Having recently decided to start eating more cleanly, I have found avocados to be one of my favorite healthy treats. Not only are they good for your physical health, but they also benefit your eyesight and hair growth.
Most of the time, I enjoy eating avocados on their own. However, I have also discovered six other ways that avocado lovers like myself can enjoy them.
1. With salt or sugar
Add some sugar if you have a sweet tooth and salt if you prefer things more savory.
Here's how to do it: Cut your avocado into two halves. Remove the seed. Cut the flesh from the two halves into smaller pieces, then put the chopped pieces in a bowl and sprinkle approximately half a tablespoon of sugar on them. If you opt for salt over sugar, add a bit of black pepper as well. When everything is ready, simply grab a spoon, sit back and enjoy your snack!
2. As a base for baked eggs
For a heavier snack, you can try “baked eggs in avocado.”
Here's how to make it: Slice an avocado in half, remove the seed and scoop out a bit of the flesh from each half to make some room for the egg. Then, break an egg into each half. Afterwards, place the avocado halves in a small baking dish. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and let the avocado halves bake for 20 minutes. When they are ready, season them with salt and pepper, and dig right in!
3. In a vegetable salad
I'm not a huge fan of salads, but I figured that adding avocado to them would make them more appealing—and it worked! My current favorite is avocado, lettuce and tomato.
Here's how to make it: Along with one diced avocado, I use one or two diced tomatoes and 80g of shredded lettuce. Mix these in a bowl, and add a bit of salt, lemon juice and olive oil just to give it a bit of flavor. For the days when I'm a bit hungrier than usual, I add pieces of fried chicken to the mixture or eat the salad with three or four baked chicken wings. Yum!
4. With salmon
Salmon is another of my favorite healthy foods, and nothing goes better with it than avocadoes! When preparing my avocado and salmon meal, I start by cooking the salmon.
Here's how to make it: First, I season my salmon fillet with a mixture of curry powder, ginger, paprika and flour, then shallow-fry it on the cooker or bake the coated salmon in the oven for about 15 minutes. While the salmon cooks, I slice my avocado into thin slices and sprinkle some salt, black pepper and olive oil onto the pieces. To complete the meal, I make a small cup of rice to go with it; when I want an alternative to rice, I have some roasted potatoes instead. This meal makes for a very tasty and filling lunch or dinner. Try it for yourself and see.
5. As a sandwich filling
One of my favorite things about the flesh in an avocado is how soft it is. This makes it easy to mash, which means that it can be used in other ways, too.
Here's how to use it: One of the easiest ways to use mashed avocado is as a spread for a sandwich! Forego your usual margarine one morning, and spread mashed avocado onto each slice of your bread instead. If you want a heavier sandwich, you can add a slice of ham, some salami or slices of boiled egg to your avocado sandwich as well. Wash it all down with a cup of tea or coffee afterwards.
6. As Guacamole
Guacamole is another favorite of mine simply because it can be enjoyed with a wide range of things. Whether it's a snack like tortilla chips or a heavier meal like burritos or fajitas, guacamole is one of the tastiest sides to go with it. It's also quite filling, which reduces the number of tortilla chips I eat with it or the amount of other fillings I put in my burrito and fajita wraps; it also reduces how much I eat afterwards.
Here's how I make my favorite guacamole recipe: I mix mashed avocado, chopped tomatoes, lemon juice, salt and black pepper together. For something a bit spicier, I add some paprika or salsa sauce to the mix.
How do you prefer to eat your avocados? What are your favorite avocado recipes? Share them below to give other queens even more ideas on how to enjoy avocados.