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Now I know what you’re thinking “Alex are you hopping onto the hipster band wagon? will you grow a trendy beard? tie your hair up into a man bun? or ride a vintage bicycle made entirely out of recycled drain pipes?”

 

Well thankfully the answer to all those questions is no. However I will continue to treat myself to the increasingly popular nutrient packed, and crunchy nutty flavoured delight that is avocado toast.

Avocados are bursting with heart healthy fatty acids plus 20 different vitamins and minerals. They contain more potassium than bananas and are free from sodium and cholesterol. It isn’t surprising that people are beginning to consider the avocado a super food as they are loaded with antioxidants plus vitamins K, C, B5, B6 and E.

Today I am going to share with you two of my favourite quick and snappy avocado toast recipes that are so delicious they’ll make you want to ditch the plain old bread and butter.

 

  1. Honey Drizzled Apple and Cashew Avocado Toast.

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The bread that you use is one of the most important elements to both of these recipes so be sure to grab your favourite fresh baked loaf. My preferred bread has to be a crisp country loaf but you can use anything from sourdough to Rye just as long as it toasts well.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Bread
  • Avocado
  • Apple
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Honey
  • Fresh Basil

 

The subtle peppery flavour of fresh basil sets this recipe apart. The combination of sweet honey and apple on top of the nuttiness of the cashews and avocado creates a divinely unique summery sensation.

Method:

  • Slice the avocado in half and remove the seed before placing it (without it’s skin) into a bowl.
  • Mash the avocado until it is spreadable.
  • Pop your bread in the toaster or under the grill until it is golden brown.
  • Spread the avocado onto the toast.
  • Next add some chopped apple and cashew nuts.
  • Lightly drizzle your honey over the toast.
  • Garnish with some fresh basil leaves.

 

  1. Spicy Peanut Rayu and Lime Avocado Toast.

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Peanut Rayu has become one of my all time favourite toast toppers. It is a delicious blend of sunflower oil, peanuts, sesame seeds, tamari, honey, salt, chilli flakes and crispy garlic. Luckily “White Mausu – Peanut Rayu” produced by the amazingly talented chef Katie Sanderson is always at hand in The Green Door Pantry. However I have good news for those of you without access to that jar of heaven. Subbing in your favourite hot sauce works as a great alternative when paired with the fresh kick of lime.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Bread
  • Avocado
  • Peanut Rayu (or hot sauce)
  • Lime

 

Method: 

  • Slice the avocado in half and remove the seed before placing it (without it’s skin) into a bowl.
  • Mash the avocado until it is spreadable.
  • Pop your bread in the toaster or under the grill until it is golden brown.
  • Spread the avocado onto the toast.
  • Next spread some peanut rayu/hot sauce on top.
  • Finally finish by squeezing a little lime juice over the top.

 

All the ingredients mentioned above can be found at The Green Door Market. Like us on Facebook and follow me on Instagram as I continue my culinary adventures.

If you consistently struggle from low energy, crave sweet & salty foods, have trouble concentrating and experience dizzy spells; it’s possible you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue. The adrenals are small glands located above the kidneys which are involved in hormone production. They play a huge role in our stress response and over time can become fatigued if we’re not managing our diet and lifestyle well or constantly exposed to stress. To overcome adrenal fatigue it’s important to eliminate highly processed foods, sugar & caffeine. Instead try to nourish the body with healthy fats such as avocados & nuts, oily fish such as salmon and lots of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Lifestyle changes such as reducing stress & consistently getting lots of sleep are important. Using essential oils can also be a great way to support the adrenal glands in a natural way and speed up recovery time. Here are the top 5 essential oils for adrenal fatigue:

Basil

Basil’s regenerative and stimulant properties make it an uplifting essential oil that helps to wake up the body. Applying it topically to the bottom of the feet each morning and evening is a good way to experience the benefits consistently. Basil can help to energise the mind so is an ideal oil to diffuse in a room if struggling with forgetfulness or mental fatigue.

Grapefruit

Fresh & detoxifying, grapefruit is another essential oil that can prove really helpful for adrenal fatigue. Mixing it with basil & applying it topically over the adrenals will help support over worked adrenal glands. Grapefruit can also be added to water or placed in a vegetable capsules which will also help combat the sugar cravings that often come with fatigue.

Geranium

Regenerative and strengthening, Geranium is often used to support organs such as the liver and kidneys and to help hormonal conditions such as PMS. Applying Geranium over the abdomen or taking it internally helps to support adrenals and to balance hormones. It is also a good oil to help balance emotions and a nice floral oil that is ideal for diffusing.

Rosemary

Often used for combating fatigue, Rosemary is a great essential oil to use alongside Basil to support the adrenal glands in recovering. Muscle weakness and tension is often reported as one of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Applying Rosemary topically can also help to ease the pain of sore or stiff muscles. Diffusing Rosemary can help combat mental fatigue and improve memory & concentration.

Wild Orange

A popular recommendation for combating stress, Wild Orange essential oil is incredibly uplifting and energising. It can help with concentration and inhaling it is a good way to improve your mood and at the same time reduce stress levels. Wild orange can also help with insomnia and improving the quality of your sleep is an important way to aid recovery from adrenal fatigue.

 

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

caroline@honestabouthealth.com