Dairy ingestion is a problem for some in today’s world, where cows are raised primarily on feed lots as opposed to in the free range fields that history provided them. Hormones and antibiotics in cows today are altering the makeup of dairy products, leaving many people allergic – or at the least, intolerant – of the dairy products on today’s store shelves. Today’s research also shows an association with dairy products and disease as well.
Luckily, there’s an alternative solution for those who love the creamy richness of dairy products, but for whatever reason, can’t consume dairy. Avocados (preferably organic avocados) come with the creamy richness of dairy products, but without all of the hormones, antibiotics and animal cruelty that many of today’s dairy ingredients are manufactured with.
Avocados have many health benefits in their own right. Organic avocados help to reduce cholesterol. They also contain a healthy amount of fiber in order to help you maintain good digestive health. Avocados can be used to replace a variety of normally dairy-rich foods. Here are five ways that you can use avocados to replace dairy ingredients.
Use Avocado in Place of Butter in Baked Goods
The rich, creamy flavor of avocado makes a great butter substitute in baked goods, especially in rich, dark baked goods such as brownies or other chocolate flavored treats. Try using avocado in chocolate flavored baked goods instead of butter and see how wonderful the taste is.
Use Avocado in Place of Yogurt in Smoothies
Avocado makes a great replacement for yogurt in your morning smoothie. The somewhat sweet taste of avocado, along with the creamy texture, satisfies the palate just as yogurt would, without the down side of dairy consumption.
Use Avocado in Place of Sour Cream
In many foods, especially in Mexican foods such as tacos, mashed avocado makes a great substitute for sour cream. A homemade guacamole, easy to make with mashed avocados, some salt, pepper, cumin and fresh garlic, is creamy, rich and full of flavor, making a great addition to any Mexican meal.
Use Avocado in place of Salad Dressing
A creamy ranch dressing is great on a salad, but ranch dressings often contain dairy products. Try replacing your ranch or other salad dressing with mashed avocado and spice up your salads with something a little different, and a little healthier!
Use Avocado in Place of Traditional Dips
Avocado, combined with a few spices or fresh vegetables such as finely chopped tomato or red onion, also serves as a fantastic chip or veggie dip. Scrap the dairy-laden chip and vegetable dips, trading them in for a healthy and delicious avocado-based alternative. The result will be a healthier and more palate-pleasing dip.
Using avocado as an alternative to dairy products such as butter and sour cream is a great way to incorporate more healthy goodness into your daily diet, while at the same time avoiding the hormones, antibiotics and other no-so-healthy additives found in so many of today’s dairy products. We think you’ll like the flavor and the creamy goodness that avocado brings to so many foods.
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We had the privilege and joy of learning from Dr. Charlie Stine who instilled a love for the natural world through incredible field trips with the Johns Hopkins Odyssey Certificate program in Environmental Studies. At the time, the program was endorsed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Sadly, after Dr. Stine retired, the program was phased out. We hope that we honor his legacy by shining a bright light on environmental issues and sharing good news about the success of various conservation programs when possible.
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