Nine Awesome Ways to Upgrade Your Morning Toast

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Toast: the ultimate simple breakfast food. It’s there for you on rushed mornings and easy Sunday’s alike. There is nothing easier than popping a couple pieces in the toaster while you make your coffee. Of course, that toast breakfast will keep you going longer if you opt for whole grains and get some healthy fats or protein in the mix.

If you have a more time for slicing, avocado toast is the healthy millennial trend that just keeps giving. The perfect avocado 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. Want to make it even better? Add a few cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of goat cheese. This is a toast recipe I could eat day after day.

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 butter and fresh fruit to eggs and smoked sandwiches.

1. Avocado, Radishes, and 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, and 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, and 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, and Cocoa Nibs

If you crave chocolate and hazelnut, try this healthy twist. Pair hazelnut butter 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, and 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, and 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, and 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 and 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, and 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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