By Sheela Prakash
Avocados are a powerhouse of healthy fats, which means they’re a great choice whenever you’re looking to fill your plate with something wholesome and sustaining. Just half an avocado contains 10 grams of monounsaturated fat and 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, both of which are important for heart, brain, and blood health. They’re also packed with fiber, which is important for digestive health, and potassium, which is crucial for your heart, muscles, bones, and more.
With all these benefits, it’s no wonder avocados are a popular choice for a feel-good breakfast. While smashing it on toast is the most popular choice, that’s just one of many ways to get your fill in the morning. Here’s how to break from your toast habit and celebrate avocado’s versatility for breakfast:
The hole an avocado pit leaves behind is practically begging to be filled with something delicious. Here an egg is cracked into it and baked until just set for a complete breakfast that doesn’t need much else — though crumbled bacon and a drizzle of Sriracha doesn’t hurt.
Turning avocados into muffins may seem surprising, but trust us: Not only does it make for a crumb with a pretty pale green hue, it results in muffins that are extra moist and subtly rich, thanks to the high fat content in avocados.
Forgo brown sugar the next time you make oatmeal and reach for an avocado instead. Turn oatmeal savory rather than sweet is an easy way to mix up your routine. Here it’s topped with sautéed mushrooms, arugula, a fried egg, and plenty of sliced avocado.
You heard it hear first: Breakfast salads are the new avocado toast. Starting your day off with a colorful salad is a great way to frontload your veggie intake for the day. This one’s inspired by a classic BLT sandwich and filled with kale, crispy bacon, tomatoes, a jammy egg, and avocado.
If your usual breakfast smoothie is leaving you hungry by mid-morning, it’s time you reach for an avocado. The healthy fat and fiber bulks up smoothies and ensures you’ll be full until lunchtime, especially when joined with protein-rich peanut butter, like it is here.