The Unexpected Canned Avocado Toast Topping You Need To Know About

When avocado toast first entered the realm of mainstream breakfasts, you were likely overjoyed to find a new toast topping. Well, it's now 2022, and sadly, even this healthy alternative to your usual peanut butter and jelly sandwich has become the same old same old. Surely, there must be a way to add some vim and vigor to your increasingly dull early-morning dish. 

Thankfully, a multitude of foodies have suggestions for breathing new life into your ordinary avocado toast. Real Simple, for example, recommends topping your mashed avocado with a fried egg, particularly one with a runny yolk. It doesn't only add flavor and moisture to your concoction, but frying an egg is quick and easy. You could also opt to add a simple poached egg. Another grade A idea is Foodsmarts' plan to add some Southwestern flare by throwing bits of crumbled feta, pickled jalapeños, and hot sauce into the mix. Meanwhile, Country Living offers that topping your smashed avocado with hummus and sliced cucumber will provide some zip with little work. 

The truth is that the avocado's mild taste goes with pretty much everything, making avocado toast the perfect canvas on which to unleash your culinary creativity. And a great way to begin your artistry is to turn to a surprisingly affordable canned food. 

Canned sardines go well with avocado toast

So what is this canned ingredient you should add to your avocado toast? If you haven't popped open a can of sardines in a while, now may be the time to do so. Sardines support bone health, especially if you opt for the ones that have bones inside, according to dietitian Lauren Manaker (via Eat This, Not That!). When you plop those protein-packed morsels of fishy goodness right onto your avocado-slathered toast, you are not only appeasing your taste buds, you're making a healthy decision. 

The experts at Seafood Nutrition Partnership explain that these tiny saltwater dwellers contain omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit your mind and cardiovascular health. Additionally, they boast sizeable amounts of protein, calcium, and vitamins B12 and D. Even culinary wizard, Alton Brown, has jumped on the avocado-and-sardine bandwagon offering up a recipe of his own.   

Not only does the addition of sardines add flavor to your increasingly drab breakfast and substantially increase your vitamin and nutrient intake, but it also helps satisfy your hunger.