Time to slenderize this week’s favorite dish . . . French Toast!
What does “healthify” mean to me? The dish I serve won’t necessarily be lower in calories, but will have improvements that I believe are healthier for myself, my family and friends.
This week, let’s make over my family’s old version of French toast. This breakfast treat is a family favorite because I make the worst pancakes under the sun. This means a breakfast treat is either waffles, or French toast. Our typical French toast was made with whole eggs, whole milk, white bread, and fried in a pan with butter.
Just a few simple ingredient swaps was all it took to healthify this family favorite.
I wanted the bread I used to have whole grains. Our local Albertsons grocery store sells a whole wheat French loaf that’s light and fluffy – perfect! I could slice it into nice, thick pieces.
And while I’m a big believer in the health benefits of whole eggs, I wanted my dish to be a bit lower in calories, so I used half whole eggs, and half egg whites.
A splash of lowfat milk and I was ready to bake my French toast. Baking eliminated a few fat calories since I wouldn’t be frying in a plan loaded with butter.
This is what I call a lightened up and healthified breakfast treat. French Toast loaded with sweet cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and a splash of syrup. Now I’m a happy cook.
- 4 slices whole wheat french bread, 1 1/2" thick
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg whites
- ¼ cup low fat milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1. Heat oven broiler and toast bread on each side.
- 2. Spray a large, square baking dish with cooking spray.
- 3. Whip eggs, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg together and pour into another square baking dish. Soak bread for 2 - 3 minutes per side so that the pieces soak up the egg mixture. You should have very little egg mixture left.
- 4. Arrange bread in your baking dish and bake for 25 - 30 minutes at 350 degrees until egg is set and bread is no longer mushy.
- 5. Serve with syrup, jam or powdered sugar.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Eggs also contain choline, known to reduce inflammation in the body. According to George Mateljan, author of World’s Healthiest Foods, inflammation contributes to heart disease, osteoporosis, type-2 diabetes and Alzheimers. Free range, or cage free eggs are considered to be higher in quality nutrients such as all nine essential amino acids, and are less likely to contribute to high cholesterol levels.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 476, Old Weight Watchers Points 9, Weight Watchers PointsPlus 12
Total Fat: 6.83g
Total Carbs: 75.66g
Dietary Fiber: 3.79g
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com. The statement made here are strictly my opinion and are not meant to replace medical advice from your physician. Please see disclaimer for further details. Nutrition information is compiled with MacGourmet. If you find discrepancies, please let me know. It’s important to me that I provide you with accurate information.