Beyond Avocado — 5 New and Healthy Toast Toppings

While avocado toast has been all the rage recently, it’s not the only superstar toast topper. It’s time to switch things up a bit and let some new healthy toast toppings take centerstage. Pulling together a satisfying breakfast or simple snack is about to get a little more interesting and nutritious with these 5 new ways to top your toast.

Ricotta Cheese

If you love a good spread of cream cheese on your bagel, then you’ll be a big fan of topping your toast with ricotta cheese. It is lower in calories and higher in both protein and calcium than cream cheese, and can be enjoyed either sweet or savory. 

Top your toast with ¼ cup of part-skim ricotta, a drizzle of olive oil, and fresh cracked pepper. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try adding fresh berries, or a drizzle of honey.

Try ricotta in dessert form with these Ricotta, Cranberry & Pear Mini Tarts.

Hummus

While avocado may still reign supreme, hummus is not too far behind as a popular toast companion. Hummus contains both fiber and protein, which is a powerful combination for keeping hunger at bay. From roasted red pepper to sundried tomato to garlic white bean, there are also a large variety of hummus flavors available, which means your hummus toast never has to get boring or mundane. 

Spice up your usual hummus in this Gluten-Free Hummus and Harissa Crunch.

Cannellini Beans

If you’re looking to increase the amount of beans in your diet, smashing them on toast is an easy and delicious way to do it. Cannellini beans are one of the creamiest varieties, with a mild flavor profile. Mash ½ cup of the beans directly on a piece of toast, and top with fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, and chopped veggies for an added nutrition boost.

Get more beans into your diet in a whole new way with this Creamy Chocolate, Cannellini Bean and Cinnamon Smoothie.

Greek Yogurt

This may sound like an unusual topping for toast, but it’s thick and creamy texture is not too far off from cream cheese or ricotta. Greek yogurt is full of protein and gut-healthy probiotics to satisfy both hunger and digestion. Make it savory by spreading ¼ cup of Greek yogurt on toast, and topping with fresh dill, cucumber slices, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. For a sweeter option, sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup instead.

Enjoying Greek yogurt in a savory way may be your new favorite once you try this Ginger-Tahini Yogurt Bowl with Zucchini and Chickpeas.

Mashed Fruit

If jams and jellies are your usual go-to toast topper, mashing fresh fruit on instead can be a healthier alternative. A lot of jams are loaded with added sugars, and little to no fiber. Instead, mash fresh berries such as strawberries or raspberries on toast to get more of the nutrients your body needs, and of the added sugars. If your berries aren’t sweet enough, mash with a little bit of sugar or honey. This is still far less than you’ll find in jam, and allows you to control how much sugar and calories you are adding

Make your own, healthier jam at home with these Blueberry Ginger Jam-Filled Scones.

Which of these healthy toast toppings would you go for?