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Lean Green Avocado Pasta

Avocado is a necessity in my house! It’s the perfect addition to a healthy meal to keep you full and satisfied. And this pasta is all about the creamy fruit! This lean green avocado pasta is the perfect springtime meal!

If you’re like me, avocados are on the grocery list every single week. I’m always adding avocado to lunches and even eating them as a healthy mid afternoon snack. They’re literally such a perfect addition to any and all meal whether you’re trying to lose weight or trying to gain it. 

What? How can avocados be beneficial for both losing and gaining weight? And why would I want to ever gain weight? 

I remember a few years ago I was underweight and struggling with restrictive eating and over-exercising. I had just run my first half marathon and skipped the bagels at the finish line because, of course, they were an “off limits” food in my mind. It was about 1:00 PM when I got home and I hadn’t eaten since early in the morning before the race, so my mom offered to make me lunch. If you’ve ever run a half marathon or other long distance race, you may know, that sometimes you just don’t feel like eating a whole lot right away. Your body’s just been working so hard to conserve energy and get you to that finish line and the last thing on it’s mind is eating. 

Of course soon after this period of time you’re ravenous!

But, I wasn’t really feeling a huge meal, so my mom suggested avocado toast. And this was even before the current days of avocado toast this, and avocado toast that! It’s funny, I was actually like…really! Avocado toast? Is that even good? 

These days I probably do avocado toast at least once a week! I’m that girl. 

So, I ate the avocado toast…with a whole avocado smashed on some crispy toast. But I remember being so hesitant about a whole avocado. I thought, surely a whole avocado is too much…It’s too much fat and calories and some people online say avocados are bad for you so I can only have them in moderation and only a half avocado at most! 

 

I had just run a half marathon! And I did it pretty fast at that! Why was I feeling guilty for eating an avocado? 

That’s just a little peek inside my thoughts back then. Now, as you can see, I’m on the avocado train full force. But why the mindset change? How did avocados go from being restricted to now being accepted? 

First of all I changed my diet to eating more clean, whole foods. I did away with a lot of prepackaged things and instead used more whole ingredients in my cooking. Instead of focusing on labels and nutrition facts and eating things “low fat” and “fat free” and monitoring calories, I focused on good ingredients found in nature that God made for us to eat (more on this another day).

 

 

And second, I had a mindset change. With this change, avocados were no longer on the “naughty list” of foods, and I had freedom to eat them and enjoy them because of their natural benefits! I focused on their fat content without feeling guilty about it, but instead with the benefit they’ll have for healthy nails, strong hair, and clean skin. I saw the healthy fat not as something that would make me gain weight, but would satisfy my hunger and keep my blood sugar stable between meals. And calories were no longer feared, but seen as the fuel for my body to be able to accomplish all the things I needed to that day…in the above case, to have energy after running a half marathon. This mindset change helped me get to a more healthy weight and gave me a freedom from such restriction with food. 

So like I said above, avocados are great for those trying to lose weight with their satiating ability as a good healthy fat. But they’re also great for people who may need to gain some weight. People who have a fear of fat content and calories and restrict their diet with “off limits” foods. There is freedom with this mindset change; focusing more on fueling the body instead of denying it’s needs. 

 

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys because you won’t even believe it’s healthy when you taste it. There’s no shame in good, rich foods…especially when it’s from good for you fats like in creamy avocado. In this sauce you’ll also find basil, lemon, and parmesan for added flavor. I used gluten free brown rice pasta, but of course any and all pasta is acceptable. 

Lean Green Avocado Pasta

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbs parmesan cheese + more for topping at the end
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 oz gluten free pasta (or regular pasta if not gluten free)

Instructions

1

Combine avocados, lemon, basil, garlic, parmesan, and salt in a blender.

2

Blend to combine, then drizzle in olive oil until a creamy sauce develops.

3

Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed.

4

Once pasta is cooked and drained, immediately top with creamy avocado sauce and stir to combine throughout.

5

Garnish with sliced basil leaves and more parmesan.

Notes

Enjoy this pasta the day of for best taste!

Hope you enjoy and of course, please share your photos of this pasta with me on Instagram with #steelnchiffon and @steelnchiffon when you make it! 

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