When you think of a really good toast, you might conjure up an image of a charming best man giving a hilarious, yet sentimental speech that makes reception guests laugh through their tears. But, there’s another cool toast in town of the hot bread variety that marries together textures and flavors that will have your body grooving as smooth as the group that takes over the dance floor at your best friend’s wedding.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not if you explore three matches made in heaven. But, before you start slapping stuff on a slightly burned bland piece of white bread, consider that all great relationships are built on a strong foundation. Bread is a good source of fiber and carbohydrates. If you choose bread wisely, you can find bread with a host of other nutrients too. Read labels and steer clear of preservatives, dough conditioners, and artificial sweeteners. Consider venturing out and trying bread with wheat, rye, oat or a mix of flours. There’s healthy bread out there to suit just about everyone’s taste.
Toast treats are flexible, fuss free and welcome at the table morning, noon and night.
Here are 3 Healthy Twists on Toast to get you Started:
1) Peanut Butter Dill Pickle:
This is the perfect combo of sweet/salty, hot/cool, and creamy/crunchy. Spread peanut butter on hot toast and cover with thinly sliced chilled dill pickles. If you’re concerned about appearances, sprinkle some dill on the top. Remember pickles are cucumbers brined in vinegar, so you get a low-calorie veggie fix. Peanut butter is packed with protein, fiber, potassium and more.
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2) Creamy Cheese, Tomato & Herbs:
You can use cream cheese for this. Or, choose the Neufchatel cheese that is typically on the shelf next to the cream cheese. The American version of Neufchatel cheese tastes and spreads like cream cheese, but has 1/3 less fat than typical cream cheese. Any herb will serve here. Choose one- basil, chives, oregano, thyme, sage, dill or whatever you happen to have on hand or gracing your garden. Spread the cream cheese on toast. Sprinkle with minced herbs. Top with thinly sliced tomato. You’ll get calcium and protein from the cheese and a bump of Vitamin C, A and more from the tomatoes.
3) Avocado and Anything:
Smash an avocado with a squeeze of lemon and garlic. Spread it on toast. It’s tasty and nutritious alone, providing a fair amount of monounsaturated fat, fiber, folate and Vitamins K, B6, C and E. The nice thing about avocado is that it’s a good vehicle for a variety of toppings. Diced onions, fresh tomato, and bean sprouts are good. Get creative!
Are you excited about toast now? Better call the grocery and ask them to set aside a pallet of sliced bread for you! Greatist has 49 more healthy toast recipes to try.