The avocado is a nutrition knockout. It’s packed full of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins. It makes an excellent addition to just about any meal, and it’s the perfect way to round out snacks so they’re extra satisfying.
January 21, 2016
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Avocado Sushi Snack
Fear not the fat and calories of the avocado. The decadent and creamy fruit is packed with filling heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fat and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. These 11 easy avocado snack ideas prove why this luscious fruit should be used for so much more than guacamole.
Don't be intimidated by the roll. Sushi is a quick and easy snack to prepare ahead of time. Simply wrap in a slightly damp paper towel to save for later.
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Avocado-and-Pea Salmon Tartines
Elevate your avocado toast with silky smoked salmon for a lunch worth bragging about. This recipe delivers a double dose of heart-healthy unsaturated fats from both salmon and avocado, plus 35% of your daily fiber goal. Be sure to look for salmon that's labeled "wild Alaskan." That way you can be sure you're getting sustainable seafood.
The crunch of the cucumber lends an exciting hand to the creamy avocado in this quick snack, which would also work beautifully as an appetizer.
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Easy Avocado Egg Salad Cup
Egg salad gets a much needed reboot with the addition of avocado, our favorite creamy fruit.
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Mini Avocado Toasts With Pumpkin Seeds
Avocado toast will never go out of style. Paired with salty, crunchy pumpkin seeds, you'll be in snack heaven after one bite. These adorable toasts all make for the perfect entertaining snack, and they're super simple to put together. Make sure to keep a close eye if you're toasting the pumpkin seeds, as they can easily burn.
You'll be pleasantly surprised at the beautiful pairing between citrus and avocado. The acid from the citrus keeps the avocado from browning and adds a refreshing, tropical taste. Garnished with mint, this salad is light, simple, and irresistible. A sprinkle of pomegranate seeds seals the deal.
Serve this salsa with chips, or spoon it atop sautéed chicken breast or fish. If you want to make the salsa ahead, omit the cilantro and avocado, and stir them in just before serving. If you find blood oranges, substitute them for regular oranges for seasonal color.
Incorporating green peas into this tasty summer snack not only reduces the amount of fat but also adds sweetness and further brightens the green color.
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Smashed Avocado on Toast
A smashed avocado on a piece of whole-wheat toast is a great snack before a run or workout. With the perfect combination of healthy fats and carbohydrates, this snack will keep your body energized without weighing you down.