You love avocado toasts.
And by now, you’ve most likely eaten a variety of different recipes featuring bread and avocado.
They might be filling and deliciously satisfying.
But, they often include ingredients that don’t go together and which can cause indigestion.
Like smoked salmon with eggs. Or pomegranate seeds and cucumber as toppings.
I’ve even seen some recipes that include peaches, oranges, or honey on top of the mashed avocado.
They are all, according to Ayurvedic wisdom, a big No.
In my quest to make Ayurveda more relatable and sustainable for all, I’ve come to create the perfect Ayurvedic avocado toast.
Let’s prepare it together and enjoy it for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.
The benefits of eating avocados
Avocados are exquisite, versatile, and regarded as the perfect food.
- They are high in fiber and monounsaturated fat content and might help us reduce, significantly, levels of total cholesterol.
- They contain important nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Folate, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, and Manganese.
- Avocados are a concentrated source of omega 3 fatty acids and healthy fats, which can reduce heart disease risk factors.
Because avocados are rich in many nutrients, they can help reduce inflammation, decrease oxidative stress, and promote a healthy body weight.
Further, the fiber in avocados improves the functioning of the digestive system, as they promote the growth of healthy bacteria.
Avocados and Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, avocados are grounding, nourishing, oily, heavy, cold, and soft.
They are astringent (rasa), cooling (virya), and sweet (vipaka).
Because of these properties, they can pacify Vata and Pitta, but elevate Kapha dosha.
Avocado toast: the Ayurvedic version
For this recipe, I used warm, sprouted, whole grain bread to get the most Prana or vital force out of it.
And mushrooms, which are dry, heavy, and slow. Their dry characteristic might aggravate Vata dosha (this can be counteracted with the right spices or the addition of other foods). However, mushrooms are considered to be pacifying for Pitta and Kapha constitutions.
**I add notes at the end of the recipe to adjust its attributes to each dosha**
Note: This is a recipe for Vatas and Kaphas to enjoy occasionally, as the bread and mushrooms (for Vata) and avocado (for Kapha) can increase the windy and watery constitutions.
Avocado toast with caramelized mushrooms
- 2 slices Sprouted, whole bread
- 1/2 Small avocado (ripe)
- 2 Cremini mushrooms
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tsp Nutritional yeast
- Turmeric, ginger, cayenne, black pepper, salt
- Slice the mushrooms. Warm a skillet over medium heat. Add half the olive oil. When it is hot, stir in the mushrooms. Season with black pepper and salt.
- Sauté for 5–8 minutes or until mushrooms are nicely caramelized.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add the avocado, all the spices, the rest of the olive oil, and nutritional yeast. Mash the avocado and mix well.
- Toast the bread. Spread the avocado paste on top of the bread slices. Top with the caramelized mushrooms and more cayenne.
- Omit the mushrooms.
- Add a soft-boiled egg or extra olive oil to avoid the drying effects of bread.
- Don’t use the cayenne. If your digestive fire is okay, remove the ginger too.
- Garnish the toast with fresh cilantro leaves instead.
- Eat this toast rarely.
- Be generous with the spices. Include pink pepper.
- Use only 1/2 tbsp of olive oil.
Comment below your favorite avocado toast version 🙂