Avocados have a creamy, buttery texture and a distinctive, rich flavor. But, they’re not only delicious and satisfying, they’re also one of the healthiest, most nutrient-dense fruits you can eat. (Yes, we checked, avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable). They are the only fruit that contains a lot of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (the healthy kinds of fat), and they are also packed with numerous vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Their texture and flavor is also extremely versatile and complements many other foods quite nicely. All of this make avocado an ideal food for not only meals, but also for quick and healthy snacks. Check out our avocado snack ideas for a fast and easy way to serve up a delicious a healthy snack.
Mashed Avocado Dip
Mash up some avocado, season with salt and pepper, and mix in a little lime juice. Think of it as a simple, rustic guacamole (with all the flavor, but only a fraction of time to prepare). This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to enjoy avocado anytime, and is extremely versatile. You can dip almost anything in this dip to make a lightning-fast, healthy, and mouth-watering snack. Some foods that complement avocado particularly well include:
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Cherry tomatoes
- Apples or Pears
- Pita bread, pita chips, or crunchy bread sticks
Avocado Hummus Dip
If you love avocado and you love hummus, you’re really going to love putting them together. Mash-up or blend some avocado and mix it with an equal portion of hummus. Mix it together, serve, and enjoy. You can use your favorite pita bread or tortilla chip for dipping, or use your favorite dipping vegetables. Try using taro chips for a delicious change.
Whole Wheat Toast or English Muffin
Mash up some avocado or cut some avocado slices to enjoy on some warm whole wheat toast or an English muffin. This not only makes a great snack, but is also a quick and healthy breakfast idea. The creamy texture deliciously and satisfyingly contrasts with the crunch of the bread in this popular new take on toast. But, don’t stop there. Even though avocado on toast is tasty on its own, try adding some of these options for even more flavor:
- Spread some cream cheese or other spreadable cheese on the toast first, then pile on the avocado.
- Add some tomato slices and a splash of balsamic vinegar for a delectable take on bruschetta.
- Put a slice of pineapple on top. The sweetness of the pineapple combines with the earthiness of the avocado in an unexpectedly delightful way. Try it!
- Add a slice of smoked salmon for an appetizing snack packed with even more healthy Omega-3’s.
Avocado and Berries
Dice up some avocado and toss together with your favorite berries. Some berries that go particularly well with avocado are strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries. For extra flavor and complexity, toss with lettuce and add a splash of balsamic vinegar and oil to make a delectable avocado and berry salad. (Add crushed walnuts for some crunch).
There are endless options for enjoying a delicious stuffed avocado. Cut, hollow, and fill with almost anything you can imagine. The flavor of avocado blends in unexpected and enjoyable ways with many other flavors and textures, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Some appetizing and healthy combinations we’ve discovered include:
- Corn and black beans
- Walnuts, raisins, and blue cheese
- Tuna, salt, pepper, and a splash of olive oil
- Mango and chicken
- Lentils and sauteed onions
- Scrambled eggs and cheese
Again, don’t be afraid to try something new with stuffed avocado. Savory, sweet, salty, and sour all blend with avocado’s unique flavor in wonderfully delicious ways.
Start with your favorite whole wheat wrap, mash up some avocado, and fill with any number of healthy and delectable options. This is a great way to make a quick snack that satisfies like a meal. Try some of these variations for a nutritious avocado snack:
- Turkey and your favorite cheese (of course)
- Diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, and vinegar
- Cream cheese and cucumber
- Smoked salmon
- Shredded, leafy greens
- Diced or shredded chicken and salad dressing
- Shredded carrots and a splash of vinegar and oil
Turn your favorite smoothie into a drinkable super food. Blend some chunks of avocado into your favorite fruit-based smoothie for extra flavor and nutrition. Avocado’s creamy texture and earthy flavor complement almost any smoothie recipe. Tropical fruits, like mango, pineapple, and banana always work well with avocado, but almost any smoothie combination can have mouth-watering results. Avocado also makes a great addition to green smoothies, or any smoothie that contains vegetables.
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