Advertising
Advertising

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:

10 Health Benefits Of Avocado

Avocado Nutrition Facts: 6 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know

4 Powerful Ways to Ripen Avocados Quickly (+Extra Tips)

Advertising

How To Make Natural Avocado Face Masks

Breakfast

5133f77bd9127e3d22007b79._w.540_s.fit_
    via The Kitchn

    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

    Advertising

    green-goddess-grilled-cheese-side
      via Taste Spotting

      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

      avacado recipes mac and cheese
        via Two Peas and Their Pod

        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.

        Advertising

        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

        avocado recipes mug cake
          via kirbiecravings.com

          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

          Advertising

          Avacado Recipes Pinapple Smoothie
            via bethenny.com

            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.

            Featured photo credit: zi3000 via shutterstock.com

            More by this author

            Jenny Marchal

            Freelance Writer

            How to Save a Bunch of Money Easily With This Simple Challenge Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset 11 Killer Ways To Get Rid Of Roaches Without Harming You If You Understand These 5 Rules In Psychology, You Can Live A Much Easier Life How To Get Over Someone You Deeply Love

            Trending in Food and Drink

            1 15 Flavorful and Healthy Family Meals That are Perfect for Picky Eaters 2 15 Most Effective and Nutritious Healthy Foods to Lose Weight 3 Stock up on These 9 Healthy Snack Foods to Boost Your Brainpower 4 15 Brain Foods You Should Be Eating Regularly to Keep Your Mind Sharp 5 25 Ideas for Delicious and Healthy Lunches You Can Take to Work

            Read Next

            Advertising
            Advertising

            Last Updated on October 23, 2018

            Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

            Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

            My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

            Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

            The Neural Knitwork Project

            In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

            Advertising

            While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

            The knitting and neural connection

            The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

            More mental health benefits from knitting

            Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

            Advertising

            “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

            Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

            Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

            She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

            Advertising

            “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

            The dopamine effect on our happiness

            Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

            There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

            Advertising

            “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

            If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

            Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

            Read Next