I’m a super fan of toast, so much so that I devoted an entire chapter of Rise & Shine to breakfast toast. Here’s why:

  • It only requires a few ingredients
  • Takes just a few minutes
  • Is easy enough to outsource to a child
  • It’s tasty!
  • Can be made for breakfast, yes, but for lunch, snack, or even supper, too
  • Done right, it can be enormously nutritious.

healthy breakfast toast with all the toppings

Here are a few “how-tos” on getting the most nutrition onto every slice:

  1. Start with a wholesome loaf. Ideally choose a whole grain bread with at least a few grams of fiber. Head here for my post on how to choose a healthy bread.
  2. Add a favorite spread, such as nut and seed butters, cottage cheese, cream cheese, all-natural jam, avocado, hummus, or tapenade.
  3. Layer on fruits, vegetables, or both. Practically any fresh or frozen (defrosted) fruit will do and vegetables can run the gamut from sliced cucumber to leafy greens.
  4. Add nourishing toppings such as favorite seeds, chopped nuts, dried fruits, granola, and cacao nibs.
  5. Finish as desired with salt, pepper, herbs, spices, honey, olive oil, lemon juice, lime juice, salsa, and so on.

healthy breakfast toast with all the toppings

healthy breakfast toast with all the toppings
5 from 3 votes

Energy-Boosting Breakfast Toast

A good slice of bread and a few favorite toppings is all it takes to make a simple, nourishing breakfast. Go sweet or savory, crunchy or not, nothing is off limits. 

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author katiemorford


  • 1 slice whole grain bread
  • Spread of your choice peanut butter, any nut or seed butter, cottage cheese, cream cheese, all-natural jam, smashed avocado, hummus
  • Sliced or diced fruits apple, pear, grapes, banana, peach, apricot, figs, fresh or frozen and defrosted berries, or other favorite fruits
  • Vegetables/leafy greens cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, arugula, baby spinach, or other favorites
  • Favorite toppings chia seeds, hemp seeds, pepitas, nuts, coconut, dried fruits, granola, cacao nibs
  • Seasoning salt, pepper, chiles, herbs, spices, salsa, honey, lemon or lime juice


  1. Toast bread until lightly brown.

  2. Add spread of your choice.

  3. Top with a fruit or vegetable, or both, as desired.

  4. Scatter on any toppings you like.

  5. Finish with appropriate seasonings.

Photo credits: Leigh Beisch