Who doesn’t like a comforting taste of freshly toasted bread in the morning? This is a type of food we all grew up on and it’s the world’s fastest breakfast in the morning. If you want to keep your focus on your healthy breakfast options then I suggest skipping the usual suspects of jam and butter and go for something more nutritious, fresh, healthy and delicious! Enter a vegan toast or a simple toast with vegetables! Takes the same amount of time to prepare as the usual morning toast, but a vegan toast gives you a chance to up the ante of your healthy breakfast and make your humble piece of bread a carrier of something extremely healthy (and reasonably priced) which includes some of your 5-a-day!
Ingredients: (1 portion)
– 2 slices of whole wheat or sourdough bread
– 1 medium tomato
– ¼ cucumber
– Pinch of sea salt and pepper
– Dried dill (pinch)
– Caraway seeds (pinch)
1. Toast your sliced bread the usual way.
2. Thinly slice cucumber(you can peel the skin off if you prefer) and thinly slice your tomato (you can take the seeds out if that is your preference).
3. Carefully put sliced vegetables on the toasted bread.
4. Sprinkle with sea salt (Maldon or Himalayan pink are really good) and freshly ground pepper.
5. Finally, sprinkle some dried dill (goes perfectly well with fresh cucumber) and caraway seeds (a gentle diuretic) on top of your vegan toasts and enjoy!
If you have a big day ahead of you and you won’t be having any snacks before lunch, then I suggest putting a thin layer (thin is a key word here!) of mashed avocado or any nut butter (almond or cashew go exceptionally well with fresh vegetables). Alternatively, you could go for a smear of good old Marmite to keep your Vitamin B levels high. If you are not a vegan, then you can spread a thin layer of organic grass-fed butter or even cream cheese or 0% Quark and pile your veggies on top. Of course, vegetables don’t have to be as simple as fresh cucumber and tomatoes: you can put cooked or raw spinach, leftover grilled vegetables like courgettes slices or aubergine wedges or even leftover tomato salsa with extra chopped fresh herbs.Anything goes! The idea is to keep it low calorie, fresh, light and nutritious by combining complex carbohydrates from the whole wheat (which can be gluten-free toast if you are on a gluten-free diet program) with fibre of raw or cooked vegetables to keep your feeling fuller for longer without any dips in energy that you would normally experience after having a traditional sweet toast.
Wishing you a great health and Bon Appetite.
Disclaimer: please consult your health care practitioner or doctor if you experience any health problems before making drastic changes to your diet and daily eating habits.