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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 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.

                      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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