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6 Easy-To-Make Avocado Snacks For Summer

6 Easy-To-Make Avocado Snacks For Summer

Avocados create a base for the perfect summer snack, since they are easy to prepare and usually do not require cooking or baking. Any recipe that features avocados should be eaten within the same day, since they tend to turn brown once they come into contact with air (although this natural occurrence can be prolonged by adding a squeeze of lemon juice). When choosing avocados in the market, make sure to get get ones that yield a bit to pressure if you are planning to eat them within a day or so. Choose unripe avocados if you are planning to eat them later, and leave them on the counter for a few days to ripen. Here are a few quick and healthy summertime avocado-based recipes to enjoy:

1. Avocado dressing

Avocado Dressing

    Place a ripe avocado into a food processor or a blender to create a smooth creamy dressing. Add a squeeze of fresh lime, a teaspoon of oil and vinegar and a sprig of cilantro to add a kick to this versatile and healthy sauce. Add this dressing to anything from a crudité platter to a tasty addition to a papaya half. The options are endless, and it has way less calories than similar store-bought creamy dressings like ranch or blue cheese.

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    2. Stuffed avocado

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      For a healthy and easy snack, this delicious dressed-up version is perfect for summer parties. Scoop out the pit and a majority of the avocado “meat.” Mix with your favorite store-bought (or homemade) salsa or ceviche in a separate bowl and then pile it back into the avocado half and serve. If you want something hardier, try putting chicken salad in the center. The best part? Clean-up is simple because avocados come with their own built-in bowl. Healthy and eco-friendly makes a win-win situation.

      3. Watermelon and avocado skewers

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      Avocado Watermelon Skewers

        For a refreshing summer snack, these savory and sweet skewers always do the trick. Scoop out the avocado with a spoon and add the rounded pieces to a skewer, alternating with cubes of watermelon. Lay the finished skewers on a plate and sprinkle fresh lime juice and chili powder for a little kick. These colorful skewers only take a few minutes to prepare and are the perfect addition for any summer backyard BBQ.

        4. BLTA Lettuce Cups

        BLTA Lettuce Cups

          For a lighter alternative to the American classic, this healthy snack is bound to be a huge crowd pleaser at your next summer party. It will appeal to both those who are health-conscious and those who are fans of traditional BLTs. Add chopped up bacon pieces, cherry tomato slices and bite-sized avocado pieces in a leaf of lettuce and top if off with ranch dressing. For a healthier alternative, substitute the ranch with the avocado dressing that is mentioned earlier in this piece.

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          5. Avocado fries

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            Coat avocado slices with Panko flakes or bread crumbs and bake in the oven for a satisfying snack. Serve these healthier fries instead of traditional french fries for a memorable snack at your next summer get-together. For a healthier and a hassle-free version, roll the avocado slices in coconut flakes for a unique snack that is perfect for adventurous taste buds.

            6. Grilled avocado

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              For a simple, yet delicious summer treat throw avocados on the grill for a few minutes and volia you have a yummy side to complement any seasonal BBQ. Grill mango and shrimp for a winning combination of sweet and savory before the main course. Add nuoc cham, a Vietnamese sauce on the side to dip everything in. This delicious sauce includes fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and chilies and is bound to be a memorable addition at any summer party.

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              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                Why You Need a Vision

                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                How to Create Your Life Vision

                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                What Do You Want?

                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                Some tips to guide you:

                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                Some questions to start your exploration:

                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                A few prompts to get you started:

                • What will you have accomplished already?
                • How will you feel about yourself?
                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                • What does your ideal day look like?
                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                • What would you be doing?
                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                • How are you dressed?
                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                Plan Backwards

                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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