8 Things To Do with Avocados That Aren’t Guacamole

Fresh avocado on cutting board over wooden background

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave without access to the internet, you know that avocados are experiencing an unprecedented moment of glory.

Once mistakenly thought of as an artery-clogging, fatty fruit that should be avoided, avocados are now enjoying their new-found celebrity as one of the healthiest foods we can eat. I couldn’t be happier as a chef, health and fitness advocate and avocado FREAK!

The avocado tree is native to the Americas, thriving from Mexico to Colombia when first encountered by Europeans in the 15th century.

I thought I was pretty well versed in avocados until I was in Hawaii last year and got to hang with the Fruit Hunter, Ken Love, and got schooled on the myriad of varieties of avocado indigenous to the Hawaiian islands. I couldn’t believe it. I was in avocado heaven.

Turns out there are hundreds of varieties. So the obvious question is: how can there be hundreds of varieties of avocados and only one dish made with them? (Guacamole, right?)

I’m here to put on my chef’s hat and share 8 things to do with avocados that aren’t guacamole.

1. Smoothie

My day nearly always starts with avocado. Just cutting into the fruit and seeing that gorgeous pastel yellow-green flesh puts a smile on my face. The easiest way to get that goodness into your gut is to use it as a creamy base for a green smoothie.

I’ll toss avocado, kale, ginger, banana, honey and almond milk in the blender for a silky smooth, filling breakfast.

2. Avocado toast

This is a classic. I happen not to eat gluten, so rather than bread, I use toasted nori and add some avocado, a few thin slivers of jalapeño, a squeeze of lime, cilantro and crunchy sea salt.

For the adventurous, add some radish or radish sprouts or even some good-quality canned tuna with olive oil.

3. Lettuce with avocado vinaigrette

I love bibb, butter and Boston lettuces. To amp up a simple salad, I use avocado as the base for a vinaigrette.

Put an avocado, a clove of garlic, some lemon or lime juice, a little full-fat organic kefir, some green herbs like basil or tarragon and extra virgin olive oil into a blender and blend until smooth.

Toss with the lettuce and herbs, cherry tomatoes and sunflower seeds or nuts.

4. Avocado salad

Dice an avocado into half-inch chunks, drizzle with coconut oil, lime juice and add some hearts of palm, a little cilantro, mint and basil and some thinly sliced shallots.

5. Grilled avocado

Yup. I cut the fruit in quarters, leaving it in the skin, then season with salt and pepper and grill lightly on all sides, then serve with a sprinkle of Japanese togarashi spice, a squeeze of lemon and some sea salt and sesame oil.

6. Avocado cups

Scoop the flesh out of the fruit, dice it up and toss with some grapefruit, fresh herbs, olive oil and spoon it back into the skin. If you’re into dairy, a little burrata or fresh mozzarella make a decadent addition and a perfect little snack.

7. Chilled soup

This is a delicious summery starter. It will oxidize after a little while, so it’s best made and served within a few hours.

In the blender, blend a few avocados, garlic, kefir or coconut milk, toss in some cilantro and coconut oil, season with salt and pepper and chill quickly in the fridge. Serve with thin slices of Serrano chilies a drizzle of olive oil and top with cilantro leaves.

8. Scrambled eggs …

…and avocado. This is a favorite and it’s not just for breakfast. I actually love eggs for lunch or dinner — and avocado just makes it that much better. I whisk a few eggs, then sauté some vegetables over low heat in olive oil.

Maybe some shallot rings, summer squash, green beans, then I add in the eggs and gently fold them together. When they are nearly set, but still a little wet, I add diced avocado. For a supercharged meal, add a tablespoon of chia seeds to your eggs 5 minutes before scrambling them.

These are by no means precise recipes. The wonderful thing about cooking is that it’s about expression and improvisation. If you don’t like cilantro, try basil!

Cook from the heart, cook for the body and cook with love. And remember #realfoodheals!

2015-10-05T16:10:46+00:00

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    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

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    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

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    Q: Can I lightly sauté in Olive oil or steam my raw vegetables occasionally on the Full Body Cleanse? This is my second day on the cleanse and I am having a hard time eating crunchy vegetables.

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    Hi, and thanks for the question.

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    Q: I just completed the Full Body Cleanse about two weeks ago and started the Pancreas Formula for my pancreas... I don?t have the money for the full kit but after the Full Body Cleanse I?ve notice my blood averaging +-200.....it had reached a low of 124 during detox. I bought cromium and have used it since the onset of detox at about 1200 mcg per day! My Pancreas is a piece of crap!!!!! I haven?t had ANY thing with added sugar or artificial, just green tea with stevia to sweeten it. NO Treats! The only regular food I get now is like lean cuisine type once or twice a day with fresh vegetables or fresh made Veg juice....I had went from 327lbs to 289lbs during detox but since I?ve went back up settling at about 296 and stable. I have cut everything I love out of my life! No Sugar, No Milk Products. About 6 ounces of meat A WEEK eat mostly live vegetables yet I see a Pancreas that needs to be punished for ruining my life!!!!! I try to help it and this is what it does for me! I don?t know what to do next.

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    If you can't afford the full kit or kits, order and drink some of our Herbal Teas to help maintain the pancreas in its normal healthy secretion. Cinnamon Tea can also provide additional benefits.

    We also recommend a daily pancreas regimen of: Pancreas Aid, Pancreas Formula, and Sugar Control.

    Your vegetable juice should consist of GREEN BEAN (Snap pea) and/or BRUSSEL SPROUTS, to help maintain pancreatic health.

     

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    Q: Can you combine Vegetables (green leafy) with Vegetables (fruit-vegetables)? Are fruit-veggies considered fruit or veggie?

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    Green leafy veggies may be combined with fruit-veggies (cucumbers and tomotoes). Fruit-veggies are really fruit. You can always tell because of the seeds. Technically, anything that contains seeds is a fruit!

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    Q: Thanks for the great web site! MY question is what's the best way to get sodium. I thought un-refined sea salt was the best, but the salt article says "eat this salt only if you must." The great thing about pure sea salt is that it all or almost all the minerals the body needs! So what's the best way to get all the mineral and to stay in balance? Also is there a way to get Epsom salt that is sodium sulfate not magnesium sulfate? Is it a good idea to bath in the "good" Epsom salt.

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    You're welcome, Beloved!

    The best way to get sodium is via vegetables (i.e. celery).

    Sea salt is great source of sodium, but its a secondary source as it has to be processed from ocean water. Absent the process, it would not be available.

    But it does provide minute amounts of trace elements.

    In re Epsom salt, I haven't been able to find the sodium one.

    I stopped using Epsom salt many years ago.

    You could bath in the good Epsom salt, but sea salt is far better and more natural.

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    Q: I see also that you recommend a complete diet with these programs. I am guessing its a vegan diet right? I wanted to ask something on that is coconut milk and coconut oils ok for that? I personally had a very hard time trying to eat that many vegetables and many ph balance vegans seem to think fruits aren?t good either. I eat that many vegetables one it tears me up the next day and two I just cant consume enough calories that way. I can try and make up for it by eating things like almonds but I eat to many almonds I get the same problem the next day. Now coconut milk (unsweetened) and a digestive enzyme works for me for picking up extra calories.... but I hear very conflicting information about coconut and its saturated fat content. Is it ok to use daily as a part of the diet for cleansing? And your oxy-drops are those the same as the drop for ph balancing water?? Or is it something different? I am wanting to start lifting weights as I need to put on some muscle and I?m wondering if its something that would be beneficial in combating muscle soreness by increased oxygen in the body.

    A:

    The diet we recommend is vegan-based, and RAW FOODS. Fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds are ideal.

    Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil are excellent products to have in your diet. The healthy fats will keep you fuller.

    Oxy-Drops can help balance your electrolytes that need to be replenished after a workout in order to keep your body performing efficiently. 

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    Q: I have a question for you. I love reading your articles and I was reading about the importance of iodine in a vegan diet. I am vegan and I'm scared I'm getting iodine and you wrote that seaweed would fulfill that need. Did you mean Sushi seaweed, the roasted nori kind? Or fresh seaweed? I haven't been able to find fresh seaweed anywhere, except for already prepared seaweed salad. Also, how would you suggest I use the roasted nori seaweed? In smoothies? Because by itself it does not taste good.

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    No! Not fresh water seaweed. But seaweed sold in a health food store. One in a bottle. Try Dulse, Kelp, Spiriulina, or even Dherbs Iodine Phosphate formula.