How to Make That Sweet Potato Toast You've Been Seeing Everywhere on Instagram
Another day, another Insta-famous food trend making our mouths water as we scroll. Luckily, sweet potato toast isn't only trendy, but healthy. If you're on a gluten-free diet or watching your carbs, there's no bread involved here, so go ahead and ditch it.
The best part? Making sweet potato toast is as simple as washing, drying, and thinly slicing a medium-sized sweet potato and toasting it to perfection.
The only other step left is figuring out which Insta-worthy toppings you want to try out. We've rounded up some seriously great toppers for your creation.
1. Sweet Potato Toast with Mashed Avocado and Fried Eggs
This simple version of sweet potato toast is topped with a fried egg and delicious, smashed avocado. Season with a little salt and pepper and you've got a quick, simple, and delicious breakfast that won't pack on the calories and is filled with good carbohydrates and fats. This would be a great breakfast or even post-workout snack. Get the recipe!
2. Joy Bauer's Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter, and Banana Toast
Looking for a light, sweet treat in the morning? Toast your sweet potato slices and simply add a nut butter of your choice and top it off with fruit. Add an extra flavor and some nutrients with cinnamon, nutmeg, or even some chia seeds. Not only will you be full from this, but you'll also sneak in some great protein and a serving of fruit. Get the recipe!
3. Breakfast Sweet Potato Toast with Spicy Guac and Eggs
Spice things up a little by topping your toast with some creamy guacamole and chili pepper or cayenne. The spicy kick will offset the tender sweet potato toast perfectly. You can also add a hard-boiled or scrambled egg for some added protein and flavor. Get the recipe!
4. The 'Elvis 2.0' Sweet Potato Toast
This is a twist on The King's favorite snack: peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwiches. Replace the peanut butter with cashew butter and the bread with sweet potato toast. Add some crumbled bacon for a salty topper and dig in at any time of the day. Get the recipe!
5. Sweet Potato Toast with Avocado, Cucumber, Smoked Salmon, and Poached Egg
A slightly more polished version of this dish brings in a variety of savory flavors that are sure to satisfy. Top your toast with avocado, crunchy cucumber, smoked salmon, and poached eggs for a deliciously filling morning pick-me-up. Get the recipe!
6. Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Loaded Toast
This version of sweet potato toast could really be enjoyed for any meal, including dinner! Top your toasted sweet potato with avocado, pate, and 40 ounces of fish (this recipe uses mahi-mahi). Garnish with dill, lemon, and parsley. You'll have a version of this Insta-trend that'd be great for entertaining guests at a dinner party or enjoyed at a family meal. Get the recipe!
The possibilities are really endless when it comes to this trendy dish. Enjoy sweet potato toast for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as a snack. Try out the recipes above to come up with your favorite concoction — just don't forget to capture your creation on Instagram before you devour it all!
Corinne Keating is a health and wellness writer and enthusiast. When she isn't writing for her blog Why So Well, you can find her hiking, biking, or at the nearest coffee shop.
Corporations saving BILLIONS as Americans are dying younger from toxic effects of medications, pesticides and herbicides
(Natural News) Until recently, the average American life expectancy has gone up. However, it now appears that the toxic lifestyle embraced by much of the country is finally catching up with people, and those life expectancy gains have come to screeching halt. This might be bad news for individuals and their loved ones, but corporations are noting sizeable savings in the form of pension costs. After all, if employees die younger, a firm won't have to pay them a pension or other lifelong retirement benefits for as many years.
After the American death rate increased for the first time since 1999 two years ago, at least a dozen major corporations have been able to reduce estimates for the amount of money they might owe retirees by more than $9.7 billion combined. Lockheed Martin alone was able to adjust its estimates regarding retirement obligations downward by $1.6 billion in 2015 and 2016, and firms like Verizon and General Motors are also reaping the benefits. This is based on an analysis carried out by Bloomberg of company filings. The American death rate is an age-adjusted share of Americans dying.
Meanwhile, a report issued in July by the social security chief actuary showed a slight improvement in its financial outlook as longevity gains failed to meet last year's projections.
While other factors also play a role in the amount of money companies must shell out in pensions – including salary levels, health care costs, and asset returns – the notion that these firms are changing their adjustments based on the new mortality trend shows just how serious it is.
The death rates for people in the U.S. older than 50 have improved by one percent per year since 1950 on average. The long-term trend increased up to two percent in the years from 2000 to 2009 before stalling; the death rates only improved by about half a percent each year from 2010 to 2014. The life expectancy for 65-year-olds rose by a meager four months in the years from 2010 and 2015, which is half of the improvement noted in the years from 2005 to 2010. Moreover, the American death rate actually increased in 2015, and the death rate worsened for those over 65 in the first reversal for Americans of retirement age to be seen since 1999.
Experts say trend deserves urgent attention
Experts say that it is very concerning when the life expectancy of a developed country stops improving, and it's even worse when it drops. Urban Institute Demographer Laudan Aron said that this trend reflects many of the "underlying conditions of life." He feels that this dropping trajectory, particularly in comparison to those of other wealthy nations, should be considered among the most urgent issues on our national agenda.
Medications, pesticides, and poor diet to blame
It's not surprising to see these trends given the unhealthy habits of many Americans. A paper from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America suggested that the mortality rate for middle-aged white Americans was rising largely because of suicides and drug overdoses. Antidepressant use has also been on the rise in recent years, and antidepressants increase a person's risk of suicide. Drug overdoses, meanwhile, have also been climbing thanks to opioid addiction, with many people starting down this deadly path thanks to prescriptions for painkillers given to them by their doctors.
Cancer is another big killer in the U.S., and the toxins found in our everyday products could be to blame. The pesticides and herbicides sprayed on our produce, for example, are carcinogens, while many of the foods found in American grocery stores are full of dangerous additives. Meanwhile, the nation's skyrocketing obesity rate due to unhealthy food and a lack of exercise is also sending Americans to an early grave by causing heart disease and diabetes.