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While the 123Diet takes a pretty harsh view of processed carbohydrate and wheat products, there is one wonderful cracker that we do allow our dieters to eat: mini toast!

"Melba toast" is the brand that we recommend, but other "mini toast" products with a similarly low sugar and calorie content may be acceptable. To double-check the 123Diet status of any particular product, you could always check with our amazing support team.

So why does this crunchy snack make the cut? For one thing, it's quite low in calories, at around 20 for a basic "slice." Melba toast also contains no fat, no cholesterol, and no sugar; basically all of its carbohydrate content comes from the wheat flour itself, which you can tell from the classic version's short and sweet ingredient list.

Other flavors of Melba toast on the market include ancient grain, wheat, rye, sesame (which contains an added antioxidant in asorbic acid), and even an unsalted version made with the salt substitute potassium chloride for the sodium-watchers among us. Depending on which variety you choose, a three piece serving of Melba toast might also offer you up to 3g of protein and 2g of fiber.

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You also may be surprised to learn that the wheat and whole grain versions of Melba toast have made the cut for the animal rights group PETA's round up of accidentally vegan products, so even your hardest core animal lover can enjoy them guilt-free!

Finally, you're in luck if you've ever wondered how Melba toast got it's memorable moniker. It was actually named after the famous Australian opera Singer Dame Nellie Melba, who complained to the famed Parisian chef Auguste Escoffier that her bread was too thick. Escoffier in turn created a thinner "melba toast," and Nellie relied on it from then on to maintain her health and "stylish figure." Smart girl!

Melba toast appears in quite the variety of our sweet and savory recipes; founder Emma Moroni and our creative 123 Diet Support Group members have made this simple cracker into so much more than a snack.

One might crumble a piece of Melba toast into breadcrumbs, enjoy them as an ingredient in or accompaniment to soup or salad, or just enjoy them simply topped with your favorite condiment or vegetable! Keep reading for three delicious recipes in which this toastess with the mostess positively shines!

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Melba Toast Croutons

yummy melba toast croutons in soup

Use these cinnamon croutons in your diet desserts or try the garlic variation in a soup or salad! Estimated nutritional value of 98 calories, .8g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 19.4g carbohydrates, 1.7g fiber, 3g protein, and .3 g sugar.

Prep Time
3 minutes
Cook time
5 min
Yield
Makes 1 serving (1 Melba toast)

Ingredients

  • 1 serving Melba toast (5 crackers)
  • Lemon juice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Powdered stevia

Directions
Sprinkle the Melba toast with lemon juice and spices and bake for 5 minutesin a 350 degree oven or dust dry with your choice of spices.

Variations
For garlic croutons, replace cinnamon, nutmeg, and stevia with a pinch of garlic powder, a pinch of onion powder, some paprika, and salt and pepper to taste

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Melba Toast with Strawberry Jam

yummy strawberry jam

This easy recipes is great for a quick healthy breakfast or midmorning snack. Estimated nutritional value of 121 calories, 1g fat. 0 mg, 24.7g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 3.5g protein, and 3.8g sugar.

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
Makes 1 serving (1 Melba toast, 1 fruit)

Ingredients

  • 1 serving Melba toast (5 pieces
  • Strawberries
  • Stevia to taste

Directions
Puree fresh strawberries with stevia and serve on top of allowed Melba toast or sprinkle crushed Melba toast over strawberry puree for a wonderful crunchy texture.

Variations
Add a little vanilla powder or cinnamon to the crushed Melba toast for additional flavor.

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Melba Toast with Spicy Cucumber

Yummy spiced cucumbers all ready to go!

This refreshing snack is perfect for spiciing up your afternoon! Estimated nutritional value of 103 calories calories, .8 g fat. 0 mg cholesterol, 19.8 g carbohydrates, 1.7g fiber, 3.1g protein, and .5 g fiber.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
N/A
Yield
Makes 1 serving (1 Melba toast, 1 vegetable)

Ingredients

  • 1 serving Melba toast (5 pieces)
  • 2-3 slices of cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of minced red onion
  • Pinch of onion and garlic powder to taste
  • Dash of cayenne and chilli pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Combine spices with apple cider vinegar. Marinate cucumber slices in spice mixture. Top Melba toast with cucumber and sprinkle with onion. Save additional cucumber for an additional snack.

Variations
Sprinkle the crumbs on top of a cucumber salad.

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