Thursday, October 1, 2015

Avocado Toast and Superfoods


This post has been inspired by Oscar Health insurance company. Recently I was invited by Andrea the outreach coordinator to write a post about my perspective on superfoods. Oscar health insurance company and New York and New Jersey health insurance plans use technology to take the stress out of healthcare. The plans defer from state to state but most plans give you free preventive care and a doctor on call tool that allows members to reach out to a team of doctors and nurses. Preventative care, exercise, stress and the kinds of foods you put in your body are all important factors in being as healthy as you can be.

So when I began my research about superfoods I quickly came to the conclusion that it depends on who you ask. Everyone has a slightly different idea. Next I decided to look-up the definition of what is a superfood and that also depends on what source you use. What I came to realize is that eating a well-balanced diet that consists mainly of dark green, bright and intense colored veggies, nuts, seeds, berries, citrus fruits and fatty fish is a good way towards staying on the right path. A big part of the way I cook comes from following the seasons. I believe that certain times of the year and in different climates food fuels us through that season. For example, watermelon brings more water to our bodies in the summer and so on.

One of my favorite I foods is the avocado. Prevention magazine refers to it as the world’s smartest fruit. A diet rich in this creamy delicious fruit can help your waistline, your eyes, memory and blood sugar. A couple of mornings a week I will have a simple breakfast of whole wheat toast topped with mashed avocado. Sometimes I will top with a sliced hard-boiled egg and sprouts. Other times with cucumber and sprouts. I have made guacamole, sandwiches, puddings, ice cream and salads. My sister and I will even to this day fight over them……..

What are your thoughts about super foods?


I wanted to share my thoughts on the above "avocado Knife" that my daughter bought for me a couple of years ago. It is a Kuhn Rikon made in Switzerland and it is an awesome gadget. This cuts through the skin, takes out the pit, removes the flesh......everything.

*I did not receive any compensation for this item.





Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

59 comments:

  1. I love avocado toast and superfoods, they're definitely amazing :) Also I love that avocado knife, I recently got one made by a different company and it is such a lifesaver :)

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    1. Hi Phi, it seems like with avocadoes people either love them or hate them that is for sure.

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  2. We LOVE avocado and eat lots of them at our home. This is a fantastic toast and perfect for any meal, Cheri.

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  3. Cheri:

    I love avocados and I would eat them with every meal except that certain family members are, regrettably, allergic to them. While others of us can eat them, I make it a policy to serve only items that we can all eat.
    You are right in that the jury is out as to what is a superfood and what is not. A lot of it is fashion. It seemed like for a while there were seeds in everything and we all couldn't get enough quinoa.

    I am with you in that I think it is best to eat with the seasons. I like meals that are full of fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits with smaller portions of meats to accompany them.

    Here's to healthy eating!

    D

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    1. Hi Dena, I hear you....great family policy, very thoughtful.

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  4. not an avocado fan but i like that birdie plate!

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  5. I could eat avocado toast for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so relish! I think balance is probably the most important aspect of healthy eating. Superfoods seem to come and go in popularity but eating fresh, local (when possible) and seasonal is the best policy to me.

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  6. Interesting post! Just wish everyone here liked avocados!

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    1. Hi Pam, it seems people either love them or hate them.

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  7. Wow! This is amazing post Cheri! Avocado Toast and Superfoods are so DELISH.

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  8. Isn't it nice that such a delicious treat like avocados are good for us. :)

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  9. Both my husband and I love avocados but I tend to use them mostly in salads and for guac. I've got to start the morning with some avocado toast soon! I also think unsalted nuts are a pretty awesome super food.

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  10. I think it's great to eat whole foods as much as possible and eating seasonally is very sensible. That said, I make room for a little dessert, too. : )

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    1. Hi Monica, I always make room for dessert.......

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  11. I love avocados and would eat them every day, if that was possible. Loving that gadget too and I would use that all of the time.

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  12. I love avocados and they don't need to be a superfood for me to eat them :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy, I feel the same way, but it does make me feel a little better.

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  13. Luckily most superfoods, like avocado or broccoli, are delicious and nice to eat anyway :-) Love your plate and knife.
    Amalia
    xo

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  14. I have heard of this knife. It sounds like a handy gadget to have in the kitchen. And avocados are a favourite in this house too xx

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  16. One more try (please delete the first comment): Dear Cheri, lots of "superfoods" out there but I agree with you and the other people who commented, avocados are very hard to beat - I also enjoy them on wholegrain bread with a tiny trickle of my favorite cold-pressed oil!
    Interesting and fun gadget from Kuhn Rikon too!
    Have a great (and healthy) Sunday!
    Andrea

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    1. Thanks Andrea, great idea adding the oil......

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  17. Hi Cheri,
    I'm not very fond of avocado but slowly learning to appreciate this healthy fruit ... Occasionally added some in salads or blend with fruit juice. The avocado knife looks special.

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    1. Thanks Karen, I think for some the texture might take a little getting used to.

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  18. A+ research, Cheri. You've motivated this Ninja Baker to pick up an avocado...Who doesn't want to have better memory, eyesight and balance blood sugars? (Especially after the cookie monster comes out!) P.s. Love that you follow the seasons like the Japanese. P.s. 2. Along with the avocado, I'll look for intensely colored foods at the market next time. Do colorful cartons of Ben & Jerry's count? tee hee

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    1. Did you say Ben & Jerry's? why yes I think we can make an exception.

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  19. Mmm love avocados and don't know why I haven't tried it on toast. I would love that and topped with sprouts sounds great. I try to keep our own sprouts growing indoors year round but this summer was so hot I was a little leery so will be getting back to them now with cooler temps.

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    1. Hi Mindy, I am very interested in growing my own sprouts, will wait until it gets cooler here first.

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  20. I eat avocado on whole wheat bread with a sprinkle of salt every morning for breakfast! SO yummy!!

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  21. I think people don't abuse the term 'superfood" calling trendy food "superfood". And then there is a whole industry behind that that is concerned more about $ than health. So I myself always try to be critical about new superfoods that pop up.

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  22. I love avocado and this look delicious Cheri :)

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  23. This is always my go-to quick and easy breakfast. I just love avocado!

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  24. Such a simple idea --- they're always the best!

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  25. I love avocado and have one almost every day. This avocado toast looks perfect!

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  26. I have seen so much about avocado toast lately. This looks delicious.

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  27. I think you're right -- the list of superfoods seems to be different every time I see one! Avocado will always be one in my book, and this toast looks wonderful!

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  28. I think you're right -- the list of superfoods seems to be different every time I see one! Avocado will always be one in my book, and this toast looks wonderful!

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  29. I absolutely love avocados and have heard that they are one of the best things you can eat. Your avocado toast looks delicious! Have you ever eaten at First Watch? They have the absolutely best avocado toast if you are ever going out for breakfast. Ever since I ate it there, I have wanted to make it. Thanks for your ideas on things to add to it, Cheri!

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