slow digestion and help keep your blood sugar level steady, so you feel satisfied longer.
You can blend up a Strawberry Avocado Smoothie in a minute. Place half of an avocado in a blender along with frozen strawberries, almond milk, spinach, and almond butter.
With 21 grams of healthy fats and nine grams of fiber, an avocado is a valuable food for a low carb dieter. You can turn them into a snack, use them to enhance a salad, or drink them in a smoothie.
I eat them just about every day, and with these avocado ideas, I hope you can get more of them into your daily diet. Thanks for reading and have a great week!
About the Author
Becky Gillaspy, DC graduated Summa Cum Laude with research honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1991.