April 04, 2015

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.

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.

Full disclosure: My ultimate carb guilt comes from a good bagel. If we are getting really specific, we have to go with sesame, toasted, and loaded with cream cheese. Full fat if it's a Saturday because who are we kidding? This is lunch, too!

But, seriously! A whole bagel is absolute crazy talk in the carb department. Even if I decided to be conservative by scooping the insides or only eating half, I miss the satisfaction of that beautiful bready goodness!

Presenting: Scandi Toast. Smoked salmon never used to be in my breakfast lineup, but the sharp, salty fish pairs perfectly with smooth cream cheese. I like to add a crunch of fresh cucumber and radish for contrast, and the best part about this toast is the toast itself. Scandinavian crackers are loaded with fiber-full bran, so you don't have to feel so bad about eating a few of these. Yay for compromises!

Salmon Scandi ToastSkip the carb-heavy bagel for this bran crisp. It's perfect for still indulging on your favorite NY bagel toppings. Mix it up with capers, chive, or your favorite smoked fish!

1 scandi cracker1 tablespoon 1/3-less-fat cream cheese3 cucumber slices3 radish slices1 ounce smoked salmonFlaky sea salt, for garnishDill, for garnish

1. Spread cream cheese on cracker. Be mindful of spreading to each edge for the maximum creaminess experience.

2. Top with cucumber, radish, salmon, salt and dill. Enjoy!

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