Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the healthy way with all day avocados

tumbl1sfs4s1o1_500St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so you are just in luck if you plan on preparing healthy meals on the day of the Irish. These recipes are easy to make and are delicious and nutritious. Avocados, which are included in every recipe listed, are a health prevention powerhouse. This fruit is packed with vitamin E, which protects us from many diseases. They are high in high in beta-sitostero, which lowers cholesterol levels. The folate and monosaturated fats are heart healthy and prevent strokes. The folate, along with thiamin, helps boost metabolism, and riboflavin aids in fat and carb processing. And these are just some of the health benefits.

You don’t have to sacrifice your diet (or feel guilty about drinking that Guinness) with these recipes that will keep you slim, making all your friends green with envy.

Breakfast: Banana Avocado Smoothie

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

Calories: 300

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (peeled, frozen)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups of almond milk
  • Pinch of sea salt

In a blender, place in all ingredients listed and blend for 15-20 seconds. You can add in some water if the smoothie is too thick. Pour into a (green) glass and enjoy!

Snack: Hass Avocado Stuffed Marinated Mushrooms Recipe

Hass-Avocado-Stuffed-Marinated-MushroomsPreparation: 30 minutes marinating, but 20 minutes to cook

Calories: 178 (per serving, serves 8)

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8 oz.) boxes fresh white mushrooms
  • 2/3 cup prepared balsamic dressing
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground garlic salt
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 ripe, Hass avocados, halved scooped out
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Take off mushroom stems and put the tops in a sealable plastic bag with the balsamic dressing. Let this marinate for 30 minutes. While that marinates, combine lemon juice, salt, onion and avocados, mashing them all together. Place the avocado mix into a plastic baggie and cut a small hole at the bottom of the bag when the mushrooms are ready. Squeeze the mixture through the hole into each mushroom cap and lightly sprinkle feta cheese on top.

Less healthy snack option: Avocado Fries With Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce

17thmar-avocado-fries-with-cilantro-lemon-dipping-saucePreparation: 20 minutes

Calories: 711 for 1 avocado (I know this is high in calories—not to mention fried—but it because it is okay to indulge every once in awhile. Keep in mind that I am not suggesting eating the whole snack by yourself. Instead, use this as a appetizer for your St. Patty party.)

Ingredients:

  • Oil For Frying
  • 2 Avocados
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 and 1/3 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cumin

Mix the breadcrumbs, lemon pepper, salt and cumin in a bowl and set it aside. Halve the avocados into 4” X 1” wedges. In a frying pan, heat 3 inches deep worth of oil. While the oil is warming up, place the avocado slices in the breadcrumb mix, then into the beaten eggs, and then one more time in the breadcrumb mix. Now put the fry the avocados for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown and let them dry on paper towels for 10 minutes.

Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  • 5 Tablespoons of mayo
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • Juice from 1/2 of lemon

Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until creamy and smooth to serve with your appetizer!

Lunch: Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado-Egg-Salad-5Preparation: 35 minutes

Calories: (1/2 cup) 174

Ingredients:

  • 12 hardboiled eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of mayo
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion
  • 2 mashed avocados
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Boil eggs and let them for 15-20 minutes before placing them in an ice bath for 5-10 minutes. Take off the shells and chop them in a bowl, combining finely diced onion, dijon mustard, mayo, dried basil, and salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, add the mashed avocados and stir all together. Serve in a whole grain pita pocket, or with a lettuce cup.

Dinner dip: Holy Moly Guacamole

I recommend a grilled chicken, avocado, mango salad (540 calories) on a bed of fresh spinach or lettuce. However, I had to include my favorite guacamole recipe from ultrarunner Scott Jurek. Easy to make and so delicious!

tumblr_inline_n0bxqgeGt51qeiajdPreparation: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • Juice of 2 small limes
  • 1 medium diced tomato
  • 1 garlic  minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds left in, minced
  • 10 sprigs fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Scoop out avocados into a mixing bowl and squeeze in the lime juice first, then the rest of the ingredients, mashing together until semi-smooth. Let the guac rest at room temperature for 10 to 20 minutes. Serve with healthy crackers or chips pre or post dinner.

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What are your favorite avocado recipes? Share in the comments below!

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