Avocados are one of those foods that are beloved by all kinds of eaters -- you'd be hardpressed to find a vegan, vegetarian, or carnivore that isn't in love with this green superfruit. With their creamy texture and nutty flavor, avocados
just make everything better. Everyone has their favorite way to eat them, whether its in a taco-topping guacamole, as a salad add-in, or on top of a sandwich. My personal favorite is on top of a thick slice of warm toast.
Avocado shines as the main ingredient here, while hints of lemon, olive oil and sea salt add a touch of lightness to the dish. Finish it off with a few sprigs of fresh parsley (cilantro would sub just fine too), crushed red pepper flakes, a sprinkling of sesame seeds, and voila! The perfect avocado toast that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a quick afternoon snack. I always have a few avocados lying around, and make this constantly when I'm running out the door and need something quick, satisfying, and delicious.
You can use any bread here, but my favorite is a gluten-free or freshly baked pecan-raisin bread. It adds a sweetness that perfectly counteracts the salt and the earthyness of the parsley. I mix it up from time to time depending on whats in my fridge -- you could add kale pesto as a base layer for extra nutrition, a drizzle of honey, or some fresh sliced tomatoes.
Avocados are so incredibly good for you. They're high in oleic acid and potassium, both of which can contribute to lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure. While technically considered a high-fat food, avocados contain highly unusual and beneficial fats that are healthy and naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Unlike cholesterol raising saturated fats and trans-fats found in animal products and processed foods, the monounsaturated fats found in avocados help control triglycerides in the blood stream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes. Avocados are also great for you skin, and have been popping up regularly in organic skincare products with promises to slow aging and improve dry skin.
When you're buying avocados, try to always buy organic. But, if you can't, choose ones from California. They've traveled less far than their South American counterparts, and will be fresher and tastier.
When you mix up your toppings, you can get creative with health benefits, too. Sesame seeds may seem like a random ingredient, but they're a great plant based source of calcium for non-dairy eaters. Lemons are naturally alkalizing, and a great cleanser. I use both as condiments all the time!
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 pieces lightly toasted bread (i used gluten-free pecan raisin)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- pinch sea salt
- 1 sprig parsley, de-stemmed
total time: 5 minutes
yeild: 2 pieces of toast
Cut your avocado lengthwise, making each slice approximately 1/2 an inch thick. Using a spoon, loosen and scoop out avocado, starting from the sides. Layer evenly onto your toast.
Drizzle with olive oil, a lemon squeeze, sesame seeds, pepper flakes, and sea salt. Top with parsley.