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Healthy Avocado Treat for the New Year

New Year’s resolutions deserve to be accentuated with new starts and trying out new things. In exploring new ideas for getting a fresh, energetic start to every day, try a breakfast of avocado toast for a burst of energy to begin work or play. Botanically considered a berry, because of its fleshy pulp and large, single seed, avocados are highly nutritious and contain a lot of potassium, dietary fiber and good fats, as well as magnesium, sodium, vitamins A, E, K and B6.

This easy recipe, made with sourdough or Ezekiel bread, as well as gluten-free options, doesn’t require lot of prepping time. It satiates hunger and provides energy until lunchtime. Gluten-free options include Food For Life Rice Almond Bread, Exotic Black Rice Bread, Nature’s Path Bread Super Chia, Ancient Grains Bakery Sunny Millet Toaster Cakes.

Savory Breakfast Avocado Toast

Yields 1 serving

½ ripe avocado
¼ tsp garlic powder
Juice of ½ small lemon
Pinch of ground cumin, sea salt and black pepper
2 toasted bread slices
Pinch of Everything But the Bagel Spice or Chile Lime seasoning blend (optional)
Small handful of leafy greens, such as arugula, and a few cherry tomatoes (optional)

Scoop avocado and using a fork, smash it over a plate.

In a small bowl, add the smashed avocado and remaining ingredients. Combine well.

Optional: Mix in finely chopped sauerkraut.

Adjust seasoning if desired.

Spread the avocado on the toast.

Enjoy with herbal tea, coffee or a green juice.

Rosina Alessi is a certified integrative health coach and plant-based personal chef providing plant-based weekly meal preparations for individuals, couples and families, as well as for private events/parties. For more information, call 240-810-2670 or email

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