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Whole-Day Meals: 15 Healthy and Unique Avocado Recipes

Whole-Day Meals: 15 Healthy and Unique Avocado Recipes

Avocados are not only full of vitamins and minerals but they are high in protein and low in saturated fats. This makes them an amazing superfood that can be incorporated into your diet easily. The versatile nature of the avocado means that there are plenty of avocado recipes out there from main meals to desserts, which gives you a way to sneak this wonderful fruit into your everyday diet. Although it’s delicious raw, avocado can be cooked and even substituted for butter in cakes to give you a healthier alternative.

Here are some great, healthy avocado recipes that you can make for any meal of the day from breakfast to dessert. Getting an avocado into your diet daily will bring great benefits and, of course, delicious meals.

If you want to get the most out of this superfood, don’t forget to read these related articles:

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Breakfast

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    1. Avocado and Egg in a Hole

    If you want your toast to have more impact in the morning then try this delicious recipe. With egg, avocado, cheese and bread, you can’t say you won’t be set up for the rest of the day after this!

    2. Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza

    Pizza for breakfast might not be everyone’s cup of tea but this will give you a great punch of energy in the morning. Using naan bread, this combination of eggs and avocado will give you a delicious start to your morning and keep you going until lunchtime.

    3. Avocado Buckwheat Pancakes

    Love pancakes for breakfast? This is a great recipe using avocados and buckwheat making them a super healthy breakfast option. Buckwheat contains many vitamins and minerals, packed full of antioxidants, high in fibre and is a great digestible protein.

    Lunch

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      4. Avocado Hummus

      Avocado makes a great addition to chickpeas when making your own hummus. Not only does it add a creamy texture but it tastes amazing too. This is so quick and easy to make and creates a healthy lunch when teamed with raw vegetables.

      5. Avocado Devil Eggs

      These are super easy to make and delicious to boot! Egg and avocado make the best combination so why not spice them up a bit by making these deviled eggs. You can also add some cayenne pepper or tabasco if you want a bit more of a kick at lunchtime.

      6. Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich

      Want to add a bit of extra excitement to your grilled cheese sandwich? This recipe uses avocado and spinach to boost the amount of nutrients per mouthful. Use together with whole grain bread. This is a great alternative to your usual boring sandwich.

      Dinner

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        7. Avocado Mac and Cheese

        If you want to make your mac and cheese a bit more exciting (and healthy) then adding avocado will give you just that. This recipe will take you 30 minutes max to prepare and cook so it’s a great quick meal to make without spending too much time. This will be a hit with everyone!

        8. Butternut Squash and Avocado Salad

        Whether eaten as a main or a side dish, this hearty salad will guarantee to be delicious as well as fill you up nicely. The slow-burning carbs of the butternut squash with the richly nutrient avocado will leave you feeling nicely satisfied. Adding chicken or steak will compliment it well for a lovely, healthy dinner option.

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        9. Guacamole Stuffed Chicken Breast

        Guacamole doesn’t just have to be a dip for your nachos. Try stuffing it into chicken breasts for a delicious and healthy twist for your dinner. This recipe is easy although a little time-consuming but completely worth it.

        Desserts and Snacks

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          10. Avocado Mug Cake

          Either as a dessert or a snack, this is incredibly easy to make and is ready in 5 minutes! An avocado mug cake is a great healthy alternative to other mug cakes. All you need is a few simple ingredients, a mug and a microwave.

          11. Coconut Avocado Ice Cream

          Such a healthy alternative and packed full of nutrients that regular ice cream just doesn’t have. Avocado is perfect for this recipe as its naturally creamy texture substitutes for the heavy cream. It goes wonderfully with chocolate sauce to make the ultimate dessert.

          12. Easy Avocado Chocolate Mousse

          Not only is this healthier than your average chocolate pudding; it is ridiculously easy to make and requires no cooking time whatsoever. Just make it and pop it in the fridge ready for dessert time.

          Drinks

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            13. Pineapple and Avocado Smoothie

            If you want that health kick in the morning or any time of the day, this is a really quick and easy smoothie to make. With only 4 ingredients, it’s packed full of goodness with just the right amount of sweetness to start you off.

            14. Avocado Chocolate Smoothie

            This is a great one for the kids—so smooth and creamy without the taste of avocado and packed full of 20 nutrients that will be super healthy for them at the same time! Use them as desserts or snacks to give them a healthy treat.

            15. Creamy Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

            Not only does this taste great but it looks really pretty so a great hit with friends or family including the kids. Since it’s packed full of needed nutrients it makes a great post-workout drink that will replenish your muscles and set you up for the rest of the day.

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            Last Updated on December 9, 2019

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

            The result: no more mental stress.

            2. Unplug

            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

            3. Easy on the Caffeine

            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

            The result: mental stress will be gone!

            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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