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Jam-packed with nutrients

Something about avocado just screams summer. High in healthy fats, the fruit is known to have many health benefits, including improving digestion, decreasing risk of depression and protecting against cancer.

Want to incorporate them into your diet? Here are a few recipes to get you started.

Tangy cucumber and avocado salad

Ingredients

2 medium cucumbers, cubed

2 avocados, cubed

4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons minced green onions (optional)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Black pepper to taste

1/4 large lemon

1 lime

Directions

In a large bowl, combine cucumbers, avocados and cilantro. Stir in garlic, onions, salt and pepper. Squeeze lemon and lime over the top, and toss. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

— Recipe from www.allrecipes.com

Caprese Avocado Toast

Ingredients

1 large avocado, halved and pitted

1/2 lemon

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 thick slices sourdough, toasted

1/2 halved cherry tomatoes

1 cup Mozzarella balls (such as Ciliegine)

Flaky sea salt

2 fresh basil leaves, finely sliced

Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Directions

Remove avocado halves from skin and place in a medium bowl. Immediately squeeze some lemon juice over the avocado. Season avocado with kosher salt and pepper and mash with a fork. Taste for seasoning, adding more lemon juice if desired.

Spread mashed avocado mixture onto toast. Top with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, garnish with basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve immediately.

— Recipe from www.delish.com.

Avocado smoothie

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

3 tablespoons honey

8 ice cubes

Directions

Combine the avocado, milk, yogurt, honey and ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth.

— Recipe from www.allrecipes.com

Avocado hummus

Ingredients

2 cups canned chickpeas

2 ripe avocados, cored and peeled

1/3 cup tahini

1/4 cup lime juice

2 cloves garlic

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving

1/4 teaspoon cumin

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro, for garnish

Red pepper flakes, for garnish

Directions

Combine chickpeas, avocados, tahini, lime juice, garlic, olive oil and cumin in the bowl of a food processor and season with salt. Smooth until smooth.

Pour mixture into serving bowl, and garnish with cilantro and red pepper flakes. Drizzle with more olive oil if desired, and serve.

— Recipe from www.allrecipes.com