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3 Ways To Enjoy (and Stuff) Avocado Bowls

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

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Apr 28th, 2017

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Thought you needed to avoid avocados because they’re rich in fat? That was so ten years ago. Avocados contribute smart fat (the same type we get from extra virgin olive oil), along with fiber and some key vitamins and minerals, to your daily diet. Not only are they a great addition to your salads, sandwiches, eggs and Mexican-style dishes, they also can be cut in half to become an edible avocado bowl! 

An avocado bowl (half of a medium avocado) is super satisfying but only adds 115 calories, 6 grams of carbohydrates and 1.4 grams of saturated fat. Each avocado half boosts fiber by 5 grams, protein by 2 grams, monounsaturated fat by 6.5 grams and potassium by 344 milligrams!

Here are three tips and tricks to help you enjoy avocado bowls year round!

Tip #1 Use Prepared Salads

Cut each avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. If you need a bigger crevice to fill with your salad, carve out a bigger hole with a soup spoon. Keep the peel on the avocado—it serves as an all-natural bowl!

Find these salads and dips at the deli or seafood counter of your local Albertsons!

Broccoli Salad

Quinoa Salad

Chicken or Tuna Salad

Crab Dip

Seafood Ceviche

Tip #2 Whip Up Your Own Filling

Here are 5 recipes to get your started:

Cottage Cheese Avocado Bowl– This super easy avocado bowl offers a fun, savory way to enjoy cottage cheese in the morning or as a snack.

Cottage Cheese Avocado Bowl

Fried Egg Avocado Bowl– Most egg avocado bowl recipes call for at least 30 minutes of bake time. This easy rendition uses a non-stick skillet, a brush of extra virgin olive oil and just 8 minutes!

Fried Egg Avocado Bowl

Mediterranean Crunch Avocado Bowl– This flavorful and crunchy Mediterranean Salad can be served in an avocado bowl or enjoyed as a side salad. Simply dice up the avocado and toss in the salad!

Mediterranean Avocado Bowl

Avocado Bowl with Spring Quinoa Salad– Serve this flavorful quinoa salad in an avocado half or chop up the avocado, stir into the quinoa salad and serve.

Spring Quinoa Avocado Bowl

Tuna Tapas Avocado Bowl– Albacore tuna in cans and pouches is a super easy way to get one of your fish servings each week. Change up the tuna sandwich rut by whipping up a Mediterranean-style tuna salad and serving in an avocado bowl!

Tuna Avocado Bowl

Tip #3 Create an Avocado Bar

Hosting a dinner or party? Set up an avocado bar! Start by buying about 1 avocado per person! If buying in advanced, choose avocados that are still a little bit firm so they will be the perfect ripeness for the party! Wait to cut the avocados in half until right before serving, then spray or brush with lemon juice to prevent browning. Set an assortment of toppings/salads in bowls for guests to choose from. Start by using the above ideas and recipes to inspire you then put together a smorgasbord of ready-made toppings/salads as well as some homemade options. Finally, make sure to offer a wide range of toppings so there is something for everyone to enjoy at the avocado bar!

For more recipe inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

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