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9 Ways to Dress Sweet Potato Toast

Sweet Potato Toasts are all the rage these days! They are simple to make, super nutrient dense, filling and delicious. Sweets are high in vitamins A, C, B5, B6 and E. They are also a good source of potassium, manganese, fiber and several antioxidants. Compared to a processed and refined white bread, and much different from a whole grain toast, this alternative will always take the win!

+ + + Plus you can prep them in advance and toast or heat up as needed. + + +

Here are nine ways you can dress them up but the bottom line is, you can get creative with toppings and make them however you like.

I used other root vegetables here, so if you prefer Idaho potatoes, that’s fine too. Enjoy these sweets as a snack or make a meal out of it by including multiple food groups and macronutrients. Try adding ground or slice lean meats, beans, or hummus for added protein for a post workout snack. For a sustainable meal add a little heart healthy fat from low-fat cheese, avocado, seeds and nuts.

. Cooking Instructions .

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

2. Wash potatoes and remove any brown, damaged spots

3. Cut length wise into ¼- ½ inch slices, then place on a baking sheet

Optional: Pour and rub in a tiny portion of extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil onto the tops of the potato { ½ tsp of oil should be enough for each whole potato }

4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until potato is tender

5. Remove from oven and garnish with toppings

Note: If you want to melt cheese or heat up leftover meat or cold vegetable on toasts, remove them from oven, add toppings then place back in oven for a few minutes so all ingredients are warm and/or melted.

Tahini is a thick paste made of ground sesame seeds. Seeds are rich in fat making this dip super satisfying in flavor. There’s no sugar, sodium, trans fats, or any artificial additives which makes it a much better option than its condiment counterparts. It's also rich in phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, B vitamins and protein.

. Roasted Heirloom Carrot + Chili Powder .

Roasted Heirloom Carrots are not to be afraid of. They are available in an array of gorgeous colors such as yellow, orange and purple, but all have a similar taste. Carrots are antioxidant rich as they are high in vitamins C + A, including the carotenoid beta-carotene, found in several plant based foods. Pair carrots with sweet potatoes and you have a powerful vitamin A boost, important for eye health!

. Baked Fiji Apple + Cinnamon + Slivered Almonds .

Bake your Fiji Apples by cutting them in half and placing them on a cookie sheet. You can do this while your roast the sweet potatoes { same temperature and time. }

Apples are rich in both fiber and vitamin C which aid in digestion and boost immunity, respectively. Pair apples with nuts or nut butter for a blend of macronutrients and quick but sustainable energy source. Try eating a variety as well; they all have different flavor profiles from sweet to tangy.

. Pepper Jack Cheese + Tomato + lemon Pepper .

Adding a little protein to your sweet potato is essential for a post work out snack. The body naturally and easily digests 15-25g of protein. Consuming more than that would be best in two portions. 1/4c of shredded cheese or 1 slice have 7-8g of protein. You can also try adding cottage cheese, refried beans, hummus, sliced turkey, tunafish or shredded chicken.

. Roasted Asparagus + Tahini + Dried Basil .

Roasted Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamins K, C, E, B1 + B2, folate, copper, and selenium. Hello nutrients! It's also a very good source of fiber and several other micronutrients. Any leftover asparagus can be used as a veggie side, chopped up on salads or used for toppings on sandwiches. Don't ditch it until you try it!

Dried Basil compliments other combinations like mozzarella cheese + tomato or any type of veggie or ground meat chili. Try using herbs and spices to increase flavor instead of added fat or salt.

. Almond Butter + Banana + Hemp Hearts .

Almond Butter, PB's soul sister, is best when it's the only ingredient in the jar. If you have a sweet tooth, add sugar on your own by controlling the amount using whole food ingredients. Try all natural sweeteners that are rich in minerals and electrolytes like maple syrup and honey. Check the ingredient and look for one single word; almonds.

Hemp Hearts contain protein, omega-3 + -6 fatty acids and are an excellent source of iron and vitamin E. You can pour them onto cereal, oatmeal, fresh fruit, cottage cheese and even use them in baked goods. Love this sweet combo for breakfast!

. Roasted Mushrooms + Pesto + Dried Oregano .

Roasted Mushrooms are literally one of my favorite foods on earth. One cup of crimini mushrooms provides 15 different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant phytonutrients including copper, selenium and B vitamins. Mushrooms have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties and provide immune system support.

Pesto is typically made from pureed basil, pine nuts and olive oil. Basil actually has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is high in vitamin A, essential for cardiovascular health. Garnish any savory toppings with basil!

.Roasted Artichoke Heart + Pesto + Dried Oregano.

Roasted Artichoke Hearts are a good source of niacin, vitamin B6, Iron and Phosphorus, and a very good source of fiber, vitamins C + K, folate, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese.

Dried Oregano, like many other herbs adds a burst of robust Italian flavor! Ciao Bello...

. Black Beans + Tomato + Green Onion .

Black Beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber. They also have cardiovascular and blood sugar regulation benefits.

Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene. They're also a very good source of manganese and fat soluble vitamin E.

Many packaged toppings you find here can also be found on Thrive Market. Tahini, almond butter, pesto, nuts, seeds and so much more.

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