What is a deli-style lunch without a classic egg salad sandwich? This recipe is one of the most popular sandwich fillings, but the standard version is laden with excess calories and fat. So, we thought that we would lighten things up a bit and make our own healthified version of this beloved recipe! Traditionally, egg salad is made with mayonnaise, but we decided to substitute that with skyr, which provides a rich, creamy texture and unique flavor. Skyr is less tart than Greek yogurt, and more flavorful than other dairy alternatives, which is why it pairs so well with the avocados and red onions. Icelandic Provisions use authentic Heirloom Skyr Cultures that have been treasured and preserved in Iceland for hundreds of years, which where their distinct flavor comes from. Icelandic Provisions is also the only authentic Icelandic Skyr in the U.S., so go ahead and try it out for yourself! You can eat it on it’s own, or incorporate it into some recipes such as our Sparkling Apple Cider Mocktail, Pumpkin Overnight Oats, and Vanilla Cupcakes. This just goes to show skyr is a versatile ingredient that will work with almost anything you pair it with!
Not only is this an amazingly flavorful recipe, it has solid nutrition boosters such as avocados. Nutritionally speaking, the avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid. They also enable the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit (1). You can also use avocado as a butter or fat substitute, as it may help reduce dietary intake of saturated fat, calories, sodium, and cholesterol (2). In fact, avocados are naturally cholesterol free, and over 75% of the fat in avocados is “good fat”, making them a great substitute for foods high in saturated fat. One serving size is 50 grams (or 1/3 of a medium sized avocado), so go ahead and enjoy the creamy textures in your daily diet. You can learn more about avocados here!
(1) Avocado nutrition facts. California Avocados. http://www.californiaavocado.com/nutrition
(2) Avocados as a butter or fat substitute. California Avocados. http://www.californiaavocado.com/nutrition/smart-substitutions