What Can You Do with an Avocado?

In keeping with my goal of writing short articles on 52 healthy grocery items to try; I present you with one new item per week to add to your diet.

Here are my top faves on eating avocados in order of preference:

 1.  Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ok ok, I admit it… I love chocolate!  My training team gave me this recipe for cookies without flour or sugar and I’m hooked.  I make these approximately once a month or when I can get the stevia chips on sale.

Mix together:

  • 1 Avocado (use Wholly Guacamole Classic for smoother consistency)
  • 1/2 c. Almond Butter
  • 3 droppers of liquid Stevia (depends on your preference)
  • 1/4 c. Lilly’s Stevia Chips (which leaves plenty in the bag for more batches!!)
  • 1/2 c. Raw Cacao Powder (online or in a health food store)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg

You want the consistency to be like a stiff mousse, not lumpy.  Plop a silver dollar size dollop (technical term) onto the parchment paper (I don’t use grease and flour anymore), and cook for 10-12mins at 350 degrees.  Cool. Enjoy!

2.  Avocado Salsa Bowl

Cut avocado in half.  Remove pit. Sprinkle with Himalayan sea salt.  Fill hole with salsa.  Scoop and eat.  Be sure to only buy the salsa with ingredients you can recognize!

3.  Simply Sliced

You can put the slices on a bunless (remember, we are diabetics) burger, in a lettuce wrap with turkey and salsa, on top of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grains bread, in a salad, in broccoli slaw (using avocado mayo) or anywhere you want a little creamy goodness.

4.  Guacamole

Mix diced avocado, can of diced tomatoes, diced red onion, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeno to taste.  We all have different tastes, so I’m not including portions here.

5.  Avocado Mayo

Still like the creaminess of mayo on a sandwich?  Try avocado mayo; it’s pretty close in taste and it lasts longer than an avocado. Read the ingredients!

Storing a Cut Avocado

In case you can’t finish an entire avocado, there are fancy containers that allow you to cover the uneaten half of your avocado and put it in the fridge – note that in all instances, you should keep the pit intact.  Or you can seal the “meat” with plastic wrap.

Personally, I just like to eat the whole avocado!

Helpful Avocado Tips

  1.  Baking an avocado to ripen it

I haven’t tried this yet – let me know if this really works.  One video I found was that it smells really funky.  Proceed at your own risk.

Cover in foil, bake at 250 degrees for anywhere from 10min to 30 mins.  I’ve heard that it may change the taste of it though…

2.  Ripen an avocado in a paper bag until it feels slightly smooshy.  You can put a tomato in the bag as well to speed up the process, but it still might take a few days.

3.  Using the pits

If you search YouTube for Avocado Seeds you can find how to eat/use the seeds; they all say to talk to your Doctor first.  I haven’t tried this yet; I still need to do some more research.  I don’t think this is worth the effort or the risk.

Don’t let your animals eat the pit!!! It can be toxic to them.

p.s.  If you live in USDA growing zones 9-11, you can try growing one of your own avocado trees.

Healthy Homework: Try avocado, guacamole, or avocado mayo on a burger or a sandwich (no bread!) #healthyhomework