Egg & Avocado Toast

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This is always my go-to post workout snack or breakfast. Why?  because it’s absolutely perfect. Not only do you get your protein, carbs, and all kinds of essential nutrients from the avocado but it only take me 5 minutes to make (be sure you hard boil your eggs the day/night before). I don’t know about you but after I workout I am usually hungry and want something healthy, clean, and nutrient-rich. This is so simple and satisfying I almost didn’t post this but I thought it would be a helpful little idea for all of you who like to eat healthy and workout like me, so enjoy!

All you do is:
Toast a piece of whole wheat toast
1 Hard boiled egg ( Click here too see my how to:boil an egg tip)
1/4 sliced avocado
Sprinkle of salt & pepper

Spread your avocado on your toast and then top with sliced hard boiled egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and there you go! Nutritious and delicious!

Grilled Guacamole

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I can’t believe yesterday was my first time coming up with the idea to grill my avocados before making guacamole. It added a smokey flavor to the dip and this is a great snack/appetizer to make for any occasion, especially on a football game day!

Yield: 8

Ingredients:
4 avocados
1 Tbsp olive oil (for the grill)
1/4 cup red onions
1 lime
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup cilantro (optional)
1/4 cup tomatoes (optional)

Steps:
1. Heat grill on medium heat. Cut avocados in half and take pits out. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and the juice of half of a lime. Place avocados faced down on grill and let sit for 5 minutes, or until you could see grill marks.
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2. In a small bowl, spoon out avocados, squeeze the juice of the other half of the lime, onions, cilantro, salt and pepper. Smash together with a fork until slightly chunky. Serve with tortilla chips, amazing!

Chinese Chicken Cobb Salad with a Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette

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I love Cobb salads and I also love Chinese Chicken salads so I decided to combine the two! You can even add shrimp or another type of seafood or meat if you would like as well.

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
4 cups romaine lettuce; chopped
1 avocado; cubed
4 ounces of grilled chilled; chopped
1 (12 ounce) can mandarin oranges; drained
1 (12 ounce) can corn; drained
1/4 cup green onions; chopped
1/4 cup red bell peppers; chopped

Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp honey (heat in microwave for 10 seconds to melt)
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

Steps:
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sesame oil, slightly melted honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic powder, and vinegar. Add lettuce and toss together with tongs until evenly coated.

2. Assemble salad on plate or bowl with the salad on the bottom. Then top with rows of mandarin oranges, bell peppers, avocado, chicken, corn, and green onions.

Smoked Salmon, Avocado, & Spinach Panini

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After my workout this morning I was craving my favorite bagel, a lox bagel! I try to stay away from bagels as much as possible and almost never buy them just because of all the carbs..but that doesn’t stop me from creating a healthier version of my favorite breakfast/lunch. This panini sandwich can almost be eaten for any meal of the day….not to mention it is healthy for you and it is a great way to end 2013! Happy New Years Eve!

Yield: 1 or 2 (depending on how hungry you are!)

Ingredients:
2 slices of whole wheat bread
1 laughing cow cheese wedge (I used French Onion flavor)
3 ounces smoked salmoin
1/2 avocado; sliced and seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 cup spinach; about 8-10 leaves
1 tsp olive oil

Steps:
1. Heat a skillet with olive oil. Spread 1/2 cheese wedge on each slice of bread. Add avocado, smoked salmon, and spinach and grill on skillet on each side for about 2 minutes (or until grill marks are made). I used the bottom of a frying pan to press on the sandwich while grilling to get good looking grill ridges! Flip sandwich and repeat for 2 more minutes. Slice in half and enjoy!

Bay Shrimp Stuffed Avocados

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I love all kinds of seafood, especially shrimp so I was excited to come up with this delicious lunch idea. This is so easy to make and its healthy too. You can serve this as an appetizer, snack, or you can even make a meal out of it!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
2 large avocados
1/2 lb fresh bay shrimp
1 lemon
1 Tbsp chives; chopped
1/4 cup red onion; chopped
1/4 cup cucumber; chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Cocktail sauce (optional)

Steps:
1. In a medium size bowl, add shrimp, chopped onions, chopped cucumbers, chives, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the juice from 1 lemon. Stir and put in fridge to chill for 10 minutes.

2. In the meantime, with a sharp knife slice the avocados in half (long-ways) and take the pits out. Spoon out some of the avocado near the pit indent so the avocado can hold more shrimp. Then with a spoon, add the shrimp and serve! You can also add cocktail sauce on top if you prefer!