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9 Simple Healthy Toast Ideas

9 sweet and savory healthy toast ideas that are simple, colorful, and filling enough to make into a meal! Which one will you try first?

9 sweet and savory healthy toast ideas that are simple, colorful, and filling enough to make into a meal! Which one will you try first?

In an effort to help you eat the rainbow this year, I thought I’d share with you some super simple but extra delicious toast recipes! I know toast doesn’t need much explaining, but I wanted to highlight the variety that you can achieve if you just set out to do it. Sure, you can have peanut butter and honey or sugar and cinnamon on your toast every morning, but look at all these beautiful, healthy, tasty toasts you are missing out on.

Fancy healthy toast like this is a lot of fun for the kids to make and top themselves. On the weekend I’ll make a “toast bar” of sorts where the kids can pick from different breads, spreads, and toppings. We also like healthy toast for brunch before church and I think these are pretty enough that you could serve them at a baby shower! I definitely make meals out of toast; just think of them as beautiful open-faced sandwiches.

Healthy Toast Tips and Tricks:

Bread

You have so many choices! I normally end up with a whole grain bread because that’s something that I like, but the bread choice is really up to you. If I’m making a whole wheat sandwich bread, I use this recipe. Annalise from Completely Delicious has a great Honey Oat Bread recipe that I like too. If I’m picking something up at the store, I tend to look for something with a short ingredient list. For this post, I got Dave’s Killer Bread Thin Sliced Good Seed bread. I super like the thin sliced line from Dave’s Killer Bread because the whole loaf is smaller than their traditional loaf on top of the slices being thin. The smaller slices are nice because my kids are little. We seem to waste less if we start out with the smaller slice of bread. I like them because they are only about 70 calories for serving.

Choose what you like, but a whole grain hearty toast is going to hold more toppings than an extra fluffy piece of white bread.

Spreads

I typically have one or all of these in the fridge for toast: mascarpone cheese, honey goat cheese, herb and chive cream cheese, and peanut butter. Mascarpone tastes a lot like cream cheese, but we find it to be less “sour” in taste and it generally spreads a little bit easier. It’s delicious, inexpensive, and pretty easy to find. Don’t let the fancy name hold you up, it’s just a simple smooth and creamy cheese that is made from cream and citric acid.

Honey goat cheese is one of my favorite treats. It has a more crumbly texture than cream cheese or marscapone, but it’s rich, sweet, and not strong at all. You can get plain goat cheese and add your own honey, but it’s so easy to get it already mixed together.

Herb and chive cream cheese spread is one of my favorites. It’s full of flavor and a delicious savory element for toasts. You can buy this already mixed together and ready to go or you can make your own herb and chive spread using this recipe.

Peanut butter isn’t a cheese but it’s always a favorite on toast in this house. I normally get the organic peanut butter from Costco.

Toppings

You can use almost any fresh fruit or vegetable that you like. I have listed some of my favorite combos below, but they are just to get you thinking! You can also add crunchy elements like toasted coconut, chopped nuts, or even hemp seed hearts/chia seeds/ground flax. If you are making a sweet fruit toast, you might want at add a drizzle of honey, depending on what spread you choose and the ripeness of your fruit. If you are making a savory toast, be sure to add salt and pepper to taste, again depending on the type of spread you use.

Toasting options

You can always pop your bread into a traditional toaster, but I thought I would share with you my favorite way to make toast. We love to make oven toast and it is delicious! My husband’s grandma used to make him oven toast for a snack when he spent the night at her house, and he has converted me to making toast this way.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and place a baking sheet in the oven. While you are waiting for the oven to heat, butter one side of your bread with softened butter. When the oven and the baking sheet are heated to temperature, quickly remove the baking sheet from the oven. Quickly place the bread, butter side down, onto the baking sheet and return the sheet to the oven. Bake until the bottom side of the bread is toasted 5-10 minutes (the top won’t toast, so peek under the corner of your toasts to check the bottom regularly). This toast is delicious because it gets crispy on one side without drying out like it does in the toaster. This is also a great method for making a lot of toast at once (said the mom of 5!).

Now you are set up for amazing toast success. I bet you didn’t know it could be so much fun.

Here are some of my favorite colorful healthy toast ideas to help inspire you!

Healthy Toasts - Very Berry Red Toast

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4 Recipes for a Perfect Pie Crust

4 Recipes for Perfect Pie Crust

This is your ULTIMATE guide to making a perfect pie crust! It has 4 great recipes - traditional, whole wheat, graham cracker & chocolate cookie crusts. I'll be the first to admit that I used to be totally intimidated by pie crust. I felt like there were too many rules, too many recipes, and too many differing opinions on what makes one crust work and another one flop. Do you use shortening, butter, or lard? For how long do you chill it? I thought that if I didn't know exactly what I was doing, I'd ruin hours worth of work because pie crust was fussy and hard. Continue Reading →


Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins

These Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins are made with whole grains, natural sweeteners, and vegetables. Your whole family will love them! There are few things more delicious than zucchini desserts. I love chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini bread, and of course, zucchini muffins! They are always on my list to make during the summer. I love these simple treats because they are actually healthy! My kids have no idea, and I'm not sad about that. We love these and I make them all of the time! Here's what you are going to love about these zucchini muffins: they are made with whole grains, natural Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Beautiful simple healthy pumpkin cornbread muffins are the perfect side to all your favorite soups and chilis. When I think of fall, I think of soups, stews, and chilis. Then my thoughts move from the main dish to the side dishes that go with those delicious filling meals. I love no-knead crusty bread, pumpkin biscuits, and of course, cornbread! Pumpkin cornbread is a must-make this fall, and I can't wait for you to try it. It's made with whole grains, sweetened with honey, and easily made dairy-free if that's your jam. I love this recipe! The color is beautiful, the muffins are tender but filling, and Continue Reading →


Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List

Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List Welcome to my very first weekly meal plan plus free printable shopping list! This is something that I've wanted to do for a very long time. The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don't have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family friendly meal on the table. This is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you'll have to do is collect Continue Reading →


8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What is it Continue Reading →


Homemade Whole Wheat and Oat Buns

Cook-out, BBQ, and grilling season is upon us and I have an awesome recipe for Homemade Whole Wheat and Oat Buns for you today. I don't make homemade buns every time we have a meal that needs a bun, but once in a while I make them and we love them. This is a great recipe to have the kids help with, to take to a party, or to bust out when you have company coming over to eat. They look gorgeous and they taste great. I think you are going to have a ton of fun making this recipe Continue Reading →


The Ultimate Hummus and Veggie Sandwich

Few things are more delicious than a perfectly executed sandwich. With summer around the corner and today being National Hummus Day I thought a veggie hummus sandwich would be the perfect way to celebrate. I often go to a restaurant and buy a delicious sandwich and I always roll my eyes a little at myself when I do because it's just a simple sandwich. But simple sandwiches are so very good! I think the difference between a sandwich you make at your house and the one you might order at a restaurant are the creative/fun/delicious extras and the number of Continue Reading →


Honey Sweetened Peanut Butter Cookies (whole wheat flour)

Honey Sweetened Peanut Butter Cookies made with whole wheat flour are one of our new favorite cookies. These cookies are easy to make, made with great "whole food" ingredients, and taste awesome. These cookies are made with honey, whole wheat flour, and lots of peanut butter. You won't need any other fat/oil like butter or shortening in this recipe either because the peanut butter has you covered. I like this fact because that means I can still make cookies when I run out of butter over the weekend but we still want to make a treat on Sunday night. This simple one Continue Reading →


Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

You guys, you guys!!! Homemade Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs are going to change your life. I'm telling you what, they are amazing! I made these yesterday with the kids after school and I planned on posting them here on Monday. While we were making them I posted a picture on Instagram and I got such great feedback that I figured I better post them today so that you all could have the recipe over the weekend! Who knew that using a few natural ingredients could turn out so delicious. These have peanut butter, a few tablespoons of maple syrup (which you can't Continue Reading →


Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad is the perfect recipe for today! Today is St. Patrick's Day and this food is a great naturally green dish and Easter is in just a week and a half which means you'll have lots of boiled eggs on your hands. So make this recipe today and again in 2 weeks and you'll be glad you did. I love all things avocado and my family loves egg salad. This is one of those "best of both worlds" kind of recipes. Thomas was working at the house the day that I made this so I got a plate ready Continue Reading →


Maple Sweetened Healthy Banana Muffins (with or without chocolate chips)

This is the last recipe that I have for whole food dessert weeks and it's less of a dessert and more of a make-it-any-time-you-want recipe. You can't go wrong with delicious classic but healthy banana muffins. This recipe was the most like it's traditional counterpart. It was light, moist, and perfectly sweet. I was shocked at just how delicious these healthy banana muffins were. How you go from 1 1/2 cups of sugar to just a 1/2 cup of maple syrup and they still taste perfect is beyond me, but it worked! I took them to a few friends and Continue Reading →


Healthy Lower Calorie Brownies (still made with real ingredients)

Healthy Lower Calorie Brownies (still made with real ingredients) is the fourth recipe in whole food dessert week and you are going to love these! This recipes is a little different from the Whole Wheat Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blueberry Muffin Date Bites, and Whole Wheat Honey Cake because these are meant to be lower in calories. These brownies have no butter or oil in them but they also don't have any hidden beans, avocados, or protein powder. It's just a smart recipes that uses ingredients wisely. They aren't your traditional perfect brownie (I have that recipe for you right Continue Reading →


Whole Wheat Honey Cake

  It's day three of whole food dessert week and I have this gorgeous Whole Wheat Honey Cake recipe for you today. Did you see those Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (made with whole wheat and honey) and those amazing Blueberry Muffin Date Bites? See, eating whole foods doesn't have to be all vegetables all the time! This cake comes from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook. A million years ago my mom picked it up from the library, told me how much she loved it, I proceeded to get it from the library where I was, and we both fell in love. Continue Reading →


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (made with honey and whole wheat flour)

Welcome to real food dessert week! I've been working on all kinds of recipes of your favorite treats that feature whole grain flour (whole wheat and/or oats) and natural sweeteners (honey or real maple syrup). First up is this recipe for delicious chocolate chip cookies with honey and whole wheat flour. These cookies are thick, soft, and just sweet enough. They don't taste too strongly of honey and chocolate chips make everything better don't they?! Now, I am a big believer in balance and my 80/20 approach when it comes to food is alive and well. Normally I enjoy a nice Continue Reading →


Homemade Graham Crackers 3 Ways: Original, Orange Dark Chocolate, and Pumpkin Spice

There are few things more delicious in life than simple buttery homemade graham crackers. I've been making homemade graham crackers for my kids for years and years, and they ask for them often. Homemade graham crackers are essentially a buttery crisp cookie that you can cut into just about any shape you like. I taught my daughter how to spell her name when she was tiny by making homemade graham crackers with her and cutting out the letters in her name from the dough. She still remembers this fun kitchen lesson all these years later. Today I'm working with Bob's Red Continue Reading →


30 Minute Simple Roasted Tomato and Sausage Pasta

This pasta. THIS pasta! Sometimes I spend a lot of time and resources making a meal and it bombs. SO disappointing. Other times the amount of work I put in is pretty equal to the enjoyment. Then there's that rare occasion that I throw something together and it's a huge hit. It always feels a bit like I cheated because I didn't do much but I get a lot out of it (like kids who don't fuss the entire dinner, that's always a great thing). This 30 Minute Simple Roasted Tomato and Sausage Pasta is one of those meals that kind Continue Reading →


Maple Cornmeal Biscuits

Today is the first day that I've attempted to work from home since the baby was born one month ago! If you were to knock on my door right now and judge me by the state of my living room, hair, and pajama-clad kids, then the day might look less than productive. If you are judging my by this post though, it's a raging success! You need maple cornmeal biscuits in your life. They are a wonderfully simple mix between biscuit and crumbly corn bread and only take about 10 minutes to make and another 15 minutes to bake. These simple, Continue Reading →


Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Recovering from pregnancy and birth means that I'm not getting out of bed very quickly in the morning. Thank goodness it's still summer break! The kids are just about big enough that they can get out the cold cereal themselves, but man alive do they make a mess when they try to feed themselves. I end up with half a box of corn flakes and a half-gallon of milk on the floor and table. Let's just say that set-up is less than ideal. Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes to the rescue! These zucchini bread pancakes have been a life saver! I Continue Reading →


Tomato Basil Cheese Crackers

When you have fancy cheese in your fridge, sometimes it's fun to do something a little special with it. Tomato Basil Cheese Crackers were just the thing my brick of Cabot Tomato Basil Cheddar Cheese needed. This stuff is so good and I have my friends at Cabot to thank for sending it to me. They are so generous in their cheese gifts and I love using their products. That Tomato Basil Cheddar is just the kind of treat you need in your life when you are dreaming of summer gardens, but still have to wait for the snow to melt Continue Reading →


Healthy Whole Grain Tamale Pie

A warm, filling, and healthy dinner that can be on the table in about 30 minutes is my kind of meal. If you love all things Mexican like we do, then this will really be a hit with your family. Healthy Whole Grain Tamale Pie is one of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood, and I know it will become a quick favorite in your house too. My beautiful mom made a simple version of this whole grain tamale pie using a Jiffy cornbread mix and a can of chili. I've recreated this favorite with a homemade whole grain (and naturally Continue Reading →


Super Simple No-Knead Bread

Even if you think you fall in the "can't make bread" category, you have to give this super simple no-knead bread recipe a shot. I discovered this no-knead bread maybe 3 years ago and have been making it since with great success. I dare say this is a never-fail bread recipe even you non-bakers out there can make. The secret is in the resting period. You mix 4 simple ingredients together and let them sit for anywhere from 8 to 24 hours. The gluten develops while the dough rests which means you don't have to do any kneading. The bread is Continue Reading →


South of the Border Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is all the rage right now. Have you tried it? It's about as hard as it sounds... mashed avocado with salt on top of toast. It took me forever to try it, but once I did I totally saw the light. It is super delicious, creamy, and filling. Thomas and I love it for breakfast. The problem for us though is, it is pretty hard to get a good ripe avocado at the store. I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't happen. South of the Boarder Avocado Toast combines my love for all things Tex-Mex with my adoration Continue Reading →


Pepperoni Pizza Lasagna Roll-ups

I have thousands and thousand of pictures on my computer that I have never printed out. THOUSANDS! One of my goals for the year was to make photo books for all the of years 2005 to 2013 as well as a book for our wedding and two trips to Australia. I've made a big dent in the project and it has been so much fun. I cannot wait for my kids to see them. I'm going to give them to my family for Christmas and I know they are going to love to look at all of their pictures. The Continue Reading →


Extra Chunky and Naturally Sweetened Granola with Walnuts

Just over seven years ago I remember stepping on the scale in the doctor's office and seeing what it read. 201 pounds. I didn't say anything at the appointment but I came home and cried later that day. Hitting the 200-pound mark, even at 38 weeks pregnant was a total self-esteem crusher. I was so upset and disappointed to weigh that much. I weighed 203 pounds the morning she was delivered one week later. Fast forward to today. I stepped on the scale and it read 199.6. I did a happy dance and resisted the urge to call my husband to Continue Reading →


Herbed Tomato Bacon Pizza

Homemade pizza... there's nothing better for a Friday night at home if you ask me! My mom's homemade pizza was famous when I was a kid. I remember once when I was in junior high school I had a classmate over to work on a project (a solar system diorama I do believe). She happened to be around at dinner time and had Mom's pizza with us. She was so shocked and amazed that people made their own pizza and then she was even more shocked when she tasted it. There's just no match for homemade pizza! Now that I'm a Continue Reading →


Whole Grain Cornbread

Cornbread is one of my favorite additions to a meal. It takes about 5 minutes to get prepped and into the oven and my family loves it! Today I'm sharing one of my all time favorite whole grain cornbread recipes that comes from the cookbook King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. It uses honey for the sweetener and real butter for the oil which I love, and it always comes out great. It's light and fluffy, moist while still being a little crumbly, and I dare say it's good for you. There's really no need to buy a cornbread mix from the Continue Reading →


Linguine Rosa with Shrimp

Make. This. Recipe. Is that enough text for this post because it's all that really needs to be said... This recipe's origins come from Cooking with Greek Yogurt by Cassie Johnston (Wholefully). I started with the idea in the book (which is fabulous by the way) and made it into my own. Linguine Rosa with Shrimp was a huge hit at my house! This recipe is healthy (full of protein, whole grains, veggies, and the creaminess is from Greek yogurt), it comes together in about 30 minutes, and it tastes amazing. My husband was so sad when the leftovers were gone the next day Continue Reading →


Whole Grain Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake from Texanerin Baking

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today's post is from Erin. She's my healthy dessert idol! She's never met a recipe that she couldn't improve with whole grains and my, is she good at it! If you are looking to be a little more healthy but still enjoy your desserts and baked goods, Erin and her blog are the place for you. Enjoy!   Hi everyone! I'm Erin and blog over at Texanerin Baking. Originally Continue Reading →


Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Hello all! How is the week half gone already?! I published a really exciting post that includes a new 2 week meal plan for eating clean plus some of my thoughts on healthy eating with a family and a budget on Friday. It's taken me around 2 months to get the post ready and polished and I've been excited to share it with you all. Well I'm super pleased to say that it is being received with open arms. You all are pinning and sharing that thing like crazy and I just have to say THANK YOU! It is so rewarding Continue Reading →


100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Let's talk pizza. I love pizza. It's probably one of my very favorite foods. It's just so full of carbs, cheese, and veggies and I can't get enough. I'm here to tell you that I think pizza can be health food and that you can make it healthy without your family even knowing it! I promise. Really! I make four pizzas just about every week and it's something we look forward to. Pizza night is always a hit! Let's break down the components that make or break a pizza when it comes to the healthy factor. The Crust: If 100% whole wheat Continue Reading →


The best banana bread recipe

I wanted to get you excited for the double America's Test Kitchen cookbook giveaway that I announced last week (in the post with that perfect pound cake). So another recipe from the America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book is in order. If you missed the first announcement of the giveaway, let me give you a recap. In honor of Mother's Day ATK and I have teamed up to bring you a double cookbook giveaway. This way you can keep a copy and have a second to give away on Mother's Day! Trust me, it's a gift you will want to Continue Reading →


Whole Wheat Pitas

I have another recipe from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking book for you today. As I was flipping through the pages I notices a recipe for whole wheat pitas, and I thought to myself, "Meh, pitas are so dry and not very good; why would someone take the time to make them?!" And then I read the introduction to the recipe and it said something along the lines of - store bought whole wheat pitas not only have the texture of cardboard but taste like it too. Yes! That is so true. But then the book went on to tell Continue Reading →


Whole Wheat Hot Cross Buns

I'm so excited. We have another awesome giveaway today. In January when I was contacting companies I love to see if we could work together, one of the very first emails I sent was to King Arthur Flour. My mom loves them (and my mom is never wrong), I won a giveaway from Bakeaholic Mama last year from King Arthur Flour which got me on their mailing list (the catalog that comes in the mail is the stuff my dreams are made of...), and I've been borrowing the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook from the library for years. When Continue Reading →


Whole Wheat Graham Crackers

I have been making this recipe for homemade graham crackers for a few years now and love them. You and your kids will never know that they are good for you. Now, I bought graham flour to experiment with when I initially started perfecting my graham cracker recipe, and I'll be honest, I couldn't tell any difference in taste or texture.Graham flour is whole wheat flour in which the individual parts of the wheat kernel are ground separately. The endosperm is ground very finely and the bran and the germ are ground coarsely. The separately ground parts are then recombined to make graham flour. Continue Reading →


Whole Wheat Spinach Bread

I made my way to the theater with a friend last night to see Hunger Games. It's been years since I've been to a movie, years! I'm not sure how I feel about the movie; I'm still digesting it. When I got on to post this recipe this morning I thought of Peeta! You have to love him regardless of anything else in the movie. What a great character. Now on to the bread. I saw a recipe for spinach bread on TV ages ago and the idea has popped in and out of my head since then. I planned on making Continue Reading →