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The Versatility Champion: 8 Ways to Use Avocado Oil

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If you haven't heard of Avocado oil yet, it's taking the cooking world by storm. With an exceptionally high smoke point, avocado oil is capable of being heated up to 250 degrees celsius. Studies have also found that avocado oil can support heart health, nourish the gut and promote skin health too. There are so many ways to cook with this delicious oil. Here are 8 different ways you can use it in your kitchen.

In Baking

If you've been looking for a healthier alternative to conventional oils in your baking, avocado oil is the answer. It has a light grassy flavour with a hint of avocado that is exceptionally mild, making it the perfect replacement for many of your favourite recipes.

Elevate a Pasta Sauce

Take your homemade pasta sauce to the next level with a not so traditional approach. Avocado oil will provide a wonderful flavour to pasta, from basil pesto sauces to classic bolognese. Avocado oil is rich in oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid that is fantastic for heart health, so you can put your mind at ease about the bowl of pasta you're about to consume! 

Add to Your Smoothie

Adding a tablespoon of avocado oil to your daily smoothie offers a world of benefits. Avocado oil is said to help with inflammation, with countless studies showing that the extracts from avocado oil may assist with the ailments caused by osteoarthritis. Avocado oil is also a good source of lutein, a carotenoid that is found in the eyes. Studies have shown that consuming sources of lutein may benefit eye health, reducing the risk of cataracts and some other eye diseases. 

Cook at a High Smoke Point

Avocado oil has one of the highest smoke points of any cold-pressed oil on the market, with the capability of being heated up to 250 degrees Celsius, making it perfect for BBQing, roasting and more. Many cold-pressed oils have low smoking points due to their unrefined nature. However, an oil heated past its smoking point can be said to release free radicals and harmful fumes into the air. By cooking with a cold-pressed oil that has a high smoking point, you're ensuring you still maintain a healthy meal, as intended. 

Make Mayonnaise

Making homemade mayonnaise is simple and good for you, particularly when made with avocado oil. Many people use avocado oil as an oil substitute in mayonnaise as they may prefer the lighter, mild flavour of avocado oil. The resulting mayonnaise is thick and creamy, but also neutral in flavour.

Add to Salads

Avocado oil is the perfect addition to healthy salads, for an extra nutrition boost. Studies have shown that avocado oil can assist in the absorption of carotenoid antioxidants commonly found in red, orange and yellow-hued vegetables and fruits. Carotenoids are more likely to be absorbed when consumed alongside a fat, which avocado oil can provide in a healthy form. 

Grilling Veggies 

When you feel like a more comforting meal, grilled vegetables are fantastic, particularly topped with a drizzle of avocado oil. Due to the high smoking point, it's perfect for providing a crisp to your vegetables, while also assisting with the absorption of the carotenoid antioxidants in your favourite vegetables.

Over Pizza

The light and mild taste of avocado oil provides an excellent addition to homemade pizzas. It helps give the pizza base a lovely gloss while providing you with nutrients in each bite, making for one of the healthiest homemade pizza experiences ever.

 

 

To show you how easy it is to incorporate avocado oil to your diet, I've created these traditional Polish potato pancakes from my cookbook Earth To Table in The Healthy Chef kitchen. Cook alongside me in this video, as I take you step by step through the recipe and show you my secrets to ensuring this dish turns out delicious and nutritious.

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