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An Easy Kitchen Hack That Will Save You Calories and Fat

Aug 1 2014 - 12:13pm

Avocado has a lot more going for it than guacamole. Whether you're vegan, lactose-intolerant, or just looking to cut back on dairy, avocado makes an easy — and healthy — replacement. Aside from adding a creamy consistency to dishes, it ups the fiber content and is rich in B vitamins and heart-healthy fats. The next time you're making a dish that calls for milk, butter, cream, or cheese, you'll want to take a look at our guide to see how easy it is to replace those ingredients with the green goodness of avocado.

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Butter in Baked Goods

No one will ever know that you swapped the butter out of your favorite brownie recipe with an avocado. In the end, you have a rich dessert that's moist, chewy, and lower in both calories and cholesterol than traditional baked goods. It's an easy swap, too. Just replace half the butter in a recipe with avocado [2]. While it may be tempting to do an even 1:1 swap, you'll want to refrain unless you like flat, pancake-like baked goods.

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Cheese and Cream in Sauces

Sometimes nothing will do except a comforting bowl of creamy pasta. And while you might think your heaping plate of fettuccine alfredo is irreplaceable, you're wrong.

This avocado pasta dish [4] requires no butter, no cream, and no cheese. But it will only take one bite to convince you that none of that stuff is needed. It's also supersimple to make: just blend together avocado, olive oil, and your favorite herbs and spices. As easy as it is to make a creamy avocado pasta sauce, the same holds true for salad dressing. Get started with this avocado-basil dressing [5], which is perfect for your everyday salad.

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Cream in Iced Treats

Just in time for that backdoor Summer bash is a trio of frozen treats: avocado frozen yogurt [7], green tea and avocado popsicles [8], and coconut avocado creamsicles [9]. Depending on your dietary preferences, you can make a completely vegan frozen dessert or simply cut down on the amount of dairy in a recipe.

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Milk in Smoothies

There's nothing like a smoothie — when made right, it's a healthy meal in a cup. For anyone lactose-intolerant, it can be hard to make a rich and creamy smoothie minus the milk. Once again, avocado to the rescue! Throwing some avocado into a smoothie recipe immediately gives the drink a thick and creamy consistency, much like a milkshake. Get started with our avocado aloe smoothie [10], or try this spicy basil avocado smoothie [11] instead.

Photo: Leta Shy

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