Breakfast Today: Keeping it Simple. Avocado on Sprouted Grains.

by Gena on January 17, 2013

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I’ve been asked to share more of my breakfasts with you all, just the way I sometimes share my packed lunches. No burden there: breakfast often feels like my favorite meal of the day, and I love talking about it, sharing it, gazing upon tasty examples of it. This winter I’ve been gravitating toward warmer and denser foods, rather than smoothies or chia puddings, which is funny, because it happens to be a very mild winter! But the body wants what the body wants.

Lately, I’ve been cooking up steel cut oats in my rice cooker with homemade almond milk and serving them with nut butter or hemp seeds. I also like oat bran served with some goji berries and a drizzle of blackstrap molasses, or some of my toasted almond quinoa bake. On days when I want something savory, I love some plain, cooked quinoa mixed with greens and vinaigrette, a breakfast salad, or leftover curries, soups, or grain dishes.

Today, I woke up craving something comforting and savory. I also woke up with a to-do list that was making my head ache just to contemplate. With little time on my hands and a lot to get done, I decided to make my life easy, and go for one of my simplest, tried-and-true breakfasts: smashed avocado toast. Normally I serve this on sprouted grain bread (Ezekiel is my brand of choice, but I also like Manna bread), but sprouted English muffins are nice, too.

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Just cut a large avocado in half and remove the pit. Then, use your fork to mash half the avocado up (still in the skin if you like). Spread it onto a hearty, whole grain toast, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.

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I used such a giant avocado that I had extra avocado leftover to pile on top of some fresh greens—which I’d been craving as well.

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Simple. Fast. And delicious. Everything I want in a breakfast. Next time you’re in a serious time crunch, I couldn’t recommend this little combination enough. It’s gotten me through countless mornings and afternoons in a hurry!

Before I go, thanks for all of the smart commentary on vaccines. Obviously, this subject strikes a chord with many of you, and I appreciate your insights!

G

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ashley January 17, 2013 at 5:28 pm

i had this exact thing for lunch, except i like to put a bit of lime juice in my mashed avocado – yum!

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Molly January 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

This is my perfect breakfast. I love that you’ll be incorporating more breakfast ideas into some of your posts!

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Alexia @ NamasteYoga January 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm

i had avocado toast too this morning! i usually pair it with a yummy green juice! oh and thinly sliced cucumbers on top of the avo toast is perfect! :)

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Katie @ Serenity in the Storm January 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Avocado toast is one of my favorites! If I’m feeling fancy, I like to add some dill pickle slices and sprouts. Delish!

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Abby January 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I eat this a few times a week for supper on Ezekiel bread, but usually sprinkle it with nutritional yeast. So easy.

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Elisabeth January 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I’ve made this for lunch before as an open-faced sandwich with grated carrots and sprouts, but I’ve never thought to have it for breakfast. What a great idea! Also, I really like the other ideas you listed for breakfast – I can never get enough oats!

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Trace Willans January 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

I like it with vegemite. x te

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Amy January 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Thanks for all of the glimpses of meals in your current, fairly harried life! If you don’t mind a request, I’d love to see the oat bran/goji berry one make it to the blog – sounds like a very unique combination and also like something I’d like to try!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery January 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I had never thought of this for breakfast but it looks delicious and filling! I adore avocados, so I’ll eat them whenever I can!

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Rose January 17, 2013 at 10:36 pm

There is no question that I love salad. Salad for lunch, salad for dinner… green juice and green smoothies for breakfast. Why can’t I seem to get down with salad for breakfast? It just seems so logical!

But mashed avocado on anything… I’m down with that anytime. Thanks Gena!

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Rachael January 18, 2013 at 12:04 am

My mom always mashed up banana and avocado and put it on toast for me when I was young. I thought it was something everyone already knew about but when I made it for my niece last week, my sister in law acted like I’d discovered gold! So simple and so good.

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Sal January 18, 2013 at 4:29 am

Avocado for breakfast? Great idea, one of nature’s most delicious foods. Thanks Gena!

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Karen January 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

“Smooshed avocado” is my favorite food group – glad to see you featuring it and all of its versatility in these past few posts. It’s one of those foods that nourishes my body and soul. In fact, an Ezekiel english muffin + smooshed avocado is one of my favorite snacks or lunch accompaniment!

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McKella January 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

This is one of my favorite go-to quickie breakfasts and snacks, but I like to add mustard :) No so much in the morning, but definitely if I have this for a snack.

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Jannine Murray January 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Since I read this this morning I went and bought all the ingredients and have eaten it all day lol, it just looks and tastes so good!!!

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Ilana January 18, 2013 at 11:53 pm

So classic. I love adding a smear of coconut oil under the avocado. Oof it’s better than my beloved and missed buttered toast of my childhood.

Ps- planning a trip to DC, been trawling your archives for places to eat. Thank goodness for you Gena!

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Nat January 21, 2013 at 5:59 am

Hi Gena! I’ve been following your blog over the last couple of months now and I love it. Thanks for the nutritious breakfast idea. I’m been a Vegetarian for over 5 years and I love cooking delicious food, but I’m also really interested in experimenting with more raw food recipes so your blog has really helped.

Thanks again!

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ashley January 28, 2013 at 7:22 pm

What a great idea! I have been into more savory breakfasts lately and this sounds delicious.

On another note, I have been following your blog for over a year and am a huge fan. I am finally getting over my fears of being part of the blogging community and jumping in! Thanks for all of the great work that you do. I am glad blogs like yours exist!

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Gena January 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Oooh, I love when people take the blog plunge! Welcome!

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Sophie January 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

This looks like something I’d like to snack on right now- I love avocado toast!
However, it does bring me to a breakfast question: does this tend to be filling enough to last a morning? I have been having a hard time finding a healthy breakfast that keeps me full until lunchtime. I try to have snacks on hand but sometimes I get too busy at work to enjoy them. I love your posts on creating a balanced meal (especially the one on salads!!!). Do you have any tips for carrying this concept over to breakfast? Thanks!

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Marianne February 6, 2013 at 1:58 am

Smashed avocado on toast is often a go to snack for me as well, with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I’ve also served it with some baked beans as a sort of twist on a hearty English breakfast.

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