The spread is an important part of most breakfasts and also one of the most significant determinants of how much sugar you will have for the rest of the day. While jam and margarine are readily available and mostly get the job done, they are not the healthiest. All that sugar found in jam plus the preservatives can be a problem and the trans fats in most margarine isn’t any good either. The best thing to do is get a natural spread with less sugar and added preservatives to prevent an early morning sugar rush and lethargy. Luckily, there are lots of natural spreads that will make your bread, buns and doughnuts delicious and healthier.
Avocados are one of the healthiest foods on the planet and one that can fit anywhere including sandwiches and muffins. You can also use avocados to make your spread and it will turn out great. To keep it green, you can add some lemon juice over the slices before mashing them up. You could also use whole slices on the sandwich if you don’t like mashed avocados. As long as they are ripe, the taste will be great.
After avocados, bananas are the nest best fruit to use for your homemade spread. Using bananas only won’t be enough though because bananas have lots of sugar and starch just like your bread so you want to add in some toasted nuts, caramel sauce or whatever healthy flavours you would love in your spread. There is really no magic involved, just give it a thorough beating in a blender until you have your spread.
Now too much honey is lots of calories and that is not healthy. However, good old natural honey is healthier than the amount of refined sugar used in jam. One or two spoons of honey on your two slices of whole-grain braid is nothing short of a healthy breakfast. You can also add honey to other homemade spreads or to sweeten other breakfast meals.
Like avocados, cheese can go with almost every other homemade spread. You should avoid the over flavoured cheeses from the store though because they beat the purpose of making your own spread in the first place. There are lots of recipes for making your own cheese spread using cooked cheese. You can make it more natural by adding a little milk, salt and seasonings as well as a little sugar to sweeten it up. Once cooked up nicely, you will have a cool spread from the past.
Eggs are also another universal foods that can go with anything and that includes being used as your spread or alternative. Whether you like them scrambled, unscrambled, boiled, fried or blended into another spread, the result will be awesome. Eggs are also healthy as they carry super proteins with all the nine amino acids and lots of Vitamin D.
Olive oil makes you fill full when you add it to your food and you don’t even have to use lots of it. Just one or two tablespoons of olive oil are enough for your sandwich and it also has lots of healthy fats that your body needs. Olive oil doesn’t have the trans fats found in margarine. Besides making your sandwich delicious, olive oil gives your body monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Mashed Peas/Beans Spread
Black beans and peas make great spreads with lots of folate and Vitamins as well as proteins. The best part is that they are some of the easiest to make at home. You may have to add a little lemon juice and olive oil to make it tasty and smooth. You can also add other flavours such as chocolate or cheese and then convert it into a spread.
Plain Fat Yogurt
Yoghurt is healthy but the excessive sugar and flavours used on flavoured yoghurt beats often strips it of the benefits. Most flavoured yoghurts might have more sugar than your jam which makes them bad for your health. Plain fat yoghurt can go with any bread or baked food though and using it as a spread only increases the flavour. You can also mix it with other healthy foods such as avocado, nuts or bananas to make a thicker and even healthier spread.
Researchers agree that peanut butter doesn’t give you the same health benefits as eating whole nuts do which is strange. When it comes to seeds, the answer is different. Homemade seed butter, even with added sugar and other flavours, seeds are still very healthy as they contain healthy fats. You can buy sunflower or chia seed butter in the store or make some at home if you can.
Hummus helps you improve your immunity by reducing inflammation and also gives you lots of vital minerals and Vitamins. It is also one of the healthiest spreads for any bread because hummus can literally go onto anything baked. Making homemade hummus can be a little tasking but you can do it if you check out some recipes online but even store-bought hummus spread will work.