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52 Shades of Green – How to Love Avocados all Year Long

Remember when avocados used to be that exotic and curiously interesting food found only in Mexican restaurants?  Well, times have changed, and avocados are definitely now the cool kids on the block – the fruit that every other member of the produce aisle wants to be!  They’re lovely, luscious and deliciously decadent to eat, and now they’re popping up everywhere – even in dessert.

Even though they’re high in fat (that’s what makes them so buttery and luscious), avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re full of monounsaturated fat that can help to reduce your cholesterol. Here’s another bit of news – a very recent study showed that avocados could help with weight loss, and keep your insulin levels more stable, if you eat ½ of an avocado at lunch. They’re also full of lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and they help to boost the nutrients in other foods you eat.  So – no, they’re not just a pretty green thing to put on your chips anymore. Avocados deserve lots of love for Heart Month – and all year long.   Here are 52 Ways to Love Avocados – one for every week of the year:

 


For Breakfast:

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Poached Egg Avocado Toast|Pinch of Yum

Avocado Toast|Food52

Bacon and Egg Avocado Toast|Kitchen Confidence

Avocado Banana Pancake Stacks|Avocado Central

Avocado Toast with a Twist|Krolls Korner

Avocado Hollandaise|Food & Wine

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Scrambled Egg Tostatas with Black Beans and Avocado Mayo|Big Girls Small Kitchen

 

 

In a Salad:

 

52 Ways To Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

California Power Salad|Craving Something Healthy

Grilled Avocado Peach Spinach Salad|Supper for a Steal

 Oven Fried Chicken Cobb Salad|Heather Cristo

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Avocado Salad Dressing Bowls|The Kitchn

Corn Avocado and Tomato Salad|The Girl Who Ate Everything

Lemon Cilantro Avocado Pasta Salad|Pia Recipes

Raspberry Avocado Mango Salad|Fitness Magazine

Summer Harvest Ceviche|Craving Something Healthy

 

In a Sandwich:

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

 

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Avocado Feta Sandwich|Two Peas and Their Pod

Avocado Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich|Cooking Light

Springtime Avocado and Radish Toasts|Blissful Basil

Turkey Avocado Goat Cheese Panini|Once Upon a Cutting Board

Egg White Avocado & Salad |Eat Yourself Skinny

Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich|Cooking Stoned

Avocado Caprese Sandwich|Craving Something Healthy

 

In Guacamole:

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Roasted Poblano Guacamole|The Culinary Chronicles

Pomegranate Guacamole|Just A Taste

Ridiculously Easy Classic Fiesta Guacamole|Half Baked Harvest

Broccomole|Domestic Fits

Avocado Hummus Dip|Food & Wine

 

In Mexican Food:

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Crockpot Carnitas Tortilla Buritto Bowl|HalfBaked Harvest

Avocado Cream and Chicken Suiza Enchiladas|Foodie Crush

 Slow Cooker Verde Chicken Tostadas|Bake Your Day

Seven Layer Tostadas|Kalyn’s Kitchen

Chipotle Lentil Tostadas|Craving Something Healthy

Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean and Guac Tacos|Naturally Ella

 

 

In Soup:

Chicken and Avocado Soup|Food & Wine

Avocado and Tortilla Soup|Avocado Central

Avocado and Cucumber Soup|Avocado Central

 52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup|Craving Something Healthy

Mexican Crab Soup|Sweet Paul

 

 

In Appetizers or Small Plates:

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Avocado Egg Rolls with Creamy Cilantro Ranch Dip|I Wash You Dry

Fried Avocado with Chipotle Cream Sauce|Damn Delicious

 

52 Ways to Love Avocado|Craving Something Healthy

Avocado Feta and Cherry Tomato Salsa Flatbreads|Food & Wine

Avocado Quinoa Cakes|Craving Something Healthy

 

 

In Baked Goods:

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins|Craving Something Healthy

Avocado Cinnamon Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies|Avocado Central

Avocado Cheesecake with Pistachio Crust|Created by Diane

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake|Joy the Baker

Avocado Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes|Avocado Central

 

 

In Ice Cream and Other Sweet Treats:

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Creamy Avocado Grapefruit and Honey Ice Cream|The Gouda Life

Grasshopper Pie Shots|EA Stewart

Banana Avocado Smoothie|Mom Spotted

 

52 Ways to Love Avocados|Craving Something Healthy

Avocado Lime Popsicles|A Harmony Healing

Brainpower Smoothie|Gimme Some Oven

Whew!  That’s quite a list!  How do you love your avocados?  Let me know if there’s anything I missed 🙂

Eat well!

4 Responses to “52 Shades of Green – How to Love Avocados all Year Long”

  1. Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition says:

    I loved this post Anne! The title not only caught my eye but all of the delicious avocado recipes did too!

  2. Fantastic recipes! I have always loved avocados…I need to do more with them. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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