We all love the deliciousness that is toast. Avocado toast, eggs and toast, chocolate toast – the options are pretty much endless. But what if I told you we’ve got a few surefire ways to elevate the best toast recipes to anti-aging status? Good news. We DO!
You guys, it’s so good.
And I’m not saying to go out and buy a loaf of bread and down it, because, well, that’s not really healthy in any way. But what I am saying is that you don’t have to give up your morning toast in the name of beauty, and in fact, we can enjoy the best toast recipes, knowing that we’re giving our body a boost!
Recently, Chris and I FULLY enjoyed a little getaway with Oprah Magazine and Holland America on their Adventure of Your Life Cruise through the caribbean. It was incredible! And not only was the service impeccable, the sights truly post-card worthy and the time away magical – but with Oprah Magazine involved, there were also some really insightful growth opportunities on board with all of the classes and interactions.
One on board activity that we enjoyed was an Anti Aging Health Chat with Anna Louise Gittleman (author of 35 health books, including How to Stay Young and Healthy in a Toxic World)! We walked away with SO much info. And no, she didn’t tell us to go out and eat toast. BUT, with an arsenal of facts at my fingertips, I was ready to infuse my favorite toasted bites with a bit of anti-aging goodness.
But first, I can hardly believe it – the Girls Getaway Cruise with O, Oprah the Magazine and Holland America Cruise Line is just days away when we set sail with Oprah, her staff and new friends!
Thanks for excusing me while I did a little jig. Okay, so back to these anti-aging infused best toast recipes… are you ready?!
5 Anti-Aging Ways to Elevate the Best Toast Recipes
1. Spring for Sprouted Grains.
That whole wheat bread may not be doing your body a favor. This spike in blood sugar can be the cause more skin-wrinkling compounds to be produced inside your body. Aptly named AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) are compounds formed in the body when fat and protein combine with a spike in sugar. (Healthline)
Sprouted grain breads, cereals and other foods are made from the wheat kernel, which is first sprouted. The process of sprouting retains the protein, fiber and nutrients that prevent blood sugar spikes.
We used Ezekiel bread, one of the biggest name brands for sprouted grain products, typically found in the frozen organic food section or on Amazon.
2. You Say Tomato; We Say YES.
According to EcoWatch, “tomatoes are an anti-aging superfood that deserves a place in the diet of anyone interested in maintaining healthy skin, preventing age-related diseases like osteoporosis, and even preventing cancer.”
Lycopene, found in tomatoes, has long been heralded as a top antioxidant and protects skin from sun damage that leads to wrinkles. But it can also benefit the by inhibiting the production or activity of collagenases – enzymes that breakdown collagen in the skin. Collagen helps ensure the firmness and elasticity of your skin and prevents wrinkling.
How we used it: Sliced Fresh Tomatoes. Mix a tablespoon of organic greek yogurt with a tiny splash of cayenne pepper (boosts metabolism). Spread over sprouted bread toast and top with an over easy egg, sliced tomatoes and fresh salt and pepper.
3. Get Your Chocolate Fix.
Before we view this as a chance to go on a chocolate binge, let’s all agree that not all chocolate is created (or mass-produced) equal. To get the anti-aging goodness, look for cocoa flavonol. (You won’t find flavonoid content on nutrition labels, but the label should indicate the percentage of cocoa solids, and this is usually in direct ratio to flavonoid content.)
In a fun study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women consumed chocolate drinks for 24 weeks in a double blind test. Half of them had drinks with real cocoa powder with naturally occurring flavonols while the other half drank a similar cocoa beverage with no flavonols.
The conclusion was that regular cocoa flavanol consumption had positive effects on wrinkles and improvement in elasticity as women saw less wrinkles starting at 12 weeks!
How we used it: Natural cocoa powder. Processed right, it is one of the most antioxidant rich foods! Mix with a bit of peanut butter or almond butter (even better!) and you’re in for an anti-aging treat. We topped sprouted bread with the chocolate mixture, added sliced bananas, shredded coconut and another drizzle of chocolate. It could almost be considered dessert.
4. Bite the Berry.
Blueberries have long been known as a “superfruit” for their antioxidant content, including as an age-defying antioxidant called anthocyanin which helps with aging and sun damage. But blueberries are now recognized as having impacts on many different aging processes. Along with cocoa and other fruits and vegetables, blueberries have a high flavonoid content.
How we used it: Fresh Blueberries. On top of our sprouted bread toast, we spread goat cheese (a source of healthy fats and probiotics), topped with fresh blueberries, crushed walnuts (rich in antioxidants and Omega-3s) and a drizzle of honey.
5. Add in Avocado.
Avocados are high in inflammation-fighting fatty acids that promote smooth, supple skin, while ALSO being high in Vitamin A. So on top of that supple skin, the high Vitamin A content can help to shed skin cells, leaving glowing skin. Maybe not the wrinkle eraser that is natural cocoa, but glowing, supple skin is certainly a help in looking younger.
I’m going to add in here the huge anti-aging benefits of egg. Although, Dr. Mercola recommends consuming RAW egg, I’m not going quite that far and like to cook my egg whites. Adding egg gives you NINE essential amino acids and lots of protein, giving you a bite of a superfood, well, with each delicious bite.
How we used it: Sliced Avocado and Over-Easy Eggs. Toast a slice of sprouted grain bread and drizzle with olive oil. Smash a couple of avocado slices onto the toast and top with an over-easy egg. Add salt and pepper to taste, microgreens for garnish and a few more slices of avocado as well.
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