9 Fresh Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Toast

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.

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    • These do sound like great recipes!
      There are gluten-free breads that you can buy at grocery stores and health stores, but you can also make some if you have the time.

    • My “go to” meal is oatmeal with some cinnamon, a tablespoon of ground flax, 3 tablespoons ground walnuts, a quarter cup of fruit, and 30 calorie almond milk. So good for you in tons of ways. I eat this at least 5 times a week. Good to ward off inflammation, lots of fiber for keeping my digestive track regular and working well, and fills you up for a long time. Plus it is one less meal to worry about planning.

      • My go to is oatmeal with a heaping tablespoon of almond butter stirred in and 1/2 a banana sliced and dusted with cinnamon

    • well, almost every food has gluten, I guess the best way to go is to look for a nutritionist that can help you or look into the internet for recipes gluten-free.

    • You can find some delicious bread without gluten and use it as toasts perhaps? If you let it in the fridge it will last longer 😉

  • OMG Stick to what you know. I thought your were on risky ground with a nutrition recommendation of whole grain toast but then you out did yourself by quoting the American Heart Association. Likely, following the AHA guidelines their new young president had a heart attack on November 15. You don’t get out much , eh?

  • I love these ideas but think there is a bit of a problem. In the picture, instead of ‘almond butter, strawberries and blueberries’ it looks an awful lot as if it is almond butter egg and pepper! Oops. That would be an interesting taste.

  • I recently discovered frozen avocados. Take out what you need and defrost for about 20 minutes. Many times I’ve purchased fresh avocados only to find them inedible due to bruising or fibrous stringy membranes after I cut them open. Thank you for the recipe suggestions.

  • Nice suggestions. I am an “avocado toast” addict but these are some great alternatives. Thanks. And sorry that some of your comments are from rude people. We’re talking food here, people! If you don’t like the suggestions then go somewhere else! Keep the ideas coming, Becky.

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