Beyond Guacamole...8 Ways To Take Advantage Of This Superfruit!

Avocados healthy reputation comes from the many vitamins, minerals and healthy fats found in its delicious pulp. They are a nutrient-packed food, with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, and best known for being a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which also makes them a very unique fruit. Elevating a turkey sandwich or making guacamole is just the beginning! Learn how to make the most of this superfood’s potential!

 

1. Exfoliate Dead Skin

Both the outside of the peel and the pit can be used to exfoliate skin all over your body. "I use the skin of the avocado to rub into the rough skin on my elbows and feet," says Dr. Icenhower. Another option is to dry out the pit for three days, then grind until it is a fine consistency. Do not add water. Once the pit is the right texture, add it to your facial cleanser in a small bowl. Rub on your face to clear your pores of build up and get an overall healthy glow then rinse.

2. Dye Fabric

When boiled in a pot of water, avocado pits release minerals that create a liquid dye, as vibrant as the commercial products available at fabric stores. The color is a surprisingly edgy pink, varying in tone from dusty sunrise to russet red, depending on how long the fabric is left in the dye. It is easy to make and do; you just need a few avocado pits to get it going. Start by boiling them in a non-reactive stainless-steel pot, letting them simmer for 20 to 60 minutes until the water reaches the hue you want. Soak cotton fabric in the water for as long as it takes to achieve your desired ton

3. Moisturize Your Face

DIY facemasks are an inexpensive way to deeply moisturize your face. It makes sense that avocado is great to try on skin since it’s a rich source of vitamin E.  Simply open an avocado and smash. Adding other ingredients from your kitchen will supplement its effect: Honey is a natural anti-bacterial agent and loaded with antioxidants. Egg whites contain collagen and protein, both building blocks for plump, younger-looking skin. And olive oil helps remove old makeup, plus acts as an intense moisturizer. Combine some or all of these ingredients with the mashed avocado to give your skin a quick pick-me-up.

4. Whip up a Creamy Salad Dressing

Forget ranch – a creamy avocado dressing is guaranteed to be your new salad topper with extra benefits. The dietary fat in avocado helps maximize the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, such as the alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and vitamin E in avocado. This also makes them an especially nutritious addition to salads, because they help absorb the other nutrients in the salad. Blend up an avocado dressing using simple ingredients you probably have on hand, like soy sauce, garlic, honey, lime or lemon juice. The result can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge.

5. Grind the Pit Into a Smoothie

The avocado pit (or seed) usually goes straight in the compost pile or trashcan. But you may be losing out on another healthful source of micronutrients if you do that. The pit is rich in nutrients and contains higher levels of antioxidants and soluble fiber than the pulp of the avocado. The research on the clinical use of avocado pits is in its infancy, but if you want to be adventurous and try adding it in to your smoothie—go for it! Dry out the pit first for three days then break it up into large chunks using a knife. Grind in a high-powered blender until it is a fine powder. Add your favorite smoothie components, and you’ll have a cutting-edge healthy meal.

6. Make a Dessert or Smoothie

You can use avocados to jazz up your favorite desserts. In a food processor, mix together a ripe avocado, cocoa powder, and some maple syrup. If you’d like, stir in some chocolate chips for an extra dose of chocolate. Spread the frosting on cakes or brownies for a creamy finish! Adding it to a smoothie is a great way to add healthy fats to your favorite blended drink.

7. Condition Your Hair

Avocados are high in fat and Vitamins B and E, both of which are great for damaged hair. The nutrients soak into the cuticles, making hair less dry and susceptible to breakage with the end result being the shiny, soft finish of a professional hair treatment, made at home with a grocery store price tag. Blend avocado with olive oil and lemon juice and leave on hair for 15 minutes. Shampoo and condition lightly, then style as usual.

8. Make It Your Mayo

Making your own avocado-based mayonnaise will yield a creamy, rich sandwich topping, filled with healthy, plant-based ingredients. Store-bought mayonnaise uses eggs and commercial vegetable oil, which make it high in fat and calories. The same amount of DIY avocado mayonnaise not only has fewer calories and fat, it is a completely unprocessed whole food. Make it using avocado, olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt.

Of course, never underestimate the power of a delicious bowl of homemade guacamole! This delightful fruit is certainly one to be treasured, and has far reaching potential!

Peggy Van Cleef