I'm NOT a breakfast person. On an average weekday, I don't really feel up for eating anything until after 9am. Since I've been getting up to work and work out earlier, I really need the fuel to withstand a decent workout, and breakfast is essential to a healthy lifestyle. So okay okay, I'll eat something in the morning. [eye roll]
Most days, I get away with having a smoothie. When I'm more in the mood to sink my teeth into something, I'll throw together a simple toast. I like to change things up, and come up with different combinations of ingredients [gone are my days of grape jelly and peanut butter!].
Here are a few of my go-to toast recipes. They're all perfect for breakfast, but work just as well for a mid day snack, or a late afternoon boost. The bread I've been using lately is Dave's Killer Bread, and though the packaging seems a bit gimmicky, read about it here, and you'll understand why I went for it. It's packed with healthy ingredients AND it's delicious. I promise. Plus, I've found it at Target and Publix so it's readily available [in Atlanta, can't speak for other cities!]
SALTY & SWEET TOAST: Goat Cheese + Fig Jam
RECIPE: While toasting your bread, remove the goat cheese from the fridge so it can soften slightly. Spread a couple teaspoons of goat cheese on warm bread and top with a couple teaspoons of fig jam.
HEALTH BENEFITS: I'm not going to say cheese is a healthy food, but there are healthier cheeses out there. Goat cheese is definitely one of them; it's low in both fat and cholesterol and provides the protein you need in the morning. Fig jam probably has a limited amount of fig in it, but if figs happen to be in season, pick them up! They're a great source of fiber and they've got anti-cancer benefits as well.
SUPERFOOD TOAST: Avocado + Turmeric
I found this combination, thanks to another blogger, and seriously can't get enough. I have this for breakfast, lunch, snack, and if you want to beef it up, add an over easy egg on top. SO GOOD.
RECIPE: While your bread is toasting, cut open your avocado, and scoop out a tablespoon or two [you can decide how much works for you, but this amount fills me up plenty]. Sprinkle with turmeric, salt and pepper [make sure to use a spoon with the turmeric, or else you'll end up with yellow finger tips for a week!] I also love adding some cayenne for a spicy kick!
HEALTH BENEFITS: The name speaks for itself! Avocado has got everything you'd need for a well balanced breakfast- high in vitamins, good fats, protein, even fiber. Turmeric has long been known to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits, and is chock full of antioxidants. I sprinkle turmeric in so many dishes, but the combination with avocado is not only healthy, but a great pairing of flavors.
SWEET & CRUNCHY TOAST: Blackberry Preserves + Walnuts
RECIPE: While toasting your bread [I use a toaster oven, which makes this easy] throw a couple tablespoons of walnuts alongside the bread. Spread a couple teaspoons of preserves [I LOVE Bonne Maman, and everything they make} and sprinkle with the walnuts.
HEALTH BENEFITS: The walnuts give you that protein boost you need in the morning, and have the good fats that combat heart disease and are great for your brain. You can really substitute any nut here [I LOVE almonds]. Have an allergy? Sunflower seeds are a great substitute.