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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:

10 Health Benefits Of Avocado

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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 June 26, 2019

            I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

            I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

            Hating life is a bit of a misnomer it seems: in the media, in education, in every aspect of our lives, we’re shown visions of a perfect world, one where everyone is happy and life is a decades-long dream. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

            Life can and is hard and tough and painful at times. I have first-hand experience of this: at this time years ago, I was a recent university graduate, unemployed and aimless. All of this was having a knock-on effect on my social and mental wellbeing—I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t seeing my friends as often. I was snappy to family members and I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning…

            That doesn’t mean it can’t change.

            Life goes through ebbs and flows all the time and the key to getting through it all without cutting off your social circle and eating your local grocery store out of Ben & Jerry’s, is to cultivate some techniques and methods of going through life with some stability and grace. It’s not a guarantee against life’s hardships but, take the steps you want to use and you won’t hate life.

            If you want to stop hating your life and start falling in love with it, take these steps:

            1. Get Plenty of Sleep

            Seriously, you’re obviously going to be grouchy and more inclined towards the more miserable side, if you’re not getting your recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night.

            Start checking in how much you sleep and then start making steps to go to bed earlier and sleep for longer. It might cure every problem but at least you’ll be well-rested and less likely to nap throughout the day. If you having trouble getting to sleep, go and

            2. Eat Healthily

            I have had a real issue with eating healthily for years and it wasn’t until I was hospitalised a few years ago (for a condition unrelated to my eating for the sake of disclosure), that I really started to look at what I ate and how I viewed my body.

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            I’m absolutely an advocate of body positivity and loving your body at any size and while I haven’t lost any huge amount of weight, eating a hell of a lot healthier improved my mood and made me feel better.

            In short, it’s absolutely okay to have a pizza and a soda as a treat, but just have something healthier tomorrow.

            3. Write It All Down

            Sometimes the best thing you can do is let it all out. Keeping things that are making you hate life all bottled up is neither helpful to getting out of that cycle nor healthy for your overall wellbeing.

            Grab yourself a notebook, a journal, a diary, a bit of paper, whatever, and just start writing down how you feel. As soon as you’ve done that, start thinking about what you could do in theory to stop this from happening or to stop you from feeling like this.

            4. Get Some Fresh Air

            It’s underrated and we all take it for granted, but really, getting out of your home and going for a walk can be really beneficial. It gets you outside in the (hopefully) sunshine and getting to see the whole of life as you walk around can be really grounding and calming.

            Believe me, if you’re stuck inside mulling over on the bad things of your life, grab a pair of sneakers and go for a walk. Plus, it’s free. Can’t say better than that, can you?

            5. Get Some Exercise

            This is practically a Part II of the previous step, but as someone who used to look at the gym as something people did when they were feeling particularly masochistic, I can actually say I enjoy it now.

            You don’t even have to subscribe to a fancy gym—go for a run around the block with your headphones in or lift some heavy boxes to build up muscle tone.

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            Bonus: Doing all that heavy lifting of boxes or incorporating exercise into chores will make your house cleaner and look even more awesome, as well as making you look and feel better.

            6. Treat Yourself

            Hating your life can be exhausting, and I mean that literally. It drains the energy from you until all you want to do is lie in bed with a pint of ice cream and the last five seasons of a TV show on Netflix.

            Therefore, a good thing to keep your spirits up can be to treat yourself.

            Life is too short, after all, to deny yourself some treats. Go see that movie that looks awesome in the cinema, grab a gelato with a friend, paint your nails, whatever makes you happy, do it. You deserve it.

            Here’re more ideas to inspire you: 30 Ways To Treat Yourself No Matter What

            7. Cut out Those Negative Triggers

            Chances are that if you hate life, something is setting off those triggers in your head. Until you’re able to deal with them without turning all misanthropic, the best thing might be just to get rid of all of those negative triggers.

            If you’re suffering from what AllGroanUp refer to as “Obsessive Comparison Disorder” (i.e. obsessively checking out the lifestyles of all your “successful” friends), then stop using Facebook and Twitter as much.

            Social media can be a fantastic way to connect, but it can be also be a toxic environment for neuroses and comparisons to breed.

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            Trust me, I know. If it sets you off, cut it out.

            8. Dance

            Yes you can dance. No, really, you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re not some breakdancing dynamo or ballroom extraordinaire, everyone can dance. It’s programmed into the human race, the ultimate expression of emotion.

            Dance like no one’s watching, dance like you don’t care. Tap your feet, sway your hips, go as mad or as wild as you want to to your favourite songs. Nothing quite shakes the cobwebs off than losing yourself in rhythm and dance to a song you love.

            9. Get Organized

            A great way to start moving forward and looking at what you can change in your life to make it better, is to get organized.

            Spend a weekend going through your home and clearing the unnecessary stuff out of it. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore and start to give everything a space.

            It doesn’t have to look like it’s stepped off the pages of Good Housekeeping, but clearing a lot of space and making sure that your home has a bit of harmony can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

            10. Pay It Forward

            Life is a mystery and it can be a minefield to get through. Sometimes you stumble, sometimes you fall. The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep walking forward.

            Paying it forward is simply helping others. Charity is something that is often thrown around as an accessory to human behavior—how many celebrities have you read about who have done something heinous, but are defended by the phrase “but [they] do charity work”?

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            Go volunteer! If you think you’re at breaking point, go help other people.

            People in the world out there will be going through the same things that you are going through; and while you might not run into someone who’s going through the exact same circumstances, you will be helping people who need help.

            Helping out a soup kitchen, or at a church bake sale, or at a homeless shelter or wherever needs help, can make a huge difference to the lives of those individuals involved. And believe me, it’ll do a hell of a lot for your state of mind .

            A great idol of mine, Audrey Hepburn, once stated that we have two hands: one for helping ourselves, and one for helping others. That’s a fantastic sentiment and one I think will help people who hate their live.

            If you go and help other people, you’re having such a positive ripple effect on the world that some of it will come back to you one way or another, and it will get better.

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