Find out how to add this popular fruit to everything from your beauty ritual to your recipe box.
There are many different ways to incorporate avocados into your diet — and even your beauty routine. Discover new ways to put this green superfood to use.
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1. Avocado Foot Scrub
Get rid of rough and callused feet with an avocado foot scrub. Take out the pit and let it dry for a couple of days. Once dry, grind it up until it is small and gritty. Scoop out half the avocado and mash it with a little cornmeal. Then add the pit powder and sea salt as an exfoliator. Use a foot basin to massage the mixture on your feet and toes, and rinse with warm water when you are done. Still have stubborn calloses? You can rub the essential oils inside of an avocado peel on your feet to speed up the process.
2. Salad Dressing
Drizzle a creamy dressing on your leafy greens, without all the fat and calories. Cut up a ripe avocado and mince cloves of garlic. Throw them in the blender and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, raw apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and nutritional yeast. Add water to the mixture for texture, and blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Pour over crunchy romaine lettuce and enjoy!
3. Paleo and Vegan Frosting
You can use avocados to jazz up your favorite desserts. In a food processor, mix together a ripe avocado, cocoa powder, and some maple syrup. If you’d like, stir in some chocolate chips for an extra dose of chocolate. Spread the frosting on cakes or brownies for a creamy finish.
4. Deep-Conditioning Hair Mask
Moisturize dry hair with three simple ingredients: avocado, bananas, and olive oil. Mash up a ripe avocado and banana in a bowl until it becomes a lump-free paste. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and a couple of drops of essential oil. Stir all of the ingredients until you have a smooth mixture and apply to damp hair. Massage into your scalp and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Thoroughly rinse your hair with warm water. Shampoo and condition as usual and see how silky and smooth your hair gets. You won’t be disappointed with the results!
5. Mayonnaise Substitute
Instead of spreading highly processed mayonnaise on your sandwiches, use avocados to give your lunch a creamy texture without all the fats, calories, and salt.
6. Facial Mask
Avocados can moisturize skin to repair damage and give you a healthy glow. Many recipes call for combining avocados with just a few additional ingredients such as olive oil, honey, yogurt, or even oatmeal. Try applying an avocado face mask at least once a week to rejuvenate your skin.
7. Alcoholic Drinks
Unwind with a couple friends on a sunny day with a fun avocado daiquiri. In a blender, combine fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, puréed avocado and ice. For a kick, add as much of your favorite rum as you’d like (just don’t go overboard). Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
8. Cold Soup
Looking for a gazpacho alternative? Try a chilled avocado soup with lots of flavor and nutrients. Blend together avocados, cucumber, vegetable broth, yogurt, milk, and onions. Add a little lemon juice and chopped mint for extra flavor and season with ground pepper. Chill overnight and enjoy during warm weather!
9. Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment
Avocados have antiaging properties that will help you get rid of wrinkles and look younger. Collect leftover pulp from avocado skins with a spoon. Directly apply the pulp to the socket area around your eyes and place a cold cotton pad on top of each eye. Lie down and relax for about 15 minutes while the vitamins in the avocado work its magic!
10. Body Mask
Avocados aren’t just for your face. Mash fresh avocado to create a paste for your arms and legs, too. Mix in a drizzle of 100 percent honey for a double-duty moisturizer and leave it on your skin for 10-15 minutes to enjoy its healing powers.
You can make your own natural soaps at home without leaving your skin covered in residue. Melt avocado purée, water, coconut oil, olive oil, and lye (be careful while handling lye, otherwise known as sodium hydroxide) in a slow cooker or on the stovetop. Add a couple drops of essential oil such as lavender or peppermint oil. Pour into a mold and let the soap harden for a few weeks. The soap creates a creamy lather that is safe for sensitive skin.
12. Makeup Remover
After a night out, remove stubborn eyeliner and smudged mascara with avocados. Swab some avocado oil with a cotton ball and wipe under your eyes for a fresh face. The oil can also double as a moisturizing eye cream!
13. Beeswax Hand Salve
Create an all-natural hand salve to moisturize your rough, dry hands. Melt beeswax pastilles and avocado oil in a small bowl. Add in drops of essential oils, such as orange and grapefruit. Pour the mixture into jars and let it sit overnight.
Avocados offer many health benefits that will enhance your beauty routine. They are loaded with nutrients such as vitamin E that help moisturize your skin. Use ripened avocados on your skin as a daily moisturizer to enjoy its revitalizing effects.
15. Ice Cream
Make avocados your frozen sweet treat! Blend avocados, coconut milk, honey, and a little lemon juice for a rich homemade dessert. For extra flavor, you can add a ripe banana. Freeze overnight and indulge the next day! Get the full recipe.
16. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Make your favorite chocolate chip cookies without adding tons of butter! Avocados are a great substitute for the sticks of butter you mix into your batter. Treat yourself to a guilt-free soft and fluffy chocolate chip cookie.
Make a healthy appetizer for family and friends at your next gathering. Blend together chickpeas, avocados, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, and olive oil to create a delicious vegetable dip. Top with grape tomatoes and parsley for even more flavor.
18. Defend Against Diabetes
If you have diabetes, it’s important to pay attention to the types of fats you’re consuming. Healthy fats from avocado are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that can help the body process glucose and use insulin more effectively. Avocados are also rich in beneficial nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin E.
19. Fabric Dye
Stop buying toxic dyes at the store and use avocados as a natural fabric dye. Boil fabrics with the pits and skins for about an hour to create a pale-pink dye.
Avocado pits are full of antioxidants that can help boost your immune system. Chop up an avocado pit and place it in a tea diffuser with boiling water. Pour into a mug and enjoy! The tea can be bitter, so try sweetening it up with coconut palm sugar or honey.
Repair damage and get voluminous hair with avocado pits. Grate a couple avocado pits with a cheese grater and boil the shreds in water. Strain the pits and pour into a jar with a couple of ounces of shampoo, and shake. Avocado shampoo is so moisturizing that conditioning afterward is optional.
22. Soothe Itchy, Sore Skin
Make an all-natural ointment to relieve itchy skin. Smash an avocado pit and infuse it in olive oil for a week. Apply the oil to your irritated skin as much as needed for improved results.
23. At-Home Massage
Kick off your shoes after a long day and give yourself an inexpensive and simple foot massage. Place three or four avocado pits in a large bowl and roll your feet over them. These smooth, hard seeds will relieve tension in your heels and arches. You can also heat them up for a hot-stone massage!
Spice up your sex life with an avocado seed passion potion. Avocado seeds have been shown to increase sexual desire in the bedroom. With a knife, make a couple of slits in an avocado pit and place it in wine to let it infuse for a month. Remove the pit and serve for an evening of romance.
25. Mashed Potatoes
Avocados are a great way to give mashed potatoes a creamy texture without the calories and fat of butter and cream. You can also cut down on carbs by using fewer potatoes and using more avocados. Mash avocados and potatoes in a large bowl and slowly add a little bit of warm milk. Fold in lemon juice and toss in some garlic powder for extra flavor. Get the full recipe.
26. Baked Avocado Fries
Make a healthy avocado treat that is crunchy and crispy on the outside, while soft and tender on the inside. Peel and pit a couple avocados and cut lengthwise into fries. Roll the slices through seasoned flour, dip in an egg wash, and then coat with panko breadcrumbs. Bake in high heat until golden brown and serve with your favorite savory dipping sauce. Get the full recipe.
27. Baked Eggs in Avocado
Start your day off right with a baked egg in avocado. Peel and pit an avocado and spoon an egg yolk into each half. Keep spooning the egg white until the hole is full. Season the avocado with herbs and spices like chives, parsley, and sea salt. Place in the oven and wait until eggs are fully cooked. Get the full recipe.
28. Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding
A low-calorie dessert has never tasted so good! Combine avocados, bananas, and cocoa powder in a blender until smooth and creamy. For a more intense flavor, you can add peanut butter. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two and enjoy! Get the full recipe.
29. Grilled Avocados
Skip grilled corn at your next barbecue and char avocado halves on the grill instead. Cut a couple avocados in half and remove the seed with a spoon. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the avocados and brush lightly with olive oil. Place the halves over high heat and season with salt and pepper.
30. Pasta Sauce
Fettuccini alfredo has a thick, cheesy sauce that is loaded with cream and fat. Cut the amount of fat in half by blending avocados, milk, garlic, and olive oil to create a rich pasta sauce.
31. Shaving Cream
Avoid painful razor burn with a moisturizing homemade shaving cream. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a small saucepan and then transfer the oil to a jar or medium-size bowl. Mix in some olive oil and place it in the refrigerator until solid. Remove from the refrigerator and whip it up until fluffy. Mash half an avocado until it is smooth and add it into the mixture. Apply the shaving cream to your legs and shave. Rinse with warm water to get soft and silky skin.
32. Avocado Bread
Nothing tastes (and smells) better than a warm loaf of banana or pumpkin bread fresh out of the oven. You can create sweet, nutty bread by adding an avocado to your favorite bread recipe.
33. Avocado Ice Pops
Blend avocado, coconut milk, and tarragon-infused simple syrup and pour into an ice-pop mold. Let them freeze overnight and enjoy them on a hot day.
34. Whipped Cream
Top your favorite cakes and pies with a light whipped cream. Blend avocados, milk, sugar, and vanilla and process until smooth.
35. Avocado Toast
This satisfying and anti-inflammatory breakfast has never been easier to make. All you have to do is toast a few slices of whole-grain bread, drizzle with some olive oil and fresh lemon juice, and top off with avocado slices. Sprinkle chili flakes on your toast for some extra flavor. Get the full recipe.
36. Avocado Deviled Eggs
You can get a nutrient boost in the morning by adding avocado to deviled eggs. They also make a great snack for family and friends! Cut hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise and pop out the yolks. Mix egg yolks, avocado, cayenne powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Scoop out a few spoonfuls and place them in the eggs whites. Get the full recipe.
37. Avocado Smoothie
Make an appetite-curbing power smoothie packed with vitamins. Blend avocados and leafy greens for a thick smoothie that is nutrient-rich and satisfying. You can drink it for breakfast or after a workout. If you want a sweeter smoothie, blend avocados with fruits such as bananas, apples, and berries. Try this avocado smoothie from registered dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth.
38. Fruit Salad
Yes, avocado is a fruit! Change up your typical fruit salad by throwing in some avocado chunks. Put them in a bowl with sliced fresh fruits such as peaches, grapes, apples, mangos, berries, and bananas. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and enjoy this sweet treat!
39. Chocolate Mousse
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a creamy, rich avocado dessert. Purée avocados, Greek yogurt, dark chocolate, almond milk, espresso beans, sugar, cocoa powder, raw honey, and vanilla extract together. Set in the refrigerator to cool and indulge when chocolate cravings strike! Get the full recipe.
40. Psoriasis and Eczema Treatment
You can mix avocados and fish oil to create a topical treatment for psoriasis. The natural oils deeply penetrate patches of irritated skin. Apply regularly to soothe symptoms.
41. Avocado Curry
Mix coconut milk and avocado to make a rich and creamy base for a curry dish full of flavor. Make sure to add lots of spices such as jalapeño pepper, ginger, curry powder, and garlic.
42. Stuffed Avocado
Give your boring tuna and chicken salad sandwiches a makeover by stuffing them in an avocado instead. Ditch the bread and give your body a simple meal rich in protein.
43. Avocado Pesto
Add a ripe avocado to your favorite jar of pesto to give your pasta dishes zesty flavors. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. You can even spread the pesto on toast or spoon over grilled meats and fish.
44. Baked Potato Topper
Nothing beats a warm and buttery baked potato. Skip the heavy butter and top baked potatoes with your own homemade avocado butter instead. Mash a ripe avocado with just one tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
45. Baby Food
Some baby foods that are sold in supermarkets are highly processed and may lack the nutrients your baby needs. Supplement your child’s baby food with just one simple ingredient. Omega-3 rich avocados are great puréed, and the creamy texture is easy for babies to mash between their gums and prevent them from choking.
46. Avocado Truffles
Satisfy chocolate cravings with homemade chocolate truffles made with a secret ingredient – avocado! Melt a bag of chocolate chips and mix with mashed avocado. Chill for a couple hours and then roll these small chewy bites in cocoa powder or shredded coconut.
47. Avocado Pancakes
If you aren’t in the mood for avocado toast for breakfast, why not have a plate of golden pancakes? Mash an avocado into a whole-grain pancake mix and scoop the batter onto the griddle. Plate the pancakes when golden brown and finish with a side of fresh fruit.
48. Avocado Pizza
You can have green on your pizza without ordering a salad slice at the pizzeria. Use avocado as a unique pizza topping along with charred corn and pepper jack cheese. You can even mix mashed avocado and flour for a special avocado dough!
49. Avocado Brownies
Avocados are a natural butter replacement with better-for-you fats. They give your brownies a fudgy, rich texture making them a dessert worth indulging in. Get the full recipe.
Guacamole is one of the most popular uses for avocado. Mash avocados and stir in onions, tomatoes, lime, jalapeños, and hot sauce. Finish with salt, pepper, and chopped cilantro. Dip in your chips or load your tacos with this creamy spread.