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It’s The Era Of Avocado! Try these 50+ Super Easy Avocado Recipes At Home Now!

It’s The Era Of Avocado! Try these 50+ Super Easy Avocado Recipes At Home Now!

Avocados are gaining popularity because of their rich nutritional value plus it’s mild and unique taste. It’s a versatile food that works with all kinds of dishes. Avocados are not only nutritious and delicious, they seem to be the hipster icon of the year. I have seen so many avocado tattoos on calf muscles and biceps that I’ve lost count. So if you love that green berry (yes, avocados are berries) so much that you would eat it for every meal and get a tattoo of it, stay tuned. The potential to add them to everything from smoothies for a rich and creamy texture, to desserts in order to substitute unhealthy fats, is endless! Avocados are super nutrient-rich, and the fact that they taste delicious makes it easy to get all your vitamins and healthy fats with every bite.

    How to shop for avocados:

    I love a good life hack, and luckily there are plenty for picking avocados. It’s difficult to base your decision on color alone (though you should observe any discoloration and bruising,) so it’s better to squeeze the berry gently and see if it’s firm but gives just a little. Don’t use your fingertips though, because you could wind up bruising it! If the avocado yields to firm, gentle pressure, then it’s ripe and ready. But if it just feels kind of tough, it’s going to need a couple more days [1]

    My favorite life hack for avocado selection is this one: peel back the stem! If you scratch off the tiny little stem on the top of the avocado, you’ll be able to know if your choice will be delicious or just brown and slimy inside. If the stem comes off easy and what’s underneath appears green, then it’s ripe! If you find brown underneath, then it’s overripe and won’t be good. And if the stem doesn’t come off and all, then the avocado is under ripe and won’t be ready for some time.

    If you’re buying avocados for an event, such as a party that absolutely needs guacamole, purchase unripe avocados 4-5 days in advance. That should give you a nice window and help to ensure you won’t wind up with over-ripe berries at your party.

      Taking off the steam is the easiest way to tell whether it’s good to eat or not!
        It’s not ripped yet!

        How to store avocados:

        Once you’re a pro at choosing avocados, you still have to be able to store them. If you’re like me, you don’t always use the entire berry in one sitting; sometime’s I’ll put half into my smoothie, and sometimes I spread a quarter on toast. I typically put my leftover avocado in Tupperware before sticking it in the fridge, but there are better ways to store the green goodness and ensure it won’t be gross by the next morning [2].

        Storing a cut avocado:

        No matter what form it’s in, cut, sliced, mashed, or even guacamole, put the remainders in a bowl and sprinkle some lemon, lime or even fresh orange juice on top. The acid slows down the oxidation process (that’s what leads to the brown slime) and prolongs the life of the avocado. But if you do start to see some browning, just scoop those parts out and toss them.

        If your avocado is simply sliced in half, you can just run some water over the cut surface and put it in the fridge. It’ll most likely develop a little brown film, but it’ll peel back easily and can be tossed.

        Storing an avocado that’s close to going bad:

        If your avocado is perfectly ripe but you don’t have the time to use it, don’t throw it away! Puree your avocado with a food processor or blender and store it in the freezer. When you are ready to try out that new dip or spread recipe, you can take it out and use it.

        How to ripen an avocado:

        I think we’ve all been there: in the produce section of our supermarket standing in front of the lousy selection of avocados and being forced to find the best of the worst. Obviously you want to choose one that is under-ripe and not over-ripe, but it still means you are going to have to wait to be able to eat it. Maybe as long as four days! Or does it?

        It turns out, there are some simple and effective methods to ripening an avocado quickly.

        1. Place the under-ripe avocado in a paper bag. Make sure the bag is in good shape and there aren’t any rips or tears. The bag is going to seal in the ethylene gas and ultimately ripen the berry.
        2. Add a banana in the bag with the avocado. You can use an apple or a tomato if you don’t have any bananas lying around, but the banana is your first choice. These fruits emit more ethylene gas than others, and the more they produce, the faster they’ll ripen.
        3. Close the bag by rolling it down and keep it at room temperature and away from sunlight.
        4. Check in often. The avocado will ripen as quickly as one day, so be sure to check it out. As it ripens, it will get some hints of deep purple and black. Once it’s ripe, store it as discussed, but only fora few days.

        How to ripen a cut avocado:

        If you forgot to check for the ripeness of the avocado and went straight to slicing it open, you may be disappointed to realize it’s not read to eat. Luckily you can take a couple steps and ripen the halves in no time.

        1. Sprinkle the avocado slices with lemon or lime juice. This will help avoid that brown mush.
        2. Cover it in saran wrap with the two halves facing each other like you are reconnecting it. Stick it in the refrigerator.
        3. Check in often! The length of time it will take to ripen will vary, but check in every day to ensure it doesn’t go bad. Take the avocado out of the wrap and poke it gently. If it seems soft enough, feel free to sample it. If it doesn’t quite taste right yet, put it back in the fridge.

        How do you cut an avocado?

        Few things are as satisfying as taking a knife to the pit of an avocado, twisting it and pulling it out cleanly! But not everyone can do it on the first try. Below is a video showing you how to successfully cut an avocado.

        Here are some delicious avocado recipes for you to try:

        Breakfast Recipes

        Baked Egg in Avocado

        This breakfast is both delicious and beautiful. Want to host the ultimate healthy brunch and look like a pro? Try this.

          Avocado Banana Smoothie

          This creamy breakfast smoothie is not only sweetly delicious, but it’s a great way to burn fat and give your heart the healthy stuff it needs!

            Avocado Toast

            Avocado toast is a classic way to incorporate healthy fats into your morning routine. This site gives six unique ways to top your toast.

              Power Breakfast Potato Boat

              If you love eating a big breakfast , this beast is for you. A potato, some bacon, a fried egg and avocado is on top of melted cheese. Don’t make this one a habit though.

                Blueberry Avocado Muffins


                I’m a sucker for recipes that give me healthy things hidden in seemingly sinful things. This delicious muffin is a sweet way to get your vitamins in at the breakfast table.

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                  Mexican Grilled Corn Avocado Toast: If you needed more proof that avocado toast is never bland , check out this recipe. Mexican style street corn tops tons of delicious flavors on this gorgeous brekki.

                    Spicy chard and pineapple smoothie:

                    If you don’t like a ton of sweetness in your green smoothie, try this recipe. The bitter chard mixed with the sweet pineapple provides a memorable bite.

                      Avocado and egg breakfast pizza

                      Pizza can be for breakfast! Top your “pizza” with pureed avocado and a fried egg. Add some hot sauce if you’re feeling crazy.

                        Steak and avocado breakfast burrito

                        Chipotle, who? This breakfast burrito will be your new favorite meal.

                          Pomegranate and Pistachio Relish on Avocado Toast

                          If you want a little sweet, a little salty and a lot delicious, make this toast ! Not only will your stomach be happy, but your Instagram will be filled with pictures of this pretty meal.

                            Lunch Recipes

                            Avocado Chicken Salad

                            Delicious, light and refreshing, this avocado chicken salad is sure to please even the pickiest eater. Check out this recipe for a lunch you will look forward to eating.

                              Tomato Avocado Melt

                              Cheese? yes. Avocados? yes. I’m already sold .

                                Avocado Grilled Cheese

                                Just when you thought a a grilled cheese couldn’t get an y more delicious, someone put avocado with it. Yes, please.

                                  Spicy southwestern salad with avocado dressing

                                  This salad is loaded with greens, beans, corn and sweet potatoes. Avocados and cilantro create a delicious dressing that would probably be good consumed with just a straw.

                                    Japapeno Turkey Burgers

                                    You can find plenty of rich recipes including avocado, but if you’re watching your weight, you may find even more. This turkey burger is a great lunch you don’t have to feel guilty about.

                                      Shrimp avocado salad

                                      This salad is a great choice for a warm day, especially if you’re in a seafood state of mind. Avocado is great with fish (think any sushi roll ever), so shrimp makes sense!

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                                        Garlic Bacon Avocado Burgers

                                        Sometimes you just need a good burger . And hey, if you use avocado, that makes it healthy! Right?

                                          Orange Almond Salad with Avocado

                                          If you want a fresh salad with lots of flavor, put this yummy salad together.

                                            Toasted Avocado and Bean Pitas

                                            I believe everything tastes better on pita bread. But I’m pretty sure this combo would taste good even on it’s own.

                                              Cucumber Avocado Sandwich

                                              This sandwich is simple, clean and oh so good.

                                                Avocado Caprese Salad

                                                Okay, these little bites are so cute. How could you not want to eat these healthy cuties?

                                                  Chickpea Avocado Mash

                                                  This wrap is so good and healthy, but it still tastes filling and satisfying.

                                                    Avocado Hummus Taquitos

                                                    I love taquitos. That crunch is so satisfying. Hummus and avocado mash mingle here for a creamy, crunchy lunch.

                                                      Avocado Pasta Salad

                                                      This recipe is chock full of avocado. It even has an avocado dressing!

                                                        Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

                                                        Light, refreshing and uber healthy. Enjoy!

                                                          Dinner Recipes:

                                                          Creamy Avocado and Spinach Pasta

                                                          This is pasta you don’t have to feel guilty about! Slurp those noodles knowing your nourishing your body!

                                                            Chicken Avocado Quesadillas

                                                            These quesadillas are super filling but so, so tasty! You’ll look forward to having leftovers for lunch the next day.

                                                              BLT Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados

                                                              Who needs stuffed peppers when you can stuff an avocado? Try this one tonight.

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                                                                Avocado Pesto Stuffed Shells

                                                                I loved stuffed shells, and I love this recipe because it gives me the taste I want without all the fatty cheeses.

                                                                  Creamy Cucumber and Avocado Soup

                                                                  This soup is perfect any night of the year, no matter the weather. And it’s so colorful!

                                                                    Avocado Pesto Noodles

                                                                    I love noodles that aren’t actually “noodles.” This recipe will deliver a flavorful dinner that won’t leave you feeling carb-loaded.

                                                                      Avocado Cucumber Egg Salad

                                                                      This dinner recipe could so easily be served as a snack or a side dish. No matter when you choose to eat it, you’ll definitely enjoy it.

                                                                        Tomato Avocado Salad

                                                                        Want a crazy healthy dinner? Eat this.

                                                                          Avocado, Strawberry and Spinach Salad

                                                                          When a salad is balanced, it truly can be its own meal. This clean salad is perfect for a summer night.

                                                                            Avocado Frittata with Cotija and Mozzarella Cheese

                                                                            A casserole that you can enjoy on a diet?! You’re welcome.

                                                                              Black bean tacos with avocado cilantro-lime sauce:

                                                                              You can’t go wrong with tacos . And if you’ve learned anything so far, it should be that avocados make tacos even better.

                                                                                Blackened Shrimp Avocado Cucumber Bites

                                                                                Refreshing, yummy and can be a snack or a meal . Depends on how hard it is for you to stop eating them!

                                                                                  Smokey bacon sweet potato hash and eggs:

                                                                                  YUM! While this is almost like breakfast for dinner , it’s going to be good and good for you no matter what time of day.

                                                                                    Blackened Tilapia Taco Bowls

                                                                                    What’s better than tacos ? Deconstructed tacos!

                                                                                      Chili-Lime Beef and Black Bean Bowls with Avocado Crema

                                                                                      Beef, avocado , black beans…what more could you want?

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                                                                                        Snack Recipes

                                                                                        Crispy Baked Avocado Fries and Chipotle Dipping Sauce

                                                                                        One of my favorite things about clean eating is how not clean it tastes. I love zucchini chips, roasted sweet potatoes and crispy brussel sprouts. These avocado fries are a delicious, healthy way to snack.

                                                                                          Avocado Brushetta

                                                                                          This is a super simple recipe to put together, and ideal as an appetizer.

                                                                                            Avocado Deviled Eggs

                                                                                            If you are always responsible for bringing deviled eggs to the party, try these next tim e to impress the crowd.

                                                                                              Avocado Egg Rolls

                                                                                              These are a great pre-dinner snack. That is, if you can avoid eating them all!

                                                                                                Guacamole

                                                                                                An avocado list wouldn’t be complete without a guac recipe!

                                                                                                  Dessert Recipes

                                                                                                  Fudgey Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting

                                                                                                  The cool thing about avocados is they add a creamy texture which can pass for a rich batter in baked goods. This recipe is for yummy HEALTHY brownies

                                                                                                    Mexican Chocolate Avocado Ice cream

                                                                                                    Healthy ice cream? It sounds too good to be true. But it’s real and you can make it!

                                                                                                      Flourless Chocolate Avocado Cookies

                                                                                                      These cookies are great for people with allergies.

                                                                                                        Avocado Fudge Pops

                                                                                                        These are yummy if you’re an adult, but if you have picky kids, they’re an ideal way to get your kid to eat healthy !

                                                                                                          Honey Lime Avocado Baked Donuts

                                                                                                          Homemade doughnuts instantly make you impressive and cool. Healthy homemade doughnuts make you a superhero.

                                                                                                            Which recipes are you going to try? Let us know!

                                                                                                            Avocado cartoon image: http://lingvistov.com/doodles via Pinterest

                                                                                                            Avocado stem images: thekitchn.com

                                                                                                            Featured photo credit: Krzysztof Puszczynski via stocksnap.io

                                                                                                            Reference

                                                                                                            [1] SOURCE: How To Pick The Perfect Avocado
                                                                                                            [2] http://www.wikihow.com/Ripen-an-Avocado

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                                                                                                            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                                                                                            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                                                                                            The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                                                                                            1. Understand Yourself Better

                                                                                                            Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                                                                                            Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                                                                                            2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                                                                                            I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                                                                                            Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                                                                                            3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                                                                                            As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                                                                                            You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                                                                                            4. Boost Creativity

                                                                                                            The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                                                                                            When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                                                                                            You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                                                                                            5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                                                                                            A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                                                                                            Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                                                                                            6. Process Life Experiences

                                                                                                            When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                                                                                            Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                                                                                            7. Stress Relief

                                                                                                            In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                                                                                            Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                                                                                            8. Provide Direction

                                                                                                            Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                                                                                            One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                                                                                            9. Solve Problems

                                                                                                            Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                                                                                            Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                                                                                            When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                                                                                            10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                                                                                            Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                                                                                            Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                                                                                            11. Find Meaning in Life

                                                                                                            Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                                                                                            12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                                                                                            Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                                                                                            13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                                                                                            When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                                                                                            14. Let the Past Go

                                                                                                            I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                                                                                            15. Allow Freedom

                                                                                                            Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                                                                                            16. Enhance Your Career

                                                                                                            Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                                                                                            Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                                                                                            17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                                                                                            All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                                                                                            18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                                                                                            No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                                                                                            We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                                                                                            Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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