Most of us Latinos have grown up with avocados in our life as a regular part of our diet; our madres fed us avocado toast before it was trendy, y'all. Lucky for us, research has proven that eating this fruit — yes, it's a fruit — can ease anxietyUma Naidoo, M.D., instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, wrote a piece for Harvard Health and said, "In addition to healthy guidelines such as eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water to stay hydrated, and limiting or avoiding alcohol and caffeine, there are many other dietary considerations that can help relieve anxiety." 

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Solely eating avocados won't be the be-all and end-all of anxiety you might experience, but it's a part of the equation to help alleviate it. You see, avocados are rich in B vitamins that release neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Who would have thought that this simple green food could impact our mental health, beyond making us feel happy because it's so damn delicious? Since science is giving us an excuse to incorporate more avo in our life, we've decided to share how to include "nature's butter" into six daily meals. 

1

Breakfast

Keep it classic with avocado toast — it's quick, easy to do, and Instagram-friendly.

2

Snack

Instead of reaching for a bag of chips from the vending machine, chop up some avocado, add some lemon (or lime), and chile to keep you full until the next time you need to chow down. This is a classic Latino snack

3

Lunch

You can never go wrong with an avocado salad. 

4

Second snack

Some people might not immediately think that avocados and smoothies go hand-in-hand, but it gives you the perfect creaminess and is pretty tasty, too. 

5

Dinner

Instead of having it on the side, make avocado a part of the main dish. Zucchini noodles with avocado pesto keeps it light, healthy, and packed with flavor. 

6

Dessert

You don't have to sacrifice your sweet tooth cravings. An avocado sorbet is the perfect way to end your avocado-filled day.