There's more to toast toppings than avocados

By Isadora Baum
February 06, 2018
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Sure, it's easy to make fun of the seemingly never-ending avocado toast trend, but the awesome thing about the obsession with toast is that there are actually tons of delicious breakfast toast ideas that are all super different, flavorful, and easy to put together on busy mornings. Toast is a healthy breakfast, too,if chosen wisely, as a slice or two of whole grain or whole wheat bread is high in fiber, provides complex carbohydrates for immediate and sustainable energy, and a boosts serotonin, which can trigger a happy and balanced mood, advises registered dietitian nutritionist Keri Gans, MS, RDN, CDN, over email. Gans explains that eating toast for breakfast is incredibly nutritious, as "fiber rich whole grains can help keep your energy up during the day leading to more productivity, and fiber digests slowly helping to maintain stable blood sugars and avoiding a mid-day crash."

What you put on your toast can enhance its nutritional value, protein, and healthy fat content. You can also play around with different ingredients and experiment—and you might even surprise yourself to find that you enjoy certain foods on toast, mixed with other tastes and textures, than on their own. 

If you're looking for some inspiration, though, here are some more unusual breakfast toast recipes that make for an exciting morning meal.

Fish

Salmon doesn't need to be for solely lunch or dinner, and though a classic bagel and lox makes for a signature breakfast staple, sometimes you want something a bit lighter. That's why Gans recommends putting a fish spread on toast along with a healthy fat, in order to get in healthy omega-3 fats and protein. Plus, these nutrients in fish will boost brain health and regulate mood levels. A great pairing might be a whitefish salad with almonds or salmon with avocado. 

Yogurt

Nutritional experts behind Chobani explain that eating breakfast toast that has yogurt is great for digestion due to the probiotics that "support good digestive health" and the protein that "keeps you full longer." Some ideas for breakfast toast recipes that feature yogurt are a labne toast with berry preserves, for those with a sweet tooth and a love of Mediterranean food recipes, and an heirloom tomato, cucumber and basil toast, for those going for a more savory route. 

Beets

Beets are so in season right now and are sweet, healthy, and loaded with important vitamins to power your day. By adding beets to toast, you'll help relieve tight muscles, boost mental awareness and focus, and get through a workout with more endurance (having beet toast or juice before an afternoon or mid-morning workout provides great benefits!). Over email with Extra Crispy, Elizabeth Ann Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT shares her favorite toast recipe, a beet toast with avocado and feta, as optional. Beets "pack protein, fiber and essential minerals, like folate, manganese and potassium," says Shaw.

Are you excited for tomorrow's breakfast yet?

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