Creamy, Rich Avocados

Who doesn’t love a good avocado? Whether it’s mashed up as guacamole or pureed into a summertime soup, these rich green fruits add pizzazz to any dish.

The Local Avocado Popsicles

A simple ingredient list is all it takes to create these splashy Avocado Popsicles by The Local Juicery owner Trent Brockie.

Serves 4

avocados_1Ingredients: 

• 3/4 cup almond milk

• 4 tablespoons of organic cane sugar

• 4 peeled and pitted avocados

• 2 tablespoons lime juice

• A pinch of pink salt

Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth and pour into your favorite popsicle mold. Freeze until solid and enjoy!

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Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup 

Serves 6

This refreshing soup is perfect for a hot summer day. Crisp cucumbers combine with creamy avocados for the perfect taste and texture.

Ingredients:

• 1 large English cucumber, peeled and diced (about 3 cups)

• 2 1/4 cup plain unsweetened soy milk

• 12 ounces plain soy yogurt, divided

• 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

• 2 avocados

• 1 small red onion, finely chopped, divided

• 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, divided

• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

• 1 cup seeded chopped tomato

Directions: Combine cucumber, soy milk, six ounces yogurt, and lime juice in a blender. Blend at top speed until smooth, about one minute. Dice half of one avocado and set aside for topping. Add remaining avocado to the blender. Set aside a tablespoon each of onion and basil for topping. Add remaining onion, basil, salt, and pepper to the blender. Blend until very smooth, about two minutes. Transfer to a non-metallic bowl, cover tightly, and chill thoroughly, at least two hours. Just before serving, dice remaining avocado. Toss avocado with the set aside onion, basil, tomato, and lime juice in a small bowl to create topping. Ladle soup into six chilled bowls. Top each with a tablespoon of yogurt and garnish with topping.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories—180 | Total Fat—11g | Saturated Fat —1.5g | Sodium—250mg | Carbohydrate—19g | Dietary Fiber—6g |
Protein—5g

From Whole Foods Market
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Avocado-Lime Chicken Pasta 

Serves 4

Sweet tomatoes and zesty lime juice play up the mild flavor of avocados in this healthy pasta dish.

Ingredients:

•  8 ounces medium shell pasta

•  1 avocado

•  1/2 cup fresh cilantro

•  Zest and juice of two limes

•  3 tablespoons light mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt)

•  1 teaspoon garlic spice paste

•  1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

•  1/2 cucumber, sliced

•  1/2 chilled deli rotisserie chicken (2 cups), shredded

Directions: Cook pasta following package instructions and chill. Place avocado, cilantro, lime juice, zest, mayonnaise, and garlic paste in food processor; blend to form creamy avocado sauce. Place in refrigerator to chill. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine pasta with avocado sauce, tomatoes, cucumber, and chicken.

 

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Calories—490 | Total Fat—22g | Cholesterol – 70mg

Sodium—410mg | Carbohydrate—51g | Dietary Fiber—7g | Protein—25g

From Publix

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Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Serves 4

This make-ahead dish (which can also be eaten day-of) is a fresh concoction that’s a healthy alternative to chicken or tuna salad.

Ingredients:

• 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

• Juice of one lime (about 2 tablespoons)

• 1 pound medium or large cooked shrimp

• 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

• 1 avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

• Freshly ground pepper

Directions: Whisk the olive oil, cilantro, and lime juice in a large bowl. Add shrimp, tomato halves, avocado, and salt and toss gently. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or chill overnight.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Calories—233

Total Fat—12g

Saturated Fat —2g

Cholesterol —172mg

Sodium—293mg

Carbohydrate—7g

Dietary Fiber —3g

Protein—24g

From Nutrition World

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