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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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                                  Source: Cara’s Cravings.

                                  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 November 9, 2020

                                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                      Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                      Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                      Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                      If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                      Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                      1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                      Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                      Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                      Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                      2. No Motivation

                                      Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                      This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                      If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                      3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                      Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                      A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                      A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                      The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                      4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                      One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                      We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                      Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                      5. Upward Comparisons

                                      Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                      The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                      These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                      Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                      6. No Alternative

                                      This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                      Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                      Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                      Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                      7. Stress

                                      As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                      When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                      We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

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                                      8. Sense of Failure

                                      People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                      Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                      Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                      If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                      9. The Need to Be All-New

                                      People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                      These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                      10. Force of Habit

                                      Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                      Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                      These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                      Final Thoughts

                                      These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                      There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                      Reference

                                      [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                      [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                      [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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