Avocados. So green. So soft and creamy and yummy (as long as you get them at that “just right” stage!) Great in smoothies, on salads, tacos, burritos, in guacamole, and more. I fully admit to being a huge fan of these green wonders and pick them up pretty much every time I’m at the store. And it’s always fun to go on vacation to Puerto Rico, where the avocados in the store are GIANT.
But did you know that the avocado, in addition to being green, tasty, and highly attractive, has some uses that are not so common? Oh yes. The noble avocado is a handy fruit. It can do lots of different things besides be the star of guacamole. Read below to find four less common uses for the avocado (and be sure to get lots the next time you’re at the store.)
THE BEST DEEP CONDITIONER FOR YOUR HAIR EVER.
Does your hair need more conditioning than just a once over in the shower? Try avocado. This is something I use fairly often having curly hair that gets dry or frizzy from time to time. Just take half an avocado (or a whole one if you have lots and lots of hair, smoosh it up (add a little olive or coconut oil if you need to make it a bit thinner) and saturate your hair with it. Leave on your hair for awhile….vacuum the house, watch a few episodes of a show on Netflix, or take the dog for a walk if you’re really adventurous. Rinse out really well with warm water.
A REALLY GREAT FACIAL MOISTURIZER
If avocado can make your hair look great, why not your skin? Well, it can! (And if you need moisturizing beyond your face, it works there, too). This RI family photographer has found that some avocado to the face can really help with that, shall we say, “tired” look that sometimes happens. Plus it will make your skin soft, smooth, and glowy. Just as with putting it on your hair, just mash up and slather it on. Easy peasy. Mix with some olive or coconut oil if you need a different consistency.
THE TASTIEST MAYO SUBSTITUTE EVER
There are people who like mayo. And then there are those who don’t. I’m in the “don’t” category, what can I say. It happens. I’ve found out that avocado can make a great substitute for mayo in things like tuna salad, egg salad, and spreading on bread for sandwiches or burgers. Plus, it’s better for you. And green. Green can be pretty.
BUTTER OR OIL SUBSTITUTE IN BAKED GOODS
Craving something sweet and tasty? Avocado can be used as a substitute for butter or oils in many baked goods. The healthy fats in avocado are better for you than those in butter, oil, or shortening but still give a great texture to your tasty treats.
Do you have a not-so-common use for avocados? Let me know in the comments!