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18 Avocado Recipes to Get You Ready for Summer

18 Avocado Recipes to Get You Ready for Summer

Avocados are an extremely popular fruit and can be used in an endless number of delicious recipes. Avocados are great sources of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin B6, which promotes healthy skin. They can also help improve your cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of heart attacks as they contain monounsaturated fats (that’s the good kind of fat). Another bonus is that they contain roughly 3.4 grams of fiber, which will help make you feel full. So what are some of these delicious avocado recipes?

Let’s start with breakfast:

Poached Egg on Avocado Toast

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    This is a very simple and quick recipe, not to mention highly satisfying. All you have to do is spread a ripe avocado over a piece of toast, season with pepper and salt and then top it off with your poached egg. (You can also opt for scrambled or fried eggs). An added bonus with a fried or poached egg is that when the yolk runs you can dip your avocado toast into it, making your breakfast just that little better!

    Sweet Banana Avocado Pancakes

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      This particular recipe also doesn’t take too long to make, and is family friendly! There’s no need to add any sweeteners because if you haven’t ever tried a plain banana pancake before, you’re in for a surprise at how the sugars in a banana come alive when heated up. You will need a few more ingredients for this one, but the additional cost will be well worth it after you’ve sat down and tried this tantalizingly good breakfast!

      Find the recipe and instructions here at Leave Happier.

      California Omelette

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        This is one of many avocado omelettes available to try but this one is most definitely my favorite. It is such a satisfying breakfast and will keep you feeling full and happy until lunch time.

        Find out about it here at Once Upon a Cutting Board.

        Moving on to lunch:

        Super Healthy Avocado Salad

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          The best thing about salads, other than how healthy they are, is that you can throw just about anything in them and they still taste great! This recipe comes with an additional instructions for the dressing, which is healthy too! It’s easy to make and should take no longer than 15 minutes to prepare.

          Check out the recipe at BBC Good Food.

          Simple Greek Avocado Sandwich

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            If you’re in the mood for something bigger than a salad but still healthy and tasty, then you definitely need to try this. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare but will leave you satisfied for much longer!

            Try it out here at Yummly.com.

            Raw Apple Avocado Soup

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              This mouth-watering, eye-catching soup dish is perfect for summer. It’s an astonishingly healthy soup that will leave you wanting more and more.

              Here’s how to make it via Raw Food Recipes.

              So, what’s for dinner?

              Salmon & Avocado Rice Balls

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                This recipe is one of my favorites! It may take quite a while to make and be quite difficult to get a handle on, but it is seriously worth the extra effort. It cuts out the meticulous motion of rolling ingredients into a log and slicing. So try making these sushi rice balls with a healthy nutritious filling.

                Recipe and instructions found here at Taste.com.au.

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                Spicy Avocado Pizza

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                  Don’t let the spice put you off. The avocado helps minimize the heat’s impact once in your mouth. Not only does this look ridiculously tasty, it’s a healthy substitute for that Friday night take-out pizza and it only takes 15 minutes to make. Now that is impressive!

                  Get the recipe and instructions at Gouda Monster.

                  Grilled Chicken Salad With Avocado and Mango

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                    This has only 185 calories yet has richness in flavor. That subtle avocado, tangy mango, crunchy fresh lettuce, tender chicken and a dressing of your choice will make this one of your favorite salads this summer.

                    Get the details here at Health.com.

                    Anyone for dessert?

                    Easy Avocado Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse

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                      Yup, that’s right you can put avocado in desserts! And yes, it does taste amazing too. It’s also incredibly easy to make. Indulge in this healthy treat with the subtle taste of avocado mixed with the creaminess and richness of dark chocolate.

                      Find out how to make it here at Produce On Parade.

                      Avocado Ice Cream

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                        I’m more than certain you’ll have heard of ice cream with fruits, but maybe not ice cream made with fruits. Trust me, it will not let you down. This is a great way to go about getting your “five a day” and is a great idea for kids too!

                        Find out how to create it here at Two Peas and Their Pod.

                        Avocado Vanilla Cheesecake

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                          I’ll take mine green! This dish accentuates the neutral flavor and creamy texture of avocado, pairing it with simple, classic, vanilla cheesecake filling to make an eye-stunning and tastebud-satisfying dessert. It includes coconut, both in the filling and sprinkled on as a garnish if you want. You can add the fruit topping of your choice to make it taste even more delicious.

                          Here’s how to create this delightful dish thanks to Paradise Grove Avocados.

                          Feeling peckish?

                          Avocado Watermelon Salad Snack

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                            This is one healthy, light nutritious snack. It not only looks amazing but it tastes that good too! Chop up some watermelon and avocado and arrange on a serving dish in a checkerboard pattern. Then drizzle some lime juice over the top and season with some salt, pepper and/or chillies. Enjoy!

                            Lemon Tuna Avocado Snack

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                              The subtle taste of avocado combined with tuna and a bit of lemon juice make for a convenient and quick snack. This is sure to satisfy that peckish feeling in between meals.

                              Find out how to make it here at Yummly.com.

                              Sweet Avocado Ice Pops

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                                This may sound a bit bizarre, but it’s a very tasty, 100-calorie snack to have handy, especially coming into summer. It also has a very creamy texture without any dairy.

                                Try it now at Yummly.com and thank me later.

                                Smoothies:

                                Smoothies are the ultimate drinks of summer. They taste fantastic, have endless combinations and textures, and are unbelievably healthy. Try these avocado smoothies: they’re filling, satisfying and not something you’ll get bored of quickly!

                                Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

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                                  Chocolate and Avocado Smoothie

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                                    Avocado Banana Smoothie

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                                      Source: Zest and Zeal.

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                                      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                      3. Jumping Jacks

                                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                        6. Leg Squats

                                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                        7. Push Ups

                                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                        9. Lunges

                                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                        10. Bicep Curls

                                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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