Avocado Toasts have taken the web by storm. They are everywhere with everyone having their new rendition of them. And its no lie, it would be a pretty good darn breakfast with the right ingredients if you could eat bread….wah wah wah. I mean who wouldn’t love creamy mashed avocado, maybe some bacon or what have you on top of a crispy piece of toast?
My philosophy in this nutrition world is that food is meant to be enjoyed. We are suppose to enjoy what we put in our mouth and bodies and it should feel good to us. It is not something to be feared or feel guilty about, and most definitely you should not feel deprived. Eating healthy, eating real food, this is a lifestyle not a diet. The best way to make it a lifestyle is to –>hold your breath<– enjoy it! That’s right, you must enjoy what you eat, without deprivation for your body to really catch on and accept this as a lifestyle.
Now I know, my veggie haters out there are wondering how a diet of real food of whole food can possibly be as enjoyable as a cold can of pop, twinkies and pizza? Here’s the secret, your body feels so much better eating real food, it has energy, it’s immunity has improved, inflammation has gone down, antioxidants have gone up, your mind is refreshed, bloating is gone….it just feels good, healthy and revived.
Sure we hear of chocolate cravings, ice cream cravings, pop cravings (or soda for you southerners) but few people talk about healthy cravings. Maybe because a desire to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable doesn’t necessarily fall into the American definition of a craving, so it just falls into the category of a healthy diet? Who knows, but once you start feeding your body the nutrients it needs, it will continue to want more.
The problem with people not being able to jump this wagon of actually desiring healthy food is that too often “health” food is considered bland and they simply don’t enjoy it. There’s no denying the fact that a piece of fruit is not as sweet as a chocolate chip cookie or that string beans aren’t as tempting as french fries. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be tastier. It is about finding the right combinations of ingredients, using spices, vinegars and oils as well as different cooking methods to make real food delicious. Mouth water, drool worthy, can’t stop, deliciousness. The goal is to keep you coming back and to leave you desiring more. If you enjoy the healthy food you eat, then the choice becomes easy for you to eat healthy.
That’s my mission in life. To take foods that look good and make them work in the healthy lifestyle I have chosen. It’s not about deprivation, it is about enjoyment. So when I have seen avocado toasts pop up on my twitter feed daily for what seems like the entire summer I decided to take matters into my own hands. Instead of just drooling at the pictures I choose to find a way to make it. Here is my rendition of avocado toasts (that really contain no toast) but in my head still have all the flavors, creaminess and crispiness of the original idea.
I welcome you to Avocado Hashbroffle. That crispy, waffled-hash brown we made last week has become the new “toast” to this phenomenon. An extra crispy, buttered, waffled hash brown (hashbroffle) topped with creamy, salted, mashed avocado with an heirloom tomato salad all drizzled with a little aged balsamic (my new obsession by the way). You could even fry up an egg for a little bonus protein and make this one well-rounded, healthy and most importantly delicious breakfast…..lunch or dinner.
Now all you grain-free, gluten-free and paleo people of the world can too stop drooling over your twitter feeds and start enjoying these Avocado Hashbroffles. What twist will you add to it?
Enjoy it….no really, do it 🙂
- 1 cup shredded hash browns
- ½ avocado
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2-3 small heirloom tomatoes
- balsamic vinegar
- Preheat waffle iron. When ready add the hash browns. Press down well and let cook until crispy and browned.
- While hash browns are cooking, scoop out avocado, mash and season with salt and pepper.
- Cut heirloom tomatoes.
- To assemble, top crispy waffle with avocado, and heirloom tomatoes.
- Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.