Toast is a funny food (not ha-ha funny, just interesting funny). It’s often considered to be fallback food you can grab quickly on your way out the door in the morning, something fast to munch on if you don’t know what else to eat, a food that just about anyone can make, and a great platform for a wide variety of toppings. It’s this last quality-and yet one more I will name shortly-that makes toast a really fascinating food option.
The most healthful toast should begin with a wholesome base, preferably whole grain, sprouted grain, and/or organic grain product, including bread, rolls, pita bread, flatbread, and even tortillas. But wait! You also may want to try a veggie toast platform, such as slices of sweet potato or butternut squash, both of which serve as terrific alternatives to conventional grain toast.
Now that we’ve got your juices flowing, let’s look at how you can jazz up your toast options for breakfast, or truthfully, any time of the day. Remember, you don’t need to restrict yourself to grain toast-try a veggie option (which is a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables).
18 ways to tweak your toast options
- Avocado, cucumber slices, and broccoli sprouts for healthy fats and cancer-fighting sprouts
- Hummus, dried tomatoes, and flaxseeds for a protein and omega-3 boost
- Organic almond butter, sliced bananas, and blueberries, protein and sweetness so happy together!
- Tofu (scrambled with nutritional yeast), avocado slices, and thyme for veggie protein and omega-3s
- Unflavored yogurt (dairy or soy), sautéed wild mushrooms, and garlic powder is an unusual combination that is also a great appetizer idea
- Black bean hummus, steamed shredded carrots, drizzle of avocado or olive oil for protein and healthy fats
- Mashed banana, strawberries, and chia seeds for a sweet treat
- Mashed sweet potato or pumpkin, pistachios, and lemon, which can be extra special when served on sweet potato toast!
- Sauerkraut, roasted red peppers, and thyme for an explosion of flavor
- Sliced Asian pear, unflavored yogurt (dairy, non-dairy, or soy), and drizzle of honey is great for breakfast or dessert
- Cashew cream, toasted almonds, and coconut flakes, when you dare to be decadent!
- Steamed red or yellow beets, beet greens (sautéed), and drizzle of olive oil is bursting with vitamins
- Slice of dairy or vegan cheese, sliced figs, and ground flax seeds will tantalize your taste buds
- Mashed cauliflower, hemp seeds, and garlic powder, a super alternative to potatoes
- Mango slices, dark chocolate slivers, and chia seeds for a burst of vitamins and antioxidants
- Cashew butter, puffed amaranth, and blueberries is a favorite among kids of all ages
- Mashed pumpkin, chia seeds, and cinnamon, kinda like a pumpkin pie-kinda
- Organic peanut butter and chia jam, a twist on P&J
Let us know how you like any of these options and please share your own personal favorites!