We love putting a healthier spin on your food and drink, it makes us happy! (You did catch last week’s pumpkin spice latte post- yes?) So we are jazzed up today about our most recent find - avocado oil. Yup, just as the name suggests, it’s squeezed right from the pulp of an avocado. And it gets even better. Three very lucky and loyal readers will each win 2 EVO sprayers to spritz their oil…on us! It’s a unique non-aerosol oil sprayer that you can use for coating cooking surfaces or even spray directly onto foods to rev up the taste. So keep reading to learn more about avocado oil and how to win this stellar sprayer.
And while we are spouting facts – did you know avocados are actually a fruit, not a vegetable? Here are a few more of the benefits that sure got our attention.
1. Rich in Oleic Acid (a healthy fat that provides many health benefits)
2. Reduces cholesterol and improves heart health
3. Antioxidant supporting eye health (high in lutein which helps prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.)
4. Helps your body absorb some nutrients better.
Pretty strong case for adding avocado oil to your diet. We thought so! Now you’re wondering how to make the switch, right? First off, replace those cooking oils that are loaded in saturated fats for this healthy alternative. Because its fatty acids are stable at high heat it can be used for stir frying, grilling vegetables and even in your marinade for grilling meat.
BTW - You can also swap out butter for avocado oil when baking. Does it get better than this? Nope.
You can also substitute avocado oil for coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. (And avocado oil has less saturated fats than coconut oil). Yay! Here are 3 simple recipes using avocado oil that will have you whipping up your creativity in the kitchen.
Combine the following ingredients in a bowl:
• 1 large egg yolk
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice (I only use freshly squeezed lemon juice)
Next, slowly add ¾ cup of avocado oil while you whisk away.
• 1 avocado
• 1 garlic clove
• 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
• A handful of basil leaves
• Salt and pepper
• ⅛ cup of avocado oil
Blend all of the ingredients together except the avocado oil. Just like the mayonnaise recipe, add the oil to the blended mixture slowly until you achieve a creamy texture. Keeps well in the refrigerator for several days.
Herb Infused Oil -
Combine a little balsamic vinegar with avocado oil, dried Italian herbs like oregano and basil, and finish off with some freshly cracked black pepper.
Try dipping a piece of crusty bread in this oil or drizzle it over a piece of grilled salmon.
Speaking of drizzling also try avocado oil over your popcorn, pizza, soup, toast and yes, even fruit salad. Or make your favorite fall squash taste even yummier by adding a little avocado oil and cinnamon (maybe a touch of brown sugar or maple syrup, too) before baking. And how are you going to distribute your oil? Back to the reusable EVO oil sprayer giveaway. We want to give you readers your own EVO sprayer on us! You know you feel guilty every time you use those aerosol sprayers in cans to coat surfaces. It’s saturating the air in your home with a bunch of chemicals. Bleh. (Which is why you lovely readers choose Air Scense in the first place!) And then when you think about just how long those chemicals have been sitting in that can that you are about to ingest? Hmmmm. We’ll pass.
Pure and natural oil even tastes better to us. At least that’s what our taste buds have clearly communicated. Besides, using EVO allows you to be in control on how much oil is added to your salad or eggs. (Which is why we sometimes avoid restaurants, who knows what has been added to your food!)
And it allows us to indulge in other ways…. Think spiced pumpkin lattes friends. So you can have your dessert and eat it too.
Add green to the list of benefits. Green for the avocado. Green for the environment. And green for saving money. (Because you are no longer throwing out those aerosol cans). We don’t have to tell you that’s a win, win, win!
We’ll be looking for your entry. Until then, enjoy our easy recipes simplifying your life. You’ll have no regrets switching to avocado oil.