The Amazing Avocado
Avocado toast is all over Instagram. It has become such a trend that hundreds have brushed it off as a fad. In fact, avocado itself has become incredibly trendy. They’re everywhere, mixed into salads, topping burgers, or even hidden in decadent chocolate brownies. But do they live up to this hype? In short, yes they do! But why are they so trendy?
Avocados are rich in vitamins C, E, K, and B-6. They contain fiber, minerals, and nutrients such as folate and magnesium. They are high in calories, offering a good amount of sustained energy. These contents alone make avocado incredibly nutritious, but that is not all the benefits they hold. The true superpower of avocado lies in its fat content.
Avocados are a fatty food. Most fad diets would claim that fat is bad and should be avoided at all costs. This is far from the truth. Fat is necessary for good health, it just matters what kind of fat it is. Avocado is made up of monounsaturated fats that may be used by the body. It also contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial for proper functioning.
Most people are first introduced to avocado in the form of guacamole. While the dip is a great way to enjoy avocados, most people stop there. It is not until recently that avocado has come into the limelight as a superfood. Many parents feed toddlers avocado to help transition into solid foods, as avocado rides the line between baby food and regular food.
Avocado toast may be mainstream now, but it is still a delicious, hearty breakfast that may fuel your body all day. Depending on how ripe the avocado is, you can either slice it or mash it up to spread on a slice of toast. This can be made with any bread including gluten-free bread. Top it with your choice of seasonings and toss on some flax and chia seeds for even more of a nutritional boost!
Luckily, there are endless ways to enjoy avocado outside of toast! Avocado has a thick, creamy consistency, making it the perfect base for many vegan dishes. Use it to make luscious shakes, smoothies, and even ice cream! Avocado is not just savory food. Avocado cream has a pudding-like consistency featuring sweetened avocado. Use it with other fruits to create decadent treats.
Even those that can’t stand avocado may enjoy it when it’s hidden in other foods. Many people don’t know that you can use avocado to make vegan chocolate brownies! The thick consistency and fat content lend themselves well to baking. There are dozens of cakes, sweets, and brownies that can be made with avocado.
Avocado is a delicious food that can be incorporated in many ways. The sky is the limit if you have some creativity. Avocado can be sweet or savory, and it can be the star of the show or part of the scenery. If you decide to try any of these creations, be sure to snap a photo and tag Foods Alive for a chance to be featured on our social media. Happy creating!