National Toast Day: 10 Healthy Toast Recipes
In California, many people believe avocado toast is the best thing since sliced bread. While we don’t disagree, we’ve complied 10 different toast recipes below that would blow simple avocado toast away!
In honor of National Toast Day, this post is all about those beloved, open-faced, crunchy snacks. Bread may have carbohydrates but doesn’t mean it should be avoided. Instead, choose a healthy bread option to use when making toast. Make sure your family eats breads with whole grains, which means it’s full of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Healthiest types of breads:
- Whole grain
- Multigrain (with whole grains)
- Ezekiel bread
- Oat bread
- Flaxseed bread
- Rye bread
- Brown rice bread (vegan and gluten-free)
Crust, no crust; soft crunch or blackened; toaster or oven-toasted. No matter your toast preference, we’re sure you’ll find a new favorite below. Put your hands up for our 10 healthy toast recipes:
1. Avocado Pomegranate Toast
We know Avocado toast is all the rage, but there’s a good reason for that! Add some of California’s favorite nutrient-dense foods along with smooth mozzarella and the crunchy zing of pomegranate seeds for a tasty snack. Avocado has approximately 20 vitamins and minerals and pomegranate seeds are rich in vitamin C, fiber and other minerals.
2. Strawberry Avocado White Cheddar Toast
This recipe is filled with good stuff — especially the drizzle of honey on top. Pack your bread with healthy toast toppings like hearty avocado, strawberries and a little white cheddar to create a sweet and savory toast that could double as a sandwich. Strawberries contain a large amount of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, making them the ideal toast topper.
3. Blueberry Almond Crostinis
Looking for new breakfast toast ideas? This low-calorie meal contains light ricotta cheese, blueberries and sliced almonds. The ricotta provides protein, calcium and vitamins, while the almonds have healthy fat, fiber, protein and other vitamins. Blueberries are excellent for the body, as they are high in antioxidants, they fight cancer, support digestion, promote heart health and reduce inflammation.
4. Smashed Garlic Tahini White Bean Salad Toast
Light and creamy, this yummy vegan toast is for someone who wants protein without eating meat or eggs. Cannellini beans (high in protein and fiber), celery, dill and other ingredients are used to create a flavorful white bean salad that can be put on toast, wraps or eaten as a healthy side.
5. Kale Feta Egg Toast
As a healthy twist on eggs florentine, this is sure to be a favorite among kale lovers. The rich feta and herbs add flavor, while the kale provides fiber, iron, vitamins and antioxidants. The fried egg on top adds protein, as well as other vitamins and minerals to nourish the body.
6. Mango Cream Cheese Toast
Thumbs up for a delicious and easy-to-make toast recipe. Smear nonfat whipped cream cheese or nonfat Greek yogurt on toast, then add fresh mango. The cream cheese or yogurt will provide protein, calcium and other vitamins. Mango has antioxidant compounds that have been found to prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, improves digestion and other benefits.
7. Chia Almond Butter Toast
If you like simple and sweet toast, then this recipe is for you. Almond butter, which has healthy fats and fiber, is first laid upon the bread, then chia seeds and cinnamon are sprinkled on top. Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids (which increase good cholesterol), fiber, iron, calcium and antioxidants.
8. Broccoli Rabe Toast
Interested in toast recipes for dinner? This broccoli rabe recipe incorporates olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Broccoli rabe is known as a superfood because it contains several different vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and omega-3 fatty acid.
9. Spinach Egg Sweet Potato Toast
This unique recipe opts for sweet potato instead of bread. Layer cooked spinach, a fried egg, chives and a dash of hot sauce on a toasted sweet potato for a nutritious, gluten-free snack. Sweet potatoes are great sources of various vitamins, fiber and potassium, while spinach also is an excellent source of vitamins, iron and calcium.
10. Hummus Toast
This vegan toast will nourish your body with iron, B vitamins and antioxidants. Add your favorite seeds on top of the creamy hummus for added crunch and flavor, such as hemp seeds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, all of which are nutritional powerhouses.
Next time you crave a sandwich, consider a healthy toast recipe, instead. It will help you cut down on empty calories and load up on foods that will fuel your body. For more nutritious recipes, check out Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups’ articles.
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