We tend to choose the food we eat because of certain main drivers such as taste, healthfulness and convenience.
As a dietitian, I love to shop for, prepare and recommend foods that fit into all the above categories and one food that rises to the top of my list is the California Avocado. Besides being domestically grown in California, these avocados bring benefits including being heart-healthy and providing a good source of fiber.
Although one of the easiest ways you can serve a California Avocado is just to cut and peel it, then eat it as is, there are so many delicious ways to bring avocados to your table. Here are a few of the ways my family enjoys eating avocados. I love that they appreciate the taste and texture of a California Avocado as much as I applaud its nutritional qualities:
- An egg-ceptional egg muffin is a perfect way to start your day for breakfast with the satiating addition of California Avocados which are naturally sodium-, cholesterol- and trans fat-free. You’ll love my Eggs-traordinary California Avocado Breakfast Muffins. Check out our breakfast muffins recipe.
- A super side dish adds a medley of ingredients that make it easy for you to clear out your fridge and, in the process, reduce food waste. I call this Farro Fried “Rice” with California Avocado my super side because it provides an excellent source of dietary fiber (29% DV) and vitamin C (60% DV), a good source of protein (18% DV), iron (10% DV), potassium (10% DV), key nutrients needed in the daily diet while also being cholesterol and trans-fat free.*
- A silky sauce helps to add moisture, flavor, texture and color to a main dish. I created this Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta that you can use as a side dish or add protein like chicken or beans to make it a main. If you’re not in the mood for pasta, you can simply add this creamy sauce over poultry or grilled veggies. Check out all of our avocado sauce and salsa recipes.
- A better baked good gets a thumbs-up from health-conscious bakers who don’t want to compromise on taste while also enjoying the decadence of the bread, cake or muffin they’re creating. You can seamlessly swap out less healthy saturated fats and sub in mashed avocado to provide good fats. Just wait till you share my Avocado Pumpkin Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips and Almonds. Be sure to also check out the California Avocado Commission’s website article “Avocados as Butter or Fat Substitute” with Baking Ingredient and Spread and Dip Comparison Charts or more easy swaps.
- A burger builder knows to include California Avocados because whether it’s on or in your burger recipe you’ll love this perfect pairing. This juicy turkey burger is a delicious choice, providing nutrition of 30% DV Vitamin C, 35 % DV Vitamin K and 20% DV Vitamin B5. Make your next burger a Turkey Mushroom Burger by following our recipe.
California Avocados are available spring through summer so be sure to include them on your shopping list! What’s your favorite way to eat an avocado? Let me know in the comment section below.
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.