Easy Avocado Recipes & Ideas

Hello, dear friends!!

It’s been a while since my last post…I apologize. LIFE has happened. Again. It’s funny how it does that. πŸ™‚

Since my last post, Mac and I have moved BACK to Michigan. Unfortunately, the job we thought was his dream job just did not work out the way we had anticipated and we missed the life we had started to build here in MI. SO…we packed up our things and moved for the third time in a year. (UGH…moving sucks, but I’ve become a pro! If you need any tips…let me know!)

As we’ve been getting back into the groove of things, I’ve been noticing that one of my recipes on Pinterest has been getting a lot of attention. My Avocado & Egg Pizza recipe is the most popular recipe that I’ve posted, so I thought I’d post some of my other easy go-to recipes that involve my favorite fruit (Yes, avocado is a fruit…in case you didn’t already know that!).

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The following recipes can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, snack, or as part of dinner. I always have avocados on hand and I eat about half to one whole avocado each day. I tend to buy them in packs of four and I buy them a little on the green/hard side so they will ripen throughout the week. Most people associate avocados with guacamole, but there are SO many other wonderful things you can do with avocados!

Now don’t get me wrong…I love a good guac, but ONE of my favorite ways to eat an avocado is to cut it in half, take out the pit, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, grab a spoon, and DIG IN! YUM! Some people may find that a little strange…but it’s the easiest way to enjoy an avocado’s creamy goodness! (Pictured here with some bacon for some extra protein…and on a paper plate because this was breakfast during one of our moves. No judgement please!) πŸ™‚

The SECOND way I like to enjoy avocado is in my Dill Avocado Cream. This is awesome on everything and SO simple to make…just 3 ingredients! I spread this on sprouted whole grain toast, add a dollop on top of salmon, or spread on a sandwich. The 3 ingredients you’ll need are 1/2 a ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt, and 2/3-1 tablespoon fresh or dried dill. Mash up the avocado and stir together with the yogurt and dill, season with a little salt, and Enjoy! (Note: this makes 2 servings!)

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(Pictured: Dill Avocado Cream on a grilled salmon burger with roasted sweet potato “chips” and roasted Brussels sprouts, Dill Avocado Cream on sprouted whole grain toast, and Dill Avocado Cream on a salmon burger sandwich with cucumber, red onion, and tomato…YUM!)

I tend to enjoy my avocado for breakfast and lunch because Mac isn’t a huge fan. This THIRD recipe is equally as easy to make and can be enjoyed for breakfast or lunch…or dinner. πŸ™‚ I call it Avocado Bruschetta…but it could also be called Fresh Avocado Salsa…or Avocado Salad. Call it whatever you’d like….I’ll call it DELICIOUS!!

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I apologize that these pictures aren’t the greatest, but you won’t be disappointed by the flavors!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 a ripe avocado, cubed
  • 4-5 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1/2 tbsp red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp balsamic glaze, for topping
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Stir together in a bowl and put on top of your favorite toast or English muffin! If you haven’t tried balsamic glaze before, YOU NEED TO TRY IT! It is reduced balsamic vinegar until it is syrupy and adds a sweet balsamic flavor to different recipes. I drizzle it on salads, grilled fruit, and grilled or roasted chicken!

A variation of the Avocado Bruschetta: Add 1/2 cup rinsed black beans to the avocado mixture and top grilled chicken or fish!

Avocado is also great sliced as a side to accompany grilled chicken and veggies (it adds a cool, creamy contrast to the charred flavor of the veggies), alongside green chile scrambled eggs for breakfast, tossed inside your favorite omelette, or diced with some red onion and enjoyed with 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese!

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Any way you slice it (pun totally intended πŸ™‚ ), Avocados are fantastic! Not only are they tasty, but they are super healthy too!

How do you enjoy avocados? I’d love to hear new ways to enjoy this perfect little fruit! πŸ™‚

Happy Eating!

My Go-To Snacks for Snacking on the GO!

In my last post I said that my goal is to run a 5k…

It still is my goal, but I mean the outdoor, wind-in-your-face, start-finish line, people cheering you on kind of 5k with hundreds of other people.

Well…yesterday I challenged myself to run a 5k distance on the treadmill…AND I did it!! With the little cheerleader in my head (who looks an awful-lot like my husband ;-)) cheering me on and envisioning running across that finish line in my imaginary 5k, I did it!

I ran 3.106 miles in 35 minutes and 53 seconds! I was so stinkin’ proud of myself that I ran the last 4+ minutes to make it a full 40 minute run (3.76 miles total)!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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I was so impressed with myself yesterday that I did it AGAIN today! (YAY Me!)

While I was running I was thinking about the different things that I could write about here…(It’s amazing where your mind can “run” when you are running…get it…run…LOL!) πŸ™‚

And something that popped into my head are my go to low-calorie, fast, easy snacks. This is something that I often struggled with when I was first beginning my weight loss journey. I always seemed to be hungry between meals and didn’t know what to grab to satisfy the food monster that lives in my belly.

I now have an arsenal of go to snacks and I thought it might be nice to share.

The first one you might remember having as a kid…Ants on a Log.

*Note: My pictures aren’t the greatest because my camera is 7583427932 years old (ok…so I exaggerated a wee bit) and the lighting in my kitchen stinks, but you’ll get the idea.

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  • 2 stalks celery, ends trimmed
  • 1 tbsp Peanut Butter (You can use whatever nut butter you prefer)
  • 1/8 cup dried plum pieces (traditionally you use raisins, but I like the dried plum pieces instead)

This is about 158 calories (give or take depending on your nut butter and dried fruit).

Greek Yogurt

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Right not I’m particularly loving these 100 cal Greek yogurts from Yoplait because they are good by themselves as a snack, but I also love to throw a container (well, not the container) of it into my green smoothies! Lots of flavor and protein without a lot of calories…Yum!

String Cheese

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I LOVE cheese….but cheese, sadly, is loaded with fat and calories. Β With string cheese you get the delicious cheesy flavor without a lot of calories. Β I tend to choose string cheese (also called cheese sticks) that are 50 calories or less per stick. Β I’m digging the Polly-o mozzarella/cheddar twists…

Almonds

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Now I love all nuts: peanuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, my family….(JK!), but these awesome nuts are conveniently packaged in 100 calorie portions, so you can’t go wrong! My favorite are the dry roasted!Β 

Crunchy Rice Rolls

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My mom introduced me to these yummy little treats! (Thank you to Trader Joe’s for always being clever with snacking options…LOVE Trader Joe’s!) Β These lightly sweet, crunchy sticks are rather large and only 45 calories per stick! That’s 90 calories for 2!

Peanut Butter Cheese Crackers

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ohhhhh…yet another thing I LOVE! These are so yummy…the regular packages of these sandwich crackers are actually a little high in calories, but these are genius! Β They are perfectly portioned to satisfy that peanut butter-cracker craving and only 100 calories per pack! Unfortunately, these are very hard to find at the store, but my lovely in-laws live where they sell them, so we tend to stock up when we visit!

Pickles

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Now, I have to admit…I have never been a very big fan of pickles. Recently, however, I’ve been enjoying the salty/sour tang of these ZERO calorie little gems! (Did you see that ZERO? Here it is again….ZERO!!) I’m sure if you ate enough of these there would be a calorie in there somewhere (besides the boatload of sodium), but you’d have to eat A LOT!Β 

Frozen Bars

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These are for that sweet tooth! These are deliciously sweet for not many calories…the Outshine Bars are only 60 calories per bar and have yummy chunks of fruit in them. Β The Yasso Greek Yogurt bars are 80 calories per bar and soooo creamy it’s hard to believe they are only 80 calories. Β Both of these come in a wonderful variety of flavors….can you tell I like the coconut flavor??

Dark Chocolate Bites

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Who doesn’t LOVE chocolate?!? Even those of us trying to be good with our calories and food deserve a little bite of chocolate every now and then…plus dark chocolate is good for us! Β I keep these little packets of dark chocolate bites in my pantry and pull out a packet when I NEED that little chocolate bite! Β A packet is 120 calories, but I usually only eat ONE PIECE and leave the opened package on the counter for the rest of the week… I have one bite per day (usually after lunch) and that satisfies my need for chocolate for that day. (You’re probably either thinking I’m nuts or lying…but it’s true!)

This is only a snippet of my snack arsenal, but I hope you found something new or rediscovered an old fave. Please let me know what your fave go-to snacks are…I love variety and would love to try something new!

Happy (& Healthy) snacking! πŸ™‚

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