Yep, it’s official. There is a National Day for EVERYTHING. Today is National Toast Day! Not to be confused with National French Toast Day (November 28) or National Toasted Marshmallow Day (August 30). I’m a bit of an eye-roller when it comes to this stuff, but I suppose it’s harmless as long as we don’t have to start decorating our houses or buying gifts and cards for National Fig Newton Day (Jan 16). It just so happens that the timing of today’s post is spot on– just a lucky coincidence.
After receiving some enthusiastic feedback about my recent post for Steel-cut Oats with Tamari and Green Onion, I realized that there are quite a few folks out there looking for alternative breakfast options. Mostly, people were excited to have a quick and healthy option that was neither bland, sweet, nor boring. Enter Hippie Toast.
Like the aforementioned savory oatmeal, this breakfast has a Japanese twist.
Good Hippie Toast starts with good bread, and I recommend using sprouted grain bread. Why sprouted grains? The short answer is that they’re more nutritious. Sprouting the grains wakes them up, and they become a living food. The vitamin content increases, and the proteins and carbohydrates become easier for the body to utilize. If you followed my previous food blog, you know that I am a big fan of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted grain Bread, which can be found in health food stores, and in the freezer section of many big grocery chains. It contains no flour, only ground sprouted grains, so it has a lot of texture and flavor, and makes a mean grilled cheese. With it’s nutrition profile, you certainly don’t have to be a Christian to like this bread, but it’s an interesting story that the recipe was formulated and inspired by a Bible quotation from the Book of Ezekiel 4:9 :
The makers of EZ bread (for short) followed those instructions and discovered that when those grains were sprouted and combined, they formed a complete protein, meaning that all of the essential amino acids required for the human body to utilize the protein are present. Some proteins are apparently better than others. At the risk of sounding like an Ezekiel 4:9 commercial (really, I’m just a big fan), each 80 calorie slice has 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. If you’re a label reader like I am, you know that’s really good in comparison to other breads.
The next element of Hippie Toast is Miso paste, also found at health food stores, in the refrigerated section. Miso, like sprouted grains, is also a living food. I always have a tub on hand for use in dressings and marinades, or a quick bowl of miso soup. Miso is a fermented product, and contains live cultures. It’s made from soybeans, rice, and/or barley, and adds a salty umami flavor to foods, similar to soy sauce, but with less concentrated salt content. The most commonly found varieties of miso are white or red. White has a mellow flavor, whereas red miso is fermented longer and has a strong flavor with earthier notes. I have used both for Hippie Toast, but first thing in the morning, white miso is the clear winner. You can also do straight Miso Toast, but in the absence of avocado, I recommend buttering the toast first. The miso needs some form of fat to mellow it’s salty bite.
Once you’ve got your favorite healthy toast, and a tub of miso paste, all you need is a ripe avocado. I’ll just put it into a recipe for you to keep it simple.
Recipe: Hippie Toast
Add this aternative breakfast to your repertoire and you’ll have a super healthy and delicious meal that’s quick enough to make for those on-the-fly mornings.
- 4 slices sprouted grain bread (like Ezekiel)
- 4 teaspoons white miso paste
- 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced (or mashed if very ripe)
Toast bread to desired doneness. Spread each slice with a very thin smear of miso paste (about 1 teaspoon per slice). Arrange 1/4 avocado on each piece of toast and enjoy!