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It’s peak avocado season, and if you’re looking for reasons to dig into more guacamole, we’ve got a few good ones. For starters, avocados are full of protein, fiber, cancer-fighting antioxidants, and key nutrients, such as folate. Plus, they’re proven to help fight hunger: The healthy fats in avocados digest slowly, keeping you full and your blood sugar stable so you’re less likely to eat again—for up to five hours, says study author Michelle Wien, RD, a nutrition consultant based in Irvine, California. The net savings: about 83 calories a day, says Wien, which can add up to a weight loss of 8.6 pounds in a year. So chips and dip are now diet food? Works for us!
Cut an avocado and a red and a yellow bell pepper into rings, and stack. Crack eggs into the holes, and fry to perfection. (To make an avocado ring, peel, halve, and remove the seed. Then cut a thick slice lengthwise, enlarging the hole with a knife if needed.)
Swap mayo for an avocado mash in your sandwich. Mix with a dash of chipotle powder, cumin, and black pepper.
To dress a salad, throw one ripe, peeled avocado into a blender with about one tablespoon each of lemon juice and olive oil, and pulse. Thin with water as desired, and add thyme, white pepper, and honey to taste.