I have a confession. Although I had been hearing and reading about their countless health benefits for years, I only just gave in to trying avocados about six months ago. I know it sounds crazy, but avocado just wasn’t a regular staple in my household growing up, and until about a year ago, I never really branched out from what I had grown accustomed to. As a vegetarian, Italian pasta dishes, PB&J, and hummus wraps (all of which I still love, of course) were the norm, but I was blind to the fact that I was missing out on so many of the incredible foods that make plant-based eating extraordinary. I have tried so many new foods from various different cuisines this year, and I LOVE that they have given me the ability to be more creative in the kitchen than I ever was before. Avocado may be just one of them, but it is certainly one of my favorites.
I definitely have to thank Spencer for this one. His persistent attempts to convince me to try avocado certainly payed off. The simple fact that he loves this superfood so much, alone, is enough to motivate me to eat it more and create recipes based around its creamy deliciousness.
Avocados have to be one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods out there. In fact, it is almost difficult to think of ailments or health functions that they are not recommended for! With multiple anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, they are known to promote optimal heart, skin, and eye health. Packed with around 25 different beneficial nutrients, including but not limited to vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, magnesium, iron, potassium (more than bananas), phosphorus, fiber, glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein, avocados truly are as “super” as it gets.Whether they are used in pasta sauce, smoothies, dips and spreads, or plain on top of salads or sandwiches, avocados never fail to add a rich and creamy flavor punch to any meal. My current favorite method of enjoying this lovely green fruit is generous smears on top of gluten-free toast with whatever yummy toppings I have on hand.
As simple as it is, it is seriously delicious. After serving some to Spencer this past weekend, he said “I’m never putting butter on toast again.” Exaggeration or not, that definitely says something! Below is my basic avocado toast recipe with my favorite topping variations. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
- 2 slices of your favorite whole grain bread
- toppings of choice: hummus, tomatoes, spinach, sprouts, onion, cucumber, carrots, roasted vegetables of choice, sunflower/pumpkin seeds, sea salt, crushed red pepper, nutritional yeast, other spices and herbs of choice
- Toast your bread. Spread with hummus if using, then evenly smear avocado onto bread (you may also simply top the spread with whole avocado slices instead). Top with additional toppings of choice, and dig in!
- -A layer of hummus topped with sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds, and a sprinkle of sea salt
- -A thick layer of smeared avocado topped with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and nutritional yeast
- -A layer of smeared avocado topped with a bunch of hemp seeds, and a sprinkle of sea salt
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