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So, Avocado Buns Are a Thing Now

We're all about getting as much avocado into our lives as humanly possible. Avocado toast. Avocado sauce. Avocado smoothies. Even ultra-creamy avocado popsicles. (Trust us, they're delish.)

That's why we're mildly obsessed with blogger and Instagrammer @FoodDeco's consistent onslaught of straight-up avocado porn. Colette, the genius behind the blog, creates everything from pizza and noodles to truffles and actual works of art with the bright green fruit.

Her latest invention? Something that will revolutionize the rest of your summer grilling: avocado buns. Yup, just swap your carb-y buns for a heaping source of healthy fat instead. (Because, yes, fats are good for you!) Remember when you realized you could slash processed carbs and add a whole extra serving of veggies by swapping pasta for veggie noodles? This is just like that.

So, yeah, avocado buns are awesome (albeit probably very messy), but you do have to be careful of adding them to your regular summer menu. Why? You're eating an entire avocado, which has about 35 percent of your estimated daily value of fat. Let's compare: a whole wheat hamburger bun clocks in at 130 calories, 1.5g fat, 3g fiber, 22g carbs, and 7g protein. An entire medium avocado has approximately 250 calories, 22.5g fat, 10g fiber, 15g carbs and 0g protein.

Avocados get points for being totally unprocessed and relatively low-carb, but 22.5g of fat is quite a lot for one meal—especially if you're pairing it with an actual burger. But that's not saying you can't go for this avocado hack; try what Colette did and use your avocado buns to sandwich a chickpea burger for a healthier, low-fat option. (Or try one of these other healthy veggie burger recipes.)

 

Lauren Mazzo

Lauren Mazzo is a digital assistant editor for Shape and Fitness. She's an Ithaca College alumna, a Rochester, NY, native and an NYC transplant.  More →

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