By now you’ve heard everyone rave about the miracle of coconut oil and its many uses, but at this point the oil-pulling hype is old news. We’re more interested in telling you about the newest potato out there as far as oils are concerned, which is why we’d like to introduce you to avocado oil — the nutrient-rich substance formed by pressing the pulp of avocados, making it full of those healthy fats we know and love.
Brimming with antioxidants, this adaptable oil is making a splash in the food scene, as well as the health and beauty department. It makes for a nutrient-rich cooking ingredient with a milder taste than olive oil, and it comes with a plethora of other uses as well as benefits (like skin and hair). Move over coconut oil; we’re always looking for more opportunities to add avocado to our regimen…
1. Marinades: Instead of canola oil or olive oil, try using avocado oil in your next marinade. The fats help bind the other spices to form a cohesive taste.
2. Frying and Pan-Frying: Thanks to avocado oil’s high smoke point, this oil is a great option for fried foods. Avocado oil will keep its nutritional value even once it reaches a high heat.
3. Sautéing: A light sear in avocado oil is a great way to impart healthy fats in your next dish. Try sautéing fish or greens to get that velvety touch that butter typically adds.
4. Eggwash Substitute: Often times, cooking requires some sort of egg wash, either in baking or when you are breading something. Try substituting avocado oil for this step in your next recipe.
5. Baking: Avocado oil is a great substitute for butter in baked goods. Substitute equal parts avocado oil for the same amount of butter.
6. Salad Dressings: Replace olive oil or canola oil with avocado oil in your next salad dressing. You will get a hint of avocado flavor without the thickness that comes from using a blended avocado.
7. Popcorn: Instead of using butter to pop your kernels, try avocado oil. The richness of the oil will have the same effect as butter.
8. Aioli: Next time you whip up a batch of homemade aioli, sub out canola oil or vegetable oil for avocado oil.
9. Finishing Dishes: Sometimes a dish needs a nice drizzle of fat to help bring all the flavors together. Try using avocado oil instead of olive oil to drizzle over dips and soups.
10. Smoothies: Add a tablespoon of avocado oil to your next smoothie to get an extra dose of healthy fat.
1. Make Up Remover: Pour a small amount of avocado oil onto a cotton pad and use to wipe away eye and face makeup.
2. Moisturizer: Avocado oil tends to absorb more quickly than coconut oil, allowing you to use it as a moisturizer without feeling greasy.
3. Chapped Lips: Rub a small amount of avocado oil on your chapped lips after exfoliation to help heal the cracks.
4. Cracked Dry Feet: Heal cracked feet by massaging avocado oil onto them after exfoliating in the shower.
5. Soften Cuticles: Massage a small amount of avocado oil onto your hands and cuticles.
6. Eye Cream: Dab a small amount of avocado oil underneath your eyes and on your crows-feet to help prevent fine lines.
7. Homemade Face Mask: Mash half of an avocado with 1-2 tablespoons of avocado oil for the ultimate hydrating face mask.
8. Bath Oil: Add ¼ cup avocado oil to your next bath to hydrate your skin.
9. Help Heal Wounds: Some experts say that avocado oil can help facilitate the healing of wounds and burns.
10. Massage: Use avocado oil during your next massage to help hydrate skin and promote collagen production.
1. Shampoo: Create your own hydrating shampoo by combining distilled water, castile soap, avocado oil, and all-natural glycerin.
2. Scalp Treatment: Massage a small of avocado oil into your scalp. Let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing out.
3. Tame Fly-Away Hairs: Rub 1-2 drops of avocado oil into your hands and then smooth frizzy and fly-away hairs with the palms of your hands.
4. To Help Grow and Strengthen Hair: Mix a small amount of avocado oil with honey, olive oil, and egg white. Apply the mixture to your hair and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse out with lukewarm water.