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As of late, bread has become the common denominator in trending "bad-for-you" food. When did we decide that we need to wage war against gluten? To battle to defeat carbs? In my opinion, there is no need for such negative feelings about the humble loaf; it doesn’t deserve such treatment! Yes, moderation is key when it comes to the carb argument, but there is a smart way to go about the glorious toast. Loading it with fresh, delicious toppings is a start. Thus: Toasts with the Most.
Eating healthy should still be delicious.
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Each toast featured in this series may not come to mind as the conventional toaster-familiar option. Crackers, flatbreads, and gluten-free options are interchangeable throughout this series, unless noted otherwise. Be smart about your carbs: Choose the widths of your slices wisely, and your carb guilt can just be quiet for once.
Peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, peas and carrots--the food world's most basic combinations can now welcome a new friend: Greek yogurt and toast. Buying the big tub of yogurt seems to be the most financially logical (and earth-friendly) choice, but it may leave you needing a few ways to use it up.
Enter, toast. This one might require a fork and knife, but you have an excellent balance of savory, sweet, and creamy in this plating. Any citrus will do, but blood oranges give you a gorgeous pop of color. Feel free to top with any other fruit you'd pair with Greek yogurt--pears, apples, berries, bananas. The opportunities are endless. I'd toast to that!
Toast with Greek Yogurt and Blood Orange
- 1 slice whole-wheat bread
- 3 tablespoons fat-free Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 blood orange, sliced
- 1 tablespoon almonds, chopped
- Toast bread to desired doneness. I think this toast requires some contrast to the rich yogurt, so the crispier the toast, the better.
- Mix Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla together in a small bowl.
- Spread toast with yogurt mixture, and top with blood oranges. Sprinkle with chopped almonds. Enjoy!
The Best Healthy Foods to Shop for When You Have Diabetes, According to a Dietitian
These top 10 nutrient-dense foods are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, protein and healthy fats and are the foundation for a diabetes-friendly diet.
With all the items available on the shelves, grocery shopping can sometimes leave us scratching our heads, wondering what&aposs really healthy. And for people with diabetes, it can be even more of a challenge. If you want to keep your blood sugar in check and make grocery shopping a little easier, throw these dietitian-approved foods in your cart.
While there are no foods that are totally off-limits, people with diabetes do benefit from eating certain foods more often than others. Nutrient-dense foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, protein and healthy fats are the foundation for a diabetes-friendly diet and better blood sugar levels—like these 10 of the best healthy foods to shop for when you have diabetes, according to this dietitian.
9 Amazing Meals That Require Absolutely Zero Cooking
You can skip the preheated oven, everyone—and put down that frying pan, too, while you’re at it! These mouthwatering no-cook recipes prove that delicious meals don’t have to come with hours of preparation and assembly. Need proof? These nine amazing dishes are downright easy while still being full of interesting ingredients and exciting flavor combinations. Read on and bookmark them now—we have a hunch you’ll thank us later.
Citrus and Fennel Ceviche
We love the decadent yet effortless appeal of a ceviche—paired with ruby-red and pink grapefruits, fennel, and plenty of citrus, your fish game will truly shine.
Visit Boy and Spoon for this citrus ceviche recipe.
Cucumber Honeydew Salad
You’ll make everyone around you green with envy as you enjoy this verdant salad, made with ripe honeydew, cucumbers, fresh dill, arugula, and a pop of red onions and tangy lemon/honey vinaigrette.
Check out Rikki Snyder to learn how to make this cucumber honeydew salad.
White Bean Basil Toasts
Some toasty bread is the best base for this simple, 10-minute artichoke, spinach, and chickpea concoction. Finished with fresh cracked pepper, it’s a dream of a starter and the perfect snack.
Head to A Pinch of Yum to see how to make these white bean basil toasts.
Fig, Rosemary, Goat Cheese Tartines
Talk about dreamy. These simple toasts are a snap to assemble—and only involve five ingredients. But when those ingredients include creamy goat cheese, sweet Mission figs, and honey, you’re in business.
Visit Will Cook for Friends for these fig toasts.
Warning: You’ll likely become addicted to this Greek dipping sauce, customarily dolloped onto grilled meats and seafood and used as a dip upon first taste. The combination of Greek yogurt, cucumber, lemon, and dill is supremely refreshing and versatile.
Head to Favorite Recipes for the tzatziki recipe.
This dish is just plain gorgeous. Start with a base of grains, add literallyall of the freshest, brightest, crunchiest veggies you can get your hands on, and top with a zesty jalapeño ranch. You’re welcome.
Head to A Pinch of Yum for this rainbow veggie bowl recipe.
Lest you were beginning to think that all of the no-cook goodness was reserved for salads, there’s this lip-smacking tomato soup in the mix. The directions literally consist of throwing all of the yummy ingredients into a blender and then serving once smooth. That easy. So delicious.
Visit Better Than Doing Laundry for this no-cook tomato soup recipe.
Dukkah and Avocado Toast
Kick your go-to avocado toast recipe up a notch by sprinkling it with spicy, toasty, crazy-delicious dukkah, an Egyptian spice blend that is pretty much magic. You’ll never look back.
Check out Faring Well to learn how to make this dukkah and avocado toast.
Sesame Ginger Cucumber Salad
Topped with crunchy sesame seeds, this subtly spicy salad is a perfect side or a refreshing, light meal. The white miso dressing is lovely and delicate.
Head on over to Snixy Kitchen for this sesame ginger cucumber salad recipe.
21 Healthy Breakfast Foods to Power Through Your Morning
The first meal of the day is an important one. No, not the most important—that’s a three-way tie with lunch and dinner. But healthy breakfast foods are a golden opportunity to kick off your day with deliciousness and nutritiousness that you really want to take advantage of.
“In the morning you want something you enjoy eating that gives you enough energy to feel comfortably satisfied and energized until the next time you eat,” Rachael Hartley, R.D., certified intuitive-eating counselor and owner of Rachael Hartley Nutrition, tells SELF.
Ideally, a good healthy breakfast will generally contain three or four food groups—carbs/starches, protein, fat, and fruit/veggies. This provides you with a balanced mix of nutrients to help you power through the morning, Hartley explains. That variety also brings different flavors and textures to the table, which makes breakfast more enjoyable and satisfying.
Fortunately, there are a whole lot of healthy breakfast foods, and an infinite variety of tasty combinations of them. If you’re looking for some healthy breakfast foods to start your day with, here are 22 of them—along with recipes for ideas on how to enjoy each food as part of a tasty and well-rounded meal.
A note about the word healthy here: We know that “healthy” is a complicated concept. Not only can it mean different things to different people, it’s a word that’s pretty loaded (and sometimes fraught), thanks to the diet industry’s influence on the way we think about food. At SELF, when we talk about food being healthy, we’re primarily talking about foods that are nutritious, filling, and satisfying. But it also depends on your preferences, your culture, what’s accessible to you, and so much more. We selected these recipes with those basic criteria in mind, while also trying to appeal to a wide variety of nutritional needs and taste buds.
Foods to Avoid
Foods that are aggravating to gallbladder disease are those that are high in fat, processed and contain lots of refined white flour, such as white breads and pasta. Fried foods, especially those prepared in vegetable or peanut oil, can also be aggravating.
Breakfast-specific foods you should avoid include sausage, bacon, cinnamon rolls and other high-fat baked treats, whole milk, processed cheese, egg yolks and butter. Even some healthy foods that are high in fat, such as avocado, nuts and nut butter, are best left off your gallbladder breakfast menu.
The Custard Base for French Toast
The base of any good French toast is a simple custard. Mix together some eggs and milk and you are well on your way. At the expense of making this slightly fancy, I also recommend adding cinnamon and vanilla extract.
If you don’t have cinnamon OR vanilla in your pantry, then you probably need to go to the store. Harsh truth.
Whisk all that business together with a pinch of salt.
When you’re ready to cook the French toast, dip the toast in the custard for a few seconds so it soaks up and then transfer it to your skillet or griddle.
12 Vegan Breakfast Ideas (that aren’t cereal or toast)
In North America, we’re accustomed to eating sweet, carb-y things for breakfast: toast and jam, cereal, porridge with sugar, pastries, pancakes doused in maple syrup, granola and granola bars. Vegetarians and vegans can be slightly more susceptible to becoming ‘carbotarians’ when there are more dietary restrictions, but when it comes to the first meal of the day there are a multitude of delicious vegan breakfast ideas that don’t involve cereal, oatmeal or toast.
And while we love avocado toast as much as all of you, we’re dying to showcase some of the other vegan breakfast options that we love and incorporate into our menu plans on a regular basis. Many of these ideas are savory – which is the norm in many other cultures around the world. That can take some time getting used to, but these delicious vegan breakfast ideas will make the transition much, much easier!
1. Tofu Scrambles
There are so many different ways to flavour a vegan tofu scramble, and it’s a great way to use up any stray veggies you have faltering in the fridge. Add Mexican flair with chili powder, salsa and avocado, go Indian with curry powder, turmeric, cumin or coriander, make it Greek-style with olives, bell pepper and spinach, create a ‘cheesy’ flavour using nutritional yeast, or fold in your favourite pesto for herb appeal.
We like to use a medium-firm or firm tofu in scrambles, as those hold up better in the cooking process and retain that scrambled egg texture. However, if you once loved the super creamy, not-quite-fully cooked scrambled eggs you could opt for a soft tofu as well. Whatever the density, we recommend using non-GMO tofu as the most health-supportive option.
2. Chickpea Omelettes
No need to miss eggy omelettes when chickpea omelettes are on the scene. Made from high-protein chickpea flour, you can create them two different ways:
- Mix all of the toppings into the chickpea mixture and then pour it into the pan, or
- Cook the omelette like a crepe or pancake, pile the veggies on one half and then fold the top over them.
Either way, you really can’t lose. Also, if you’re too lazy to fuss over flipping and omelette, you can also transform chickpea omelettes into chickpea scrambles!
3. Smoothies + Smoothie Bowls
Smoothies are a quick, portable breakfast that you can stuff with your favourite greens, fruits, vegan yogurt, nut or seed butters, and even beans for an extra protein boost! For those of you who like eating your breakfast in a bowl with a spoon, smoothie bowls are a great option -especially when you blend an ultra-thick smoothie.
4. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potato toast has suddenly become a big thing – but are we the only ones who find sliding sliced sweet potatoes into the toaster kind of weird? We’d much rather have an oven-baked sweet potato that is velvety and carmelized and stuffed with veggies ‘n beans. And don’t forget to slather it with an amazing sauce.
A convenient aspect to stuffed sweet potatoes is you can bake a couple in advance and store them in the fridge, plus pre-make the fixings. Then you can heat it all up in the morning.
5. Chia Pudding
Chia seeds are mighty powerful, packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3s, digestive-supportive fibre, tissue-healing protein and bone-building calcium. Chia puddings are incredibly easy because you can stir them into your favourite dairy-free milk with spices, leave it in the fridge overnight and wake up to a delicious and filling vegan breakfast. Generally, our go-to chia pudding formula is:
- 1-2 parts chia pudding (it swells up a lot)
- 4-6 parts dairy-free milk (depending on how thick you like it)
- 1 part hemp seeds
- 1 part dried fruit or cacao nibs
- 1 tsp cinnamon and/or vanilla
Mix, leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours to overnight. You can also top it with fresh fruit or coconut yogurt in the morning.
6. Vegetable Vegan Quiche
Another veggie-ful way to pack more nutrition into your morning. We like using sprouted, non-GMO tofu in our vegan quiche, but you can also use chickpea flour, soft tofu, or a mix of chickpea flour and tofu if you’d like.
Recipe to Try: Vegalicious Quiche by Meghan Telpner (ACN Founder + Director)
7. Vegan Breakfast Congee
Congee is a popular Chinese dish that is traditionally made with rice and it’s a soothing and comforting vegan breakfast option, especially during the wintertime. Congee is easily veganized if you cook it with vegetable broth or water, and you can make it even healthier by using brown rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, teff or sorghum instead of white rice.
We like making congee with ginger, garlic, green onion, sweet potatoes and seasonal greens on top, but you can literally use any veggies you love. It’s also easy to make overnight in the slow cooker.
8. Vegan Fruit Crumbles
Fruit crumbles, fruit crisps, fruit cobblers or fruit buckles – however you label ’em, they’re a fantastic way to incorporate seasonal fruit into your life. It’s easy to make fruit crumbles vegan by using maple syrup as a sweetener, and you can even create grain-free versions with nuts, seeds and shredded coconut in the topping. No matter what time of year it is, there will be a fruit at the market to fill up your crumble. To make your crumble extra decadent, dollop with coconut whipped cream or coconut yogurt.
9. Savory Veggie Muffins
Pastries don’t have to be sweet and send your blood sugar soaring. Instead, try a gluten-free muffin packed with veggies, herbs, beans and seeds. It might seem kind of weird, but savory pastries are truly awesome and they’re a perfect grab-and-go option when you’re in a rush or don’t like to eat a lot in the morning.
Recipe to Try: Butternut Squash + Lentil Muffins by Sondi Bruner (ACN Head Program Coach)
10. Breakfast Popsicles
These are kind of like a frozen vegan smoothie and they’re totally fun to eat, especially for the kiddos. The key to a good vegan breakfast popsicle is a balance of healthy fats, protein and fibre, so elements like coconut milk, avocado, nuts and seeds (flax, chia, psyllium, hemp) are all great options. You can even swirl in some vegan yogurt or gluten-free granola to make them more breakfast-esque.
11. Vegan Huevos Rancheros
Regular Huevos Rancheros recipes include corn tortillas and fried eggs smothered with salsa. It couldn’t be easier to create a vegan breakfast version of this by swapping the eggs for scrambled tofu or beans. We especially love to load up our vegan huevos rancheros with lots of toppings, including salsa, guacamole, cashew cream, crispy red cabbage and greens. We’re drooling just thinking about it!
Recipe to Try: Vegan Huevos Rancheros by Morgan Shupe
12. Gluten-Free + Vegan Falafel Waffles
This is a genius – seriously, genius – alternative to sweet, floury waffles. Who knew that chickpeas, herbs and spices could be blended up into such deliciousness? They’re high in protein, can be topped with a variety of adornments – tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, roasted bell peppers, greens – and you can make them ahead and freeze them for easy and quick vegan breakfasts. Amazing, right?
What are your favourite vegan breakfast recipes? Please share in the comments!
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Recipe Fruit Bread French Toast with Baked Figs
Author: Bread & Butter Chef Louise Dolben
4 slices Fruit Bread.
2 Eggs. 1/2 cup Pure Cream or Milk.
50g Unsalted Butter plus extra for cooking the toasts.
8 Fresh Figs. 1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon.
1 tblsp Vanilla Sugar.
3 tblsp water.
1. Preheat oven to 180*C.
2. Quarter the figs taking care not to cut all the way through to the bottom. Put into a small oven proof dish so that they sit snugly up against one another (figs can be replaced with other seasonal fruits such as apple or pear, just bake for longer).
3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan then add cinnamon. sugar and water. If you don’t have any Vanilla Sugar simply use caster sugar and a drop of pure vanilla extract. Stir to combine and drizzle over the figs. Bake for 10-15mins.
4. While they are cooking make your French Toasts. In a large flat bowl, beat the eggs and stir in the cream. Dip the pieces of fruit bread in the mixture until they are quite soggy. Melt a little butter in a fry pan and cook the pieces of bread until they are golden brown on each side.
5. Serve the French Toast with a couple of the warm figs, drizzle over a little sauce from the bottom of the cooking dish and dollop on some Greek Yogurt if you like.
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