Avocado Recipes and Benefits
Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching, and that means you better start stocking on avocados before stores run out.
I swear there’s an entire avocado cult out there (in which Melissa may or may not be a part of, lol).
With its impressive nutritional facts, surprising health benefits, and deliciousness, it should come as no surprise why avocados are such a big deal, especially in the health community.
Coming up in this post:
Is avocado a fruit or vegetable?
Avocado nutrition facts
Some of the health benefits of avocados
Some of our favorite avocado recipes
First and foremost let’s tackle the holy grail questions.
Is avocado a fruit or a vegetable?
Avocado is a fruit.
Avocado Nutrition FACTS
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*Percent Daily Values (%DV)are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
1. Avocado may help you lose weight
A 2009 study on overweight and obese individuals found that after one year, those who ate a diet high in monounsaturated fat lost a similar amount of weight to those who ate a high carb, low-fat diet.
A 2001 review found that those who ate a diet high in fiber ate fewer calories and lost more weight than those who ate a low fiber diet.
2. Avocados are healthy for the heart
A 1996 study on people with high cholesterol, found that eating a diet high in monounsaturated fats:
- Reduce total cholesterol levels
- Decrease LDL (bad cholesterol) cholesterol
- Increase HDL (good cholesterol) cholesterol
- Reduce cholesterol levels
- Decrease triglyceride levels
3. Avocado has a ton of potassium
Benefits of Potassium: (1)
- Potassium helps reduce blood pressure.
- It might protect people from a stroke.
- It might reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Potassium may decrease the risk of diabetes. (1)
- It might reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
4. Avocados are rich in fiber
- About 25% of the fiber found in avocados is soluble, while 75% of the fiber in avocados is insoluble. (1)
- Soluble fiber can help lower total and LDL cholesterol. (2)
- Insoluble fiber promotes digestive health, so it helps those who suffer from constipation.
Bacon Weave Breakfast Taco
I don’t know about you, but this avocado recipe completely blew my mind. Think about it. Tacos made out of bacon. Let that sink in for a sec. This recipe is perfect if you are following a keto/ketogenic diet. Monterrey cheese, avocado, bacon, and eggs. What else could you ask for?
Shrimp Avocado Salad
Quick, simple, and, most importantly, delicious. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to prepare anything super elaborate, we recommend you try this insanely good recipe.
Macros: 363 calories, 26 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, and 24 grams of protein.
If you thought bacon tacos blew my mind, you should have seen my reaction once I saw this avocado recipe. It’s an exciting time to be alive! Say goodbye to carbs and say hello to delicious fat. Who would have thought that replacing the buns of burgers with avocado could be so amazing? God bless the people at Paleohacks.com.
Roasted Veggie Paleo Cauliflower Pitas With Avocado Crema
I could have never imagined my hands were capable of creating such deliciousness, all thanks to the people at paleoglutenfree.com.
Macros: 414 calories, 28 grams of fat, 33 grams of carbs, 14 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein per serving. Click here for the recipe
Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting
You mean I can have chocolate cupcakes and not feel like I’m the worst person in the world for cheating on my diet? Avocados contain a lot of monounsaturated fats, that, mixed with coconut oil, means that these cupcakes can help you burn fat and feel full for longer. Right? Someone, please answer me, because I just ate 4 of these things.
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Black Beans & Avocado on Quinoa
This avocado recipe is by far the most nutrient-dense on this list. Just check out all these ingredients: Avocados, quinoa, spinach, black beans, and virgin olive oil. From heart-healthy fats to muscle-building protein and slow-digesting carbs, this recipe has everything you need.
Macros: 277 calories; 10 grams of fat; 9 grams of fiber; 39 grams of carbohydrates and 11 grams of protein.
Spiced Chicken Tacos with Avocado and Pomegranate Salsa
Happy Taco Tuesday! This Spiced Chicken Taco Recipe from Womenday.com is a treat for the taste buds. With ingredients like grilled chicken, lime juice, and cilantro, you’ll have the familiar flavors of a chicken taco. BUT add some avocado and pomegranate salsa, and your taste buds are in for a ride! At only 454 calories for two tacos, that sounds like a must this Taco Tuesday!
Scrambled Eggs, Avocado, and Smoked Salmon on Toast
This recipe is perfect for those super busy moments where you don’t even have time to think about what to cook. This delicious recipe contains 357 calories, 19 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber. Who doesn’t love a fancy toast option!
Healthy Thai Tuna Stuffed Avocado Recipe
Swap that soggy PB&J, you eat at lunch every single day, for this delicious recipe. Melissa loveeees tuna. So, you can imagine how this healthy recipe has become one of her favorites, as it’s full of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Just check out the macros. At 608 calories, 40 grams of fiber, 30 grams of carbs, 17 grams of fiber, 43 grams of protein per serving. (Which is two stuffed avocados btw.) Yes, you get to eat a whole damn avocado. You are welcome!
Black n’ Blue Grilled Steak Salad
I’m not a fan of salads, but as long as you give me steak and avocado, I’m down for almost anything. This recipe comes to you courtesy of lecremelacrumb.com. I was hooked as soon as I saw this picture on her website. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there’s no better food pairing than steak and avocado. Don’t @ me.
Smoked Salmon, Avocado, and Cucumber Bites
This avocado recipe is perfect for those days where you have to entertain (aka put up with) Susan, Karen, and Patricia. Mimosas for everyone!! All jokes aside, I had never tasted cucumber before trying this recipe. But I have to admit that these bites tasted good! And, of course, I enjoyed them even more after seeing the macros. At 216 calories, 10 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fiber, and a booty building (Yes, we men also want to build bigger booties) 27 grams of protein per 3 bites!! I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind putting up with Susan, Karen, and Patricia if I get to eat these avocado bites. Click here for this avocado recipe.
So there you have it. With the list of benefits and amazing recipes, it’s just too good to pass up. You can even use it in dessert, GUYS! Dessert! Don’t those cupcakes look amazing? So go ahead and cave into your avocado obsession, the list of benefits, and endless, and your tummy will be happy.