by Catherine Madsen
Bliss Crafter, Austin Yoga Tree
The week’s blog post begins with a short story…
The other day, while a friend and I were talking about our weekends, I brought up the topic of brunch. We both agreed that brunch is the best meal to ever exist ever and should be celebrated as often as possible. I then continued to say that I had had avocado toast with my brunch and that it was absolutely to die for. He then replied with a confused look and said, “What is avocado toast?” That was the moment I knew exactly what I had to write a blog post about. To me, it is a crime that people are out living their lives not knowing what avocado toast is. That is how life changing it is. SERIOUSLY. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… AVOCADO TOAST!
For those of you asking yourself the same question my friend asked, avocado toast is exactly what it sounds like: you take an avocado and put it on toast. Sounds simple BUT when the toast pops the sun starts to shine, when the avocado is cut babies laugh, when you mash the avocado puppies frolic in the grass, when the avocado is spread the heavens part, and finally when you take your first bite angels sing. See? Life changing.
The base recipe for avocado toast couldn’t be simpler, however; the toppings you can choose to add are basically limitless. For this recipe, we roasted chopped sweet potatoes to spread on top of our base. Below are some of the benefits of avocado and sweet potato (in case you needed any more convincing to try this recipe 😉)
An avocado is one of the healthiest ways to get the necessary fat in your diet. It is important to differentiate between the different kinds of fat: the most well known is the saturated fat which is not good for our bodies. Saturated fats clog our arteries and increase our risk of heart disease. Unsaturated fats are the healthy kind of fat that we want in our diet. Luckily, avocados are a good source of both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Both types work to decrease bad cholesterol (LDL, low density lipoproteins) and can even increase good cholesterol (HDL, high density lipoproteins).
Avocados can also help detox the body. First, avocados stimulate the natural detoxing ability of the liver. This maintains healthy, beautiful skin. Second, the vitamin B content assists the detox process while reducing redness and inflammation of the skin.
Avocados are high in vitamin E. This nutrient functions as an antioxidant that keeps skin cells strong and hydrated.
All in all, avocados provide us with good fats we need in our diet while working in many ways to keep our skin glowing.
The unmistakable orange tint of sweet potatoes indicates high beta-carotene content. This antioxidant gets converted into vitamin A in the body, which packs a big beauty punch. Vitamin A keeps skin smooth, regenerates collagen to keep us looking young, and keeps cell division running effectively to aid with repair of the skin. The health of our teeth, hair, nails, and bones are improved by vitamin A as well.
Since sweet potatoes are a complex carb, when we digest them there isn’t a spike in blood sugar. Spikes in blood sugar can often lead to skin issues such as acne and redness/inflammation. Thus eating sweet potatoes keeps our skin blemish-free while keeping us fuller longer.
It’s time to taste! Try out the recipe below or top with any other toppings you would like! There is no wrong way or wrong thing to add to avocado toast.
Amped up Avocado Toast