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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

              The Veggie Power Lunch
                • 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 December 2, 2018

                        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                        How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                        Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                        The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                        The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                        Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                        Review Your Past Flow

                        Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                        Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                        Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                        Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                        Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                        Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                        Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                        We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                        Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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