An Easy Kitchen Hack That Will Save You Calories and Fat

An Easy Kitchen Hack That Will Save You Calories and Fat

Avocado has a lot more going for it than guacamole. Whether you’re vegan| lactose-intolerant| or just looking to cut back on dairy| avocado makes an easy u2014u00a0and healthy u2014u00a0replacement. Aside from adding a creamy consistency to dishes| it ups the fiber content and is rich in B vitamins and heart-healthy fats. The next time you’re making a dish that calls for milk| butter| cream| or cheese| you’ll want to take a look at our guide to see how easy it is to replace those ingredients with the green goodness of avocado.

| Butter in Baked Goods

No one will ever know that you swapped the butter out of your favorite cookie recipe with an avocado. In the end| you have a rich dessert that’s moist| chewy| and lower in both calories and cholesterol than traditional baked goods. It’s an easy swap| too. Just replace half the butter in a recipe with avocado. While it may be tempting to do an even 1:1 swap| you’ll want to refrain unless you like flat| pancake-like baked goods.

| Cheese and Cream in Sauces

Sometimes nothing will do except a comforting bowl of creamy pasta. And while you might think your heaping plate of fettuccine alfredo is irreplaceable| you’re wrong.

This green goddess dressing| which is perfect for your everyday salad or as a veggie dip.

| Cream in Iced Treats

Just in time for that backdoor bash is a trio of frozen treats: avocado frozen yogurt| green tea and avocado popsicles| and coconut avocado creamsicles. Depending on your dietary preferences| you can make a completely vegan frozen dessert or simply cut down on the amount of dairy in a recipe.

| Milk in Smoothies

There’s nothing like a smoothie u2014u00a0when made right| it’s a healthy meal in a cup. For anyone lactose-intolerant| it can be hard to make a rich and creamy smoothie minus the milk. Once again| avocado to the rescue! Throwing some avocado into a smoothie recipe immediately gives the drink a thick and creamy consistency| much like a milkshake. Get started with our avocado aloe smoothie| or try this spicy avocado and berry smoothie instead.