These Rich, Fudgy Brownies Are Made with Avocado

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Nope, we’re not joking. These brownies are sink-your-teeth-in fudgy and healthy, thanks to the star ingredient: amazing avocados. You already know how nutritious avocados are, loaded with fiber, B vitamins, folate, and potassium. They’re also a great source of healthy fat, which keeps you feeling satisfied and helps your body absorb more of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D, and K. So we combined avocados with other good-for-you ingredients—keeping the sweeteners minimal and natural—to create a delicious treat (including frosting!) that won’t weigh you down.

Avocado Brownies with Avo Frosting

Yield: 12-16 brownies

Brownies

3 oz. dark chocolate (70% cacao), chopped

1 Tbsp. coconut or extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa (40g)

½ cup almond meal (60g)

1 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

2 ripe medium avocados (about 17 oz. total), halved, pitted, flesh scooped out

½ cup medjool dates (about 4.5 oz.), pitted

¼ cup coconut sugar (1.4 oz.)

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7 Low-Carb Swaps Nutritionists Swear By

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Carbs aren’t the enemy. In fact, good-for-you whole grains such as oats, farro, and barley are great sources of important nutrients like protein, fiber, iron, and B vitamins. But substituting veggies, fruits, or pulses for refined carbohydrates (think bread, pasta, and all-purpose flour) can be beneficial, especially if you’re looking to reduce the amount of refined carbs in your diet, trim calories, and amp up vitamin intake. We asked seven nutritionists to share the low-carb swaps they use to cut down on carbohydrates without sacrificing taste.

Fava bean flour


Fava beans aren’t just for your salad. The legume can also be found in flour form—and it’s more nutritious than all-purpose flour.
"Per quarter cup, fava bean flour packs 8 grams of fiber (compared with less than 1 gram in all-purpose flour) and 4 grams fewer carbs, as well as protein, minerals, and antioxidants," says Health’s contributing nutrition editor Cynthia Sass, RD. "And it works great in nearly any recipe."

Lettuce wraps

 
You've probably made butter lettuce wraps with ground chicken or pork before. But don't stop there: "Collard greens, kale, chard, and lettuce leaves are a nutritious way to cut calories on sandwiches and a good replacement for taco ‘shells’ too," says Marisa Moore, RDN, adding that swapping greens for grains can save you up to 300 calories. For a quick meal that's packed with flavor, she suggests wrapping seasoned white beans in a kale leaf with marinara sauce drizzled on top.

Mashed turnips


Turn up the nutritional content (but not the calorie count) with turnips. Like potatoes, turnips are a starch vegetable, but they contain two-thirds of the calories, making them a great alternative to mashed potatoes.
"They're a low-calorie vegetable that's a great source of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins K, C and A," says Leah Kaufman, RD. "Plus, one cup of turnips is just 35 calories and 8 grams of fiber." To make mashed turnips, steam and mash the veggie, then add low-fat milk and a dollop of soft cheese...