When it comes to breakfast, I really feel like I have built a solid foundation of food and nutrition knowledge that provides me with a variety of options I absolutely love. Because of this, breakfast has become (by far) my most favourite meal of the day and I can’t wait to sit down to it every morning.
Avocado toast is no secret and I am not claiming the idea as my own. However I love this particular combination for its simplicity and can’t resist a share. It’s quick, it’s filling, it’s incredibly good for you, and it’s full of flavour thanks to the Za’atar.
Za’atar is a middle eastern spice blend that combines oregano, thyme, sumac, and roasted sesame seeds. It is traditionally prepared in olive oil and used as a dip for bread (making it perfect for avocado toast). Oregano, thyme, and sumac are antioxidant powerhouses. They help boost your immune system, fight inflammation, and assist in strengthening your memory.
Now pair the antioxidant superhero of Za’atar with an avocado which, by the way, is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, its's also packed with vitamins like C and B6, plus minerals such as magnesium and potassium - YOU CAN’T LOSE!
It’s a breakfast that will leave your body singing for more. Trust me, mine does.
You will need:
2 slices of your favourite *gluten free bread
½ avocado, ripe enough to spread it with a butter knife
2 tsp **Za’atar spice blend
2 grinds of pink himalayan sea salt
2-4 grinds of freshly cracked black pepper
Pop your toast into your toaster until it’s toasted to your desired toastiness. If you haven’t already, halve an avocado leaving the pit in the remaining half (this will keep that half from turning brown until you go to use it later).
Cupping your avocado half in your hand, slice the inside while it still remains in its shell being careful not to pierce the shell and slice your hand! You want long slices from top to bottom and you’ll need about 4 slices per piece of bread. Scoop out the slices and divide them up amongst your now toasted bread. Mash and spread the dreamy-creamy avocado around with a butter knife, it’s ok to leave a few chunks.
Top the avocado mash with a grind of pink himalayan sea salt, 2-4 grinds of freshly cracked black pepper (depending on your love of pepper), and finally, give each piece about a teaspoon of the Zaatar spice blend. Eat immediately.
*My favourite gluten free bread (that’s easy enough to find in a grocery store and isn’t packed with rice flour) is this Spiffy Glorious Vegan Sliced Bread. http://www.spiffybakeshop.com/gluten-free-products/breads/glorious-vegan/
**Zaatar is relatively common and can be found at most grocery stores. I really like the PC Black Label Za’atar Spice Blend.