The avocados here are really good at the moment. I thought I’d write a post in honour of the not so humble avocado and that great little trend of avocado toast.
Persea americana is the botanical name for this regular type of avocado. They are a kind of berry with a seed in the middle and grow on a tree. They contain dietary fibre (23% per 100g) and also contain healthy fats (when used in moderation) plus have good levels of potassium, Vitamin C and B6 and folate.
I often get asked by people who tend to rush out of the door without breakfast yet who then mid morning feel a crash of their energy and also who tend to dip in to biscuits/cookies or sugar energy drinks at that time what they can have that’s quick. I thoroughly recommend avocado toast as a fast-to-prepare breakfast.
You can use any kind of bread, whether gluten free or not. I like a nice sourdough made with simple ingredients (if your gluten-containing bread mentions more than 5 ingredients then swap it to something better please – for those who have to be gluten free it isn’t always possible to avoid a list of ingredients). Toast your slice of bread if you wish. Then you simply halve your avocado, scoop out the flesh and spread it with a knife on your toast. You can top with hemp hearts, herbs like parsley, some spring onion, radishes, tomato, egg, a little dash of paprika or whatever you choose or keep it simple.
For the best avocado, see that stalk attachment thing at the top? When you are shopping for avocado then give a little compress to the skin. The best avocados have a little give in them without feeling mushy. I then peek under that top thing. If it’s really brown then usually the avocado is overripe. If it’s a nice green and the flesh has a little give in it then you will find you have the perfect avocado.
Elizabeth Plant is a health coach, author and complementary therapist working with Soft Tissue Release/Clinical Massage, reflexology and aromatherapy. She resides in the UK where she enjoys writing and walking her dog. When in Canada she can be heard to play the drums and loves humming birds. For her health coaching services please visit http://www.elizabethplant.co.uk.