Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sprouted Grain Avocado Toast Croutons

Turn sprouted grain avocado toast into a healthier crouton to top off your next veggie packed salad!

In case you might have missed it, Sprouted Grain bread and Avocado Toast are hitting health conscious Instagram accounts like a storm.  I combined these two super popular foods and took it a step further to create today's recipe for Sprouted Grain Avocado Toast Croutons!

For those of you not so familiar with avocado toast, its basically an avocado spread over toast.  Nearly every day I see pictures on social media of avocado toast with various toppings such as fruits, nuts, or chia seed.  It can be a nutrient packed snack or combined with a salad or soup for a balanced meal.

Sprouted grain bread has been around for years, however recently it has exploded in popularity.  The bread is attractive to healthier eaters because it is made with sprouted grains rather than flour, keeping the total carbohydrate less.  This type of bread is also packed with more nutrition including protein and vitamins.  Next on my list is to try sprouted grain pasta!

A few weeks ago I was making Avocado Toast for my little one by cutting avocado into small squares.  I was sure that he was going to absolutely love this nutrition packed lunch.  Unfortunately after a few bites of my perceived delicious lunch he began to throw the toast bits down on the floor (which means the dog is getting fed extra well).  Simultaneously I was throwing together a salad for myself.  I tossed the avocado toast squares into my salad and the rest is history.

In my original version I made the croutons by toasting the entire piece of bread, however in the posted recipe you will find instructions are to toast the bread in strips for a crunchier outcome.  You could also toast the bread in small, already cut-up squares, but it might take some more effort to spread the avocado.

You can add the avocado toast croutons to a variety of salad types.  As you can see I added mine to a more traditional salad, but use your imagination.   Think about this a perfect addition to make a healthier Caesar or taco salad. For maximum nutrition, I always recommend to use a dark leafy green (such as spinach, kale) as your salad base.

In other news something pretty exciting happened to me on Friday - I was named Today's Dietitian's Magazine Dietitian of the Day.  It totally caught me off guard, but was such an honor!  Check out the Facebook post below.

Your Family's Dietitian,

Avocado Toast Croutons
by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2-4 minutes
Ingredients (3 servings (1 serving = 1 slice bread)
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1/16 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp chia seeds
  • 3 slices sprouted grain bread
1. Cut bread slices into thin strips (1/2 - 1 inch in width)
2. Place on toaster oven tray or cookie sheet in single layer
3. Place tray in toaster oven; toast on medium/high and then flip each square and toast again on medium/high (watch carefully to not burn). You can also toast the bread by placing bread pan in oven at low broil for a few minutes (will also need to flip)
4. While bread is toasting, in a small bowl combine avocado, salt, and onion powder.
5. Once bread is toasted remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes.
6. Once cool, spread avocado over each toast strip
7. Lightly sprinkle chia seed over avocado spread.
8. Cut toast strips into small squares.
7. Add croutons to your favorite salad!
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