One thing to remember? Make sure to choose a bread that packs in a lot of fiber naturally (think whole wheat, whole grain, sprouted grain), as opposed to white bread or breads with added fibers, says Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN. "Toppings with protein and healthy fats, when combined with the complex carbs in the bread, will give you slow-burning energy to keep you going all morning," she adds.
Sound good to you? Us too. That’s why we've rounded up 10 breakfast toast recipes that run the gamut from sweet to savory and simple to brunch-worthy.
Cream Cheese, Peaches, and Honey Toast from emeals
Those of us with a sweet tooth will appreciate this variation, which also packs in some nutrient-rich fruit. But if you’re looking for more protein, Cording recommends subbing out the cream cheese for some part-skim ricotta, Greek yogurt, or even cottage cheese.
Eggs, Avocado, and Tomato Toast from Just a Taste
Cording calls this one classic brain food. "The protein and healthy fats will keep you energized and satisfied for hours," she adds. Bonus: Avocado and egg are both great for fighting bloat, she says, so this one's perfect for a Monday morning when you want to get back on track after an indulgent weekend.
Strawberries, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Toast from Ambitious Kitchen
This sweet-and-tart combo is the breakfast cousin to your favorite summer salad. Strawberries pack in the vitamin C, while the goat cheese plays up protein for fullness. "A sprinkle of nuts like pistachios would add a little more staying power if you need more," Cording adds.
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Peanut Butter, Honey, and Banana Toast from Savor Home
There’s a reason peanut butter and banana is a popular snack -- it’s delicious and keeps you full till lunchtime. This toasty variation adds a drizzle of honey for some sweetness. "Just be mindful of portion size," Cording cautions. "Stick to a small banana or half a large. You can always eat the other half later if you get hungry mid-morning."
Salmon, Egg, and Cream Cheese Toast from Jelly Toast
This brunch-worthy option is another protein powerhouse. Plus, salmon and eggs are loaded with brain- and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. "Just be mindful of the sodium and saturated fat content in the salmon and cream cheese," Cording cautions. If it's not a cheat day, you can sub in some Greek yogurt for the cream cheese to increase protein and calcium without sacrificing flavor.
Avocado, Hummus, Tomatoes, and Hemp Toast from Oh She Glows
This "vegan delight" packs in three great sources of fiber -- avocado, hummus, tomatoes -- in one toast. Hemp seeds serve up all the veggie protein you'll need in the a.m., since one 55-calorie tablespoon clocks in at 3 grams, says Cording.
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Hummus and Cucumbers Toast from Bryant McGill
This cool summer option is not just refreshing, but the combination of fat and fiber in the hummus (plus the water-rich cucumbers) means it's as satisfying as any other. Throw in an egg or some hemp seeds for added protein, Cording suggests.
Spinach and Smashed Eggs Toast from Smitten Kitchen
Fuel your day with some green veggies, like those found in this option. The egg, Cording says, is a great source of protein, and the omegas in it will help you stay energized and focused.
Avocado, Egg, and Hot Sauce Toast from Skinny Taste
The avocado-and-egg combo is, undeniably, having a moment. This variation is great if you want a little spice with your morning joe, and the creamy sunny-side-up egg lends itself well to a great open faced option.
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Hard Boiled Egg and Chermoula Toast from Kitchen Konfidence
"The egg provides satisfying protein, and the chermoula gives your taste buds a wake-up kick that will make even a quick weekday breakfast feel like a treat," Cording says of this option, which tastes great, impresses guests, and is oh-so-easy to whip up from scratch.