Breakfast plates all over Australia are being faced with a scary prospect – an avocado shortage. With prices reaching a whopping $7 each in some parts of the country, creamy, buttery avocados aren’t the most economical of breakfast choices.
While there have been some reports that avocado growers have jacked up prices to help them deal with a usually slow January period, others claim there’s simply not enough to keep up with demand.
“Avocados are just hot property,” Western Australia Avocado Growers Association chairman Wayne Franceschi tells News Ltd.
Shortage or not, the hike in grocery bills may have you looking out for other toast-toppers. Here are some avo-alternatives that tick the nutritional boxes.
Poached eggs with a side of smoked salmon will give you a higher dose of omega-3 fatty acids than avocados will. “Omega-3 fatty acids are so important for our cell function, nervous system and overall health,” nutritionist Rebecca Harwin told SBS. The healthy fats also reduce your heart attack risk and can help with brain function. So treat yourself to this gravlax with potato cakes and sour cream.
When eaten in moderation, the monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) found in avocados can boost heart health as they replace saturated and trans fats in your diet. While avocados are a delicious source of plant-based MUFAs, a handful of nuts are another option. Sure, it’s no avocado smash, but a sprinkle of macadamia nuts will add a delicious crunch to your breakfast bruschetta. Or try something completely different, like this nut-filled superfood granola.
Switch your avocado toast for eggs Florentine. The spinach will give you a hit of folate, fibre and phytonutrients that you’d usually get from avocado. Looking for a new spinach recipe? This egg and bacon jam breakfast pizza will make you forget about avocado altogether.
Nothing can quite capture the texture of guacamole but smashed peas come close. Mix it up with your usual guac ingredients: coriander, onion, lime, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil for a new take on the Mexican dip. The peas will give you the same amount of fibre, and more protein – plus, a bag of frozen peas cost half the price.