Why Avocados Are Great for More Than Guac

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Think avocados, and you think guac, or maybe you ponder the millennial craze for avocado toast. But did you know avocados are great for more than a dip or spread?

The world adores avocados and guac. Chipotle uses an average of 60 avocados in each daily batch of guac, which totals 97,000 pounds of avocados.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans eat 80 million pounds of avocados, mostly as guac, but at least it helps combat heart disease if you’re an American who also loads up on fried foods then.

Since 2000, the consumption of avocado in the United States has increased by about 3 billion as of 2014, or quadruple the amount, and 95 percent comes from Mexico, thanks to proximity and the just-right Hass variety. As of 2000, other countries produced 40 percent of the avocados consumed in the U.S., which jumped to 85 percent in 2014. The United States slowly lifted its import ban in the last 25-odd years from Mexico and stopped relying mostly on domestic avocados from California.

The celebration of the avocado as a food trend didn’t happen overnight. As millennials grew up, the avocado got released from import jail. Go to almost any restaurant today, and you can add avocado to anything for 75 cents or a buck, much like getting another shot of espresso. Here are 10 ways avocados rock.

1. A Woman and Her Avocado

It’s a new love affair. You probably know avocado is a healthy fat, but get this: A woman can satisfy her daily fat intake by eating one avocado, since it holds six servings of fat for her. Go ahead and load up on the avocado toast, ladies.

Dudes, one-fifth of an avocado equals one fat serving.

2. Because: Chocolate Pudding Made With Avocado

It sounds like a millennial version of green eggs and ham, but it’s delightfully weird and delicious. Using real chocolate and your preferred sweetener, you can make homemade chocolate pudding with pureed avocado to get the perfect pudding or mousse texture you prefer. The only downside: waiting three hours for it to chill in the fridge.

3. It’s a Fruit, Too

Ate an avocado? That’s right. You just checked off one of the servings of fruit you needed today. Ha!

4. Sugar Scrub With Avocado

Ever have the urge to rub avocado all over your body? No? Well, you will and can after this bit of knowledge you can’t unforget.

You can eat it, but you can also use this whole-body avocado oil sugar scrub to exfoliate your skin. Mix one part avocado oil with one part raw sugar or brown sugar, and scrubba-dub-dub. Adjust the amount to make it as thick or runny as you prefer. Use avocado oil to soften your cuticles and otherwise beautify yourself, too.

5. Avocado Deep Conditioning

Got damaged and dry hair? Put some avocado on it.

Smash some avocado up and run it through the bottom half of your hair toward the ends. The amino acids inside adhere to your hair and help it hold onto the moisture. The fruit’s natural oils hydrate your hair, and its vitamins A, B6, D and E nourish and protect it.

6. Avocado-d Mashed Taters

Skip the butter and swirl an avocado right into the mashed potatoes as you make them. Don’t forget the garlic!

7. Stuff It

Or, skip the potatoes altogether. Halve an avocado like a potato, remove the pit, then stuff it with an egg and bacon bits. Bake it at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, and you’ve got breakfast. Use faux bacon or veggies for dietary substitutions. Now, experiment with other stuffing ideas.

8. Spike It

Avocado is a fruit, and therefore, you can make a spiked smoothie or cocktail with it.

Make a jalapeño avocado margarita, with guava in there, too. Muddle jalapeño and avocado with cilantro and lime juice in a cocktail shaker until you’ve thoroughly smashed the avocado. Add in Cointreau, tequila and ice and shake until chilled. Strain it into a rock glass with ice. Garnish with cilantro and jalapeño. Now, spike more cocktails and ceviche, too!

9. Mayo Substitute

Substitute avocado for mayo in many salad recipes, such as Caesar salad dressing or chicken salad. Make a substitute mayo with blended avocado, powdered spices, water, lemon juice and vinegar. You can spread your “mayo” in a sandwich or wrap.

10. Dairy Substitute

Use it as a dairy substitute in creamy dishes, too, in alfredo sauce, in place of yogurt in smoothies and, of course, as a creamed dressing.

See! Avocado is great for more than guac! You can spike it, stuff it and substitute with it, and you can even use this magical fruit to beautify yourself.

Jennifer Landis
Jennifer Landis is a wife, mom, writer, and healthy living blogger. She enjoys longs walks around the block with her toddler, prefers tea over coffee, and eats way too much peanut butter. You can find more from Jennifer on her blog, http://mindfulnessmama.com or follow her on Twitter @JenniferELandis

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