Sweet potato toast might not be what you're thinking it is. It's not bread made from sweet potatoes. If you're a foodie follower on Instagram, you've probably seen sweet potato toast, which is basically toasted rounds of a fresh sweet potato. What's really cool about it is that you can make it tons of different ways and there are loads of health benefits you can get when you enjoy sweet potato toast.
Start by slicing a sweet potato into rounds. You can peel the potato first, or leave the skin on. You don't want to put the tiny end pieces in the toaster because it could be hard to get it back out. Instead, use the larger slices from the middle of the potato. Slice them about a 1/4-inch thick so they don't get too mushy in the toaster.
The really fun thing about sweet potato toast is that you can top it with tons of different things so it's always something new and exciting. Try yours spread with almond or peanut butter. How about cream cheese and smoked salmon? Or avocado with salt and pepper. Other great options include sliced bananas, cinnamon, honey, cheese, cucumbers, tuna, pomegranate seeds, eggs and much, much more. Mix and match your favorites to find what you love best.
The great thing about a sweet potato is that it makes a wonderful substitute for bread. It has complex carbs that give your body energy to get through the day. Sweet potatoes also contain vitamin A, which is important for immunity and healthy teeth and gums. There are tons of antioxidants in sweet potatoes that protect against free radical damage and help prevent health issues like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. You'll also get a healthy does of fiber, which satisfies your appetite and helps prevent hunger between meals.
Like I said above, fiber helps keep you feeling full. That's why fiber rich meals are such a great choice when you're trying to lose weight. Sweet potatoes have fiber, but they are also low in calories, which is also ideal for weight loss. When you eat a fiber filled meal, you boost healthy digestion and help prevent the hunger that leaves you reaching for junk food between meals. Sweet potato toast is a great way to start your day!
If you're one of the many people who must eat gluten-free or simply choose to make that lifestyle choice, sweet potato toast is for you. It's entirely gluten-free and has a pleasant flavor, which is more than can be said for some of the gluten-free breads out there. Sweet potato toast is also paleo and dairy-free so it's great for other food restrictions too. Just make sure the toppings you choose also fit with your health needs.
Are you always in a rush to get out the door in the morning? If you're skipping breakfast, you're really doing yourself a disservice. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast is a good way to set the tone for the rest of the day and prevents you from getting so hungry that you eat everything in sight at lunchtime. You can easily eat sweet potato toast on your morning commute or while you run to the bus stop. It's also great for taking in your lunchbox or as a quick dinner on a busy night.
I already mentioned some great topping ideas, but if you want something more specific, there are tons of options. Try the plethora of choices at people.com or mindbodygreen.com Or go to #sweetpotatotoast Instagram for some great inspiration here: @explore
Have you ever tried sweet potato toast? What's your favorite topping combination?
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