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10 Unexpectedly Healthy And Delicious Avocado Recipes

10 Unexpectedly Healthy And Delicious Avocado Recipes

Avocado is one of nature’s greatest miracles. Regardless of what most people seem to think, it’s an incredibly versatile fruit. Furthermore, its creaminess makes it a great dairy substitute for vegans. Here are 10 of the best avocado recipes.

1. Tropical Avocado and Peach Smoothie

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    For some reason, many people seem to have an aversion to the idea that avocado can be used in sweet recipes. This smoothie recipe will definitely prove it works. Avocado can be used in almost any smoothie because it takes on the flavours of the other fruits and works primarily to make the beverage extra creamy.

    2. Vegan Creamy Pasta Sauce

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      As previously mentioned, avocado has a great deal of creaminess to it. As such, it is the perfect ingredient for a vegan pasta sauce!

      3. Avocado Frozen Yogurt

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        Yes, seriously.

        Both avocado frozen yogurt and avocado ice cream are incredible. I would recommend making a strawberry coulis to go on top simply by blending some fruit up. You can add a little sugar if you want some extra sweetness, but I prefer it without.

        4. Baked Eggs in Avocado Recipe

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          A simplistic and delicious breakfast recipe that’s perfect for when you want something hot in a hurry.

          5. Avocado Dulce De Leche Muffins


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            That’s right, there are such things as healthy desserts! Well, relatively healthy anyway. You gotta live just a little.

            6. Vegan and Gluten Free Creamy Lime and Avocado Tart

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              What, did you really think that I’d only give you one dessert option?

              7. Avocado Hummus


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                I honestly didn’t think that hummus could get any better before seeing this recipe.

                8. Kale Noodle Bowl With Avocado Miso Dressing

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                  This incredibly healthy and fresh noodle bowl is perfect for every meal and can be enjoyed year round.

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                  9. Panko Avocado Fries

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                    Avocado fries are seriously delicious and healthy. If that didn’t sound good enough for you already, you get to avoid oiliness by baking them.

                    10. Lemon Mint Avocado Pudding


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                      That’s right, three desserts! This light and zesty pudding is just what you need for summer.

                      Featured photo credit: Avocado Miso via lh3.ggpht.com

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                      Last Updated on October 14, 2019

                      10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

                      10 Simple Ways To Increase Metabolism Without Working Out

                      When it comes to increasing your metabolism, getting a good workout a couple of times a week is only one of many players. If you’re not a fan of lifting heavy stuff, then you’re only expending extra energy for that, say, one hour of that specific day. But what about the remaining 23 hours? How can you make sure you’re burning blubber all throughout the day? Here are 10 simple ways to increase your metabolism without working out.

                      1. Stand More

                      Many health practitioners claim that sitting is the new smoking. We sit in the office, we sit in the car, we sit when we get home. It’s not only terrible for your health and posture, but you require a lot less energy when seated. So, a good way to ignite the furnace a bit is to stand as much as possible through out the day. You work in an office? Put two boxes under your keyboard or laptop. There are many free solutions to making a standing desk—so you have no excuses. When you’ve gotten used to standing while working you will quickly find that it’s easier to stay engaged as well—you’re less inclined to drift away mentally. In fact, this post was written standing.

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                      2. Gamify Your Life

                      Toys such as the Fitbit or Nike Fuelband, or apps like Argus, can help you increase your metabolism by giving you an incentive to walk more. Argus, and other apps like it, use the accelerometer in your smartphone to measure your steps and let you know when you’ve hit your daily goal. Fitbit and the Nike Fuelband do the same, but have a host of other functions to make being healthy a tad more fun.

                      3. Eat Your Veggies

                      Fibrous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli increase your metabolism by putting your digestive system on overdrive. It just simply requires more energy to break down the tough fiber of these nutritional powerhouses. You’ll also start feeling like a rock star from the overload of vitamins and minerals from eating more vegetables.

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                      4. Eat Protein

                      This is one of those rules that’s not to be misunderstood. While it does boost your metabolism to eat more protein, it should be instead of other foods, not on top of other foods. If you’re stuffing your face with a chicken breast when you’re not hungry just to boost your metabolism, you’re doing it wrong. Of the three macro-nutrients—fats, carbs and protein—protein is the one that requires the most energy to break down. So, if you switch out some of those cheese sandwiches with a few hardboiled eggs you’re on the right path.

                      5. Drink Loads Of Cold Water

                      Drinking a few glasses of ice-cold water in the morning can boost your metabolism quite effectively. Your body expends energy on constantly staying in homeostasis when it comes to temperature, so if you chug a bunch of icy water you’re making your body expend more energy on keeping itself at the same temperature. Using temperature to expend more energy is called thermogenesis and it’s one of the most efficient ways of cranking up your calorie burning—more on this further down.

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                      6. Spice Up Your Meals

                      Spices like cayenne, chilli, ginger and turmeric ignite your metabolism and make your meals a bit more exciting. If you make it a habit to add a little bit of spice to each of your meals it can be a habit that turns you into a fat-burning furnace.

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                        7. Drink Caffeine

                        No, drinking loads of coffee is not bad for you. The sugar and heavy cream you could be inclined to chase it down with might be though. Caffeine helps mobilize—that is, get rid of—adipose tissue, or fat. It also helps athletic performance, and some individuals report it to have appetite-curbing effects. If you’re very sensitive to stimulants, try not to have caffeine too close to bedtime though, as it can mess with your sleep.

                        8. Plan Your Meals Around Exercise

                        I know the title of this post says “…Without Working Out” but this trick technically is more a nutritional trick than an exercise-related one. When you’ve exerted yourself and, hopefully, broken down some muscle fibers, your protein synthesis, or the rate at which you build muscle, increases. So, having heavy meals after a workout will make sure those calories get stored in the right places. This is one of the reasons it’s a good idea to get a heavy session in before the Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

                        9. Do Intermittent Fasting

                        It’s long been said you should always eat a heavy breakfast as it kick starts your metabolic rate. There hasn’t been any study proving this though. There have only been behavioral studies correlating obesity with breakfast skippers, but it’s always been a case of confusing correlation with causation. It’s not the fact that you skip breakfast that makes you fat; it’s the poor food choices you make throughout the rest of your day. Studies have shown that fat burning increases the longer you get into a fast, obviously depending on the body fat level of the individual. In fact, in one study lowered metabolic rate did not occur until 60 hours into a fast. Intermittent fasting is very much one of the bigger wins when it comes to increasing your metabolism.

                        10. Use Cold Exposure

                        For some reason it’s been common knowledge for a while that sweating increases metabolic rate. Scientist have known for a while though that the opposite is actually true; exposing yourself to cold temperatures increase your calorie burn significantly. Just slight shifts in your home temperature can mean pounds lost or gained when you gather the numbers yearly. How else do you think swimmer Michael Phelps is able to eat 12,000 calories a day? Obviously, he swims hours each day, but it’s not just the exercise he gets from swimming that allows him to consume such quantities of food, it’s also the amount of energy the body has to expend to keep itself at its baseline temperature in the cold water. So, taking ice-cold showers, decreasing the temperature of your home, or swimming in cool pools will help you burn a lot more calories.

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