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Tired of the same bowl of oatmeal or cereal and milk for breakfast? If your mornings are fast-paced and hectic and you think you cannot find something quick, easy and creative to put together in the limited time you have, think again. Breakfast toasts are simple, versatile, delicious and keep you feeling satisfied and energized all morning long. There are so many variations to try. The possibilities are endless!
Here is a simple 5 step formula to build the perfect, nutritious and mouth-watering breakfast toast. Never suffer from the boring breakfast blues again!
Step 1: Choose Your Bread Base
Sprouted grains and ancient grain breads are hearty and packed with tons of vitamins and nutrients. If you want to mix it up, swap your a sourdough or rye for a healthier alternative.
Step 2: To Toast or Not to Toast
You may choose to toast before adding toppings or to not toast at all if you are really short on time. Depending upon the toppings you choose, you may want to toast after you add your toppings. Melted cheese, nutbutters, or spreads are delightful.
Step 3: Choose Your Spread(s)
Here is where you can really get creative! You can choose almond butter, natural peanut butter or homemade jam over your bread or toast. Hummus, Avocado, Tahini, Tomato Sauce, Pesto, Olive Oil and Garlic, Black Bean Spread, a Greek Yogurt Based Dip, Cottage Cheese, Provolone or Goat Cheese are all tasty, flavorful options you can experiment with.
Step 4: Add Your Toppings
Don't be afraid to explore unexpected taste combinations. Play with toppings that are fruity, zesty, tangy, crunchy, salty, and sweet. Add fruit slices such as apple, banana, kiwi, pear, pineapple, mango, fig or strawberries. Vegetables like bean sprouts, mushrooms, arugula, baby spinach leaves and sliced cucumber help add fiber and fullness. For a Mediterranean flair, add crumbled feta cheese and halved Greek olives.
Step 5: Optional Spices and Extras
For sweetness, top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, cardamom or pumpkin spice or for a spicier kick, turmeric or chili powder. Crush some walnuts or add some shredded coconut or slivered almond slices for healthy fat. Hemp, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds add a crunchy twist as well. Goji berries, cacao nibs, flax seeds and chia seeds add superfood power and multiply the "good-for-you" factor at the same time.
Next time you find yourself in a breakfast rut, try one of these healthy options.