Creamy-Asparagus-Guacamole-Snack

“It isn’t the things that are happening to us that cause us to suffer, it’s what we say to ourselves about the things that are happening.”
 
“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.”

– Pema Chodron, best-selling author.

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I found this quote a few days ago and thought it was amazing and so incredibly beautiful.

I have heard from so many readers, friends, etc. how they are suffering from autoimmune disease, cancer, Lyme disease and so many other ailments. These folks are on numerous medications and are severely upset with their lives and their health.

My advice to them?

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And to any of you suffering from an ailment…

Stay positive.

Yes, it’s harder than it sounds. Much harder but it’s amazing how this quote is so incredibly true….’the trust you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new’….if you only believe your doctor that you have to live your life on a certain medication or that you will never get better- well, than that is awful and it’s time to start talking to yourself and pumping yourself with positive affirmations and messages to keep your spirits high and mighty! It’s what you say to yourself each and every day about what is happening in your life that will keep you positive and away from the suffering you’ve faced in the past.

I suffered for so many years but I’ve actually never, ever thought about the suffering or felt sorry for myself.

Yes, I’ve cried.

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A lot.

And wondered if the pains would ever go away.

And they did.

But never once did I feel bad for myself and keep the suffering going. I simply put on my big girl pants- traveled far and wide to every doctor under the sun and found answers.

Was it easy?

No.

Is it easy now?

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Heck no.

But I manage and get through my days with a smile.

And that’s all I can do.

That’s why I wanted to share this beautiful quote with you because all of you… my readers, my fans, my family, my friends and so forth….

It’s up to you to believe you WILL get better and you ARE getting better and you ARE doing all you can to stay positive.

It’s also up to you to push those negative thoughts out of your head and to move on with your day with a smile and determination that you will heal.

Remember, it’s what we say to ourselves that makes us suffer….so if you are positive and focus on your happiness and health- it will come. It may take a long time, but it will come.

My Pop-Pop (Italian Grandpa) once said to my father…

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“Accentuate the Positive. Eliminate the Negative. Latch onto the Affirmative. Don’t mess with Mr. In Between.”

I agree completely with this and with the above quote by Pema Chodron.

We only get one life to live. And you’ve gotta make it the best you can – even if you have been suffering. Simply turn around the way you talk to yourself and your outlook on life…

Because I’m sending you all a big smile.

And a big ol’ hug too.

Now let’s move onto this guacamole recipe because I know you wanna dive into these pictures with a gluten-free bag of chips, don’t you?

I’ve received so many questions on my Facebook and Pinterest pages on ‘How To Make Guacamole‘ so I thought I’d share with you a quick n’ easy way to enjoy a mashed avocado along with a few other fresh, organic ingredients!

It’s so easy and no, you don’t need to be a good cook or chef to master this easy recipe. Honestly, it takes less than 5 minutes and can be used as a dip for your gluten-free chips, crudites or used as a spread on sandwiches in stead of mayonnaise. So many uses, so little time…right?

xo

Creamy Asparagus Guacamole
Serves: 4
 
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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan
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Recipe type: Entree

Ingredients

  • 3 medium ripe organic avocados peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 bunch fresh organic asparagus ends trimmed
  • 2 Tbsp. raw cashews
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed organic lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Instructions

  1. Steam asparagus in a steamer basket on the stove top for 5-6 minutes or until bright green. Remove from heat and transfer to a food processor; add remaining ingredients. Pulse until smooth; remove from food processor and transfer to a shallow serving bowl.
  2. Serve as a dip with sliced organic vegetables or as a spread on sandwiches instead of mayonnaise.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Asparagus Guacamole
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Potassium 533mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 20.5%
Vitamin C 15.5%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 11.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

This recipe is celebrating my dear friend Liz who is a wonderful blogger over at TheLemonBowl and who is expecting a baby boy very soon! My blogging buddies and I have joined together to celebrate a virtual baby shower just for Liz. Hope you enjoy all of our ‘lemon’ themed recipes below from my amazingly talented friends.

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54 comments

  1. Staying positive is the best advice that anyone can receive. I recentlyput it to hard work and just finished my first 5K, six years after what I thought was a fitness-ending injury. Keep on truckin’!! And this is absolutely perfect for Liz and just because!!

  2. I absolutely love your message about staying positive!! You are such an inspiration to so many. So lucky to have met you this year!! Thank you for bringing this delicious dip to my shower, you know I would be all over it!!

  3. Beautiful post, Amie. And so true. My illness and pains tried to knock me down, kept whispering lies to me and threatened to rob me of hope. I was really starting to think I was feeling as good as I would get….I almost started to believe the lies. Then I started to look to my faith–a big part of my staying well. I’ve begun going to the gym again, eating healthier and taking care of me. So many things in this life pull at me and demand my time but if I don’t take care of me first I can’t take care of my loved ones. So I guess in ways I’m thankful for my “defects”. If I don’ take care of myself my body will remind me to and if it gets to that point it’s not pretty!! I get so sick. But I always thought it selfish to take care of me first. But if I’m down I can’t be good to anyone else. I haven’t suddenly overcome illness but I’ve looked at my disease in a different way and it’s so freeing. I know that I can turn it around and use it for good…maybe even help people, as you have. I don’t know yet. But I know it isn’t going to stop me. It will be good and bad but now I know I can help the good overcome the bad. As always, thanks for your insight and your wonderful recipes….and your joyful spirit! XO

  4. Nice post! I don’t have anything serious but I’ve had one constant headache for over two years (literally every second for 2 years) plus a load of other symptoms and nobody knows what’s wrong with me. So it’s suuuper hard to stay positive. 🙁 I’ll try to remember to do that, though!

    The guacamole looks great!

    1. Thanks Erin; that is what happened to me. No doctors, not even Mayo clinic could figure out what was wrong with me so I took it upon myself to switch to Integrative MD’s to find my answers and now I’m healing and feeling amazing! Hope you feel better soon. oxx

  5. Hi Amie, Even though we know how important it is for our well being (and for those we are with) to remain positive and eat good foods we need a reminder now and then! Thanks for offering us that today. 🙂
    The guacamole with asparagus sounds like a tasty new twist and I am anxious to try!

  6. The only reason I never liked asparagus was because of the stalky, stringy texture. But pureeing it down and combining with creamy, smooth avocado should solve that! 🙂

  7. hello ^^
    I’ve recently started to follow you after see you in an interview for a health magazine in the australian national tv. I started looking up your blog and them I realized that u actually r from USA >< anyway ,I adore your recipies and I make my meal weekly plan with them. Congrats! you r doing such an amazing work! thank u so much 🙂

  8. Such a great great post, wonderful message Amie. I always admire your strength and positivity when you write.

    And this guacamole? Well that’s a whole other category in itself…I’m dying for a scoop of it!! Looks totally amazing.

  9. I love your positive message and asparagus with avocado is such a great combination. I’m going to try and adapt it into a smoothie, if I can – will need to make it a bit thinner. Anyways great recipe thanks.

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