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10 Addictively Delicious Avocado Recipes That No One Will Wanna Miss

10 Addictively Delicious Avocado Recipes That No One Will Wanna Miss

Some say that they have become a new food trend, but to those of us who are practically addicted to them, avocados are an essential part of our meals. Whether we eat it by itself or use it as an unexpected part of a delicious meal, an avocado not only adds some great nutritious value to your meal but it also adds some some creaminess and freshness.

Whether or not you are experienced with eating avocados, these 10 addictively delicious avocado recipes are sure to please. From snacks, to complete meals, to waistline-conscious desserts, there are different options for you to try.

1.Creamy Avocado Pasta

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    If you are looking to experiment with an avocado in a different way than simply adding it to a salad, this recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod is one of the best ways to have an avocado adventure. Simple but delicious, if you are looking for a healthy alternative to alfredo sauce, give this fresh recipe a try. It is sure to be a hit amongst the little ones as well.

    2.Egg and Avocado Tartines

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      If you are looking to incorporate avocado in your breakfast, try this simple recipe from Health Digezt. It’s quick and easy, and the avocado adds another level to the traditional egg sandwich. Between the wheat, egg, and avocado, this simple sandwich will help keep you full until your next meal.

      3.Chocolate, Coconut, and Avocado Pudding

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        Rich, creamy and guilt free, this wonderful pudding from Health Digezt is sure to help you stay on track with your dietary changes. It does not look or taste like it has avocados in it but a true avocado lover will be able to identify the distinct creaminess that is particular to the fruit. Easy to make, this pudding makes a wonderful midday snack especially in the summer.

        4.Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocado

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          This recipe from Grok Grub will simply make you want to eat this dish for every meal. With only three major ingredients, this meal not only is easy to make but you will not need to utilize many utensils from your kitchen as it is all inserted into the avocado half. Ready in a few, this dish can be enjoyed with some crackers or pita chips, or simply with a spoon.

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          5.Tuna Stuffed Avocado

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            Another quick way to enjoy the avocado in its natural form, this recipe from The Stay At Home Chef provides another way to enjoy avocado for lunch. With the creaminess of the avocado, you can easily skip the mayo and make your dish healthier without compromising on the taste.

            6.Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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              If you are looking for a way to make a traditional grilled cheese more exciting than this amazing green avocado version from Tastespotting will definitely take the regular sandwich to another level. It’s not only appealing to the eye but also is healthy. And with the addition of mozzarella and avocado, the cheesiness and creaminess of this sandwich is sure to be a hit even with the little ones.

              7.Avocado Orzo with Garlicky Grilled Prawns

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                Looking for a way to incorporate avocado into your dinner? This avocado orzo recipe from HeatherChristo.com will definitely help you win your guests over. The use of lime not only helps with tying the ingredients together but it also adds an element of freshness while adding a Mexican flair to the dish, especially with avocado. Once again, the creaminess of the avocado helps avoid overuse of less healthy ingredients such as butter.

                8.Vegan Chocolate Cupcake

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                  The best part about this avocado cupcake recipe from PopSugar is that it is only 230 calories which means that not only are you enjoying a great dessert that is healthier for you, you also can enjoy a couple of them without feeling guilty about the calories.

                  9.Avocado Chicken Salad

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                    If you are looking for a way to include avocados in a complete dish, try this SkinnyMom recipe. With a fresh element added by the lime, this recipe is a safe way to adventure with avocados. The avocado also adds creaminess to the recipe which help reduce the amount of mayonnaise used.

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                    10.Corn and Tomato Stuffed Avocado

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                      Perfect for the summer, this Pip and Ebby avocado recipe is light and encompasses all of the amazing elements for a great appetizer at a barbecue or an afternoon snack. Using the avocado as a vessel will provide a binding agent in each bite with a smooth and creamy finish.

                      Whether you want to go bold or simple, one of these recipes is sure to help you enjoy avocados in a new form.

                      Featured photo credit: Tomatoes and Friends via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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