Avocados are nutrient-packed food that is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. It contains nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients including vitamins C, E, K, folate, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Consumption of this creamy fruit has been associated with a number of health benefits including improved digestion, lowered risk of depression, healthy pregnancy, cancer prevention, lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, healthy heart, and a lot more.
Aside from being a delicious addition to our diet, there are other cool ways to use avocado. Check them out below.
Make It Your Mayo
As compared to store-bought mayonnaise, DIY avocado mayonnaise has fewer calories and fats and is a completely unprocessed whole food.
Get all that beautiful avocado flavor and a creamy sandwich spread by simply blending avocado, olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and salt.
A Creamy Salad Dressing
Avocados are perfect to drizzle on all our salads, macro bowls, and nourish bowls. Its dietary fats help in maximizing the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients, such as the alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and vitamin E in avocado.
Blend up avocado dressing using 1 ripe avocado, 1 clove peeled fresh garlic, 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 3 tablespoons olive oil and salt, and black pepper. The result can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge.
Exfoliate Dead Skin
Avocado’s outside peel and its pit can be used to exfoliate the skin all over our body. Its skin can be rub into rough skin such as the feet and elbows. Meanwhile, its pit can be dried for three days and then grind until it is a fine consistency. Now, add it to a facial cleanser and rub the face to clear the pores. Doing this will help us get healthy and glowing skin. Rinse with clean water.
Moisturize The Face
Avocado is rich in vitamin C which is great to try on skin. This wonderful green fruit contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals per 50 g serving and its natural fats make them a good option when we need to moisturize — plus, they’re gentle and can be used on the skin.
Simply mash a ripe avocado into a fine pulp using a fork, then add a few drops of olive oil and mix it in well. Using the fingertips, spread the moisturizer on the skin around the face while taking care not to get it in the eyes. Leave it on and relax for – minutes to let the nutrients sink in. Rinse with lukewarm water. Doing this will leave our skin feeling fresh and hydrated with only a few minutes’ work.
Condition The Hair
Avocados contain natural oils and both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids (the “good” fats). These oils are beneficial to all hair types, they’re especially helpful for dry, dehydrated and susceptible to breakage hair. Also, its potassium and magnesium content work by sealing cuticle cells, thus helping the hair look smooth and shiny and prevent it from breaking.
To achieve a smooth and healthy hair we need to mash one full avocado using a fork and then mix it with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply by starting at the tips of the hair and up to the scalp. Leave it for 15 minutes. Shampoo and condition lightly, then style as usual.