Building a healthier breakfast takes some ingenuity. Because hectic morning schedules necessitate quick and easy menu options, it’s so tempting to rely on processed breakfast foods to fill hungry tummies. Around our house, we try to streamline breakfast without compromising nutrition and taste. Aside from breakfast bowls, avocado toast has become our breakfast fast food. It’s the breakfast game changer.
Avocados maintain a celebrity status in health food circles. Until fairly recently, most people encountered the dome-shaped fruit as guacamole in the middle of a plate surrounded by tortilla chips. Not anymore, avocados have branched out in the culinary world.
A superfood, avocados are a powerhouse of nutrition. They provide healthy monounsaturated fat, potassium, lutein, folate, and other vitamins and nutrients.
First Things First
Buying and Ripening Avocados
Most of us don’t live in an avocado-producing state or country. Most likely the pile of avocados in your supermarket are rock-hard. Farmers harvest the fruit long before it is ripe because the fruit will endure a long journey to get to your town.
If you need to use your avocado sooner rather than later, keep the fruit on your kitchen counter. Otherwise, store avocados in the refrigerator allowing them to ripen at its own pace. Storing the fruit in the fridge will extend shelf life.
It never fails, that I split an avocado and only use half of the fruit. In a matter of hours, the exposed flesh of the remaining half fades from that emerald green to a brown. The kitchen experts from Cooks Illustrated suggest to:
- Rub one tablespoon of olive oil on all of the exposed flesh
- Allow the excess oil to drain into a shallow bowl
- Place the avocado half cut-side down in the center of the oil puddle, creating a seal
- Store in refrigerator
To learn how to prep an avocado, watch this quick video from America’s Test Kitchen
Ways to Enjoy Avocado Toast
If you are weary from the typical toppings for toast, start your morning by spreading the green butter on your toast.
1. Start with the Haas avocados. They are the earthy brown ones, not the shiny green ones.
2. Toast a slice of sourdough bread or bread made from freshly milled flour. If you are grain-free or doing the Whole 30, then try using slices of grilled or roasted sweet potatoes slices. I am relentless when it comes to consuming grain in its proper form. If you want to include bread in your menu, then skip the bread aisle at your supermarket and invest in a Grain Mill Grinder Healthy Grains and Gluten-Free Flours.
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- 4 Haas Avocados
- Juice from 1/2 Lemon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Cut the avocados in half, remove pits then scoop out the flesh. Add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Spread the avocado butter on toast then layer the add-ons.
- chopped tomatoes
- Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend
- chopped raw nuts
- chopped hard boiled egg
- slices of nitrate-free prosciutto
- crumbled nitrate-free bacon or sausage (no-sugar bacon if on the Whole30)
- chopped roasted beets or butternut squash
- black beans
- chopped yellow, red, and orange bell peppers
You get the idea.♥
Avocado toast is a reason to break the habit of ordering breakfast at the drive-thru window. It’s easy enough to pack the spread and wrap the toast if you are running short on time. A distraction-free meal means sitting down to savor the meal’s textures, colors, flavors, and aroma with every bite.