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10 Delicious Avocado Recipes To Try

10 Delicious Avocado Recipes To Try

The avocado is a unique fruit. Numerous studies have shown that it has beneficial effects on health.

What we refer to as “avocado” is actually the fruit of the avocado tree called Persea americana. This fruit is prioritized for its high nutrient content and is added to all sorts of dishes due to its good flavor and rich texture. It is the main ingredient in guacamole. These days, avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health-conscious individuals.It is often referred to as a superfood, which is not surprising because it has so many health benefits.

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There are many kinds of avocados, from pear shaped to round shaped. They can weigh anywhere from a mere 8 ounces (220 grams) to 3 pounds (1.4 kg).

Interestingly, they are also called “alligator pears” because they tend to be shaped like a pear and have green, bumpy skin like an alligator. Avocados contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals. These include Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E. The fruit does not contain cholesterol or sodium while saturated fat levels are quite on the low side. They also contain more potassium than bananas and potassium is a nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of. They are also loaded with fiber, which is found in large amounts in avocado.

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Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world. It is known that several blood markers are linked to an increased risk. This includes triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood pressure, and various others. The effect of avocado has been studied in 8 human controlled trials. These are studies where people are spilt into groups, where one group is instructed to eat avocados while the other is not. Then researchers see what happens in their blood markers over time. These studies have shown that avocados can reduce total cholesterol levels, blood triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and increase HDL cholesterol. One of the studies showed that including avocado in a low fat vegetarian diet led to improvements in the cholesterol profile.

Additionally, another study looked at the dietary habits and health of people who eat avocados. Avocado consumers were found to be much healthier than people who didn’t eat avocados. They had a much higher nutrient intake and were half as likely to have metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms that are a major risk factor for heart disease and diabetes.

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Here is a comprehensive list of recipes that use avocado:

1. ALT Sandwiches

ALT sandwich
    The vegetarian take on a BLT makes for a light lunch.

    2. Cool Southwestern Salad w/Corn and Avocado

    cool southwestern
      This hearty salad combines rich flavors . It is a decadent and flavorful dish under 500 calories.

      3. Grilled Chicken Salad w/Avocado and Mango

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        The ultra-low calorie salad is rich in flavor. The mango sauce adds the perfect kick for an enhanced meal.

        4. Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos

        Cilantro
          The recipe uses the avocado’s creamy texture to replace cheese and mayonnaise base as added flavor. The tacos with the avocado can actually keep you slim.

          5. Tuna Melts w/Avocado

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          tuna melts

            6. Grilled Shrimp, Mango, and Avocado

            grilled shrimp
              Throw avocados on the grill along with shrimp and mango for a tangy treat. This is just what you are craving on a summer day.

              7. Avocado and Shrimp Sushi

              avocado
                If you want a boost of fiber, switch to brown rice, and be sure to serve the sushi with wasabi, soy sauce, and pickled ginger.

                8. Avocado Fries

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                  Crunchy on the outside, creamy and nutty inside, these fries are totally over the top.

                  9. Roasted Corn and Radish Salad w/Avocado Herb Dressing

                  radish
                    The cool creaminess of a Hass avocado is the perfect addition to temper the spicy bite from the radishes.

                    10. Grilled Pineapple Avocado Salsa

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                      This is definitely worthy of a special occasion.

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                      Last Updated on May 15, 2019

                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                      How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

                      As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                      “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                      When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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                      Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                      We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                      But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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                      So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

                      It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

                      1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

                      Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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                      2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

                      This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

                      You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

                      3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

                      This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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                      4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

                      How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

                      So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

                      If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

                      And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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