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This Avocado Toast Has a Genius Secret Ingredient

Wellness chef Charles Chen demonstrates a delish spin on this popular breakfast staple.

If your weight or health is causing you problems, wellness chef Charles Chen believes in turning toward, not away from, food. “Food actually saved my life,” says Chen. “I transformed my life through food.”

Nuking a bowl of processed oatmeal or grabbing a sugary-packed yogurt as you leave the house might be quick and easy, but Chen has a breakfast alternative that will nourish your mind and body for a better start to your day: his unique spin on avocado toast.

Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”

Why avocado toast? This trendy food has become popular thanks to its ease, simplicity, and versatility. You can top it with any veggie, herb, spice, or condiment, and you can eat it for almost any meal of the day.

And avocado toast is also oh-so-good for you. Avocado is rich in those healthy monounsaturated fats doctors are always recommending, and whole-wheat toast has hearty fiber to keep you full for longer. (That means you’ll be less tempted to reach into the candy jar at work when that 10:30 a.m. energy dip comes around.)

Chen puts a twist on his avocado toast that gives it an added protein boost: chickpeas. By mashing some hummus into the avocado mixture, you’ll boost your energy and stave off those yawns (at least until the afternoon). You can use your favorite store-bought variety, or you can make your own hummus.

To play off the Mediterranean flavors of the hummus, Chen tops the avocado toast with cherry tomatoes and fresh strips of basil. (Here’s how to slice cherry tomatoes quickly and chiffonade basil into thin ribbons.) Other easy topping options include crushed red pepper flakes, sliced radishes, roasted chickpeas, sunflower seeds, sliced cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, or arugula.

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 slices of sprouted whole wheat bread
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp hummus
  • pinch of sea salt
  • fresh basil, chiffonaded
Instructions
Brush bread with coconut oil and toast until golden. Mash avocado and mix in lemon juice, sea salt, and hummus. Spread avocado-hummus mixture on toast. Garnish with sliced cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.
Charles Chen

This video features Charles Chen. Charles Chen is a chef, host, and wellness expert based in Los Angeles and New York City.

Duration: 1:52. Last Updated On: Sept. 26, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, . Review date: Sept. 10, 2017

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 2
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
219
10% Complete
10%
Fat
14g
21% Complete
21%
Cholesterol
0mg
0% Complete
0%
Sodium
160mg
6% Complete
6%
Carbohydrates
22g
22% Complete
22%
Fiber
6g
24% Complete
24%
Sugar
3g
6% Complete
6%
Protein
5g
9% Complete
9%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Diabetes Diet
Diabetes Diet
Heart Healthy
Heart Healthy
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Sodium
Lower Sodium
Lower Sugar
Lower Sugar
Vegan
Vegan
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
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