· Food & Recipes · Recipes · Surprising Ways Avocados Benefit You Inside and Out!
24

Surprising Ways Avocados Benefit You Inside and Out!

Avocados

If I had to choose one food to eat for the rest of my life it might just be avocados! Between their health benefits, beauty benefits, and the fact that they are delicious all by themselves and in a vast variety of dishes…avocados are simply the perfect food! Apparently the “alligator pear” (another name for avocados) doesn’t fall far from the tree either because my daughter Britta seems to be in complete agreement. :-)

Britta writes…..     As most of you are aware, the Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday. I’m not personally very invested in football, so I usually just use the game as an excuse to eat an indecent amount of guacamole. And apparently I’m not alone! The Hass Avocado Board has estimated that avocado consumption will top 100 million pounds (or a whopping 240 million avocados!) this weekend in conjunction with the big game. Let’s face it – we have a love affair with avocados, but that’s a GOOD thing!

Avocados

In addition to being extremely delicious, the avocado fruit (which happens to be part of the berry family!) is high in monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce “bad” cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease. Avocados also contain a good amount of protein, potassium, and B vitamins, which are all good things our bodies need. And on top of all those health benefits, avocados also have plenty of beauty benefits as well thanks to their antioxidants and amino acids! So today I thought I’d share some ideas for eating, using, and storing this amazing fruit!

First, a few interesting FACTS about this fruit (yes, avocados ARE considered a FRUIT!):

  • Avocados were used as a spread instead of butter when European sailors traveled to the New World.
  • The avocado is an Aztec symbol of love and fertility and they only grow in pairs.
  • In Brazil, avocados are a popular ingredient for ice creams and in the Philippines they purée avocados with sugar and milk for a dessert drink.
  • Avocados used to be served only to royalty and were a symbol of wealth.

Luckily nowadays you and I can enjoy them anytime!

Avocados

Avocados for Eating

Avocados are especially near and dear to my heart, because last year my husband and I eliminated dairy from our diets. (To make a long story short, my poor husband finally admitted to himself that he is lactose-interolerant, which was tough for him to do because he really loved all things cheesy and creamy. So to try to make it easier on him, I went dairy-free too.) But it wasn’t all bad, because the elimination of dairy from our diets made way for a renewed love affair with avocados! We started discovering all the different ways we could get that fatty, creamy fix from avocados that we desperately missed from our dairy-eating days.

So here’s a collection of awesome avocado recipes, starting with my personal favorite breakfast recipe!

Avocados

Egg and Avocado Toast
from The Corner Kitchen

If you haven’t ever tried Egg and Avocado Toast, give it a try! It takes maybe 10 minutes to throw together, and it’s super satisfying! This mix of complex carbs,  healthy fats, and protein will keep you full and give you steady energy throughout the morning or afternoon. And most importantly, it’s SO DELICIOUS. Especially with a dash or two of hot sauce on top! Okay, okay… enough about the toast, back to the avocado recipes!

Avocados

Perfect Guacamole
from Gimme Some Oven

Avocados

Creamy Avocado Pasta
from Damn Delicious

Avocados

Guacamole Deviled Eggs
from Simply Recipes

Avocados

Crispy Avocado Fries
from Kim’s Healthy Eats

Avocados

Avocado Mac and Cheese
from Two Peas and Their Pod

Avocados

Avocado Quesadillas
from The Garden Grazer

Avocados

Tuna Avocado Boats
from Not Enough Cinnamon

Avocados

Healthy Avocado Chocolate Cookies
from The Smoothie Lover

 And just as a refresher, here are a few of the delicious avocado recipes we’ve posted in the past here on OGT! :-)

Avocados

My Sister-in-Law’s Southwest Salsa
Click here to see the post!

Avocados

Super Healthy, Super Salsa!
Click here to see the post!


Avocados

Avocados for Beauty

As I mentioned above, avocados contain beneficial antioxidants and amino acids, and they also happen to be super moisturizing! With all of these wonderful qualities, it’s a no-brainer that avocados would make a perfect addition to your at-home health and beauty routines. So next time you’ve got a half an avocado left over from lunch, give one of these a try and treat yourself to some avocado pampering!

Avocados

Moisturizing Hair Mask
from The Happier Homemaker

Avocados

Avocado Egg White Face Mask
from Noob Cook

Avocados

Avocado Hand Scrub and Moisturizer
from Crunchy Betty

Avocados

Avocado Soap
from Soap Recipes 101


Avocados

Storing Avocados

There are many different opinions on the best way to store an unused half of an avocado. If you have a vacuum sealer, this is proabably your best bet, since exposure to air is what causes the avocado flesh to turn brown and unappealing. If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, sprinkling a bit of lemon or lime juice over the avocado can help to slow the browning process. I’ve also heard the storing your unused avocado half with a bit of cut onions can help keep it fresh!

Avocados

For freezing, mash or slice the avocado, mix with a tablespoon or so of lemon/lime juice, and place into a freezer bag. Use a vacuum sealer to remove the air, or you can also simply place a straw in the bag to suck the air out. Frozen avocados definitely won’t keep indefinitely, but you should be able to store them for a month or two this way!

The next time you find yourself in possession of an amazing avocado, I hope you’ll remember the endless possibilities inside!

Important Note: Although avocado makes a delicious and healthy food for humans,  many animals (such as birds and rabbits) can actually be poisoned by ingesting the skin, flesh, or seed of avocados. Cats and dogs are less sensitive to avocado, but would still probably experience mild to moderate digestive distress after ingestion, according to the ASPCA.

Do you have a favorite avocado recipe? 

Jill Nystul Photo

Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

About Jillee

Jill Nystul

Jill’s 30 years of homemaking experience, make her the trusted source for practical household solutions.

About Jillee

Read This Next


MORE IDEAS FROM

Food & Recipes

  • I love Avacados! My husband and I have been on a kick of them! I like to make egg and tuna salad with them or use them on toast with just salt and pepper! So delicious! I want to try the hair mask though, that sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Avocado chicken salad is delicious and I think I might have seen the recipe on your wonderful website.
    Use Avocado in place of mayonaise. Mashed avocado, chopped chicken breast, chopped onion, cilantro and lime juice with a little olive oil. Mix it all together and it is great on crackers!!
    Love your One Good Thing every day!!

  • Just wanted to say that I enjoy reading the newsletters and health/beauty tips. So useful and simple, most of the suggestions, that I pass them on to friends.

    Thank you!

  • We went to a restaurant where they make dip at guacamole dip at your table. They leave the pits in the bowl to keep the dip from getting brown. We’ve tried it and it works for a day or two.

  • Holy Guacamole ! 100 million pounds in one weekend?

    I made a chocolate zucchini bread with avocados (recipe at I Wash, You Dry) last summer when zukes were over running the garden. I put it in the freezer, double bagged; we have a few left and they are still awesome. I warm them up a little & have a somewhat healthier version of chocolate lava cake.

  • Hi Jillee! Thanks so much for sharing my quesadillas – truly appreciate it! What an awesome article. You just gave me many new reasons to love avocados!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend :)

  • Another great post!! I find it so VERY difficult to put an avocado anywhere except put in my mouth!! I still haven’t has the strength to “waste/waist” an avocado on my hair or face or hands!! I guess I just LOVE them so much, maybe to an addiction-needs counseling level!!

  • I have a vacuum sealer, but I find it a little unnecessary to use it for just the unused half of my avocado. I just put it in a ziplock (pit and all), close all but about an inch, and suck the air out with my mouth, and finish the zip. Then I make sure the bag is touching all of the green part of the avocado, so there are no air bubbles. It will keep that half fresh for a day or two in the fridge, if I let it!

  • Thank you so much for including the information about feeding to animals! I feed my dog a ‘clean’ diet and there are some foods I’m not completely sure about letting her ingest! Very useful information!

  • My grand daughter make takes one large avocado and a half a can of Ro-Tel (tomatoes and peppers) and mashes together. Eat with chips. Ro-Tel comes in different levels of hotness.

  • There is a wire tool that is shaped like the outline of an incandescent light. It is shaped like a wire loop from a wire whisk, it cleans the avocado out right to the skin. It is supremely handy for cleaning out an avocado very quickly…much more efficient and faster than spoons. Nothing much sticks to the loop unlike the spoon ….so quick to use. I got mine with a sturdy loop from a Korean mail order place, but I have not seen my design online again. Try it on kiwi fruit or other fruits. this is one design I saw online http://www.prescottaz.com/m/Image.aspx?name=119769a.jpg

  • Hi there: Thanks for another very informative and tasty article! You must be psychic since this week were given some avocados and shared with family and friends as we had heard of the healthy benefits to eating them…and after all it is SuperBowl Weekend coming up. Thanks again and keep these great articles coming to our kitchens!

  • >