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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

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          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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            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

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                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

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                    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 10, 2019

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                      Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                      This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                      One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                      Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                      Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                      1. Gratitude

                      Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                      The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                      Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                      So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                        2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                        This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                        For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                        What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                        Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                        3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                        This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                        Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                        An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                        Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                          4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                          According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                          There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                          5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                          Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                          Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                          6. Rise Earlier

                          The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                          For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                          So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                          Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                          7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                          Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                          Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                          It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                          Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                          Reference

                          [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                          [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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