Advertising
Advertising

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

avocado1

    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

    new2a

      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

      avocado3

        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

        Advertising

        avocado4

          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

          avocado5

            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

            avocado6

              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

              avocado7

                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.

                Advertising

                Spicy Avocado Pizza

                avocado8

                  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

                  avocado9

                    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

                    avocado10

                      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

                      Advertising

                      avocado11

                        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

                        avocado12

                          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

                          avocado13

                            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

                            avocado14

                              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

                              Advertising

                              avocado15

                                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

                                avocado16

                                  Source: Cara’s Cravings.

                                  Chocolate and Avocado Smoothie

                                  avocado17

                                    Source: Realfood.tesco.com.

                                    Avocado Banana Smoothie

                                    avocado18

                                      Source: Zest and Zeal.

                                      More by this author

                                      Effective Ways To Stop Negative Thoughts From Getting You Down Get Healthy and In Shape: 15 Diet Myths Debunked! 10 Things Only People With Orthorexia (Eating Disorder) Would Understand When You Start To Pick Up Running, These 13 Amazing Things Will Happen 15 Simple Exercises and 20 Easy Recipes That Keep Your Heart Healthy

                                      Trending in Food and Drink

                                      1 10 Brain Vitamins for Enhanced Brain Power 2 25 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas to Energize Your Day 3 15 Healthy Recipes for Dinner (For Fast Weight Loss) 4 20 Easy Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss 5 The Best Refreshing Morning Routine: Have a Vegan Breakfast

                                      Read Next

                                      Advertising
                                      Advertising
                                      Advertising

                                      Last Updated on July 2, 2020

                                      Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

                                      Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

                                      There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

                                      Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

                                      What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

                                      How can you get relief from neck pain?

                                      There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

                                      How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

                                      Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

                                      Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

                                      Advertising

                                      • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
                                      • How old are your mattress and pillow?
                                      • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
                                      • How do you manage stress?
                                      • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

                                      Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

                                      Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

                                      Remedies for Neck Pain

                                      Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

                                      1. Everyday Activities

                                      One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

                                      Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

                                      If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

                                      2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

                                      The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

                                      Advertising

                                      A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

                                      3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

                                      It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

                                      Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

                                      4. Stress and Stress Management

                                      Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

                                      5. Accident or Injury

                                      If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

                                      6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

                                      Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

                                      An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

                                      Advertising

                                      • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
                                      • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
                                      • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
                                      • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

                                       

                                      Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

                                      When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

                                      1. Gua Sha

                                      This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

                                      Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

                                      2. Swimming

                                      You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

                                      3. Chiropractic Massage

                                      Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

                                      The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

                                      When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

                                      Advertising

                                      I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

                                      You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

                                      What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

                                      Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

                                      A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

                                      • Cervical Manual Traction
                                      • Flexion-Distraction
                                      • Cervical Mobilization
                                      • Ultrasound
                                      • Cervical Drop Technique
                                      • Trigger Point Therapy

                                      There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

                                      The Bottom Line

                                      If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

                                      Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

                                      More Tips on Healing Neck Pain

                                      Featured photo credit: Christopher Campbell via unsplash.com

                                      Reference

                                      Read Next