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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 October 15, 2018

                        Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                        Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

                        “Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

                        While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

                        1. Dehydration

                        If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

                        If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

                        You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

                        2. Lack Of Exercise

                        A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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                        Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

                        3. A Poor Diet

                        The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

                        An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

                        Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

                        4. Skipping Breakfast

                        Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

                        Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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                        Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

                        Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                        5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

                        We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

                        TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

                        Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

                        Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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                        6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

                        Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

                        Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

                        If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

                        7. Depression

                        Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

                        Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

                        Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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                        8. Hypothyroidism

                        If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

                        Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

                        9. Anemia

                        People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

                        However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

                        While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

                        10. Cancer

                        While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

                        Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

                        Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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