These inspiring combinations of ingredients deliver the carbs and protein you need to revive after a tough workout.

No offense to peanut butter, but when it comes to recovery toast you can stack on a more inspiring combination of ingredients to deliver the carbs and protein you need to revive after a tough workout. Enjoy these even more by using crusty bread from a local artisanal baker. For an even bigger dose of recovery carbs, use a toasted bagel.

Serves 4
4 thick slices of bread, toasted

Going Bananas

Base
1 ripe avocado, mashed
1 small ripe banana, mashed
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

Topping
2 cups sliced roasted chicken
1/4 cup cilantro

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Just Peachy

Base
1 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons prepared pesto

Topping
2 peaches, sliced
1/4 cup sliced almonds

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Cottage Country

Base
1 cup reduced-fat cottage cheese
1 cup fresh raspberries
2 teaspoons lemon zest

Topping
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sliced fresh mint

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Go Fish

Base*
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 cup peppadew peppers or roasted red pepper
1/3 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt

*Combine ingredients in blender or food processor

Topping
2 (4.3-ounce) cans sardines packed in water
1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Bean Good

Base
1 cup fat-free refried beans

Topping
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup sliced mango
2 ounces diced feta cheese (about 1/2 cup)
Squirt of lime juice

If your chosen flavor option’s base has more than one ingredient, stir them together before applying. Apply an equal amount of a base and topping combo to each piece of toast.

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