Strawberry Toast 4 Ways

Strawberry Toast 4 ways

Whether it’s breakfast on-the-run or a mid-day snack, these recipes for simple, and yummy, strawberry toast from Jenna Braddock, RD, will inspire you to think outside the toaster!

Toast…

Whoever thought such a simple food idea would end up in the spotlight of food trends? Maybe that’s what makes “food trends” so fun; you just never know what the culinary gods will reinvent into something spectacular. Interestingly, this strawberry toast trend speaks to one of my personal food philosophies that delicious, healthy food does not need to be complicated.

I don’t consider myself a “trendy” person but I sure had a lot of fun coming up with 4 unique ways to use strawberries on toast. And while the toast part may be in-trend right now, strawberries are always trending in my opinion. Who doesn’t love to enjoy a big, juicy California strawberry?

California strawberries are more than just a beautiful food though. Research has found that eating just 8 strawberries a day can benefit your body by promoting heart health, supporting diabetes management and a healthy brain, and reducing the risk of some cancers. (Read more about how strawberry’s fiber content may reduce breast cancer risk.) In addition, strawberries are naturally sweet, but low in sugar which means they can totally help quench your sweet tooth all while doing your body good.

Here are two sweet and two savory toast options that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Toast

Strawberry goat cheese toast

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. Meanwhile, mix together 1 ounce of goat cheese with 8 small, chopped strawberries to create a spread. Spread on warm toast and top with about 10 shelled pistachios or nut of choice.

Cocoa Almond Butter Strawberry Toast

Cocoa Almond Butter Strawberry Toast

 

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. Spread 2 tablespoons of almond butter on the toast. Layer sliced strawberries on top. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Avocado Balsamic Strawberry Toast

Avocado Balsamic Strawberry Toast

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. In a small bowl, mash up 1/4 of a Hass avocado with a fork, then spread it on the toast. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese. Layer halved strawberries on top. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Note: To make this toast just a little more awesome, reduce the balsamic vinegar. In a small sauce pan, bring 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a gentle simmer. Allow to simmer until it’s reduced by about 75%. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and allow cool (even refrigerate if you have the time). The vinegar will be a syrupy consistency. Drizzle this on toast, or really almost everything. It takes a little more time but it so worth it!

Quick White Bean & Pepper Hummus Strawberry Toast

Quick White Bean & Pepper Hummus Strawberry Toast

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup drained and rinsed white beans, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of pepper (or more to taste) and mash with a fork. Spread hummus on toast and layer sliced strawberries on top. Top with chopped, fresh basil.

I hope you enjoy trying of these easy strawberry toast ideas and feel super trendy while you eat them. All of Team Braddock loved snacking on these and I know you will too!

For the love of simple, yet trendy, food,

Jenna

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Strawberry Overnight Oats

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

If you feel too rushed to eat right, check out this recipe for Strawberry Overnight Oats from guest blogger Christy Wilson, RD!

As a registered dietitian, I have made a conscious effort to reach out to my community for the past several years to spread the word about the month-long nutrition campaign, National Nutrition Month (NNM) that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics started back in 1973.  It’s such a pleasure to do cooking demonstrations at elementary schools, speak to community organizations and find fun ways to remind everyone how eating well can benefit lives.

This year’s NNM theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right,” which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. One way I “savor the flavor of eating right” is by eating foods that taste good and are good for me and my family –  like delicious,  California Strawberries.

Did you know that only eight strawberries a day can support brain & heart health, help manage diabetes and reduce the risk of some cancers? Here are a few more fun strawberry facts:

  • One serving of strawberries (8 medium) has only 45 calories and more vitamin C than an orange
  • Strawberries contain blood pressure lowering potassium, folate, along with a variety of health-boosting antioxidants
  • In just 8 strawberries you get 3 grams of heart healthy fiber and a mere 7 grams of natural sugar

Although March is a busy time for many of us, eating nutrient rich foods should remain a priority. Including fruit, like strawberries, as part of everyday meals can keep you energized and healthy to tackle all the activities in our busy weeks.

One recipe that makes a great on-the-go breakfast or snack is my Strawberry Overnight Oats. Make several of these and you’ve got yourself a tasty and convenient breakfast for the week! Made with whole foods including sweet strawberries, rolled oats, chia seeds, Greek yogurt and honey, this recipe is one that will help keep you eating right all month (and all year!) long.

Strawberry Overnight Oats

 

Strawberry Overnight Oats
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Serves: 1 serving
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup rolled oats (also labelled Old Fashioned Oats)
  • 1 container (5.3 ounces) vanilla flavored Greek style yogurt
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • ½ tsp honey
  • 8 strawberries, chopped and divided into two servings
  • ⅓ cup light vanilla soy milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sliced almonds
Instructions
  1. In a 16-ounce mason jar, add oats, yogurt, chia seeds, honey, four chopped strawberries, milk and cinnamon. Stir ingredients to combine and cover jar with a lid.
  2. Refrigerate oat mixture overnight or for 8 hours.
  3. To prepare oats, top mixture with remaining strawberries and top with sliced almonds.


Strawberries & Cream French Toast Bake

Strawberry + Cream French Toast

The fall and winter entertaining seasons are upon us. If you are like our family, in the next couple of months you’ll have more overnight house guests than normal, and might be looking for some delicious, make ahead breakfast options to feed all those extra mouths. A strawberries & cream French toast recipe is the way to go.

Whenever I have a full house, I like to do a big breakfast bake for the morning meal. This Strawberries and Cream French Toast Bake is one of those recipes you can prep ahead of time, put in your refrigerator, then bake right before you are ready to serve it. It is the perfect recipe for those busy mornings when you want to focus on the company you have seated around your table and not be stuck in the kitchen working hard to get a meal on the table.

This Strawberries and Cream French Toast Bake will definitely brighten up your brunch table too. Plus with more vitamin C than an orange and loaded with nutrients, the California strawberries in this recipe are a nutritious and versatile fruit to enjoy every day, including in the cooler months!

Fall may not be when you naturally turn to California strawberries in your baked goods, however, you should! With family farmers growing 90 percent of the nation’s strawberries in California, odds are the strawberries you’re enjoying came fresh from the Golden State – with mild and beautiful temperatures all year round. So throw out your ideas of what is expected in the fall, and instead bake up something delicious using fresh, California strawberries.

Enjoy!

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Strawberries and Cream French Toast Bake
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12 servings
 
A flavorful French toast bake, perfect for a make ahead breakfast or brunch!
Ingredients
  • For the French Toast Bake:
  • 12 slices Texas Toast, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 8oz packages cream cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 cup fresh California strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 12 eggs
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbls vanilla
  • 1 Tbls cinnamon
  • For the syrup:
  • 1 cup California strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 3 Tbls water
  • ½ cup half and half
Instructions
  1. For the French toast bake:
  2. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. Place half the bread cubes in a baking dish. Top with cream cheese cubes. Next, layer the sliced strawberries on top of the cream cheese, then place the remaining bread cubes over the strawberry layer.
  4. In the jar of a blender, add the half and half and eggs. Blend until fully mixed.
  5. Add the maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until smooth.
  6. Pour mixture evenly over bread mixture. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  7. After refrigerated time is up, preheat oven to 350°F.
  8. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes, or until bread is toasty and cream cheese has melted.
  9. For the Strawberry Cream Sauce:
  10. While the French toast bake is cooking, place 1 cup strawberries, orange juice and sugar into a saucepan. Heat to a low boil.
  11. In a separate small bowl, whisk together corn starch and water until smooth. Stir into the saucepan and cook over low until strawberry sauce has thickened.
  12. Remove from heat and whisk in the half and half.
  13. Remove the French Toast Bake from the oven, cut into slices and serve topped with Strawberry Cream Sauce.

 


Strawberry Oats Breakfast Bars

Healthy Strawberry Breakfast Cookies Recipe

It’s not always easy to get our kids to eat in the morning, especially before school. When my kids were smaller, I was always trying to think of healthy grab-n-go snacks they could munch on in the car going to, or coming from, school.

With some of us still getting adjusted to the new school year, we want to share the kinds of healthy, kid-friendly snacks and beverages that fit into the category of grab-n-go, and healthy. For example, a few weeks ago we shared this natural strawberry milk by nutritionist Anne Mauney.

Our latest recipe for healthy strawberry cookies was created by busy mom and dietitian Mitzi Dulan, the author of The Pinterest Diet. She raved about how much her daughters love these cookies. That’s a good sign!

These cookies are easy to make and can easily be frozen in for the convenience of just grabbing a couple at a time for early mornings, or after school snacks.

Enjoy!

Healthy Strawberry Breakfast Cookies
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Serves: 18 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas, ripened
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2¼ cups California strawberries, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 scoop natural vanilla whey protein powder
  • Non-stick baking spray
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Remove pits from dates and place dates and bananas in blender.
  3. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and combine with coconut oil.
  4. Gently stir in the strawberries.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, chia seeds, coconut, cinnamon and protein powder. Add the bowl of dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well.
  6. Roll the cookie batter into 2” balls and pat down gently. Bake 15-18 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then finish cooling on a cooling rack.