Avocados are one of the healthiest foods on earth, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that they are utterly delicious as well. Lowering bad cholesterol, helping the body to absorb nutrients and preventing cancer and heart disease are just a few of the benefits we can enjoy from eating them. Additionally, avocados even trump bananas in terms of potassium content, a nutrient effective in lowering blood pressure.
But why stop at the internal perks? This super-food is also a stellar beauty booster, containing high amounts of protein, which is critical for hair health. Vitamins B, E and K are also key in maintaining a healthy metabolism (translation: keeping your waistline thin). They’re also a great source of glutathione, the antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that lead to wrinkles.
We could go on and on in listing the benefits of avocados, but we think you get the point – Avocados are awesome! Instead, we’ll share three ways to use the ingredient for breakfast, lunch and dinner:
Breakfast Idea: Avocado and Cantaloupe Salad
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
4 tsp. honey
1.5 tbsp. olive oil
1.2 tsp. coarse salt
1 cantaloupe, quartered and seeded
1 avocado, halved, pitted and skinned
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
Click here for the cooking instructions from Whole Living.
Lunch Idea: Avocado Bowl
2/3 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup corn, drained
½ cup shredded carrots
¼ cup fresh cilantro
½ cup chunky salsa
2 green onions, sliced thinly
10 drops hot sauce
2 large ripe Avocados
4 bunches alfalfa sprouts
Click here for the cooking instructions from the Hass Avocado Board.
Dinner Idea: Thai Shrimp, Avocado and Watermelon Skewers
1 jalapeno pepper
1 large clove of garlic
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1 cup low-fat coconut milk
1/3 packed cup fresh mint
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. fish sauce
24 jumbo shrimp, cleaned and peeled
High-heat cooking oil (sunflower or grape seed oil)
1 avocado, cut into 16 cubes
3 cups cubed watermelon
Click here for the cooking instructions from Clean Eating.