Other than bread being DELICIOUS, toast is one of the easiest breakfasts to make in the morning. Why not spice it up with one of these 10 different toast ideas?
And let's be honest, toast is not only for breakfast. You can eat toast for lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert... you get my point. You can mix and match the ideas below, and even use different types of bread! Try a bakery sourdough bread, whole grain, whole wheat, or rye.
Our Favorite Breads (not sponsored!):
Sourdough: Vancouver's Ubuntu Bakery Sesame Sourdough Loaf
Whole Wheat: Vancouver's Flourist Whole Wheat Sourdough Pan Loaf
Whole Grain: Silver Hill's Squirrley Bread
Gluten Free: Queen Street Bakery Chia Loaf
Rye: COBS German Rye Loaf
Bread has gotten a bad reputation over the years, likely due to the popularity of low carb and gluten-free fad diets. But unless you have a medical condition such as celiac disease, wheat allergy, or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, there is no need for you to avoid bread! In fact, bread can be included as part of a healthy, balanced diet every day - yes that is correct, every day!
There may be bread products you should try to choose more often than others (think: whole grain bread), but I think we often forget about all the great things bread has to offer. First of all, bread is a source of carbohydrates which are our brain and muscle’s preferred fuel source. For steady energy throughout the day, focus on good quality, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains. These take longer to digest, which can help you feel full for longer and provide a slower, steady release of energy. The whole grain bread options also contain fiber, which is very important for our gut health, regular bowel movements, and keeping us full. In addition to fiber, whole grain breads are also a source of protein, B vitamins, folate, iron, and even calcium.
Now that we've made some great arguments for why you should include bread in your diet, here are 10 different ideas for toast! (Some may sound exotic, but try them out - you will be surprised how easy and delicious they are!)
1. Goat Cheese and Pear Toast
First on the list is goat cheese and pear toast. Toast your bread and spread the goat cheese in an even layer. Slice up the pear and place as many slices as you like and enjoy! On top of the carbohydrates, protein and fibre from the toast, this idea also provides vitamin C, K, and potassium from the pear and calcium from the cheese.
2. Hummus and Cucumber Toast
If you've never tried this toast you're missing out. It makes a great snack, but is filling enough for lunch. It's full of dietary fibre, protein and magnesium from the hummus, and vitamin C and K from the cucumbers! This combination is so good and refreshing, perfect for a hot day or when you're feeling like a little crunch on your toast.
3. Yogurt and Strawberry Toast
Originally, I would have thought this idea was a bit strange, but once I tasted it I was surprised how delicious it was. It has become one of my favourite ways to eat toast. All you do is spread a thin layer of greek yogurt, plain or vanilla, on your slice of toast and add some sliced strawberries and hemp seeds. If you don’t like strawberries, feel free to add other fruits such as blueberries or raspberries. This toast has vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and protein from the yogurt, as well as vitamin C, iron and dietary fibre from the strawberries. Give this one a try, I promise you won’t regret it.
4. Peanut Butter and Jam Toast
Peanut butter and jam toast is an obvious classic, but it is so delicious I had to add it to the list. The jam used on this toast is homemade and simple to prepare. All you do is place frozen raspberries in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and mash them with a fork once warm. After that, you have a delicious jam that is perfect on top of your favourite peanut butter. Peanut butter is loaded with nutrients such as fibre, healthy fat, and protein and the jam adds dietary fibre, vitamin C and B6.
5. Honey, Apple, Cinnamon Toast
This toast is so good you’ll think you’re eating dessert! It's quite sweet and tastes just like apple pie. To prepare, slice the apple and add them to the toast, sprinkle the cinnamon, drizzle the honey and enjoy! It's full of nutrients such as dietary fibre from the honey, carbohydrates, fibre and vitamin C from the apple, and magnesium, calcium, iron, and vitamin B6 from the cinnamon. So many nutrients in such a delicious slice of toast.
6. Avocado and Egg Toast
Avocado toast is definitely my go-to breakfast lately and it's so easy to add an egg to place on top for some added protein. In the photo, I chose to prepare a hard-boiled egg but any style of eggs are delicious on top of sliced avocado on toast. Scrambled, sunny-side up, or soft boiled all work well! In addition to the protein from the eggs, the avocado provides healthy fats and dietary fibre.
7. Tomato, Basil, Balsamic Toast
This toast looks fancy, but is quick and easy to put together and makes a great appetizer for your next get-together! It has vitamin C from the tomatoes and iron and magnesium from the basil. For the balsamic, you can use balsamic vinegar as is, or if you wish to thicken it up, bring it to a boil and let it cool before drizzling it on top of the layered tomatoes and basil. Tastes delicious either way.
8. Peanut butter and Banana Toast
Another staple toast in my house is peanut butter and banana. Again this toast has fibre, healthy fats and protein from the peanut butter, as well as potassium and vitamin B6 from the banana. I chose to top it off with some hemp hearts for some added omega 3 and 6 fatty acids! All you need to do is spread your peanut butter, slice a banana and place them on top and sprinkle some hemp hearts and enjoy!
9. Egg Benny Style Toast
This toast has a few more ingredients, but is still simple to prepare and makes a delicious breakfast! All you do is add all your toppings onto your toast and place an egg on top (prepared any way you like)! I layered spinach, tomato, avocado and a hard-boiled egg. This recipe is full of protein, healthy fats, iron, and vitamin C. If you want to spice it up, even more, add cheese or smoked salmon. However you enjoy this, it will definitely become one of your favourites.
10. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Toast
Finally, we have smoked salmon and cream cheese toast. Again so simple but another one of my favourites. All you need to do is spread cream cheese on your toast and top it with the smoked salmon. This recipe is full of calcium from the cream cheese, and protein and vitamin D from both the cream cheese and smoked salmon. Add spinach or basil for some additional iron and vitamin C.