Easy ways to swap bad fats for good with avocados
Luxurious, rich and creamy avocados have the ability to make everything they are paired with taste delicious. They are also seriously good at providing healthy monounsaturated fats. These are the fats that increase HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Avocados are packed with protein that helps with energy levels and keeps hunger at bay.
Avocados are traditionally used in salads, sandwiches or in classic guacamole but they are so much more versatile than this. They can be used as a substitute for many common kitchen ingredients in baking and cooking including butter, eggs, oil, mayonnaise and sour cream. When you substitute avocado for another fat you are replacing saturated fats and reducing the amount of calories plus getting about 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. And it’s easy to swap in — usually you can just swap 1 cup of butter or oil for 1 cup of avocado.
Baking with avocado will result in softer, less crumbly bread, cake and muffins due to the high water content of avocados. Just make sure you reduce your oven temperature by about 25% and increase your baking time to avoid your baked goodies browning too quickly. Click here for Avocado Blueberry Muffins recipe.
Avocados are truly an all-rounder, diverse enough to be used in entrees, main courses, and desserts, so what’s not to love about this amazing fruit? (yes they are a fruit!).