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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.

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                    11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

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                    Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                    Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

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                    Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                    Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                    3. Improved Sleep

                    Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                    4. Appetite Control

                    Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                    When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                    6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                    Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                    7. Mosquito Repellant

                    Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                    While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                    9. The New Anti-Viral

                    Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

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                    Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                    With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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