Who on earth made up French Toast?
I think we all know it wasn’t the French. In fact, apparently most of the things we call “French” aren’t actually, well, French! French Fries, French Toast, French Bread (unless it’s a baguette, it’s actually more Italian than French). But lemme just say, I owe whoever made it a huge thank you!
Because really, combining eggs, milk, and cinnamon may sound crazy, but it’s plain ole delicious! And topped with syrup and strawberries? Yeah, you can’t get much better than that.
I just had French Toast for the first time in months yesterday. Some time last week, I was on Instagram, scrolling through the #healthyrecipes tag, when a post caught my eye. I’d already seen a few Instagrammers using what I thought to be a type of bread called “Ezekiel” to make sandwiches, toast, etc. So this divine looking sandwich finally convinced me to do some research on the bread. I pulled up my Fooducate App and researched the bread. Turns out it’s a top product in its category, all natural, and has only 80 calories per slice! (Which is great, compared to the calorie content of some breads.)
Well, as you can probably guess, I scurried down to my local Trader Joe’s and picked up a loaf. And when I got home, there was only one thing I wanted to make.
Contrary to popular belief, French Toast isn’t actually terrible for you! At least, not as bad as most pancakes, waffles, etc. Depending on the type of bread you use, and how many high-cal toppings you load it up with, it can actually be both a satisfying and filling recipe. I’ve always topped mine with strawberries, bananas, and (of course) a healthy drizzle of maple syrup. (And by a healthy drizzle, I mean anywhere from 1-4 tbs… healthy, huh?)
Actually, the bread is what usually gets you when it comes to French Toast. You see, classic French Toast, at least in my family, has always been made with that crusty old bread you’re about to throw out. Like leftover hunks of French Bread, or old, stale sandwich bread nobody ate. As a kid, it was usually just my mom’s way of using up the old bread without actually tossing it. So, since this bread was usually an addition to dinner or lunch, it was typically either very processed, or simply very high in calories.
That’s why the key to this recipe is healthy bread. Any whole wheat, gluten free, or whole grain bread will do. Of course, you can use a less healthy option, if that’s all that you have, but remember: moderation is key when it’s not healthy. Yes, you need to practice moderation with healthy foods, but definitely not as drastically. For instance, would you rather eat four slices of healthy French Toast, or one slice of unhealthy?
I think we all know the answer to that one!
Simply Satisfying Cinnamon-Nutmeg French Toast
- 2 slices of bread of choice (I used Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Bread)
- 1 large egg (or 1/4 c egg whites)
- 1 tbs milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium-sized bowl, combine egg and milk of choice. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and stir until fully combined and slightly frothy. Grease griddle or saucepan and preheat over medium heat. Dip one slice of bread in the egg-mixture and let sit for 15 seconds before flipping. After letting it absorb the mixture for at least 30 seconds, lift with a spatula and place on the griddle/saucepan. As it begins to cook, repeat the process with the second slice of bread. After placing the second slice of bread on the griddle, flip over the first so that begins to cook on the opposite side. About one minute later, flip the second slice of bread and remove the first from the heat. Allow the second to cook thoroughly before removing from heat. Top with desired fruit, powdered sugar, syrup, etc. and enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 1 serving)
Nutritional information calculated using Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Bread. For two slices, this provides 160 calories, 1 gram of fat, 30 carbs, and 8 grams of protein. To calculate the nutritional information using another type of bread, add 78 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 carbs, and 6 grams of protein to the information provided on the nutrition label of desired bread.