By AMANDA REGALADO  With the Trump administration threatening to institute a 20% tariff on all Mexican goods, Millennials are crying out, “#avocadogate!”

Already strapped for cash, they are worried of paying even more for the overpriced guacamole at Chipotle.

Avocado, one of Millennials most beloved superfoods, is more than just a party staple or hipster fad. It is a nutrient-rich fruit containing healthy fats, antioxidants, and oils that can reduce your cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.

Americans consumed a whopping 2.5 billion avocados in 2016, according to California avocado farmer Ben Holtz. “Only .3 billion came from California,” he said. The majority came from Mexico. With worries over a tax on Mexican imports, now is the perfect time to try these five recipes:

 

Avocado Fries

These baked bites are a healthier alternative to the French fry. They are the perfect guilt-free snack you can munch on all day. They taste delicious with ketchup, honey mustard, chipotle mayo, or by themselves.

Ingredients:

  • One ripe avocado
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Two eggs, beaten
  • One pinch of salt
  • One pinch of pepper
  • One pinch of paprika

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Peel off the avocado skin. Cut the avocado long-ways into centimeter-thick strips.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs.
  4. In another small bowl, mix the panko breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  5. Dunk the avocado slices into the egg, then into the breadcrumb mixture. Repeat to ensure the avocado is fully coated in breadcrumbs.
  6. Place avocado strips on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Serve with your favorite condiment and enjoy.

 

Avocado Toast

This simple recipe is a cafe favorite. Taking just minutes to make, it is the ideal snack for a person in a hurry. If you like spicy, add the pepper flakes liberally. If you would like more protein, place a fried egg on top.

Ingredients:

  • One ripe avocado
  • One tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ lemon
  • Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste
  • Arugula
  • Bread slice

Instructions:

  1. Place the slice of bread in the toaster.
  2. Cut the avocado in half and remove its pit. With a spoon, scoop the avocado into a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add extra virgin olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper to the bowl. Mush ingredients to a chunky consistency.
  4. Generously scoop avocado mixture onto the toast.
  5. Sprinkle pepper flakes on top.
  6. Add a pinch of arugula to the top and enjoy.

 

Shrimp Tacos with Chunky Avocado Salsa

These easy tacos are sure to impress your friends. The shrimp will cook in minutes. The rest of the recipe requires simply chopping and mixing.

Ingredients:

  • Two ripe avocados
  • ½ can of corn
  • One fresh tomato
  • One lime
  • Corn tortillas
  • Olive oil
  • 10 deveined shrimp
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper

Instructions:

  1. First prepare the avocado salsa: Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Peel the skin off of the avocado. Cut the avocado into centimeter cubes and place in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Cut the fresh tomato into cubes. Add tomato and corn into the bowl.
  3. Add one tablespoon of olive oil, squeezed lime, one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of pepper, and one teaspoon of cayenne pepper into the bowl. Gently mix without smashing the avocado. Set to the side.
  4. Next prepare the shrimp: Butterfly the raw shrimp by cutting it down the back. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sautee in a lightly oiled pan on medium heat. Once the shrimp turns pink, it is fully cooked.
  5. Cook 6 corn tortillas on the stovetop.
  6. Place 2 shrimp and a spoonful of avocado salsa in each taco and enjoy.

 

Avocado Breakfast Boats

This delicious combination will provide you with all of the nutrients of the avocado and the added protein of the egg. It will kick start your metabolism and give you energy to continue your day strong.

Ingredients:

  • One ripe avocado
  • Two eggs
  • ¼ cup of grated extra sharp white cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut avocado in half and remove the pit. Place avocado halves into a small baking dish.
  3. Crack one egg into each pit hole.
  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top of each.
  5. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes, take out and add a pinch grated cheese to the top. Place back in oven for three minutes or until cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from oven and enjoy.

 

Avocado Face Mask

Avocados are not just healthy to eat. They are great for your skin. This two-ingredient avocado mask will help moisturize dry skin and brighten your complexion. The honey will help fade acne scars and allow the mask to stick nicely to your face.

Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe avocado
  • Two tablespoons of honey

Instructions:

  1. Scoop the avocado half into a small bowl. Add honey. Mash the ingredients until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved.
  2. Apply to face and leave for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash off with warm water and pat dry with a towel.
  4. Extra: To make the mask into a scrub, add ¼ cup of sugar into the mixture.

 

Now that you have these five delicious recipes, I urge you try try them and tweet me pictures @amanda_regalado.  ¡Buen provecho!