I have a confession. I am addicted to avocado. I need to enjoy it at least 3 times a week, or I feel like there is a spot in my stomach that is longing for something more. One of the simplest, most versatile ways to whip up an avocado meal/snack is avocado toast. It seems to have taken the world by storm, as it has popped up all over the blogosphere and instagram as the trendiest thing to eat. I’m just happy that the trendiest thing to eat is actually super nutritious, too!
As the saying goes, an avocado a day keeps the cardiologist away. Or that’s how the saying should go, anyway. Research shows that consuming avocado helps to lower LDL cholesterol and helps maintain or increase HDL (good) cholesterol. Avocado consumption will keep your heart happy and healthy. Gone are the days where eating certain fats needs to be feared or avoided. Avocado contains heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and fiber that can aid in weight management, since they help to keep you full and satisfied for longer. Not to mention, avocado contains antioxidants and vitamins that keep your skin gorgeous and youthful. Who doesn’t want that?!
Don’t worry- if avo toast isn’t your thing, avocado adds an amazing creaminess to smoothies, and is the perfect mayo substitute in sandwiches, and it’s incredible tossed into salads. Guac is always a good standby, but watch the portions. Its way too easy to eat your weight it guacamole. Now back to the recipe of the day: Avocado Toast!!!!
I feel silly even calling this a recipe. Making avocado toast is a totally based on personal preference. Make it spicy, smoky, zesty, sweet- whatever! To bump up the nutrition and fiber, I prefer using sprouted Ezekiel 7-grain muffins rather than run-of-the-mill bread. Of course, it is always best to look for a 100-percent whole grain option. Bonus points if you can get your hands on a product that is low in sodium, since bread products can be a sneaky hiding spot for sodium to turn up.
Easy Avocado Toast: Serves 1 as a meal or 2 as a snack
- 1 medium Hass avocado
- toasty bread of choice
- topping options pictured: a dash of cumin, pepper, turmeric, chili powder (my fave!!!), and a tiny sprinkle of sea salt- FYI truffle salt takes it over the top (a little goes a long way)
- edible flowers, if you are feeling gourmet 🙂
- I told you this was easy: spread the avo on the toast, pour on the toppings to your hearts content (except the salt, since too much salt can cause bloating, and a slew of other health problems), and enjoy!!!
As always, let me know how you love to eat avocado. I’m always looking for recipe inspiration! Lately I have been obsessed with making chocolate avocado pudding. It is so delicious, I might have to do a post about it in the near future. Happy Summer!