Is there anything simpler than toast? It’s quick, easy, and a no-brainer to grab on the go—ding! You can pop a couple of slices in the toaster while you’re tying your shoes, pile them on a napkin, scrape them with nut butter, and still get out the door fast. Of course, your breakfast will keep you going longer when you opt for whole grains and get some healthy fats or protein in the mix. And if you have a teeny bit more time for slicing, avocado toast is the healthy eating trend that just keeps giving. The perfect avo toast is so simple, it’s all about quality ingredients: crusty bread, buttery avocado, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, a dash of flaky salt. You could add a squeeze of lemon, if you like, or a sprinkle of chile flakes, to make it even more tantalizing.
If you’re already a fan, you know the perfect avocado toast is a beautiful thing. But if you’re ready to step it up and go beyond avocado, here are nine fresh and delicious ways to trick out your morning tartine, from nut butters and fresh fruit to eggs and smoked sammy.
1. Avocado + Radishes + Sprouts
Avocado toast is all very well, but why not knock out some of your veggies for the day? Spring radishes and sprouts add irresistible crunch.
2. Hummus + Cucumber + Tomato
Pump up your plant protein intake with a swipe of garbanzo beans. Then pile on the garden fresh veggies, like juicy tomatoes and cucumbers. (Bonus: the vitamin C in the tomatoes will help you absorb the iron from the chickpeas!)
3. Almond Butter + Strawberries + Blueberries
Nutrition experts would love for you to eat a small handful of nuts every day. Spread it on toast with 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond butter, topped with a serving of superfood berries.
4. Hazelnut Butter + Bananas + Cocoa Nibs
If you crave chocolate and hazelnut, try this healthy twist. Pair hazelnut butter (the real deal, not the sugary chocolate spread!) with sweet bananas and crunchy cocoa nibs for a satisfying combo. Look for pure hazelnut butter without added sugar or palm oil, and if you can’t find it, swap in your favorite 100-percent nut butter.
5. Cottage Cheese + Peaches + Fresh Mint
Low-fat dairy gets protein and calcium into your morning. And no, it isn’t crazy to put ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese on toast—it’s low in calories but help you feel full for hours. Sliced fruit and fresh mint make it anything but old school.
6. Ricotta + Tomatoes + Fresh Basil + Black Pepper
Word on the street is that ricotta toast is the new avocado toast. ¼ cup part-skim ricotta cheese packs 7 grams of protein, and it’s the perfect canvas when tomatoes are in peak season.
7. Smoked Salmon + Sprouts + Everything Spice
For a healthy and happy heart, enjoy at least two servings of fatty fish every week. A few slices of smoked salmon does contain some sodium, but also awesome omega-3 fatty acids. Skip the bagel but savor the flavor with a sprinkle of everything spice.
8. Skyr + Bay Shrimp + Lemon + Dill
Take inspiration from the Scandinavian diet, and try skyr, which contains more protein than other types of yogurt. Balance little bay shrimp on top, brightened with lemon zest and fresh dill.
9. Mushrooms + Egg + Thyme
When you need protein, put an egg on it! You could slide an egg on your avocado toast, but mushroom toast is underrated and delicious—especially with a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.