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Fun Ways to Add Avocado to Your Diet This Summer

Fun Ways to Add Avocado to Your Diet This Summer

Gina Crome

Southwest Salad in a Jar

Delicious and visually appealing, jar salads are a fun way to eat healthy. Serves 1

Tip: Jars can be prepared several days ahead for quick grab and go lunches.

Ingredients: ¼ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained ¼ cup canned whole kernel corn ½ small green bell pepper, sliced into rings 1 Roma tomato, chopped 1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, minced ¼ medium avocado, peeled and diced 1 Tbsp. lime juice 2 tsp. olive oil 1 oz. fat-free, shredded cheddar cheese

Directions: Using a clean 12-oz. Mason jar (with lid), layer each ingredient evenly in the order listed, placing the heavier, sturdier ingredients at the bottom. Secure the lid on the jar and shake until blended.

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories 283, Fat 16g, Carbohydrates 21g, Protein 16g

Grilled Shrimp Boats

This easy recipe is great for a lazy Sunday afternoon barbeque. Serves 2

Tip: Carb counters rejoice! This lower-carb meal can also be made with other grilled seafood or chicken.

Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. lime juice 1 Tbsp. olive oil ½ tsp. garlic powder 2 medium ripe avocados, sliced in half lengthwise, pitted (leaving skin intact) 6 oz. medium raw peeled shrimp ½ cup store-bought salsa, your choice 2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped

Directions:

Combine the lime juice, oil, garlic powder and salt/pepper in a small bowl. Brush the mixture on the cut side of the avocado. Add shrimp to a medium bowl and pour remaining juice mixture on top; gently toss. Place avocado and shrimp on a hot grill. Grill the avocado about 4 to 5 minutes on the fleshy side or until grill marks appear. Remove and set aside. Turn over the shrimp and cook a few more minutes until fully pink. Fill the avocado halves with salsa and top with a few pieces of grilled shrimp. Garnish with cilantro.

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories 429, Fat 33g, Carbohydrates 20g, Protein 22g

Mango-Avocado Smoothie

Rich in Vitamins A & C, this refreshing treat packs a big antioxidant punch. Serves 1

Tip: Try adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder for a great post-workout recovery snack.

Ingredients: ½ ripe mango, pitted ½ medium ripe avocado, peeled and pitted 1 (6 oz.) container fat-free vanilla yogurt 3-4 ice cubes

Directions: In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories 290, Fat 13g, Carbohydrates 41g, Protein 9g