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All About Avocados

The green fruit…AVOCADOS. If you asked me a few months ago if I liked avocados I would have immediately told you that I hated them. I would most definitely have given you a yucky, disgusted face and explained that all they were to me was green mush. My friends loved them and were always telling me how healthy they were and so forth. But in my mind, avocados and I would never be friends. We were just not meant to be…at least that is what I had assumed.

See avocados and I had only a few encounters with its oh so famous dish, guacamole. I tried and tried to like this dip, but I could never find myself to like it. Then one day I was looking up a healthy frosting for some brownies and the one I found was made with avocados. I was thinking, “there is no way the green mush is going to make a good dessert,” but boy was I wrong. I whipped up this yummy chocolate frosting using avocados. Yes, I know; I cannot believe it either. This then lead me to wonder what other yummy things I had been missing because of my avocado ban.

What I discovered was that it wasn’t that I did not like avocados, but I had not liked them prepared the ways I traditionally had them before. Now avocados are something I look to use almost every week. I use them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. There are so many ways I have found to add them to recipes and I hope to expand your view on this wonderful green fruit. See some recipes I love below.

  • Avocado toast
    • There are a million different creations for this, but my favorite is simply mashed avocado on top of toasted bread with a poached egg on top. Check out this easy recipe at Pinch of Yum.
  • Scrambled eggs with avocados
    • Simply scramble your eggs and add chops or slivers of avocados to them. It creates a creamy texture and adds a few more healthy benefits to your morning.
  • Smoothies
    • When making your smoothie add a 1-2 slices of avocados. You will never even know they are in there. This is also an easy way for your kids to eat something healthy for breakfast. Note: Too much avocado will change the flavor and texture so I would encourage you, especially avocado beginners, to start with less.
  • Brownies
    • This week I made avocado brownies from The Healthy Maven. I really liked them as they weren’t too sweet and the texture was great. My kids, however, thought they needed to be sweeter of course. I am looking to try another recipe I discovered from Frugal Mom Eh to see if I can win them over and since she uses chocolate versus cocoa powder, I am thinking the sweet factor will be there. I’m pretty positive winning them over will not be too hard.
  • Chocolate Frosting
    • Have you ever read the ingredients on the package of the store bought frosting? I have and therefore decided to whip up my own, which is when I discovered an avocado frosting from Veggie Primer. Now I will admit this does not taste like a store bought frosting, but it is still delicious. It is silky and smooth. It passed the yummy test with my husband, kids, and friends.

What are some non-traditional ways you have found to incorporate avocados? If you don’t have any, I would love for you to try some of the recipes above or venture out with your next creation and add some avocados. What I have discovered is that there are endless ways to add them to dishes you already prepare. So I guess I should say that avocados and I have become friends and that the ban has been lifted.

Check out some of the health benefits of this green fruit at Authority Nutrition.

 

 

 

 

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Back to Blogging

Back to school for the kids and back to blogging for me. This summer went by extremely fast. We went from nothing planned to a summer full of events, camps, travel and more. Even though it went fast, we had a great time and shared some amazing memories. One of them was going to a beautiful lake for vacation. The beach is our usual vacation spot, but this year we went with something different and were so glad we did. As I kid, I went to the lake every summer with my family and grandparents, so I was excited to experience the same thing with my husband and kids. The boys had so many “firsts” on this trip. I loved sitting back and watching them leap into the lake, hold on tight while riding the tube and scream “faster” on the jet skis. We also were able to travel to California and Louisiana to visit friends and family. We savor every chance we get to see them. (Check out some snaps of our adventurous summer below)

And now we are back to getting on schedules with school, sports, work, groups, etc. This is always a fun transition…said no one ever! Liam is starting first grade and playing flag football and Nixon is starting Pre-K and playing baseball. We are excited to see how they continue to grow and learn. I also absolutely love watching them play sports and yes, I am sometimes the mom who is obnoxiously screaming from the stands for their kids. With all that the rest of the year holds, I am excited to share some new stuff on the blog. I have some new recipes I’ve tried out, parenting tools I have found and some things I am learning about in life. So happy “Back to School” and “Back to Blogging” everyone. I am looking forward to connecting again next week….And just a hint I might be sharing a little something about avocados.