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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 December 2, 2018

                                          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                          How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                          Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                                          The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                                          The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                                          Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                                          Review Your Past Flow

                                          Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                                          Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                                          Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                                          Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                                          Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                                          Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                                          Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                                          We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                                          Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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