Cooking with Karina: Toast All Ways, All Day
Karina Arnold, summer intern at The Buzz, is a rising sophomore at the University of Oklahoma who’s passionate about healthy cooking. Stay tuned every Monday this summer for creative, healthy recipes and tips on clean eating from Karina.
You’re late to work/school/meeting and you don’t have time to make that Avocado Bacon Breakfast Toast from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, “It’s All Easy.” Really, Gwyneth, is it really that easy? Well, with my simple and nutritious toast recipes, you can feel like Gwyneth in the kitchen and spend half the time, energy and money.
I know what you are thinking, “Toast? What can you possibly do to make a slice of bread exciting?” Easy! Add a little spice to your mornings with this Salsa and Egg Toast or savor this sweet Berries and Cream Cheese combination for a mid-day snack.
But before you go berserk for this Sautéed Berry Toast, it is important to know what base to use for your toast toppings. Try to adhere to whole wheat or whole grain bread since they contain insoluble fiber. According to my nutrition class professor, David Lantis, some of insoluble fiber’s benefits include aid in weight loss (because insoluble fiber keeps you full longer), decreased constipation, and lowered risk of colon cancer. Another great bread option is sprouted, whole grain Ezekiel Bread; cinnamon raisin is my favorite flavor. You can read more about the nutritional benefits of this tasty, flourless bread here.
I know bread can get redundant but don’t fret about this toast tribulation. Try using slices of sweet potato instead. Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidant beta-carotene and are high in fiber. You can read more about these studly spuds here.
Enjoy your toast creations with a bowl of veggies or fruit or even add another slice for a filling meal. What are your favorite toast combinations? Share in the comment section below.
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