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Hit the clean eating sweet spot with sweet potato toast

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Forget avocado toast, there’s a new trend on the scene – sweet potato toast. Unlike the green spread that’s ruining millennial’s property dreams, sweet potato toast puts the titular vegetable in the spotlight as a replacement for the bread, making it the ideal after-gym snack or meal.

With sweet potato as the platform for your spread, you’re boosting the nutrient intake of this simple food when compared to toast that’s made with bread. Sweet potatoes are a good source of fibre, selenium, antioxidants, iron, vitamin B and vitamin C.

It’s also a naturally gluten free, vegan and paleo meal option, and it perfectly complements a fit lifestyle. Adding sweet potato toast into your meal prep routine is simple, as we’ll show you below.

How to make sweet potato toast

Unsurprisingly the first step is to get yourself a sweet potato, the rounder and larger the better, as you’ll want to get nice even slices out of it. If you cut the slices too thin it won’t hold up like a slice of toast, and if you go too thick you might not cook the slice through.

Once you have your sweet potato picked out, scrub any dirt off to ensure it’s clean. You can remove the skin with a peeler if you like, but it’s also fine to leave it on – we’ll leave this to your personal preference.

Slice the sweet potato lengthways into thin slices, approximately 6mm across. This will be easier with a sharp knife. If you cut it too thick, don’t worry – you can pierce it with a fork and partially precook the slice in the microwave for a couple of minutes before toasting to ensure it is cooked through.

You can either cook your sweet potato slice in a regular toaster – putting it through two to three cycles until it’s cooked through and slightly browned on the outside.

Otherwise you can place the slices on a baking tray and put them in the oven at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes, carefully turning them after 10 minutes. If your slice is thicker you might need to leave it in longer.

Top it off

Once you have your sweet potato nice and toasted, it’s time to talk toppings. The best part of this is you can pretty much go for anything you would put on a regular old slice of toast.

Sweet and savoury options are all on the cards – but be wary that you should go for balanced options high in protein and low in sugar to suit your gym routine. Nut butters, eggs, tahini and hummus are all great ways of boosting the protein intake.

If you really want to show off your Instagram worthy diet, you can live the millennial dream and have smashed avo on your sweet potato toast!

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