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9 Easy and Quick Ways to Top Avocado Toast

9 Easy and Quick Ways to Top Avocado Toast

Avocados are creamy, flavorful, and one of the hottest fruits of the summer. We can’t get enough of it in our guacamole dips, and the green stuff tastes pretty good in salads, smoothies, brownies, and sandwiches, too. Good taste is not the only thing to love about avocados; they are also full of health benefits. Avocados are nutritious and include 20 different vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C and Vitamin E. They are also very high in potassium, which supports good blood pressure; fiber, which supports weight loss; and antioxidants, which help improve eye health.

Avocados should be stored at room temperature until they ripen which can take up to 4 to 5 days. When the outside skin is black or dark purple, they are ripe and ready to eat or refrigerate. To speed up the ripening process, place your avocado in a paper bag with an apple, banana, or kiwifruit. To speed up the ripening process even more (say, like ten minutes), slice your avocado, sprinkle with lemon juice, and bake it in the oven on 300° for 10 minutes. If your avocado is ripe, but you’re not quite ready to eat it, store it in the refrigerator to preserve it. If you’ve already cut into your avocado, sprinkle it with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, or cover it in plastic wrap to keep it from turning brown.

While guacamole is the most popular way to eat avocados, it isn’t the only way. Avocados taste great on toast. Just slice or smash and place on top of a piece of bread. It’s so simple to make, but quite an upgrade from your plain butter and jam toasts. A plain avocado toast tastes great and makes for a nice breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack, but adding a variety of toppings gives an even greater taste and doesn’t cost that much more money or time. Below are nine easy and quick ways to top your avocado toast and eat any time of the day – three for breakfast, three for lunch, and three for dinner.

Breakfast

1. California-Style Fried Egg Avocado Toast

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    Avocado toast is given a fun California-style twist! This ultimate breakfast toast is piled with lots of smashed avocado, fresh veggies, and a beautiful fried egg on top.

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    2. Breakfast Bruschetta on Avocado Toast

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      Breakfast Bruschetta topped with scrambled eggs, salty bacon, sweet peppers, all on a creamy Avocado Toast! The perfect Saturday morning breakfast or brunch recipe.

      3. Peach, Whipped Feta, and Avocado Toast

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        Sweet and savory—this Peach, Whipped Feta, and Avocado Toast is a great recipe for breakfast or a snack.

        Lunch

        1. Turkey and Avocado Toast

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          Made with wholesome ingredients like whole grain bread, creamy avocado, and delicious slow roasted turkey breast, this toast is a smart option that fits into a healthy lifestyle. It’s the perfect quick lunch for busy afternoons.

          2. Tomato Avocado Melt

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            A tasty melt with mayo and cayenne to add just the right touch of tang and bite.

            3. Cucumber Hummus Avocado Toast

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              Crunchy cukes, creamy hummus, and glorious avocado join forces in pretty much the easiest lunch or snack ever.

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              Dinner

              1. Mexican Grilled Corn Avocado Toast

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                It’s toast! Not just any toast. Toast with smashed avocado and grilled, charred, buttery corn. Crumbly, fresh cheese. Spices and herbs. Lime and salt. Oh my!

                2. Avocado Tuna Melt

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                  Avocado, tomato, tuna salad, and muenster cheese on crunchy toasted whole grain bread.

                  3. Caprese Avocado Toast

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                    This simple avocado toast includes fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, and balsamic glaze and makes for a great snack or meal!

                    Which one of the above recipes will you try? What is your favorite way to eat avocados and/or toast? Share your ideas with the Lifehack community.

                    Featured photo credit: Getty Images via gettyimages.com

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                    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                    1. Breathe

                    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                    2. Loosen up

                    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                    3. Chew slowly

                    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                    4. Let go

                    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                    It’s not. Promise.

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                    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                    5. Enjoy the journey

                    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                    6. Look at the big picture

                    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                    Will this matter to me…

                    • Next week?
                    • Next month?
                    • Next year?
                    • In 10 years?

                    Hint: No, it won’t.

                    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                    8. Practice patience every day

                    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                    Final thoughts

                    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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