I love bringing my lunch to work. It saves me money and time by not going out to eat during my lunch break. I have found it hard, however, to not eat it before 10 o’clock in the morning. I would do this so often that I started bringing two lunches to work, a pre-lunch for 10 am and a regular lunch at 12:30.
I knew I needed to make a change because eating breakfast, a snack, pre-lunch, and regular lunch all before 1 pm was way too much. I needed to come up with new breakfast ideas that would keep me full for hours.
OH, and I did.
This avocado toast with plant-based “ricotta cheese” is packed with healthy fats that will hold you over for hours after you eat it. Avocados and cashews are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, that help regulate inflammation in the body. Additionally, these fats increase your satiety.
Fat is digested predominantly in the small intestine by a substance called bile, which is produced in the pancreas. To not overload our small intestine, the stomach only releases small amounts of fat into the intestines so that the bile can digest it more efficiently and effectively. These small secretions periodically help to increase satiety and keep us full for hours. 🙂
Not only does this avocado toast contain healthy fats and increase satiety, but it’ll also brighten up your morning! This toast has it all. The plant-based ricotta cheese gives it a savory flavor, the avocados add freshness to it, and the pumpkin seeds add that little crunch that you’re looking for.
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This avocado toast is a great way to start your day. It’s high in healthy fats (omega-3 and omega-6s) that will keep you full for hours!
- 2 slices of whole wheat bread (I like Dave’s Killer Bread- Graniac)
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- salt and pepper, to taste
- red pepper flakes, to taste
Plant-Based Cashew Ricotta Cheese
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked
- 1/2 cup water
- juice of 1 large lemon
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 garlic clove
- dash of onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- Salt and Cracked Pepper, to taste
- Toast bread.
- Slice the avocado by cutting it down the middle and taking out the seed. Next, while the avocado is still in its skin, slice it into 4 evenly sized slivers. Do the same with the other half. After this, cut the avocado halves in half again (this will make it easier to take out the slivers without messing them up). Peel the avocado skin back so that the slices will come out perfectly without being smushed! If you don’t care about your avocado being smushed, ignore these steps! I just love pretty food also I like to cut my avocados this way!
- Place the slices on the bread and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Follow the instructions for the ricotta recipe down below and then head back up here for the rest of the instructions!
- Once the ricotta is added to your toast, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and red pepper flakes (if you like a little spice), and you’re done!
Plant-Based Cashew Ricotta Cheese
- Soak the cashews for at least two hours. Some people like to leave them in the fridge overnight, but it doesn’t matter as long as they soak for at least two hours.
- Drain the water from the cashews and place them in a food processor.
- Add all other ingredients to the food processor and pulse until cheese is a smooth and consistent texture.
- You can either serve this as is or place it in the refrigerator to thicken.
Quick tip: For the ricotta cheese, feel free to add herbs such as cilantro or parsley to the food processor before you blend. Adding herbs will give your cheese that extra kick of freshness!
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