OMG. Stop the presses. Summer’s favorite food, maybe even the 8th wonder of the world, has arrived. Ok, so I’m being a little dramatic. But I just made this impromptu snack/breakfast/all things from now on, and HAD to get it out to you ASAP. While the peaches are ripe, the bees are buzzing, and weekend brunches are fast approaching.
Peach Ricotta Toast with Manuka Honey & Smoked Sea Salt
1. Toast two slices of bread.
2. While the bread toasts, slice peach in half, remove pit, then slice into quarter-inch moons.
3. When bread is toasted, spread ricotta over top of both slices.
4. Layer peach slices on top of ricotta.
5. Over peach slices, drizzle honey and sprinkle smoked sea salt.
Now, I’ve had my share of toast, but something about the smoked sea salt takes it to the next level. Here’s what’s going on for you with all these fab, body-loving ingredients:
I’ve always been a regular honey girl, but recently read about manuka honey and was excited to try it. Truth be told, from a flavor perspective, if you use regular honey, you won’t be sacrificing much in taste. But what makes manuka so special? Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, and is a special kind of honey with antibacterial properties, which is especially helpful for oral health, wound healing, and even gastric ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. It was even approved by the FDA for wound treatment in 2007.
The riper the peach, the better for this recipe. Peaches are rich in immune-boosting nutrients and antioxidants. Despite being a sweet fruit, studies of obese mice show that compounds found in peaches may help prevent high blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and hyperglycemia. Peaches are also rich in carotenoids, polyphenols, and caffeic acid which have anti-cancer properties.
Sprouted grain bread
I’m not a big bread eater, but when I have it, I look for sprouted grain. For this recipe, I used thin-sliced Dave’s Killer Bread, but my regular go-to would be Ezekiel. Both delicious and higher in protein and fiber than regular bread — giving you nearly a third of your recommended daily amount of fiber in just two slices — so it keeps you full for longer, and keeps your digestive system moving. (Ezekiel is just a touch cleaner ingredient-wise.) In most regular breads, the grains are processed, removing a lot of their vital nutrients. But sprouted grain breads contain the entire grain, making them higher in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and (in my opinion) a heartier taste.
Smoked sea salt
If you haven’t tried smoked sea salt, it’s a game-changer. I’m now regularly adding it to salads, pastas, and even hot cocoas. Something about the smokiness just takes an ordinary flavor profile and makes it new and exciting to your tastebuds again. Plus, sea salt is good for your adrenals, so especially beneficial if you deal with anxiety or high stress.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do — if you make it, tag me on Instagram so I can see and share!
P.S. Love these easy healthy recipe ideas? Then you’ve gotta try the Summer Meal Plan — out now.