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20 Mind-Blowingly Delicious And Healthy Avocado Recipes

20 Mind-Blowingly Delicious And Healthy Avocado Recipes

Whether you’re on a kale kick or guzzling green tea, superfoods are the hot topic on everyone’s taste buds. However, did you know that you’re actually doing your body a favor when you’re wolfing down that tasty guacamole or slathering smooth and creamy avocado on your sandwich? Apart from being delicious, the humble avocado is also a nutritionally healthy powerhouse. Loaded with heart-boosting mono-unsaturated fat, a great source of fiber and teeming with over 20 essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, this little fruit is a great addition to your diet. If you’re looking to make avocados a part of your diet, get beyond the usual guac and chips and try out some of our mind-blowingly delicious (yet astonishingly healthy) avocado recipes.

1. Eggocados

Eggocados

    If you’re looking for a filling, low-carb breakfast, get your omega-3s on with this easy breakfast hack. This avocado recipe doesn’t have to stop there. Try first scooping out the flesh and mashing it with some fresh salsa, then loading it back in the shell. Make a well for your egg and voilà — breakfast is served, easy and fast.

    2. Avocado Butter

    It’s a fact: though real butter may be delicious, it’s also loaded with things your body just doesn’t need. Avocado butter is a beautifully tasty, creamy alternative for your morning toast or afternoon crackers. In fact, you can even use avocado butter as a replacement for butter in your baking recipes. Read up more on on making the avocado swap in your baking here.

    3. Avocado Soup

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      If you’ve ever considered adding the whole “raw” element to your diet, this soup is an excellent introduction. Creamy and full of excellent enzymes, raw avocado soup is somewhat of a surprise if you’ve only hit the guacamole train with these fruits. Try jazzing it up with fresh salsa, grilled shrimp, or even chicken, for extra flavor.

      4. Tuna Avocado Salad

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        Love your creamy tuna salad but hate what it does to your hips? Never fear — here comes your pal, the avocado. This tuna salad leaves the mayo in the fridge and instead lets avocado stand in. You can serve it diner style between two pieces of toast, or get fancy by stuffing it back into the avocado shell.

        5. Raw Green Smoothie

        Chances are you’ve heard oodles about the raw food movement. This savory smoothie is packed with nutrients, and the avocado delivers a creamy texture and rich flavor. Try it for a quick and easy breakfast, or use it as a snack replacement to beat that mid-afternoon slump.

        6. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Icing

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          Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he says you can actually have a healthy chocolate cupcake. By replacing the animal fats with healthy avocado, this Vegan Chocolate Cupcake recipe, from the blog Love and Lemons, hits all the healthy marks.

          7. Rainbow Quinoa Salad

          Rainbow Quinoa Salad
            • 1 cup cooked quinoa
            • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
            • 1 cup shredded white cabbage
            • 1/2 cup shelled and cooked edamame beans
            • 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
            • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
            • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red and/or yellow peppers
            • 1–2 thinly sliced green onions
            • 1 chopped avocado
            • 1/2 cup cilantro and parsley combined and chopped

            Combine salad in a large bowl. Dress with the following:

            • 2–3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
            • Juice of half a lemon
            • 1 clove garlic, minced
            • 1/2 teaspoon salt
            • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

            Shake in a jar and pour over your salad. Eat and enjoy!

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            8. Avocado Caesar Dressing

            Caesar salad is undeniably delicious, but it’s also incredibly damaging to your waistline. However, there’s no need to ditch this favorite. Instead of going traditional, take a look at this vegan Caesar salad recipe. Packed with avocado, cashews and other assorted goodies, this is one Caesar you can eat without guilt.

            9. Avocado Pasta

            Creamy pasta without all the fat and calories? And avocado too? Where do we sign up?

            10. Crispy Avocado Fries

            Crispy Avocado Fries

              Yes, you can actually have fries and still stay healthy, particularly with these baked avocado fries. Fresh from the oven, these make a perfect alternative to your normal, oil-logged potato fest. Try sprinkling with a little lemon or lime juice for maximum flavor.

              11. Avocado Paratha

              Those who love Indian food know that while parathas are gorgeous, heavenly breads sent directly from above, they are also usually made with quite a lot of ghee, or clarified butter. The next time you’re looking to soak up the sauce from your curry, look no further than avocado parathas. Protein-packed and with a gorgeous green hue, nobody will ever guess they’re actually good for you.

              12. The Veggie Power Lunch

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                • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
                • 1 small tomato, chopped
                • 1/2 small cucumber, thinly sliced
                • 1 small carrot, grated
                • 1/2 avocado, mashed
                • 1/2 can chickpeas
                • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts (optional)
                • Juice of 1/2 lemon
                • Salt and pepper to taste
                • 2 whole-wheat pita breads, warmed in the oven

                Combine all ingredients (except for pitas) in a small bowl and toss well to coat. Stuff into warmed pitas and dig in.

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                13. Avocado Sushi

                If you thought that sushi was strictly a vehicle for fish, then you’re in for a treat. Avocado makes a nutritious veggie or vegan alternative to your typical salmon or tuna. For an extra healthy punch, try making your sushi with brown rice instead of white.

                14. Salmon & Avocado Poke

                Salmon & Avocado Poke

                  Visitors to and residents of Hawaii know that when it comes to a healthy choice for lunch or dinner, hitting the local poke shop is a sheer joy. Raw fish mingles with spices, soy and vegetables to create a punchy mouthful. This salmon and avocado poke recipe, from the blog Just Putzing, brings in our favorite green fruit for extra nutrition and downright deliciousness.

                  15. Venezuelan Guasacaca Sauce

                  Often referred to as Venezuela’s tastiest sauce, this combo may look simple but it’s got it where it counts in the flavor stakes. Guasacaca combines avocado, fresh parsley, cilantro, green bell pepper, onion, garlic, salt, oil and vinegar to a devastatingly yummy effect. Try it with barbecued meats for a truly south of the border experience.

                  16. Raw Avocado & Tomato Pizza

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                    Though the idea of raw pizza might send devoted Chicago deep dish and New York thin crust lovers into a tailspin, this raw pizza was actually meant to be that way. Another healthy idea from the raw foods movement, this pizza is loaded with veggies and avocado, cutting the fat and calories out of your normal slice of pie. Try adding marinated mushrooms, grated carrot or even sprouts for extra flavor.

                    17. Carnitas Caldo

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                      It’s impossible to get healthy with mighty avocado recipes without including a few from Latin America. This Carnitas Caldo recipe, from the blog Gimme Some Oven, is a rich, broth-based soup that’s loaded with spices, pork, avocado and handfuls of cilantro, making it the perfect way to warm up after a hard day. Don’t forget to squeeze in an ample amount of lime before diving in.

                      18. Portobello Mushrooms with Kale & Avocado Pesto

                      As the superfood of the moment, kale is finding its way into all sorts of recipes. Here kale joins its healthy soul brother number one, the avocado, to form a pesto that fills out a meaty portobello mushroom nicely. A tomato salad with thinly shaved red onions makes a colorful addition to this plate.

                      19. Mexican Avocado Wraps

                      • 1 small head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
                      • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
                      • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about three ears)
                      • 1 1/2 avocados, chopped
                      • 1/2 small cucumber, finely diced
                      • 1 small tomato, chopped
                      • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
                      • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
                      • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
                      • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
                      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
                      • Salt & pepper to taste

                      Combine lettuce, beans, corn, avocado, onion and cilantro in a large bowl. Whisk together oil, lime juice, cumin, salt and pepper, and toss with salad. Stuff into tortillas and serve. This also is great with some extra homemade salsa on the side.

                      20. Avocado, Mozzarella & Bruschetta Chicken

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                        Talk about a dinner party dish. If it’s avocado recipes you seek, then Avocado, Mozzarella & Bruschetta Chicken is a clear winner. If you’re concerned about the keeping the fat content low, try skipping the mozzarella and instead ramp up the veggies.

                        Featured photo credit: Olle Svenssen via farm4.staticflickr.com

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                        Last Updated on February 18, 2019

                        13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                        13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

                        Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                        Why is this so critically important to you?

                        The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                        Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                        1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                        Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                        When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                        • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                        • The man facing the judge.
                        • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                        • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                        • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                        • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                        These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                        Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                        Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                        2. Accept Your Fear

                        Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                        We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                        And here’s what can be done.

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                        3. Get Some Perspective

                        I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                        And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                        That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                        We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                        So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                        • Are you really at risk?
                        • Will this kill you?
                        • Which leads us on to..
                        • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                        4. Hold a Hand

                        As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                        Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                        We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                        Ask yourself:

                        • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                        • Could that really happen?
                        • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                        • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                        By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                        5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                        This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                        Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                        The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                        It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                        For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                        Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                        6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                        I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                        Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                        Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                        Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                        Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                        Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                        7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                        Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                        I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                        It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                        One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                        Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                        It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                        8. Assume the Worse

                        If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                        Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                        • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                        • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                        • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                        And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                        When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                        Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                        9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                        If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                        Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                        Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                        10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                        One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                        11. Go with Fear

                        When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                        I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                        Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                        One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                        However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                        We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                        12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                        And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                        The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                        What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                        13. Own Your Fear

                        Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                        We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                        You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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