The Power of Toast: Nutritious Breakfast Toasts Your Family Will Love

December 24, 2019 | Food Lion
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Let’s be honest - time is limited in the morning. You’re packing lunches, trying to get the kiddos up and dressed for school and of course, fed a nutritious breakfast too. And as a super parent, you know that breakfast has to be quick and easy to make. Things like eggs, oatmeal and fruit are great go-to choices, but have you considered toast lately? 

Although it isn’t a complete breakfast by itself, with the right additions, you can turn this whole wheat bite into a filling and nutritious meal that will give your kids (and yourself) the energy they need to power through the day. Peanut butter and fruit jams could be a good start, but we have some additional ideas for breakfast toast that you’ll definitely want to try. Plus, we know your family will love them. Now, grab a loaf of bread and get your toaster ready as we dive into our breakfast toast ideas!

Breakfast Toasts with Cheese

Cheese makes a great topping for breakfast toast. Not only is cheese creamy and delicious, but it is also packed with calcium and protein. And with spreadable options like cream cheese and ricotta, it’s easy to quickly spread some cheesy goodness on top of your toast. Want to get a little more creative than simple cheese on toast? Here are a couple of breakfast toast ideas made with spreadable cheeses.

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Berry Peach Toast with Ricotta Cheese

Okay sweet and savory fans, this breakfast toast is for you and it’s packed with nutrients to jumpstart your day. With this dish, you’re getting protein and calcium from the ricotta cheese, plus vitamin C from the blueberries and peaches. And did you know that blueberries are also a great source of antioxidants? So much goodness in this simple breakfast toast, right?

To make this recipe, here's what you'll need to do:

  1. Spread a layer of ricotta cheese on your toast (we recommend using multigran bread or a baguette for this recipe).
  2. Cut a peach into thin slices, discarding the pit.
  3. Layer the peach slices on top of the ricotta cheese.
  4. Scatter the top of your toast with blueberries.
  5. Drizzle with honey for some added sweetness (optional).

TIP: If you want to add some extra crunch to this breakfast toast recipe, sprinkle some chopped almonds or walnuts on top.

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Cucumber, Arugula and Tomato Toast with Cream Cheese

Get a serving of fruits and vegetables with this breakfast toast recipe! Fun fact - did you know that cucumbers are actually a fruit, not a vegetable? Yep, and the same is true for tomatoes, too! 

Here’s how you craft this fresh and tasty breakfast toast:

  1. Spread a layer of plain (or veggie) cream cheese on your toast (try whole wheat or rye bread for this recipe).
  2. Cut a cucumber into slices (approximately ¼ inch in size) and layer on top of your toast.
  3. Cut grape or cherry tomatoes in half (or in slices) and add your desired amount on top.
  4. Scatter arugula on your toast.
  5. Sprinkle with black pepper (optional).

TIP: If you have balsamic in your pantry or refrigerator, it is a delicious addition to this breakfast toast.

Breakfast Toasts with Nut Butter

Who doesn’t love a piece of toast with peanut butter or almond butter in the morning? It’s quick, easy and absolutely scrumptious, but let’s get a little inventive with this AM classic with these breakfast toasts.

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Banana Toast

If you’ve never tried a peanut butter and banana sandwich, you absolutely have to try this breakfast toast! Need more of a reason to give it a try? Peanut butter is a great source of protein and bananas… hello, potassium! 

This breakfast toast is super simple to make. In fact, you only need four things - bread, bananas, peanuts and peanut butter. Here’s how to craft it:

  1. Spread a relatively thick layer of peanut butter on your toast (we suggest using white or multigrain bread).
  2. Peel and slice a banana into ½ inch thick pieces and place on your peanut butter layer.
  3. Sprinkle with unsalted peanuts for some added crunch (and protein).

TIP: Make sure to allow your toast to cool before topping with peanut butter. Otherwise, you may have a mess on your hands (literally). And if you want to make this toast a little sweeter, scatter some mini semi-sweet chocolate chips on top. Your kiddos will definitely love this sweet addition!

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Almond Butter Toast with Strawberries, Marshmallows & Walnuts

Just like peanut butter, almond butter is also packed with protein, which gives you plenty of energy to start your day right. And did you know? Strawberries are also a good source of potassium (as well as vitamin C). That’s why this breakfast toast recipe is certainly worth a try. Plus, having an excuse to have marshmallows in the morning is definitely an added bonus, right? 

To make this breakfast toast, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Evenly spread a layer of almond butter on your toast (try multigrain or whole wheat bread).
  2. Cut the green tops off of your strawberries and slice them.
  3. Top your toast with the strawberry slices and marshmallow
  4. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top (optional).

TIP: For extra strawberry flavor, spread some strawberry jam or preserves on top of the almond butter before adding the other toppings. Note - this will add quite a bit of sweetness, so you may choose to leave the marshmallows off (or not).

Breakfast Toasts with Avocado

In recent years, avocado toast has become a big trend. You see it all over social media as well as in cute little cafes. So, how did something as simple as avocado on toast become such a hit? It could be because of all the nutrients in avocados (healthy omega-3 fats and lots of vitamins), or maybe it’s so popular for the simple fact that it tastes delicious. Either way, we have some avocado breakfast toasts ideas you may want to try. Let’s check them out!

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BLT Toast with Egg & Avocado

This breakfast toast is a little heartier than the other recipes we’ve covered so far, but will certainly keep you fuller longer (and not distracted by longing thoughts of lunchtime). Here’s how you make it:

  1. Cook 2 slices of bacon in a pan or cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
  2. Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray and cook a sunny-side-up egg.
  3. While the egg and bacon are cooking, top your toast with arugula (we suggest using brioche bread for this breakfast toast).
  4. Cut an avocado in half and remove the pit. Slice the avocado into ¼ inch slices and layer on the arugula.
  5. Thinly slice a tomato and place on top of your avocado.
  6. Top each slice of bread with 2 slices of bacon and a sunnyside up egg.
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (optional).
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Spicy Sriracha Avocado Toast with Tomato & Egg

If you and your family love spicy foods, this avocado breakfast toast is perfect for you! Or if you want a little less heat, feel free to substitute the sriracha with your favorite mild salsa. 

What’s wonderful about this breakfast toast (besides the spicy goodness) is that it only requires five ingredients - bread, avocado, tomato, egg and sriracha. Ready to make it? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Using a nonstick pan, cook an egg over-easy (or over-medium).
  2. While the egg is cooking, prepare an avocado by cutting it in half and removing the pit. Then, cut it into slices.
  3. Slice your tomato into thin slices.
  4. Top your toast (we suggest white bread or a baguette) with the avocado, followed by the tomato and the egg.
  5. Drizzle with sriracha and sprinkle with salt and pepper (to taste).

TIP: Add bacon pieces to the top in place of salt for some added protein.  

Breakfast Toasts with Hummus

Generally served with veggies or pita chips, hummus also makes a fantastic topping for toast and is a great source protein. Then, when you add vegetables on top, you have a super nutritious breakfast toast - a choice you can feel good about during the morning rush. Let’s take a look at a couple of options for making hummus toast.

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Cheesy Hummus Toast with Avocado & Tomato

If you haven’t introduced your kids to hummus just yet, this breakfast toast may be a great place to start. With cheese, avocado and tomato, this flavor combination makes it hard to deny its deliciousness. And although this recipe calls for feta crumbles, you can easily substitute for sliced cheese (like cheddar, provolone or muenster).

Here’s how you assemble this breakfast toast:

  1. Spread a layer of hummus (plain or red pepper) on your toast (try white or multigrain bread for this recipe).
  2. Prepare your avocado by cutting it in half, removing the pit and slicing it into ¼ inch slices.
  3. Cut cherry or grape tomatoes in half.
  4. Place avocado slices and tomato pieces on top of the hummus layer.
  5. Sprinkle feta cheese on top.
  6. Add salt and pepper (to taste).

TIP: If you choose to substitute the feta cheese for sliced cheese, place the cheese on top of the hummus before adding the other toppings.

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Lemon Pepper Arugula, Radish and Hummus Toast

This breakfast toast is lemony, fresh and loaded with veggies, which makes it a healthier option for your morning meal. Although not all kids will appreciate the flavor profile, this toast is a great choice for the parents (or kids that really like their vegetables). 

Want to try it? Craft this breakfast toast by following these steps:

  1. Spread your favorite hummus on the toast (we recommend multigrain or whole wheat bread).
  2. Slice radishes into thin pieces and layer on top of the hummus.
  3. Scatter the arugula on the toast.
  4. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and sprinkle pepper (to taste).

TIP: Not a fan of radishes? That’s okay! Switch them out with cucumbers or bell peppers.

Get Toasting!

All right, super parents. As you know, a good breakfast is important to start the morning right and power through the day. And with these breakfast toasts, you have some quick and easy recipe inspiration you and your family will love. Let’s toast to that! And when you’re ready to give these recipes a try, visit your local Food Lion to pick up the ingredients you need.

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