A Toast to Breakfast

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By Recipe Team on August 25, 2022

Breakfast doesn't have to be boring, and it shouldn't be a big bowl of sugary carbs.

Kids headed back to school (and adults headed back to the office) need breakfast options that are quick and easy—but they'll only eat them if they're also tasty and nutritious.

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has come up with six twists on breakfast toasts that will satisfy your sweet and savory cravings while starting your day with a hearty dose of nutrients.

Try any or all of them and get creative with substitutions that offer the same cancer-protective benefits: heart-healthy fats, protein and dietary fiber.

Strawberry Toast

Berries are one of AICR’s Foods that Fight Cancer. They are high in ellagic acid, a phytochemical that has been shown to have strong cancer-protective properties. You can make this light and refreshing toast with any fresh berries.

strawberry toast recipe

Sunny-Side-Up Toast

The combination of beans and egg give this toast an extra boost of protein, so you won't be hungry anytime soon after eating it.

sunny side up toast recipe

Avocado Toast

Avocados are rich in vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Fat slows digestion, leaving you feeling satisfied for several hours. Pumpkin seeds are packed with antioxidants as well as magnesium, zinc and iron.

avocado toast recipe

Banana Nut Butter Toast

Peanut butter and bananas have a bad reputation thanks to Elvis Presley's deep-fried PBB sandwich. Without the fryer, white bread and butter, it's actually a very healthy combination while still very tasty and filling.

Bananas add potassium and fiber, and chia seeds are a whole grain that adds protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Peanut Butter Banana Toast Recipe

Veggie-Cheese Toast

The combination of crisp, fresh vegetables and creamy cottage cheese provides great texture and refreshing flavors in this light open-faced toast. A half-cup of cottage cheese has 14 grams of protein and a healthy dose of calcium.Try this one in summer when tomatoes are in season.

Veggie Toast Recipe

Egg & Greens Toast

Greens for breakfast? Try it! Dark, leafy greens like Swiss chard are one of AICR's Foods that Fight Cancer, and the feta and egg add lots of flavor and protein. Saute the greens with lemon, garlic or pepper flakes for more savory flavor.

Eggs and Greens Toast Recipe

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research. View more recipes at aicr.org/healthyrecipes.


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