What can you spread on your toast that will help guard against high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke? Butter, right?
Alas, no, butter has pesky cholesterol and lots of saturated fat, which we have been told isn't so great for us.
Your toast can still be terrific with avocado! Just spread some of this lovely fruit and you have a substitute that will make you forget about butter (at least for a while).
Avocados have been shown to REDUCE cholesterol levels and they have a lot of fiber.
I know dieters are concerned about the amount of fat in an avocado, but once you hold the chips, nacho cheese, and sour cream, avocados are low in calorie :)
Actually, the nutritional bang for your calorie consumption is worth it for avocados and if you combine it with a 100% whole grain toast - you have a killer snack.
See this article on toast: How To Pick Healthy Bread - A Toast to Toast
It can be difficult to find an inexpensive and delicious avocado. I buy them when they are about $1 each because I have found if I pay $3 for an avocado it tastes terrible. I believe the $1 price indicates that they are in season and here that season starts in February.
To keep an avocado from turning brown, just leave the pit in the avocado when you store it.
I like to add a little salt or a squirt of lemon (if I have it) to my avocado toast. You can also layer a tomato or other sandwich stuff for a truly luxurious snack.
Kids also seem to really love avocado on their toast. Call it "green" toast and you have an instant hit (green eggs, green ham, green toast...).
Avocado Toast Recipe
1/4 ripe avocado
1 slice 100% whole grain toast
salt to taste
Spread avocado on toast. Salt to taste and enjoy!
150 calories, 8.3 g fat, 15.9 g carbohydrates, 2.5 g protein, 6.3 g fiber, 136 mg sodium, 4 Points+
What is your favorite use for avocados?
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