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