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Four Things to do With an Avocado

For years, people assumed that the rich, creamy goodness of avocados must be bad for you, after all nothing that tastes good is actually “good for you,” right? But it turns out that avocados are packed with crazy health benefits. They happen to be full of the beneficial kind of fat, monounsaturated fat, that is high in “good” HDL cholesterol. With these recent clarifications, the world has gone avocado crazy! Now deemed a “super fruit,” you might find an avocado in your drink, on a BLT, or used as a spread.

Also, check out this great article on the 13 Health Benefits of Avocado.

ASmoothieAvocado Pit Green Smoothie
2.5 cups almond milk or water
1 ripe pear
1/2-3/4 ripe mango
1/2 avocado pit
3 tbsp flax seeds
3/4 head of red leaf lettuce

1. Blend in a high-powered blender or food processor until smooth.

2. Store in glass containers, to avoid leeching chemicals into your food from plastic.

3. Refrigerate for up to 3 days, but the fresher the better.

APopAvocado Lime Popsicle
3/4 cup water
6 tablespoons sugar
2 cups chopped
peeled avocado
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Cook 4 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

3. Place sugar mixture, avocado, lime rind, lime juice, and kosher salt in a food processor; process until smooth. Divide mixture
evenly among 6 (4-ounce)
ice-pop molds.

4. Top with lid. Freeze 4 hours or until thoroughly frozen.

ADressingCreamy Avocado Dressing
1 whole Avocado
1 clove Fresh Garlic, peeled
1/2 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1. In a mini food processor add the peeled clove of garlic, avocado, lime or lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

2. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides a few times. Thin the salad dressing out with a little bit of water {1/4 cup to 1/2 cup} until it reaches a desired consistency.

3. Keep in an airtight container for at least a week (maybe longer!).

AEggsBaked Eggs in Avocado
2 ripe avocados
4 fresh eggs
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chopped chives

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Slice the avocados in half, and take out the pit. Scoop out about two tablespoons of flesh from the center of the avocado, just enough so the egg will fit snugly in the center.

3. Place the avocados in a small baking dish. Do your best to make sure they fit tightly.

4. Crack an egg into each avocado half. Try your best to crack the yolk in first, then let the egg whites spill in to fill up the rest of the shell.

5. Place in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cooking time will depend on the size of your eggs and avocados. Just make sure the egg whites have enough time to set.

6. Remove from oven, then season with pepper, chives, and garnish of your choice. Enjoy!