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To make a creamy dip that's tailored exactly to your tastes, start with the classic guacamole recipe, then follow these adjustments:

1. Apple and Mango Guacamole
Leave out the jalapeño from the base recipe. Dice 1 crisp apple (cored, skin on) and 1 peeled and pitted mango. Mince a few basil leaves and 1 seeded serrano chile. Fold everything into guacamole.

2. Goat Cheese and Poblano Chile Guacamole
Using a sheet tray, roast 1 poblano chile in a 450° oven until skin starts to blacken and char, about 15 minutes. Remove, let cool fully, and then peel off skin. Seed, de-stem, and finely dice. Chop 1 seeded plum tomato. Fold poblano, tomato, and 2 Tbsp. crumbled goat cheese into guacamole.

3. Nutty Guacamole
Fold in ¼ cup chopped toasted or candied nuts, like pecans.

4. BLT Guacamole
Chop and cook 3 strips of bacon. Dice 1 seeded plum tomato. Include ½ diced red onion. Fold everything into guacamole.

5. Edamame Guacamole
Fold in ½ cup cooked edamame beans, 1 Tbsp. Sriracha hot chili sauce, and a few minced basil leaves.

6. Margarita Guacamole
Stir in ¼ cup tequila and the zest of 1 lime. Moisten the rim of a serving bowl and dip it in kosher salt, then add guacamole.

7. Sushi Guacamole
Fold in 4 ounces chopped smoked salmon.

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Avocados nourish your body from the inside out—which will help you look and feel younger at any age, say Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, registered dietitians and authors of The Secret to Skinny. Full of monounsaturated fat and antioxidants, avocados can help keep skin looking youthful by reducing inflammation, which damages tissues. They're also high in potassium, a mineral crucial to heart function. Finally, the fat helps your body better absorb vitamins A, D, and E—all key players in glowing skin.

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