Not only does the summer bring warm weather and tons of summer activities, but it also yields a fresh crop of increasingly useful avocados!
The avocado is native to the Mexican state of Puebla, which helps explain why it's so popular in Mexican cooking. But because avocados were introduced to the US (via California) in the 19th century, as well as Europe and Southeast Asia, this fruit has branched out into all kinds of recipes. It's also become a staple of salads, mainly because of the many health benefits of avocados.
Avocados have a creamy texture, making them a healthier replacement for ingredients like butter and mayo in recipes, though they do contain a surprisingly large amount of fat -- a whopping 30 grams per medium-sized avocado. Since these are mostly monounsaturated fats, which lower "bad" cholesterol and promote weight loss, the avocado is now recommended as a healthy alternative. Moderation, however, is critical -- a little avocado goes a long way.
We're well into avocado season, so you might be bored of your signature guacamole. Check out these great new avocado recipes for a different spin on this tasty, abundant fruit.
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Avocado and chocolate? Seems like an odd pairing, but the creamy avocado makes a delicious counterpart for the sweet chocolate in this pudding recipe. Recipe: Avocado Chocolate Pudding
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With so much lobster around this season, why not add some of the sweet meat to elevate your regular guacamole? Thank goodness for the lobster glut! Recipe: Lobster Guacamole
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Once again, the creamy avocado adds the fat and nutrition to this great breakfast smoothie. It’s a fantastic way to start the day and may help promote weight-loss. Recipe: Avocado and Banana Smoothie
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Avocados can also you stay cool this summer! Recipe: Sweet Avocado Ice Pops
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“Whole wheat,” “vegan,” and “chocolate” are all words we love to see next to avocado in this special cake recipe. Recipe: Whole Wheat Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake
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Free-range local eggs add the perfect amount of protein to this avocado recipe. Recipe: Egg and Avocado
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Avocado can brighten bitter tasting greens like kale and make them more palatable, resulting in a surprisingly tasty and remarkably healthy salad. Recipe: Simple Kale and Avocado Salad
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This is a great salad for those who love BALT’s (Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, and Tomato). It includes bacon and avocado, but also includes the very nutritious chickpea! Recipe: Bacon and Chickpea Avocado Salad For more recipes and inspiration, check out: MarcusSamuelsson.com
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