Lisa Lillien shares her go-to alternative to avocado toast

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Don’t get me wrong — I love avocado toast. But avocado isn’t the only thing you can spread on toasty bread! Remember bruschetta? I’ve given it a new twist! Bonus: No risk of slicing into a past-ripe avocado.

Caprese Ricotta Toast

1 slice whole-grain bread with 60 to 80 calories per slice
3 tbsp. light/low-fat ricotta cheese
⅛ tsp. chopped garlic
Dash Italian seasoning
Dash each salt and black pepper
3 cherry tomatoes, halved
1½ tsp. chopped fresh basil
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

WATCH THIS: Take 5: Five-Minute Caprese Garlic Flatbread

1. Toast bread.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine ricotta, garlic, and seasonings. Mix well.
3. Spread toast with ricotta mixture. Top with tomatoes and basil, and drizzle with vinegar.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes

Nutritional Information: 126 calories, 3g total fat (1g sat fat), 326mg sodium, 19g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 7.5g protein

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!