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I’ve been doing some (delicious) experimenting with avocados lately.

The health benefits of avocado are wonderful ones: lots of fiber, potassium, vitamins C,K, folate and B6 so they are something that I like to make sure I’m eating on a regular basis and I find it can satisfy me in a way similar to animal protein. It is high in monounsaturated fat but – don’t fear the fat! Monounsaturated fats can help lower blood cholesterol.

Favorite Ways to Eat Avocado

  • chopped and sprinkled on salads
  • blended in smoothie (makes it extra creamy)
  • smashed, and used as a spread on sandwiches, wraps, bread, etc.
  • guacamole – probably my favorite!
I’ve kind of run out of other ideas…

How else can I add avocado to my meals? 

30 Comments (Reply )

  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    I love it with eggs – a combination I only tried recently but absolutely love! A sprinkle of nutritional yeast takes it over the top (sounds weird, but it works)!

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    • Emily
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:26 am

      Oooh, I will have to try that!

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  2. Rebecca S.
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    I’ll cut one in half, remove the pit, sprinkle with salt and pepper and eat it with a spoon right out of the skin!

    I really like it in salads and on sandwiches too, I’m not a fan of warm/hot avocado.

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    • Emily
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:30 am

      I don’t really think I like it warm/hot either. We had avocado “fries” and I was really excited for them, but wasn’t a huge fan.

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  3. Hyedi
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I like it in the morning with egg whites!

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  4. Laura Burk
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    You can use them to make chocolate pudding. Sounds gross but it was the best pudding I had ever made!

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    • Emily
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:51 am

      I have always wanted to try that, but I have been scared! Do you have a good recipe?

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  5. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    We eat a lot of avocados. I send a ripe avocado half with some triscuits in my daughter’s lunch weekly.

    I saw a recipe for an avocado egg salad on pinterest that is piquing my interest.

    Now I’m craving avocados….

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  6. Mara @ Elemental Custard
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    I love guacamole but I also have been experimenting adding them to baked goods to replace most of the fat! I recently made a chocolate avocado loaf (The cocoa powder masks the greenish colour the avocado gives the batter) but I have also made cookies with them.

    http://www.elementalcustard.com/pages/ChocolateAvocadoLoaf.php

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    • Emily
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:12 am

      Oh wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen avocado in baked goods!

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  7. Kelli
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    On toast with cheddar cheese and an egg!

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    • Emily
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:43 am

      Kelli, you just changed my life. I just had bread + avocado + parmesan cheese (no cheddar) – broiled and then topped with a fried egg. It was ridiculously delicious. Thank you!

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  8. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    I’ve been on an avocado kick lately. Avocado-Mango grilled cheese sandwiches, guacamummus (avocado + hummus), and a fantastic pasta made with zucchini noodles. I made the sauce by combining baked avocado, greek yogurt, and lemon juice. It was delicious!

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  9. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    I actually have an avocado sitting on my counter at home that I think is destined for a salsa tonight. I love mixing it with fruits (like berries and citrus)- it brings out another layer of flavor/texture.

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  10. Faith @ For the Health of It
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    I love it pressed into quesadillas and rolled up in sushi (or my quinoa nori rolls!)

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  11. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    I absolutely adore avocados! What a great way to add a little extra fiber to your day. I really like adding avocados to my sandwiches, salads, eggs, and of course guacamole. I’ve never tried it in a smoothie though – guess I’ll have to give it a try soon!

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  12. Ellie @ healthy belly ellie
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    While you’re eating your guac or smashed avocado, you can “accidentally” smear it on your face for a lovely avocado facial! Refreshing, to say the least!

    I had an avocado smoothie for the first time yesterday. AH Mazing!

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  13. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

    I’ve also heard that you can mix it into pasta for a velvety yet healthy ‘sauce’. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s on my {neverending} list :)

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  14. Liz @ Southern Charm
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    With eggs and in the form of salad dressing. I’ve only had the dressing at a local restaurant, but came across a semi simple recipe the other day. Can’t wait to give it a try at home!

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  15. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Sometimes I crave avocado sandwiches — wholegrain bread, toasted, mayo, lots of sliced avocado, and sprouts. Simple and delicious!

    I have also baked with pureed avocado in the past, and have seen plenty of muffin, bread, and cookie recipes that call for it. I find it a little cost-prohibitive, though :(

    And I second the sushi comment — avocado, red bell pepper, and cucumber rolls are one of my favorites!

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  16. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    I ate almost a whole avocado today with lunch on some chips with salsa. Oh and I have to tell you that I talked to Madison today and she said “I really liked that post from Emily’s blog that you tweeted about the other day about meal planning”! You are even a hit with the college students Em!

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    • Emily
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

      Awww, love Madison. That makes me very happy. :)

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  17. Luv What You Do
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    Chopped up with diced cherry tomatoes, covered in olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. It makes a great ‘salad’ for chips. Similarly, I am a HUGE fan of tomato and avacado sandwiches.

    I know there are tons of recipes out there turning it into chocolate mouse or cake. Never tried it but it is on my never-ending to-make list : )

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  18. Dennis McGuire
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Split the Avo in half, remove the seed, add salt, pepper and fill the cavity with red wine vinegar and a fine olive oil….a variation would put shrimp in the cavity and a dollop of cocktail sauce w/a lemon wedge. 1 Avo makes two servings.

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  19. Jamie Walker
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    My fave way to enjoy one is cut in half – with a little soy sauce and sriacha. A perfect mid-day snack! I usually eat one half at a time…usually. ;)

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  20. Anela
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    I adore them smashed on sandwiches! Once in a while, I’ll pit it and bake an egg in it if I’m willing to wait. Takes a while but well worth it!

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  21. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    I love avocados! My favorite ways to eat them are as guacamole and sliced on toast. <3

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  22. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    I love thinly sliced avocado over brown rice, sprinkled with soy sauce, chopped scallion and sesame seeds. Kind of like deconstructed veggie sushi!

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  23. Lori
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    In Brazil we learned to eat avocado sweet, although I still love it on sandwiches and quac. Eating it savory was completely foreign to most of our friends there. A common snack was sprinkling a little sugar on avocado slices. So good! I also used to get this great salad at this vegetarian buffet I went to near our apartment. Chopped avocado, sliced banana, drizzled with lime juice.

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