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20 Delicious And Healthy Recipes That Are Winter Gifts For Avocado Lovers

20 Delicious And Healthy Recipes That Are Winter Gifts For Avocado Lovers

Does anyone not love avocados? They’re tasty and versatile, which makes them perfect for inclusion in a lot of different recipes and dishes – especially during the winter. Not only are they completely delicious, but avocados are incredibly nutritious. They are loaded with fiber, healthy fats, and more than twenty vitamins and minerals. This means that they’re ideal for people in search of a healthy food that’s still yummy. Whether you’re looking to slim down or just want try some new recipes, these ideas are for you!

1. Creamy Avocado Rice

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    This recipe is the perfect base for a burrito bowl, or can be consumed on its own. The possibilities are endless!

    2. Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza

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      While the name may not sound super enticing, have some faith in this one. This recipe will have you jumping out of bed in the morning.

      3. Avocado Mango Chicken Salad

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        Want some meat on your salad? Don’t miss out on this avocado mango chicken salad that’s perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch.

        4. Avocado Watermelon Salad

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          Are you looking for a little taste of summer? Well, you can at least pretend with this watermelon avocado salad that also contains feta cheese, mint, and chives.

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          5. Raw Avocado Soup

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            Mix together some fresh green peas, mint, cucumber, lemon, and mashed avocado for a surprisingly hearty soup.

            6. Game-Day Ranch Guacamole

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              Looking to do a little tailgating during football season? This ranch guacamole goes great with wings, chips, carrots, pretzels, and celery.

              7. Avocado Shrimp Rolls

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                If you’re craving a lobster roll but don’t want the calories or the price, this shrimp and avocado roll is a delicious substitute.

                8. Avocado Fries

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                  Not the healthiest option, but these avocado fries are super delicious. Your kids will especially love them.

                  9. Peach Basil Avocado Wrap

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                    Want a healthier alternative to the boring sandwich you usually eat for lunch? This wrap will give you something to look forward to.

                    10. Avocado Pasta

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                      This recipe is simple to make and delicious to eat. What more could you ask for?

                      11. Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

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                        Avocado goes great with fish. If you enjoy salmon, check out this recipe.

                        12. Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

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                          This admittedly isn’t the healthiest recipe – but it tastes great! Give it a try on your next cheat day.

                          13. Avocado Deviled Eggs

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                            Nothing says “finger food” quite like deviled eggs. These avocado-based deviled eggs put a new spin on a classic snack.

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                            14. Avocado-Shiitake Spring Rolls

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                              If you’re looking for something to go with your avocado rice balls, these avocado-shiitake spring rolls are a nice compliment.

                              15.  Baked Egg in Avocado

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                                Sticking with the breakfast trend, you’ll want to check out this awesome recipe for a baked egg inside an avocado half. It also makes a pretty delicious afternoon snack.

                                16.  Zucchini and Avocado Soup with Cucumber Salsa

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                                  Here’s another tantalizing avocado-based soup – this time with zucchini.

                                  17. Chicken Avocado Burger

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                                    You can’t serve fries without a burger. This chicken avocado burger recipe is the perfect match.

                                    18. Fudgy Avocado Brownies

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                                      Who knew you could enjoy avocado with dessert? Try these brownies and you’ll be convinced that avocado can be enjoyed with every meal of the day.

                                      19. Salmon Avocado Rice Balls

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                                        This recipe is extremely versatile and yummy, but feel free to swap out some of the ingredients. Just make sure you leave the avocado — it makes the recipe.

                                        20. Avocado Ice Cream

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                                          Want to put some avocado dessert on your avocado dessert? Try this ice cream recipe to compliment your brownies.

                                          Are you ready to enjoy some yummy avocados? Well, with these twenty recipes, you can maximize their nutrition without getting burned out on eating the same thing over and over.

                                          Featured photo credit: Jennifer via flic.kr

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                                          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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