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Posts Tagged ‘avocado’

Quick Easy Baked Avocado Breakfast

Posted by terrepruitt on June 25, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI had seen it on Facebook.  You’ve probably seen it too.  I am not sure who I saw originally post it.  But I bought avocados because I knew my husband would love it.  Then I had company for a week and didn’t make it.  Breakfast doesn’t happen for my hubby around here during the week.  I had been meaning to look up the recipe when another friend posted a picture of hers on Facebook.  She told me to bake them at 450° F for 10 to 12 minutes.  I bought small avocados thinking since he would be eating en entire avocado it would be better to eat a whole small avocado than a whole big one.  I didn’t think about it being too small for the large egg.  When I actually went to make these that is when I realized I should have bought the larger avocados.  I didn’t remember my friend saying anything about making more room for the egg so I looked up some info.  I found a lot of recipes on the web.  Just like me, when people see it, they do it then the post about it.  My friend topped hers with bacon.  Don’t tell my hubby because one of the GREAT things about this is that it is sooooo easy. Bacon would just add another component to complicate it and be messy.  Right now it is so quick and easy I can make it for him all the time!  He loved it so much I made it two days in a row!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWith this first run, I bought small avocados.  Next time I am going to by bigger ones.  Not HUGE ones, but bigger.

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Here is what I did:

1 small avocado
2 eggs
salt and pepper

Turn on oven to 450° F.  Put some aluminum foil on a baking sheet.  Put the avocado on a flat surface and find the best resting sides.  I actually smashed it a little to make it flat on two sides so that it would sit level in the pan and not spill out so much egg.  Cut the avocado in half, take out the seed, make more room for the egg by scooping out some of the avocado.  Put the avocado on the foil on the pan.  Crack an egg and put it in the avocado half.  One egg per half.  Add salt and pepper.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Check it and see if it is how you like your eggs.  I cooked the first batch for 14 minutes.  The second day I cooked them longer (2 minutes) and the yolks weren’t runny.  So I am going to settle on 14 minutes.

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You can probably tell from the pictures that a lot of the egg white ended up on the foil the first time.  To me that is just as if it were a fried egg and hubby didn’t complain about eating it.  The first set of avocado eggs was served with pico de gallo.  We had some leftover so my hubby topped them with that.  You might also be able to see the plain lump of avocado on the plate.  That is the amount I scooped out from both halves.

The next set of avocado eggs, the next day, were just topped with scallions.  Also less egg white because I decided to have it for my breakfast.  Shhh . . . again, don’t tell my husband.  Some of this stuff really needs to remain between you and me. 😉

After he ate them we discussed topping them with cheese.  I am sure ONE of these days I will top them with bacon for him, but I am not doing to make that the norm.  As I said, this recipe is so easy I don’t want to complicate it with bacon.

As I have posted before avocados are soooooo good for you.  They have incredibly UNIQUE fat so I consider this a healthy breakfast.  Also considering it will not be made during the work week and more than likely not every weekend, it’s great.  The next time I make it, I might even taste it.

(October 08, 2013 . . . . I posted some things I have learned about making these at Avocado Eggs Helpful Tips)

Do you like avocados?  Is this your kinda breakfast?

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Natural Appetite Suppressants

Posted by terrepruitt on January 31, 2012

Almonds – They have everything good in a meal; carbohydrates, fiber, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals.  If you don’t have a nut allergy they are a great snack.

Water –  If you drink water you feel full.  In fact research has stated that sometimes the body indicates dehydration as hunger.  So it could be that you are not really hungry but dehydrated and in need of water.

Ginger – Is also an appetite suppressant.  Not only does it help suppress, but as mentioned on my blog before it helps with digestion once you do eat.

Avocado – Studies have shown that the body converts an acid contained in the avocado to a hormone that increases the feeling of satiety and fullness. But just as with almonds they do contain a high amount of fat so the key is still moderation.

Coffee – The caffeine, coffee stimulates the central nervous system and can suppresses the appetite.  Suppressing the appetite yet drinking  a lot of cream and sugar might not give you the result you want, so black coffee could be the answer.  Don’t drink too much because then you could get jittery AND hungry!  

Apples – With the fiber and the bulk an apple can help fill you up and help with regulating your system.

Sweet Potatoes – As a complex carbohydrate a sweet potato can give you the feeling of fullness and sustained energy.

Tofu – Studies have shown that the hormone peptide is an appetite suppressant. Tofu is a great source of protein and it is protein that is responsible for the release of this hormone.  Helps explain why a breakfast with protein keeps you feeling full longer than one just full of simple carbohydrates. 

Wasabi – Some say spicy foods make you feel full.  If you like hot and spicy you can be the judge.

Green Tea – Research has proven that green tea helps you feel full.  As with all of these listed, it really is up to you and what you think, but I am sure you have heard about the other benefits of green tea with its anti-oxidants.  Remember unless you get decaffeinated green tea, it does have caffeine.
 
Oatmeal – Slow cook oatmeal has a lot of fiber.  Fiber helps you feel full and stay full.

Green leafy veggies –  With leafy greens it is fiber and the fact that you can eat a lot and actually GET full!  So leafy greens actually fill you AND suppress the appetite.

Salmon – Salmon has Omega 3, fat helps you feel full.  It also has protein. 

Flax Seeds – Omega 3 and fiber.  A winning combination.

Cinnamon – Since cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar and there is a link between hunger and blood sugar levels, it is logical that cinnamon would help suppress or at least help stabilize the feeling of being hungry or full.

Pine Nuts – Remember, we have already said that protein helps suppress the appetite, well, Pine nuts contain the highest amount of protein of any nut or seed. They also affect the hormones that work to signal the brain that you’re no longer hungry.

Some of these can be eaten as a snack in between meals to help you from being too hungry and maybe eating something unhealthy.  Or then can be added to a meal to help you feel more satisfied and stay full longer.  Or you can combine them to help you keep from in between meal snacking. 

You can add wasabi to your salmon.  Throw some flax seeds, pine nuts, or almonds on your leafy greens.  Sprinkle some cinnamon in your coffee.  Add some ginger to your water.  Apple in your oatmeal.  Avocado and tofu?  Either way you have some health natural ways to suppress your appetite and/or keeping you feeling full and satisfied.  What do you think?

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