Choose One: Avocado Toast, Or a Home

Want to own a home? Drop that avocado toast.

Avocado toast is obviously delicious: the crunchy base is topped with creamy, rich avocado. Add a little bit of acid with a squeeze of lime, top it with something spicy or herbaceous. It’s a winning combination. But while this simple dish has stolen our hearts, it has also allegedly drained our wallets.

Australian millionaire Tim Gurner has accused millennials of squandering their future real estate holdings by indulging in avocado toast.

“When I was trying to buy my first home I wasn’t buying smashed avocados for 19 bucks and four coffees at $4 each,” he told 9 News)

Millennials clapped back at Gurner with mocking memes, articles and vicious social media posts.

Twitter user Eryn Pimental (@erynCA) pointed out the ludicrosity of Turner’s comments.

Twenty-five year old Ellie Alter tells BTRtoday she grew up eating avocado toast and doesn’t really get what all the fuss is about:

“The combination has always seemed pretty intuitive to me, and I’ve never understood why ‘avocado toasts’ are such a revelation,” Alter says.

Alter says she doesn’t spend twelve dollars on the dish. Although, she admits to spending “an inordinate amount of money on other food.” But she doesn’t believe her pricey dinners are to blame for her poor prospects in real estate

“My food habits are not to blame for the slim chances I’ll ever own a home,” she says.

Nutritionist Amy Shapiro, founder of Real Nutrition NYC, believes that foods like avocado toast are actually sound investments.

“It is worth the hype,” Shapiro says. “I love when any veggie-focused meal that is easy to make and tastes great causes a widespread trend.”

Shapiro says that aside from tasting delicious and having a “great mouthfeel,” avocados are packed full of heart-healthy fats, vitamins, fiber and minerals. And if they cost a little extra, big deal.

“I think you should always invest in your health, you have one body, treat it right and it will serve you well,” she says.

Shapiro says it’s easy to eat well on the cheap. She offered simple tips to save money and enjoy your favorite foods.

Shapiro suggests visiting farmers markets and cooking at home. (“You can get four avocado toasts from one avocado!”) And, no matter how much you crave avocado toast, your body can’t survive on avocado alone. She elaborates; “Eating just the hot superfood of the moment can cause you to miss out on certain nutrients.”

Tasty alternatives include almond butter toast with chia seeds and cinnamon, Ezekial bread topped with sweet potato and hard boiled eggs. Or, simply toast slathered with coconut butter. Yum.

Buying avocado toast probably won’t determine whether you’ll own a house. But you’ll need to take care of your body for the rest of your life. Shapiro’s advice is to put your health first, even when the food du jour isn’t so nutritious. “The most important thing is to not treat health as a trend, respect your body, tune in and see what foods make you feel good and bad, and go from there.”

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