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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 January 17, 2019

                                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                      Listen carefully:

                                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                      1. Pray Daily

                                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                      3. Smile Often

                                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                      8. Go Exercise

                                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                      The Bottom Line

                                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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