There are so many reasons – and so many ways – to love avocado.
Health Benefits of Avocado
Unlike most fruits, avocado is low in carbohydrates and high in a healthy fat called oleic acid. Like olive oil, oleic acid has been linked to health benefits such as reducing inflammation, protecting cells against cancer, and reducing cholesterol. This amazing fruit also improves digestive health and helps your body absorb other nutrients.
Ways to Love Avocado
There are limitless ways to add avocado to snacks or meals: Use avocado as a healthy spread on toast; blend it into scrambled eggs; add it to dips, salsa, soup, or smoothies; slice for a salad topping. Click here for the ultimate guacamole recipe.
Avocado is optimally ripe when the fruit is mildly soft to touch. Its flesh should be creamy and green-gold in color. If you don’t use the whole fruit at one time, keep leftover avocado fresh by leaving the pit in the unused portion and allow it to sit, uncovered, on a counter for a few hours before placing it in the fridge (still uncovered) for up to two days. When you want to use the other half, simply peel off the brown crust to reveal a soft and deliciously ripe avocado beneath.
Vegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Want to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding inches to your waistline? This rich, creamy avocado mousse is about as close as you’ll get to a truly healthy chocolate treat.
- 1 ripe avocado, skin and pit removed, mash slightly with a fork
- 3 1/2 Tbs unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 3 1/2 Tbs RAW honey or maple syrup (substitute stevia or monk fruit for a sugar-free version)
- Unsweetened almond, coconut or hemp milk
- Place avocado and cocoa powder in food processor. Add honey or other sweetener.
- Process avocado, cocoa powder and honey for approximately 1 min, pausing to scrape the sides, or until a thick, smooth mousse forms.
- Add milk as needed to bring to desired consistency.
- Spoon mousse into a small bowl; top with almonds or fresh fruit.
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