Over the years, the word “fat” has had a negative connotation connected to it, but there is great need for healthy fat in our diets. Low fat diets can lead to sugar cravings, while healthy fats nurture our bodies and allow us to feel satiated. You can get your healthy fats from foods such as nuts, coconut, seeds, high quality olive oil and avocados.
I know I’m not alone in saying; Avocados are one of my favorite “superfoods” because of their nutritional benefits, amazing taste and creamy texture. Avocados offer nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including: potassium, which helps support healthy blood pressure levels, lutein, which supports eye health, as well as vitamin B, which helps you fight off disease and infection.
Being low in sugar and high in fiber, avocados will help you feel full longer. Here’s 3 ways you can add avocados into your diet as a small meal or delicious snack:
1) Avocado + Lemon Toast: Simple yet delicious, this snack is fast to prepare. Try whole grain or gluten free toast with mashed avocado, sea salt, black pepper and lemon juice. You can garnish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or red pepper flakes!
2) Strawberry + Basil Avocado Toast: Missing summer already? You can still get strawberries for this savory and sweet avocado toast recipe. Mash avocado over whole grain or gluten free toast and top with sliced strawberries, torn basil and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar. Try adding hemp seeds for additional protein.
3) Avocado + Chickpeas + Sriracha Avocado Toast: Perfect recipe for people looking for that extra spice! Mash avocado on whole grain or gluten free toast and top with chickpeas and sriracha hot sauce.
When it comes to choosing a bread option, first look at the ingredients list. Check for a short list of whole food items you recognize and try to stay away from added refined sugars, excess salt and preservatives. The fresher the better! Ezekiel bread is a good flour-less option make from unprocessed whole sprouted grains to keep their nutritional value in tact. I love their sesame variety! If you want to avoid bread altogether, you may also substitute in a brown rice cake or a whole grain cracker.
I hope you enjoy the versatile ways avocado toast can be prepared!