Avocado Toast (Sans the Toast)
Oh avocado toast. You are loved by many, myself included. As "basic" as this overly ordered brunch dish may be, it's pretty versatile as well. Whenever I make something I like to make it as nutritionally dense as possible while keeping it simple and easy. I'm currently in Tokyo where it's humid as f and the thought of toasting bread or having a heavier toast hasn't really appealed to me. My rendition? This faux toast features an organic crispy rice cake made with quinoa and chia seeds. However, the real MVP's of this recipe (besides the avo of course) are raw hemp hearts, some pink himalayan sea salt, and obviously Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.
A Quick Run Down on Avocados
As many of us know avos are filled will wonderful fats but they have a myriad of other redeeming qualities besides being a great source of brain food. This fruit is full of antioxidants. Avocados contain a high amount of catechins and phenolics, the antioxidants that help protect against stress and oxidation. Not to mention they're a great skin food- ever try smashing an avocado and applying it as a face mask? No? I recommend it. They boost brain health, enhance weight loss, keep us feeling satiated and full, can help cut metabolic syndrome risk, can relieve arthritis pain, benefit eye health, and help to reduce kidney and liver damage.
What's the Deal with Hemp Hearts?
This little seeds pack a nutritional punch and that's why they're an all-star in most of my dishes. As I've mentioned before in my Hemp Goddess Bowl raw hemp hearts (also referred to as hemp seeds) contain an impressive amount of plant based protein- 10 grams of protein in just 3 tablespoons (30g), and they almost double the amount of protein found in chia and flaxseeds (though I do love both of those seeds as well). Hemp hearts also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Not to mention gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), the rare fatty acid that's linked with a ton of health benefits (such as nourishing cells, while decreasing inflammation). All of which makes it another great skin food. Why? Omega-3 and 6 help give skin a supple appearance, while amnio acids can help your skin generate collagen and elastin, which in turn allows the skin to stay moisturized preventing wrinkles.
For how tiny these seeds are, they offer an array of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, and dietary fiber. Haven't tried them yet? You can expect a subtle nutty, creamy flavor making them perfect for adding to smoothies, salads, oatmeal, and soup. You can even make homemade hemp mylk (which doesn't require straining). With all their benefits it's easy to see why they've gained so much attention.
The fun thing about this recipe is that it can be as simple as you want. Think of smearing some avocados on a couple rice cakes along with some seasonings and calling it a day, or feel free to add a little zing to it. Dousing it with some hot sauce not only tastes great but makes it colorful as well. If I'm feeling a bit extra, I like to add some wild caught smoked salmon to it as well. The options here are endless.
2 rice cakes
1 ripe avocado
1-3 tablespoons of organic raw hemp seeds
A dash of himalayan pink salt (optional)
Everything But the Bagel Seasoning (to taste)
Fresh ground black pepper (optional)
Hot sauce (optional)
Wild smoked salon (optional)
1. Halve an avocado and simply smear it on 2 rice crackers.
2. Once spread evenly on your cakes, add some hemp hearts and seasoning. Tip- it helps to kind of mash the seeds and seasoning together with the 'cado so it sticks better.
3. Add hot sauce and place wild smoked salmon on top (optional).
4. Enjoy those cakes!