Last year had many unforgettable trends, some good (the body positivity movement) and some bad (the return of 90’s-style clogs). One of the hottest trends of 2017 was the beloved avocado toast. It haunted us everywhere: in our favorite cafes, on our best friend’s Instagram feed, in our favorite cooking magazine, and on our TVs. It couldn’t be stopped. The hashtag #avocadotoast has over half a million posts on Instagram alone. And why wouldn’t it be popular? Avocados are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B, and unsaturated fats. Spreading avocado on toast (or anything for that matter), is a great alternative to butter or margarine. Like all great food trends though, avocado toast will soon find that it’s time in the spotlight was short-lived and will eventually fizzle out as millennials move onto the next big thing. Remember the acai berry craze in 2015? Now if you were even to whisper the word “acai”, an angel would ascend from the heavens and take away your “cool card” without the option to re-apply for a new one. “Avo toast”, as many call it, may be reaching the end of its popularity, leaving you with the opportunity to introduce the next great toast trend to the world. Yes you, have the chance at fame and we are here to help you reach for the stars. Pull out your artisan-style bread and antique toaster: you are about to become the next great Toast Artist. Don’t forget to take beautiful pictures of your new creation to share with the world. Good luck, chef!
Mascarpone and Cucumber
- Spread fresh mascarpone on a piece of toast
- Layer slices of cucumber on toast
- Sprinkle with chopped chives and salt
Benefits: Cucumbers are a great source of water, vitamin C, and potassium.
Pear and Cheese
- Spread ricotta cheese onto a piece of toast
- Layer slices of pear on toast
- Drizzle raw honey over fruit
Benefits: Ricotta cheese is a powerful protein choice, especially for vegetarians. In addition, pears are loaded with gut-protecting fiber.
Salmon and Truffle
- Spread a layer of goat cheese on a piece of sourdough toast
- Top with thin slices of smoked salmon
- Drizzle truffle oil over top
Benefits: Traditionally made sourdough bread is easy on the digestive system. Salmon contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and a great deal of protein.
Berries and Basil
- Spread a layer of light cream cheese on a piece toast
- Top with fresh blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries
- Finish with fresh basil
Benefits: Berries are an amazing source of fiber and compared to other fruit, contain a small amount of sugar.
Nutella and Coconut
- Spread a layer of Nutella on a piece of toast
- Layer thinly sliced strawberries on toast
- Top with shredded raw coconut
Benefits: Coconuts contain healthy medium chain fatty acids that are easy to digest.
Mango and Mozzarella
- Layer thin slices of fresh mozzarella on a piece of toast
- Thinly slice mango and layer on toast
- Top with grated lime zest and squeeze out juice of ½ lime
Benefits: Just one mango contains 200% DV of vitamin C, and 70% DV of vitamin A.
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