Grilled Avocado 1The avocado fruit is so incredibly versatile. If I could choose only one source of fat for the rest of my life it would have to be avocado. 

Not only are avocados adaptable in a hundred different ways, they are delicious and unbelievably beneficial to health. Avocados are an excellent source of:

  • Vitamins E and K and many minerals, like potassium and magnesium
  • Carotenoids that fight inflammation
  • Healthy fats, which help absorb the aforementioned vitamins and carotenoids
  • Satiety – fiber-rich avocados keep you feeling satisfied
  • Support for the liver’s efforts to remove toxins from the body

There are so many new and exciting ways avocados are being used, but here are some of my new favorites for you to try out:

Avocado Ice Cream

Prep time: 2 minutes  |  Freeze: 3 hours-overnight |  Yield: 1 ½ cups

Avocado Ice Cream 13Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup full-fat coconut milk or other milk
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • A squeeze of lime

Preparation:

  1. Peel avocados or cut in half and remove the pit, scraping out the flesh.
  2. Smash avocado meat with a fork until no lumps or place in blender.
  3. Add honey to avocado meat; mix thoroughly with a spoon.
  4. Put mixture in blender.
  5. Add coconut or other milk you are using to the mix.
  6. Blend on medium until you get a nice smooth consistency.
  7. Take out and freeze for a minimum of three hours to overnight.

Note: Sometimes the ice cream may be too frozen to eat directly from the freezer, so you may have to let it stand a little while in order for it to soften (about 15 – 30 minutes).

*the original recipe was found on healthextremist.com – many thanks to her great idea!

Avocado-Basil Sauce – Have this for dinner tonight!

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Grilled Avocado with Lemon Chicken on Parsley, Kale & Radish Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes  | Cook time: 15-20 minutes |  Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados cut in half, seeds removedGrilled Avocado 6
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bunch kale, leaves torn from the spine into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp sea salt, divided in half
  • ½ tsp black pepper, divided in half
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch fresh Italian parsley, clean, dry and leaves removed from stems

Preparation:

  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. Marinate chicken breasts in juice of 1 lemon, 2 tbsps olive oil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, half of the sea salt and half of the black pepper.
  3. Prepare the dressing by mixing remaining lemon juice, 2 tbsps olive oil, honey, remaining sea salt, and black pepper in a small glass jar or bowl. Combine well.
  4. In a large bowl, toss dressing onto torn kale leaves, parsley, and sliced radishes. Toss well to coat and marinate kale. Set aside.
  5. Grill the chicken about 4-5 minutes each side or until juices run clear. Remove from heat, cover, and let rest.
  6. Rub cut sides of avocados with 1 tbsp olive oil.
  7. Grill avocados cut side down until charred (2-5 minutes, depending on grill)
  8. Transfer avocados to plate and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  9. Serve on top of kale radish salad and sliced lemon chicken

Enjoy!

These recipes are a hit in our house… and the list of how avocado can be used makes me think of the famous scene form Forrest Gump where Bubba is listing off all the ways you can prepare shrimp…

Just replace avocado for shrimp — I can hear it now: “You can grill it, puree it, fry it, bake it; They’s, um, avocado oil, avocado toast, avocado poached eggs, avocado crème, avocado dressing, avocado soup; deviled avocado eggs, avocado salad, avocado ice cream; you can put it on salads, in shakes, on sandwiches, smear it on burgers, dip chips in it, dollop on tacos…”

See what I mean?

Happy Eating!

In Love & Gratitude,

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A Complete Guide To Building A Strong Web Presence For Your Startup

Now is a fascinating time to start your own business. While it is true that there has never been more competition around than there is now, there are also benefits of getting started in business today.

The good news about starting a business in 2016 is that there are more tools at your disposal now than there ever has been previously. The other good news is that many of those tools aren’t going to cost you very much, and sometimes they might even be free of charge.

Far and away the most important tool to develop in the last couple of decades is the world wide web. Nowadays, this has become so prevalent that we consider it a normal part of our everyday lives.

What this means for you as a business owner is that you can’t afford to ignore it. If you want your business to be a competitive force in the world today, then you need to put a considerable amount of effort into your web presence.

Building it, maintaining it – most of all, making it stand out. The world of business is competitive – and nowhere is this truer than online.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how to get started in building your business’ online presence. Here is everything you will need to know.

Choose your domain & host

The first step in building your web presence is one of the most important parts of the whole process. Yet, many people overlook its paramount importance. Such people end up rushing this stage, and they soon come to regret it.

We are talking about choosing your domain name. If you don’t already know, the domain name is the actual URL which people will type into their browser to reach your website. The reason this is important is because it sends an immediate message about your business.

People take away a lot of unconscious information from a domain name. If you already have a business name registered, then ideally you want your domain name to be exactly that. However, this is not always possible – and sob stories of domain names already being taken are rife everywhere.

One way that people often use to get around this is to find a good domain name first, and then name the business after it. Of course, it’s all up to you. The main thing to bear in mind is that it needs to be relevant to your business, short and snappy. Memorability is key here.

Once you have a good, solid domain name, it’s time to choose your web host. In an ideal world, your web hosting service will provide you with the ability to have a large amount of data stored on their servers.

This means that you can save money, as you won’t need the server space yourself. Many such hosting companies are included in WHSR choice of top hosting companies. Choosing a decent web hosting company can make all the difference when you are just starting to build your online presence.

Design & build your website

Once you have your domain and hosting sorted, the next step is to start designing your website. There are certain common features which a website needs to have to be successful. One of the most important things for your website is that it has a bold and original design.

Your website will be the first port of call for many of your potential clients and customers. As such, you want it to make a good first impression. Many business owners make the mistake of thinking that it is not so important.

But in reality, it is like the face of your business. So take your time and design a visually powerful site. You could even consider hiring a team of web designers if you wanted, to give it that professional edge.

Remember that a good website must be easy to navigate and access. Nobody likes having to deal with a difficult website! You should also try and keep your contact information on prominent display.

Ideally, this would be as a box on every page. That way, the information is always there to hand. The majority of your visitors will be looking for contact information, so this is vital.

Set up an email newsletter

Far and away one of the most effective means of getting your message into people’s homes is through their inbox. That’s why any strong web presence must include the possibility for clients to sign up to an email newsletter.

This can be a weekly newsletter highlighting some of the changes which have occurred within the company. Don’t underestimate the power of such a technique.

This has been known to be a powerful way of drawing in potential customers. You should consider this the first step in your web marketing. As such, it’s a vital aspect of your web presence.

Get social..fast

While we’re on the subject of marketing, remember that social media is just about your best friend. These days, marketing has been made extremely simple – and very cheap. Social media allows you the opportunity to engage with your customers and the general public in an open and friendly manner.

The trick with social media is to ensure that you are active and, what’s more, interactive. Don’t just set up an account and leave it there. Get involved with other users. Respond to queries or complaints.

Twitter, in particular, can be an effective tool for communicating with your customers. Social media is like a one-size-fits-all tool for marketing your business. And what’s more, it doesn’t even have to cost you a penny.

Or if you prefer, you can spend money on it, and promote your business even more effectively through the use of promoted posts and the like. You should consider social media an essential part of building your web presence.

Remember mobile

Finally, just a point to say that you should remember the importance of being mobile-accessible. Wherever your business appears on the internet, ensure that it is mobile-friendly. This is not just a matter of courtesy.

93% of small business websites are not mobile compatible – and this results in lost sales. Give your business the edge by taking mobile access into account every step of the way.

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