6 Easy Avocado Recipes You Need to Try this Spring

Avocados are pretty much the world’s most perfect food (if you can't tell, I'm a huge fan!). It is the fruit of the Avocado tree, but unlike most fruit, it isn’t high in carbohydrates. Instead it’s filled with healthy fats and tons of nutrients. There are many kinds of avocados, and the shape (from pear-shaped to round) and color (from green to black) can vary between them. They can also weigh anywhere from 8 ounces (220 grams) to 3 pounds (1.4 kg). Here are some of the most abundant nutrients, in a single 3.5 ounce (100 gram) serving: Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA. Folate: 20% of the RDA. Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA. Potassium: 14% of the RDA. Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA. Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA. Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA. It also contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). Sounds like a pretty good way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals. Even better, they're great for low-carb and keto diets, and just eating healthy, whole foods in general. Here are 6 of my favorite ways to enjoy this amazing superfood. Avocado Toast Ah yes, the ubiquitous avocado toast, favorite of millennials, and cause of much angst in the reporting world. But you know what, it's DAMN GOOD FOOD. And this recipe from Annie Reeves is at the top of my list.   Fudgy Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting I swear I'm not crazy. These things are amazing, the avocado creates such richness and flavor and really brings out the chocolate flavor. Try it!   Ultimate Guacamole I agree with the author of this recipe that the best Guacamole is simple and this recipe with it's minimal ingredients is one of my favorites.   Avocado Chicken Salad From the Recipe: The concept is simple—a quick, basic chicken salad that uses mashed avocado as a binder instead of the more traditional mayonnaise.  And boy does it work. It's creamy like traditional chicken salad, but amazingly flavorful, and full of healthy fats.   Avocado Fries Serve these babies fresh out of the pan so they're hot and crispy and you'll never miss the carb-laden, greasy fries!   Avocado Pasta Salad Another recipe that uses avocado instead of mayo, and a dish that would be perfect for a spring picnic. The fresh, light taste works as either a main meal or served as a side.   What about you guys? What are your favorite Avocado recipes.? Sign up for exclusive content. Affiliate Disclosure In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about all links, posts, photos and other material on this website: Any/all posts on this blog may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a small commission (this commission is in no way added to the price you pay for any items purchased through these links). This compensation helps fund and support this blog and my time spent creating content for my readers. The use of these links does not affect the content that I write about. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Clicking those links before you shop means that crossroads beauty receives a small commission, which helps to support the blog. Please see my full disclosure for more information.

Review: KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil

One of my first forays into Asian Beauty when I was just starting my routine was to purchase a new face wash. I was a little concerned, as I'd never used an oil to cleanse my face before and I didn't know what to expect, but oil cleansing is a staple in Asian Beauty and highly recommended to clear up skin. My skin is dry, but prone to breakouts and acne if I use the wrong products and I had no idea how my skin would react to slathering a handful of oil on my face. It just seemed so backwards to everything I'd been told. But I did a little research and cleansing with oil is actually one of the best ways to wash your face. Cleansing oils can be extremely hydrating because most don't contain the surfactants and harsh detergents that many foaming cleansers contain. They're also soothing to dry skin,  and even better, oil attracts oil, which means it will easily remove that sunscreen, foundation, or eye make up you've been struggling to scrub off with your other cleansers. And because there are no harsh chemicals to irritate or cause issues, oil cleansers can actually help repair your skin and prevent acne because you've stripped your skin of it's natural oils. I still wasn't convinced however, so I did a little research and found a recommended but cost effective oil that I could try, but I wouldn't be out a ton of money if it didn't work for my skin. Enter the KOSE Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil. Ingredients: Mineral Oil, PEG-8 Glyceryl Isostearate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclomethicone, Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Isostearic Acid, Glycerin, Phenoexyethanol. Thoughts: This is a thin, fragrance-free oil that I applied to a dry face and then rubbed in. It removed my makeup and sunscreen effortlessly, and emulsified when I added water to it, creating a bit of a foam that rinsed away clean and clear. I have very dry and sensitive skin, and I didn't notice any reactions or drying of my skin while using this. I did use a second cleanser afterwards, but I probably could have gotten away with just the oil cleanse because it rinsed so cleanly. If you're looking for a luxurious or thick oil, this is definitely not it, and I found it slipped between my fingers too easily when pumping out the amount I needed to use. I also need to use more than I expected, since it was so thin. However, since it's pretty inexpensive, I didn't mind having to use a bit more. Kose Softymo is a good, basic oil cleanser that cleaned my face as I expected, with no frills. It took me a good three-four months to finish the bottle, however I didn't use it every night and alternated between another cleanser. Would I Repurchase? Maybe? It was a solid cleanser, but nothing impressive, and I've found that I prefer a bit of a thicker oil so that it spreads a bit better and doesn't drip everywhere. But if you want an inexpensive introduction to cleansing oils, this is definitely a solid choice!                       Sign up for exclusive content. Affiliate Disclosure In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about all links, posts, photos and other material on this website: Any/all posts on this blog may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a small commission (this commission is in no way added to the price you pay for any items purchased through these links). This compensation helps fund and support this blog and my time spent creating content for my readers. The use of these links does not affect the content that I write about. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Clicking those links before you shop means that crossroads beauty receives a small commission, which helps to support the blog. Please see my full disclosure for more information.

Things I Love – May Version

It's May, and I think Michigan has finally made the turn into spring after a very (VERY) long winter. I'm ready for spring cleaning, flowers, and pretty things, and this month's Loves definitely reflect that. Take a look at some of the things I'm obsessed with this month! Makeup Sponges, ESARORA 6 Pieces (3+3) Foundation Blending Sponge I’m not sure why I’ve never used these little guys before, but they are amazing. I’ve been running into trouble getting my pressed powder to look right after applying moisturizer, but as soon as I started using these, dampened with water and then dabbed on my compact, it goes on flawlessly. Same for my tinted moisturizer. I don’t think I’ll ever be without these again! And the pretty spring colors are an added bonus when I'm stumbling through my morning routine.   Acure Organics - Blue Tansy Night Oil I'm a huge fan of facial oils and my dry skin usually loves the heavy, expensive kinds. But when spring arrives, my thick oils just don't cut it and I turn into a greasy mess. I saw a recommendation a few weeks ago that the Acure Organics Blue Tansy night oil was a dupe of the  Herbivore Lapis Oil which does magical things for my skin and I had to rush out to pick up a bottle. Oh My. For only $13, this will definitely be a new staple in my spring/summer routine. Light, soothing, and plumping. I am in love!   Leuchtturm1917 Classic Hardcover Squared Medium Notebook Emerald I bought this little journal to take a stab at bullet journaling. After a few nights of designing and then pulling out pages, I’ve discovered I’m way too much of a perfectionist to go full on bullet journal, but I love this notebook for making lists, and creating my own variation of bullet journaling for lazy people! Also, this color is absolutely gorgeous. Totally makes me think spring!   Amethyst Crystal Display Stone I’ve always been a huge rock fan. It started as kid spending summers by the lake searching for Petoskey stones, but I love the aesthetic of using natural items in decorating as well. I’ve amassed a bit of a collection by now, but I’m always on the look out for new, cool rocks and I stumbled on these on Amazon and fell in love. I think I know the perfect spot for them. And whether or not you believe in the metaphysical aspects of crystals, at least they look great on a bookshelf.   Jo Malone Sakura Cherry Blossom Cologne I am a total perfume junkie, and have way too many in my stash already, but when I saw Jo Malone had a new spring series, I had to splurge. From the Description: The lightness of spring, pure and transient, is captured in subtle layers of cherry blossom, rose, and violet, brightened with sparkling bergamot. Sounds pretty perfect for spring to me!     Elegant Knit Dress With a gorgeous teal color, flutter sleeves, and criss-cross back, I already loved this dress. But when you throw in the fact that it's made from comfy knit!? Yes Please! I plan to live in this dress over the summer! What have you be in love with lately? Sign up for exclusive content. Affiliate Disclosure In compliance with the FTC guidelines, please assume the following about all links, posts, photos and other material on this website: Any/all posts on this blog may contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a small commission (this commission is in no way added to the price you pay for any items purchased through these links). This compensation helps fund and support this blog and my time spent creating content for my readers. The use of these links does not affect the content that I write about. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Clicking those links before you shop means that crossroads beauty receives a small commission, which helps to support the blog. Please see my full disclosure for more information.

6 Easy Avocado Recipes You Need to Try this Spring

Avocados are pretty much the world’s most perfect food (if you can't tell, I'm a huge fan!). It is the fruit of the Avocado tree, but unlike most fruit, it isn’t high in carbohydrates. Instead it’s filled with healthy fats and tons of nutrients. There are many kinds...

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Review: KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil

One of my first forays into Asian Beauty when I was just starting my routine was to purchase a new face wash. I was a little concerned, as I'd never used an oil to cleanse my face before and I didn't know what to expect, but oil cleansing is a staple in Asian Beauty...

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6 Easy Avocado Recipes You Need to Try this Spring

Avocados are pretty much the world’s most perfect food (if you can't tell, I'm a huge fan!). It is the fruit of the Avocado tree, but unlike most fruit, it isn’t high in carbohydrates. Instead it’s filled with healthy fats and tons of nutrients. There are many kinds...

Review: KOSE SOFTYMO Speedy Cleansing Oil

One of my first forays into Asian Beauty when I was just starting my routine was to purchase a new face wash. I was a little concerned, as I'd never used an oil to cleanse my face before and I didn't know what to expect, but oil cleansing is a staple in Asian Beauty...

Things I Love – May Version

It's May, and I think Michigan has finally made the turn into spring after a very (VERY) long winter. I'm ready for spring cleaning, flowers, and pretty things, and this month's Loves definitely reflect that. Take a look at some of the things I'm obsessed with this...

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