Toast 5 Different Ways
Who doesn't love toast? I mean, it's bread (say no more), and usually something else delicious on top. What's not to love!? Well, love handles for starters... while toast is oh-so-tasty, it can sometimes be lacking in the nutrients department. This is of course, unless you up your game a little.
To start, the type of bread matters. For everyday consumption, I'm a big fan of Ezekiel bread. The sprouted grains are typically easier to digest for most people, and there aren't a plethora of additives and preservatives like there can be in other breads.
These variations are my fab 5 if you will (gymnastics reference). I pretty much always have these ingredients on hand so that I can toast, err coast my way through any afternoon snack craving, and maybe even as a meal when I'm busy or feeling a little lazy (better than snacking on a bag of potato chips!).
1. Avocado Toast - Ingredients:
Crushed Red Pepper
Sea Salt (I like pink Himalayan salt)
Ok, ok, so maybe this one isn't super original, but you didn't think I'd talk about toast without avocado did you?? Also, pine nuts, or pinons as we call them in New Mexico, is a nice little touch, but a little goes a long way in terms of flavor.
2. Classic Butter Toast - Ingredients:
This is by far the easiest and most consumed of the list, because it literally takes 30 seconds to make it (or 1 minute if you have to wait for my cheap toaster to do its thing...). The secret is in the real salt (not to be confused with "real" salt... click the product link for details, confusing I know). It really brings out the flavors of the butter and cinnamon (YUM), I have this almost daily.
3. Greek Toast - Ingredients:
Sea Salt / Pepper
Perfect combination of a Greek salad and hummus with bread. Authentic Turkish bread is TO DIE FOR, so on occasion just go for the real thing. But as a snack this does the trick!
4. Bagel-Free Toast - Ingredients
Cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread
Maple syrup drizzle
All you gotta do is spread, slice and drizzle! You don't need very much maple syrup as the strawberries are pretty sweet on their own. But if I'm in the mood for more of a "treat", this really hits the spot!
5. Peanut Butter Toast - Ingredients
Peanut butter (look for added sugar!)
Flax seed or hemp seed (or both!)
The seed adds fiber and the nutty flavors compliment the peanut butter nicely. Another classic base, but oldies are sometimes goodies, and that is certainly the case with anything with peanut butter.