12 Ways to Snack on Fiber-Rich Avocado
Need more fiber in your diet? Turn to the smooth and satisfying avocado. Just half an avocado contains almost seven grams of fiber. Too high in fat| you say? Don’t fret| because avocados contain the good-for-you monounsaturated fats (MUFA) your body needs to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and maintain the HDL (good) ones. Here are 12 delectable ways to snack on the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess of an avocado.
| Pumpkin Apple Muffins
Replace butter in these pumpkin apple muffins with avocado| and it not only makes for a deliciously moist and spongy texture| but the avocado also adds fiber and healthy fats. Not a fan of pumpkin? Try these banana oatmeal crumb muffins.
| Avocado and Green Tea Popsicles
Greek yogurt and ripe avocado lay the base for this creamy| fiber-filled popsicle| while caffeinated Japanese matcha powder provides the kick you need to beat the dreaded afternoon slump.
| Chocolate Pudding
No dairy or eggs in this milk chocolate pudding| and as a bonus| you don’t even have to cook it! Made with ripe avocados| cocoa powder| almond milk| and maple syrup| this is the perfect healthy snack when you’re craving a little something sweet.
| Avocado and Strawberries With Balsamic Vinegar
Fill your bowl and your belly with this sweet snack made with fresh strawberries| ripe avocado| and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
| Hummus| Avocado| and Craisin Crostini
Toast up small slices of whole-grain bread and top with a smear of hummus| a little slice of avocado| a few dried cranberries| and some chopped chives.
| Salty Sunflower Avocado
Craving a salty snack? Skip the oily chips and fill half an avocado with salted sunflower seeds. The creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor of the avocado complement the salty crunch of the sunflower seeds beautifully. This snack is full of healthy fats and is a little over 200 calories| so if you’re looking for a lighter bite| enjoy one-third of an avocado instead.
| Guacamole Portobello Mushroom
Homemade guacamole had to be on the list| but instead of pairing it with high-calorie and high-sodium tortilla chips| place a few dollops on top of a sautu00e9ed portobello mushroom.
| Tropical Green Smoothie
Avocados aren’t just for biting into. They add a rich creaminess to smoothies| too. Whip up this creamy and satisfying smoothie made with avocado| mango| pineapple| and milk.
| Avocado| Tomato| and Brie on Crackers
If you’re in the mood for a little crunch| top whole-grain crackers with a slice of brie| avocado| fresh tomato| and cilantro| and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. If you’re not a fan of brie| substitute provolone| goat cheese| or another type of cheese.
| Avocado Toast
In the mood for a snack with a little spice? Check out POPSUGAR Food’s video showing you how to make avocado toast with a slice of whole-wheat bread| sliced avocado| a drizzle of olive oil and hot sauce| and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
| Cucumber-Avocado Caprese Salad
Who says you can’t snack on salad? Made with diced cucumbers| cherry tomatoes| fresh basil leaves| avocado| and balls of fresh mozzarella and tossed with homemade balsamic vinaigrette| this cucumber-avocado caprese salad makes a refreshing post-workout snack.
| Creamy Cottage Cheese Avocado
For an easy snack that’s packed with fiber and protein| make this creamy cottage cheese avocado. Slice an avocado in half| remove the pit| and fill the hole with low-fat cottage cheese. This snack is a little over 200 calories| so if you’re looking for a smaller snack| use one-third of an avocado instead.