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Two food lovers sharing their love of nutrition through ingredient focused recipes and healthy hints

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

It has been a loooong summer here in Phoenix. We have been so excited to light our spice scented candles, pull out our thickest knit throw blankets, and most importantly- bake all the pumpkin things. Is that a ‘basic’ statement? Yes. Do we care? Not even a tiny bit. Commence the PUMPKIN flavored everything.

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The PERFECT Avocado Spread for the Perfect Avocado Toast

Well, well, well. We are giving ourselves a big pat on the back for this one. Why spend $12 on sub-par avocado toast when you can create it yourself and gaurantee that it’s perfect every single time?

We gave you all the deets on avocado on our Pomegranate Guacamole recipe, but in case you missed it, we wanted to give you a full recap!

For this recipe, our key ingredient is: Avocado   

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  • We know “fats” can be a scary term when it comes to food, but healthy fats are truly a necessity for our bodies. Don’t be scared, friends. Healthy fats help you feel more full, longer, and also ensures that our body’s ability to absorb nutrients is heightened.
  • If you are straining to read these healthy hints, we command you to go eat an avocado. They are extremely good for your eyes, as they provide protection from UV rays through an antioxidant found in of them.
  • Avocados are rich in vitamin K- which is a vitamin that promotes bone health. In fact, half an avocado provides 25% of the daily recommended intake.
  • In that same half of the avocado, you can also find 6 to 7 grams of fiber. Woo, keep that digestive tract healthy!
  • One avocado actually contains more potassium than a banana, which will help lower your risk of a stroke, protect your muscle mass and lower your blood pressure.

The Perfect Avocado Spread for the Perfect Avocado Toast

Servings: 1
Calories: 245kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice (approximately 1/2 small lemon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Remove the pit from the avocado and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. Put it in a small bowl and mash it up with a fork until it’s as smooth as you like it.
  • Stir in lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic salt and crushed red pepper flakes. 
  • To build the perfect avocado toast: Toast two slices of bread (we love Canyon Bakehouse 7-Grain Bread!). Spread avocado spread on top of toasted bread. Add a couple fried or poached eggs for extra protein. Top with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, flaky salt, microgreens and/or red pepper flakes! 

Notes

NUTRITION INFORMATION (for avocado spread) Yield: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245, Total Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 832.1mg, Total Carbohydrates: 14g, Dietary Fiber: 10g, Total Sugars: 1g, Protein: 3g
avocado spread for perfect avocado toast

Bookmark this gem of a recipe, Healthy Hint reader. This will become a weekend staple!

XO,

Amanda and Christina

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Let’s first get this out there: we are not vegan, nor is A Healthy Hint a vegan blog. But– we know that many of our readers have specific dietary needs and preferences, and we are VERY accommodating online pals. Mac and Cheese is not only a childhood staple, but it is a way of life. A light at the end of the culinary tunnel. A beautiful, comforting, delicious meal that never gets old. We wanted to create a spin on this recipe by giving it a vegan twist, and we were thrilled with the results! Can you guess what our key ingredient is?

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Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

Maybe we should begin this post by diving into what rhubarb actually is before dishing out the recipe and healthy hints… This pretty little vegetable (although legally considered to be a fruit) is a dark pink stalk, often used in pies and coupled with berries. The stems of this veggie are the only part that is edible, as the leaves actually contain poisonous toxins! We are excited to give you some inspiration as to what to do with the stalks!

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Stetson Chopped Salad – A Healthy Hint Version

The Stetson Chopped Salad is an Arizona staple almost as famous as the Grand Canyon. This salad combines every deliciously satisfying flavor a salad can offer with a rainbow of foods to create a perfect salad. Our friends in other states beg for it when they come visit– it’s that good. We decided to pay homage to this iconic Phoenix salad by recreating the recipe, A Healthy Hint style.

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Caprese Pasta Salad

We went to Sorrento, Italy two summers ago, and I think we had some form of caprese salad every single day. When we arrived at our AirBnB, our sweet host had a basket of fresh tomatoes out for us which he had just picked from his garden. It was seriously one of the best pairings– the freshly picked basil, a creamy, thick slice of mozzarella cheese, a juicy, tomato slice and of course, a generous drizzle of balsamic.

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