As of late, bread has become the common denominator in trending 'bad-for-you' food. When did we decide that we need to wage a war against gluten? The 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 very 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, flat breads, 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.

Moving into the sweeter side of things, let's talk about Almond Butter. The classic bread pairings involve two things and three letters: PB&J. Did your mom ever pack you a sandwich loaded with the sugary spreads? We love mom, and we love a good peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich, but when we consider toast on the lighter side, we have to think about the sugar facts.

Unlike most commercial peanut butters, almond butters tend not to contain an absurd amount of sugar and added saturated fats. It's kind of ridiculous how much corn syrup they can hide in those containers! Avoid this nonsense by making your own or choosing no-added-sugar brands. My trick for making your jam go farther is to use a small amount of jam and tossing it with fresh berries. It seems as if you're getting an abundant serving, but with a whole lot of natural goodness. Find the recipe below!

Almond Butter Toast with Raspberries

Heat up your jam for 15 seconds in the microwave and then toss with fresh berries of your choice. I used Udi's Gluten Free bread in this photo, but feel free to mix it up!

  • 1 slice bread
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon jam of choice
  • 1 oz berries of choice
  • Basil, for garnish (optional)
  1. Toast bread to desired doneness. Spread almond butter while the toast is still warm, being careful to spread to all of the edges.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, warm jam in the microwave for 15 seconds. Toss berries with jam and spread onto toast. Garnish with basil, if desired.