Padma Lakshmi's Pomegranate Toast 'Lifestyle' Has Fans Inspired

Padma Lakshmi has been a fan of the pomegranate for a long time. The co-host of Bravo's hit series "Top Chef" shared with Women's Health that she largely follows a plant based diet and favors the sweet taste of tangerines and pomegranates for her dessert. Lakshmi said, "I think the best rule of thumb is to eat foods as close to nature as possible." And according to the Indian Express, the pomegranate partly inspired the single mother to create a children's book about tomatoes. She revealed that on a fateful summer day, her daughter and wanted a pomegranate. Lakshmi explained to her that this vibrant red fruit grows in the fall while tomatoes were abundant in the summer months.

Lakshmi said she wanted her daughter to understand seasonal foods. She said, "I wanted to talk about when fruits and vegetables grew in season because, if you're a kid and everything is available to you all the time, you have no way of knowing why we should eat certain things at [a] certain time," she said. "Mother Nature has a plan that we should live in harmony with." Well, it's definitely fall now, and the celebrity chef is embracing all the harmonious goodness of the pomegranate on her now-famous pomegranate toast. This toast could even be on the verge of becoming an autumnal "thing."

Move over, avocado toast

Lakshmi took to Instagram to create a compilation video showcasing all the times she has made her nut butter toast piled high with pomegranate seeds, and if you watch it, you might feel the urge to break out the toaster, a jar of Jif peanut butter, and some pomegranate seeds. Lakshmi captioned the video with this: "You call it an obsession. I call it a lifestyle." Her fans seem to agree because the post has more than 25,000 likes, and the comments are full of love. 

One follower wrote, "Every since I saw you make this I've been hooked. And just harvested my pomegranates!" Another shared, "I SOOO Love this recipe! I remember your vid so well from last year. Such delicious Brightness in those difficult days eating this beautiful health-giving food." Lakshmi shared a video of herself making this dish back in November 2020 and the video received close to 200K views. It's definitely a refreshing change from run-of-the-mill avocado toast, but of course, if you watch the compilation video, you will notice Lakshmi even combines pomegranates with what looks like avocado toast. Pomegranate nut butter toast is definitely happening!