Avocado toast is trending, but is it actually good for you? Find out what one of the hottest food trends has to offer.
Have you noticed? Everyone is eating avocado toast these days. It is by far one of the hottest food trends of 2018. And, I don’t see it going away any time soon. A google search of avocado toast gets over 81 million results. Instagram alone has over 1 million pictures with the hashtag #avocadotoast. Believe me, avocado toast is big. But, is it actually good for you?
Before We Talk Toast , Let’s Talk Avocados
I never get asked if avocados are good for you – most people know or assume based on what they’ve heard, that they are. Most of my clients are proud to share that they include avocados in their diet. If I ask what makes them nutritious, the most common answer is healthy fats. An overwhelming majority can’t share much else. Do you know what else avocados have to offer?
Avocados are definitely high in fat, and according to the latest trends, fat is where it’s at. I guess that’s one reason they are so popular right now. But, I’m here to tell you, avocados have more than a mouthful of mono-unsaturated fats going for them. They are filled with fiber, phytonutrients and contribute lots of vitamins and minerals, too.
One medium avocado, without the skin and seed, has ~225 calories, 21 grams of fat, 9 grams of fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and carotenoids. They have lots of other vitamins and minerals, too. You can learn more about the nutrition benefits packed inside avocados in this post I wrote a few years ago.
Here’s the thing –even good for you foods have a limit, and avocados are no exception. If you’re trying to lose weight or eat within a certain caloric limit, portion size matters. Approximately ¼ of an avocado is considered a serving of fat. Mashed, that’s equal to ~2 tbsp. So, ½ of an avocado is equal to ~1/4 cup mashed avocado, and so on. That’s not to say you should only eat one serving – you should know how much you’re eating though.
I made a visual to help you see what that looks like.
One of trendiest ways to eat avocado is on toast. It’s perfect actually. You take a healthy, whole grain carbohydrate, spread it with healthy fats, then sprinkle it with spices. Not only is it simple, it’s also delicious.
But, don’t stop there. Remember my post on creating balance in your eating plan? Toast that’s only topped with avocado is missing an important nutrient. That nutrient is protein. By including a high-quality protein, like oven-baked eggs, you can turn your toast into a complete meal.
Made right, avocado toast is a simple, nutritious and delicious meal that you can enjoy even on the go. Give this one a try and let me know what you think.
Avocado and Egg Toast
- 2 tbsp Avocado
- 3 slices carmelized onion
- 1 slice whole wheat (hearty) toast
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 pinch pepper
- 2 baked eggs
- Spread mashed avocado on toast then top with carmelized onion and egg. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, pepper and salt as desired. (Note: additional salt is not included in the nutriiton facts for this recipe.)
- 1 Serving = 1 Slice
- Recipe Makes 1 Serving
- Nutrition Facts (per slice): 330 Calories, 27 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 16 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 430 cholesterol, 250 sodium, 18 g protein, 6% Daily Calcium, 15% Daily Iron, 6% Daily Potassium.
- Meal Planning Servings: 2 CHO; 3 FAT; 3 PRO
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