This post is sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own.
Avocado toast with a caprese twist is perfect for an appetizer.
I’m a serious fan of anything that resembles avocado toast! For breakfast, I love creamy avocado slices on a warm corn tortilla topped with a fried egg. For a quick lunch, I love mashed avocado on toast with a drizzle of hot sauce.
In honor of American Heart Month, I’m sharing a cholesterol-friendly avocado toast recipe served as a colorful appetizer with sliced cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of balsamic glaze – all the components of a caprese salad on avocado toast. It truly is magical.
This mash-up of toasted bread and mashed avocado may be the trendiest meal right now, but it scores high in healthfulness, too, when done right.
We all know avocado is full of nutrients and good fats, but what about the bread? Keep in mind the type of bread you select for your avocado toast.
Choose whole grains
Instead of choosing white bread for your avocado toast, select whole grain. These breads are high in soluble fiber that may help keep your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels healthy.
Can avocado reduce cholesterol?
Avocados contain monounsaturated fats (aka the “good” kind), and good fats can help improve cholesterol levels. In fact, avocados have no cholesterol, making them a heart-healthy food!
Ways to Help Manage High Cholesterol
Smart food swaps can help manage high cholesterol, but for some people, this may not be enough to reach their cholesterol goals. If needed, a doctor may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering medication, which can provide some extra help in addition to these smart food choices.
Sure, it sounds easy to keep cholesterol in check but shockingly, many people let it go untreated, leaving them at risk for heart disease -the #1 cause of death in the US. It’s an alarming stat, but since you can’t see or feel high cholesterol like some other conditions, it’s easy to ignore it. Be sure you know the facts.
Ways to Help Improve Cholesterol Levels
For me, the first step was learning that high cholesterol runs in my family, so now I make sure to make smart food choices and exercise regularly. Replacing a higher carbohydrate diet with one rich in predominantly monounsaturated fat, like the avocados in this delish recipe (also, almonds and olive oil) can help improve cholesterol levels.
Learn how to make heart-healthy choices at TakeCholesteroltoHeart.com
Try these other heart-healthy recipes
- Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- Hibiscus-Cinnamon Tea
- Spicy Roasted Green Chile Hummus
- Mexican Lentil Soup
- Waldorf Salad with Yoghurt
- Garbanzo Bean Salad
Caprese Avocado Toast
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- Sea salt to taste
- 4 slices whole-grain bread
- 4 ounces mozzarella balls, halved
- 1 cup cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup cup basil leaves, coarsely chopped
- Balsamic glaze for drizzling
- Toast bread until golden brown.
- In a bowl, mash avocados with lime juice and season with salt.
- Layer toast with mashed avocado, cut slices of toast in half, place cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.
Photography by Jenna Sparks
This post is sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your doctor about your individual medical situation.