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Cucumber Avocado Sandwich

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Avocado and Cucumber Open-Face SandwichI’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Mostly reflecting on what I’ve done to improve my health physically, mentally, and spiritually. I believe there’s always room for growth and change within us all. The problem we often find ourselves in is not being able to follow through with our own promises to ourselves. It’s easy to put our own needs aside when we have families and children who depend on us. What we forget to realize though, is that our needs should come first so that we can be at our best when the time comes to be there for our loved ones.

Avocado and Cucumber Open-Face SandwichBeing my best starts with my health just like anyone else. Every day, I try to maintain a mindset of getting healthier from the inside out and teaching my children good eating habits that will stick with them. An even bigger challenge I face, though, is fitting into ALL of my clothes. And I don’t just mean being able to button or zip them up. I mean being comfortable and not afraid to sit down and pop a zipper open.

One time I was walking out of a store and a lady behind me called out saying, “excuse me!” I turned to see if she was calling me. Sure enough she was and pointed to my skirt saying “your zipper is down in the back of your skirt.” I was so embarrassed, but also so glad she told me about it. What felt worse was earlier that day when I put that skirt on, I had to suck in my gut just to zip it up. It wasn’t because the zipper was broken, but because the skirt no longer fit me.

Another time (a few years back) while out on a date with my husband, we were in line and another elderly woman next to us asked how many months pregnant I was. I WASN’T PREGNANT! Needless to say, I wanted to crawl into a hole, deprive myself of food forever and never come out.

Neither of these experiences were good for any part of my soul.

I can accept that we are all shaped differently, and I rarely compare myself to other women, but when things like that happen to me, it’s hard accepting that I am actually happy with my weight, because the truth is, I’m not happy with my weight. And my biggest problem in getting my weight under control is that I am obsessed with food. I have a difficult time resisting all the wonderful and delicious food from my culture. It’s all SOOOOO good!

I’m convinced, however, that with moderation, small changes, and more balanced meals, I know I can make the necessary changes to one day go into my closet with excitement!

Avocado and Cucumber Open-Face SandwichSince I’m not one to put myself through a restrictive diet, I’m trying to seek a balance that will allow me to enjoy food that’s good for me while still indulging. One of my favorite in-between meals snacks to have readily available is an avocado because it’s the perfect solution for a convenient, nutritious, and delicious snack for everyone in my family.

I can remember as a child, I used to enjoy eating half an avocado with just a light touch of salt as a quick snack, and now my own children do the same when they want something fast.

Every time the kids come home from school, they want a snack, but I know that in between the time we have to do homework and eat dinner, we all get hungry. Avocados From Mexico empowers me with the perfect solution to a nutritious after-school snack, while enjoying a little piece of Mexico at home.

A light sandwich is usually the answer to our merienda.

In today’s post I’ve swapped out the lunch meat, and replaced it with avocados. I also swapped out the mayonnaise for light sour cream.

Avocado and Cucumber Open-Face SandwichI combined ½ cup of light sour cream with two tablespoons of minced fresh cilantro, one teaspoon of minced fresh basil, and just a pinch of salt to taste.

Avocado and Cucumber Open-Face Sandwich Spread that over toasted sourdough bread.

Avocado and Cucumber Open-Face SandwichFinally, top with thinly sliced cucumber and avocado slices.

Avocado and Cucumber Open-Face SandwichI am constantly trying to improve my eating habits to better ones that will help me fit into ALL of my clothes once and for all, but by the third or fourth month, I start to drift back into my old bad habits of over-indulging on things like chorizo with papas, enchiladas with extra cheese, and refried beans. It doesn’t have to be that way though!

I think the biggest reason I haven’t been able to fulfill my own promise of losing this extra weight is because instead of committing to eating more nutritiously balanced meals every day in moderation, I focus on eating less food without any regard to nutrition.

My goal is to change that mentality to one that moves away from feeling like “I HAVE TO eat healthy food”, to “I LIKE eating nutritious food,” by incorporating more nutritious ingredients like Avocados From Mexico because they’re a perfect guilt-free food that are always fresh, always delicious, and always in season.

Avocado and Cucumber Open-Face SandwichI invite you to visit VidaAguacate.com and subscribe to join the community where you will learn other ways to incorporate avocados into your meals. Share with us all the ways in which you include avocados into your daily meal solutions! How would you use them to make small changes to your diet?

Cucumber Avocado Sandwich

Ingredients

  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • peeled and sliced Avocados From Mexico
  • cucumber slices
  • 4 slices toasted bread (any kind)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine sour cream, cilantro, basil. Season with salt to taste.
  2. Store in refrigerator until ready to use on toasted bread with avocado and/or cucumber slices.
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