Avocados have always been popular amongst the low-carb, Paleo, and Keto crew but have become even more mainstream as of late. It helps that more people are understanding that it isn’t fat that makes you fat. Avocados are also extremely versatile as they can be eaten alone, used in a recipe, and even as substitutes in baking (here’s a great one to try and sneak past the kids: avocado brownies!)
Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, and are especially good sources of vitamin B. They are low in sugar and contain a good amount of fiber, which helps to keep you full longer. Avocados are high in fat, but it’s monounsaturated fat which is the “good fat” that can help lower cholesterol. There’s no doubt that the avocado is a superfood, and a terrific option for people with diabetes.
Today, I’ll select one of these mouthwatering recipes and head straight to the grocery store! Experimenting with a few of these recipes now will leave me with a few staples to enjoy all summer long! Here are my top 7 best avocado recipes to try now!
Keto Avocado Toast
Avocado toast has gone mainstream and I’m seeing it offered in delis and diners galore. This recipe from The Big Man’s World offers 5 options to replace the carb-heavy bread with keto-friendly options. It also gives you the option of using guacamole instead of their avocado mixture, which can cut down the prep time considerably. Take note of all the toppings they suggest, the options are unlimited.
Pretty much everyone I know with diabetes is a bacon fan! Who wouldn’t love this low-carb, high-protein taste of heaven! At only two grams of carbs per serving, and only two main ingredients, this almost sounds too good to be true. Fun fact: I didn’t taste bacon until I was 37 years old, right after my diagnosis.
Avocado Chicken Salad
This one immediately piqued my interest. I am a huge fan of rotisserie chicken and I always buy too much for the leftovers. I’ve been searching for the perfect chicken salad recipe, and I think I found a winner! This recipe replaces mayonnaise with the heart-healthy avocado. This can last in the fridge for days and makes for a healthy low-carb lunch. A scoop of this on some fresh peppers or endive lettuce sounds like a great appetizer for summer BBQs too! Editor’s tip: you can even use the shell of the avocado to hold the chicken salad and score an A+ for presentation!
Avocado Egg Bowls
Imagine replacing toast with avocado—sounds decadent, right? But this gourmet breakfast bite contains just 11 g of carbs, an amazing 8 g of which come from fiber, leaving this recipe with a total of 3g net carbs per serving. It uses minimal ingredients and can be thrown together in under 15 minutes. The serving size is also very generous and includes two bowls so you’ll be sure to be satisfied!
These chips are amazing. All summer long I’m craving chips so I can indulge in some of my favorite dips and salsas without worrying about my blood sugars. Right now, my go-to for this is endive lettuce. It’s an excellent scooper, but it’s nothing compared to these crispy little beauties. This recipe mixes mashed avocado with a parmesan and a little seasoning. With the only carbs coming from the avocado itself, this is a great choice.
Avocado Taco Boats
Everyone loves Taco Tuesday! Another fun fact: I never tasted a taco until a few years ago and now I am completely hooked. At 32 grams of protein, 35 grams of fat and only 5 grams of net carbs, this makes for an excellent dinner choice and will keep you full for hours. These are all single portioned, making them a perfect appetizer for your next get-together!
Chocolate Avocado Truffles
I bet you didn’t think this list would end with a dessert. This low-carb alternative to such a rich decadent dessert seems too good to be true. And it takes only 5 minutes of prep time, and consists of only 5 ingredients, with no baking involved! This would make for a great dessert for a large party and looks so fancy!
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