Avocado Toast was all the rage in 2015 and for good reason: No other fruit is credited with spot-reducing belly fat, warding off hunger, boosting nutrient absorption, lowering cholesterol and fighting free-radicals. They’re best known for their high healthy fat content—9 percent!—and it’s this richness of monounsaturated and oleic fatty acids that gives the amazing produce its viral-worthy status.
Our obsession with avocado is why we curated 30 of the best avocado recipes from Instagram. Only two of them are avocado toasts, and with options like avocado pudding, avocado smoothies, and avocado fries, we promise you won’t be disappointed. For more healthy and delicious recipes that will inspire you, take a look at these 25 Overnight Oats That Boost Metabolism!
Hummus and avocado are a match made in healthy heaven. Surely the foodie Gods outdid themselves when they combined these two fat-burning superfoods. Dip it, spread it, swirl it—whatever you decide, you’re just bites away from a flatter stomach. You’ll only really need about two tablespoons because this is one nutritionally dense pair.
AVOCADO ICE CREAM
Picture it: It’s 8 p.m. on a Friday and you’ve had a stressful week, but managed to drag yourself to the gym every single night. You deserve a reward! But before you reach for that pint of Ben and Jerry’s, whip up this avocado ice cream instead. It’ll satisfy your craving without undoing all that hard work. For more waist-friendly frozen treats, check out these Weight Loss Recipes for Frozen Banana Ice Cream.
AVOCADO BASMATI RICE
Eat rice and lose more weight? We’re not bluffing. Researchers from the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka found a way to enhance weight loss by consuming rice. All you have to do is let it cool for 12 hours after cooking and then pair it with a fat. When you eat rice this way, it fights rapid digestion and cuts calorie absorption by as much as 60 percent!
You’ve probably never combined peanut butter and avocado (let alone throw egg and pomegranate seeds into the mix). However, when it comes to crepes, anything goes if you’re daring enough. Salty, sweet and satiating? Yes, please.
We love pesto, especially when it’s free of questionable additives. With just four wholesome ingredients—avocado, parsley, lemon juice and S&P—you can fancy up any dish and ditch the love handles.
STRAWBERRY AVOCADO TOAST
Flaxseed toast topped with mashed avocado, chia seeds, sliced organic strawberry and a drizzle of honey—talk about a power breakfast. This wholesome creation will nix your sugar craving and be almost too pretty to eat.
BLUEBERRY AVOCADO MUFFIN
To boost the nutrition of a tasty pastry (like these Blueberry Avocado Muffins), without compromising flavor, blend an avocado into the batter. These are vegan, which just happens to be The Best Diet For Weight Loss!
BACON WRAPPED AVOCADO
Ever notice how finger foods always seems to taste better? No matter how old we get, we never pass up an opportunity to eat with our hands, and we’ve got the perfect excuse: these Bacon Wrapped Avocado Slices!
AVOCADO SPRING ROLLS
Just because winter has arrived doesn’t mean we have to stop consuming light, refreshing meals! Stuffed with carrots, cucumbers, avocado and lettuce, these bite size rolls are the perfect diet-friendly appetizer, snack or side to any protein. For more low-carb snacks, check out these [10 Best Low-Carb Snacks] (http://www.eatthis.com/10-best-low-carb-snacks-weight-loss).
SEARED TUNA TERIYAKI SAUCE SALAD
Cold water fish like tuna contain two types of fatty acids—DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)—which researchers claim have the profound ability to turn off abdominal fat genes. Along with flab-fighting tuna, this salad is topped with avocado, rice and wasabi mayo. However, if you’re looking to cut calories and fat, skip the mayo.
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HAM, EGG AND CHEESE STUFFED AVOCADO
Breakfast for dinner never disappoints–especially when it involves ham, egg, cheese, and avocado! This recipe is an ingenious low-carb spin on the traditional breakfast sandwich (without the empty carbs).
SUNNY SIDE UP AVOCADO TOAST
What better way to start your day than with a slice of avocado toast? And the best part is, you can dress it up or dress it down and still be super satisfied. But if you’re looking to shed a few, try topping each slice with a protein-boosting sunny side up egg and fibrous sprouts. For more slimming morning fuel, check out the 50 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss—Ranked.
KEY LIME Avocado PUDDING
It’s not often a dessert causes you to eat less, but in a study published in Nutrition Journal, participants who ate half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40 percent decrease in desire to eat following the hours afterward. With just four simple ingredients and a whole lotta nutrients, this avocado-based pudding can do laps around its sinful cousin, key lime pie.
AVOCADO BASIL DRESSING
You know to put avocados in your salad, but have you tried dressing it with them? According to the Journal of Nutrition, adding avocado to salad increased the absorption of carotenoids or disease-fighting compounds associated with improved weight and fat loss. This homemade avocado basil dressing has a thick and creamy texture and guiltlessly pairs with any salad. Salad obsessed? Check out these Healthy Salad Recipes and Tips.
Avocados taste good in basically everything, so why not throw them into a loaf of bread? While many of the store-bought varieties contain questionable ingredients, you know what’s in homemade versions. If you can get over the color, this is one nourishing way sneak in extra nutrients into every slice. If you're short on time, stick to these 10 Best Brand Name Breads For Weight Loss.
Sip your way slim with this avocado, kale and almond milk smoothie topped with slimming goji berries. Bonus: Kale is loaded with calcium, iron, energizing B-vitamins, and nutrients that may help to protect against certain types of cancers. To discover more foods that will save your life, check out these 40 Best-Ever Weight-Loss Superfoods.
PULLED PORK LETTUCE BOATS
Lettuce boats (or wraps) are one of the best weight-loss weapons ever, allowing you to enjoy all the flavors of your favorite sandwich without the starchy, nutrient-void bread. This recipe calls for homemade pulled pork, bell peppers, cheddar and avocado on lettuce. Heavy on the flavor, light on the calories! For more lunchbox inspiration check out these 51 Best Lunch Foods For Weight Loss-Ranked.
MEDITERRANEAN CHICKPEA & TAHINI STUFFED GRILLED AVOCADOS
Grilling chickpeas and avocados? This Instagrammer isn’t the only mind that’s blown. Fibrous chickpeas are stuffed into an avocado, grilled and topped with tahini (sesame paste). We’re willing to bet you’ll brave the winter temps to create this one.
AVOCADO GREEK SALAD
Generally, the rule is that the more colorful the meal, the more flavor and nutrients. (We’re talking nature’s food here, not Fruity Pebbles!) This dish tosses avocado into a traditional Greek salad to create a nourishing bowl bursting with heart-healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.
ZESTY SHRIMP AND AVOCADO SALAD WITH MISO DRESSING
Shrimp is a great source of lean, low-cal protein and pairing it with a fat burning superfood like avocado creates one skinny dish! Together, the two can help boost your metabolism and suppress your appetite. Want more ways to turn up your calorie burning oven? Check out these
55 Best-Ever Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.
You know fries are a diet sabotager, but what if they don’t have to be? Alternate versions, like these Avocado Fries, do more than diminish your waistline. Just make sure to bake them. You can still achieve a crisp outside layer by broiling them for the last few moments. But luckily for you, we have the 7 Best Fries For Weight Loss.
Mmm…avocado cake layered with pineapple caramel and topped with toasted coconut buttercream frosting. While we can’t promise a slew of waist-slimming benefits with this one, not many cakes contain a fat-loss superfood. Plus weight-loss experts all agree that moderation is key to taking off and keeping off unwanted pounds.
AVOCADO PASTA WITH TOMATOES AND CORN
Not a parsley fan? Here’s another avocado pesto spin with traditional basil. This recipe combines avocado pesto, cherry tomatoes, spaghetti and corn to create the perfect side dish for any occasion—and it’s ready it just 20 minutes! For more diet-friendly pasta dishes, check out these 20 Fat-Burning Pasta Recipes.
AVOCADO BANANA CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
Despite its appearance, this chocolate mousse actually contains whipped banana and avocado, making it one nourishing, fat-blasting chocolatey treat! Bonus: Flavonoids from the chocolate and Tryptophan from the banana fight depression and anxiety!
AVOCADO ICEBERG WEDGES
So simple: Avocado, lemon and a little salt and pepper over a head of iceberg lettuce. This snack is super low-carb, vegan and crazy-easy to create. Thinking of adding this to your lunchbox? Pack the items separately and then combine them at work to avoid the avocado from browning and lettuce from wilting. (Trust us, it's worth the extra minute or two!) For more lunchbox tips check out How To Pack The Perfect Lunch.
MASHED AVOCADO CAULIFLOWER
If you have never heard of this guilt-free version of “spuds,” you’ve been missing out. Cauliflower is a low-cal, versatile vegetable that takes on the consistency of a mashed potato when pureed. Throw avocado into the mix and you can say sayonara to your gut.
GRILLED CHEESE WITH AVOCADO
Okay, this one's not so healthy. Crispy bacon, creamy avocado, and melted cheese sandwiched between two slices of bread make this one dangerous combo. And you won’t do yourself any favors by opting for turkey over pork. Despite the measly 13 calories and a gram of fat per slice it saves you, turkey bacon contains more sodium and harmful additives. To spare your nutrition bank, opt for just one slice of bread, so it's just half a sandwich or an open-face one.
Although not something we typically fill our pie crusts with, avocados make a delicious, healthful alternative to any traditional filling. And with Christmas right around the corner, you have a reason to whip up this flat-belly recipe!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH, AVOCADO AND QUINOA
Talk about a superfood trifecta! These guys are your dream team in the battle of the bulge. Butternut squash is packed with potassium and belly-slimming fiber; quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids (making it a complete protein); and, according to a recent study at Penn State, avocados can actually spot-reduce abdominal fat!
DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO BROWNIES
You had us at dark chocolate and avocado. Whether you’re trying to shed belly fat or just maintain the weight you’re currently at, these superfood brownies will help you achieve your goal. They're loaded with fiber, antioxidants, flavonoids and monounsaturated fats! Just keep your portion in check; this isn’t a free pass to eat the entire batch.