The avocado may have been around for 10,000 years, but head over to Pinterest and it’s clear it’s enjoying a spotlight worthy of any trendy, nutrient-packed food.
In 2007, avocados became available in every state when the USDA cleared the import of the Mexican variety of the tree fruit nationwide. Guacamole made from avocados is delicious, but it’s also full of healthy fats. Like nuts and olives, avocados contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They’re also great sources of potassium, folate, dietary fiber, and a spate of other vitamins that are hard to find in any other food that’s so creamy and flavorful.
Here are six ways to use the superfood of all superfoods every day.
1. Mayo substitute
Not only does mayonnaise contain heart-clogging fats, but the fridge staple’s production likely involves animal cruelty too. Mashed avocado works as well as mayonnaise in sandwiches. A simple avocado on toasted bread is also delicious.
2. Face mask
Want to moisturize without the synthetic chemicals found in drugstore products? Avocados can go outside the bounds of the kitchen. Squish an avocado and mix it with another natural moisturizer, such as coconut oil. Slather the mixture on your face, and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing. This works for your hands as well.
3. Avocado oil
According to a study published in The Jounal of Nutrition, avocado oil can help our bodies absorb carotenoid, which turns into vitamin A. To mix up your olive oil routine, try avocado oil on salads.
4. Baked with eggs
Here’s an easy twist on omelets. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Halve an avocado, remove the pit, and scoop out some of the green flesh. Break an egg into a bowl and carefully place the yolk in an avocado half, followed by the white (there might not be enough room for all of it). Repeat with the other half. Make sure to season and add your own toppings before baking for 15 to 20 minutes. Here’s one recipe.
Blend an avocado with milk, yogurt, and honey or your sweetener of choice.
6. Ice cream
Avocado’s consistency and hint of natural sweetness makes it a good ice cream flavor (and makes more sense than a kale ice pop or Häagen-Dazs’ carrot ice cream). This recipe from Women’s Health doesn’t even require an ice cream machine.