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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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                                                                                                            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                                                            The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                                                            Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                                                                            your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                                                                              Why You Need a Vision

                                                                                                              Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                                                                              How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                                                                              Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                                                                              What Do You Want?

                                                                                                              The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                                                                              It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                                                                              Some tips to guide you:

                                                                                                              • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                                                                              • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                                                                              • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                                                                              • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                                                                              • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                                                                              Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                                                                              • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                                                                              • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                                                                              • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                                                                              • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                                                                              • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                                                                              • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                                                                              • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                                                                              • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                                                                              • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                                                                              • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                                                                              • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                                                                              It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                                                                              What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                                                                              Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                                                                              A few prompts to get you started:

                                                                                                              • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                                                                              • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                                                                              • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                                                                              • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                                                                              • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                                                                              • What would you be doing?
                                                                                                              • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                                                                              • How are you dressed?
                                                                                                              • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                                                                              • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                                                                              • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                                                                              It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                                                                              Plan Backwards

                                                                                                              It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                                                                              • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                                                                              • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                                                                              • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                                                                              • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                                                                              • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                                                                              • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                                                                              • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                                                                              • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                                                                              • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                                                                              Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                                                                              It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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