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Celebrating #ToastTuesday with these Sola Recommendations

Delicious low-carb options for #toasttuesday

We’re surrounded by processed carbs and hidden sugars in our daily meals. Low-carb bread options allow us to eliminate carb-dense foods and make it easier to shift to a low-carb diet. On this #toasttuesday we have included two sweet and two savory toast options that maintain a commitment to a low-carb lifestyle while preserving the deliciousness of the food we know and love.

These recipes were created with the intention of shifting from an empty high-carb breakfast to high fat, high fiber, low-carb alternative. The typical American carbohydrate loaded breakfast (i.e., bagel and cream cheese) tends to make us feel fuller at the moment but burning us out before lunchtime and leading to dangerous levels of inflammation and weight gain.

A focus on low-carb, high fat, high fiber toast options, works to keep us feeling fuller for longer while tempering the chronic inflammation associated with a diet that’s loaded with processed carbs. While inflammation in our bodies is what works to help us heal if we take a tumble, the chronic inflammation that comes with a high-carb diet has been linked to health risks such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Pairing a commitment to a low-carb diet with a high fiber intake works to keep our digestive tracts moving and healthy.

It is natural to crave carbs and sugars when you’re first making a change to a healthier lifestyle.  Switching to low-carb alternatives will allow your body to get used to fewer carbs but still maintain some of your favorite foods. No one can change overnight, and you don’t have to! Baby steps. Here are a couple quick but flavorful low-carb recommendations that are perfect for a busy #toasttuesday morning before work or even a lazy Sunday brunch.

Recommendations:

Low-Carb PB&J toast

  • One slice Sola Golden White Wheat bread, crunchy unsweetened sunbutter, raspberries, shredded coconut
  • When switching to a low-carb diet, the sugar cravings can be overwhelming. A great alternative to processed sugars is a handful of berries. Some fruits such as bananas, pineapple, or mango can have a higher amounts of sugars than other fruits like raspberries, and strawberries. Berries, in moderation, are a delicious and low-carb friendly alternative. If you coupled them with a low-carb, unsweetened nut butter such as sunflower seed, macadamia nut, or pecan butter to keep us satiated for longer, these toast toppings are a win, win. A shaved coconut topping not only adds an extra dose of fiber but also tastes deliciously indulgent. Keep in mind that fresh berries can be bought or picked seasonally in bulk and frozen for the winter months, ensuring that there are always low-carb toast toppings on hand.

Low-Carb Sweet Yet Savory Toast

  • One slice Sola sweet oat bread, crumbled goat cheese, fresh blackberries, cinnamon
  • Nothing compliments the sweetness of fresh, juicy blackberries like the tangy flavor of goat cheese. For those who are not big on goat cheese, cottage cheese is another tasty (and thriftier) option. A sprinkle of cinnamon compliments this recipe with a bit of light spice, not to mention the anti-inflammatory properties of the cinnamon.

Low-Carb Avocado Toast

  • One slice Sola Deliciously Seeded bread, half an avocado sliced, cherry tomatoes roasted, and a mixture of sesame seeds, dry onion, garlic salt, and poppy seed sprinkled on top.
  • What would a blog post about toast be without featuring the beloved avocado! Avocados pack a hearty, healthy punch. The fat contained in an avocado works to keep us fuller for longer. They also include lots of the fiber we are looking for in a low-carb diet. All the while, providing the delicious and creamy texture which is its claim to fame. Roasted tomatoes complement our avocado toast by adding texture, fiber, and sweetness for taste. Sprinkling a slice of low-carb toast with a seasoning mixture of sesame seeds, dry onion, garlic salt, and poppy seed gives all the flavor of a bagel without the processed carbs.

Low-Carb Farmer’s Market Toast

  • One slice Sola Sweet Oat Bread, softened brie, sliced prosciutto, poached egg, and a sprinkle of black pepper and sea salt.
  • This savory toast option feels gourmet but can be made in a matter of minutes. Starting with a spread of soft brie cheese, stack a slice of prosciutto (or bacon), and a poached egg on a slice of low-carb bread. When cutting down on carbs, the first thing to go is often that bagel or English muffin we are accustomed to for sopping up those delicious egg yolks at breakfast. Switching to a slice of Sola Sweet Oat bread for our morning meal allows us to stick with tradition while maintaining a commitment to a low-carb lifestyle.

Resources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-inflammation

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948

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