Healthy Twist French Toast

Remember those Saturday mornings when you’d wake up to cartoons and the amazing smell of French toast pouring out of the kitchen? Well, French toast is back; and it’s healthy! (Even if you’re making it for one!) Pair it with some fresh fruit or yogurt to top it off! I created this recipe because A. I needed to figure out how to make French toast for one person and B.  I LOVE breakfast, but not the unhealthy refined sugars or breaskfast meats (bacon, sausage, etc.) that are packed with saturated fat. So, in order to still eat what I love without it being a thousand calories, I make a few easy switches anyone can do. The result? Not only was the French toast healthy, but I could add a kick of protein to my breakfast by cooking the extra egg whites! Bye, bye, bacon!

 

Healthy Twist French Toast

Ingredients:

2 slices 100% whole wheat bread (lite around 40-45 calories per slice)

3 egg whites

1/4 cup Egg Beaters (original)

2 packets Stevia

Apple pie spice

Organic maple syrup (use sugar-free as long as it’s made with an all-natural sweetener such as stevia or monk fruit) or Blue Agave Nectar

 

1. Preheat flat griddle pan on stove (medium heat)

2. Crack the 3 eggs, only leaving the egg whites in a bowl. Add the 1/4 cup of Egg Beaters french toast 1

3. Mix well with fork or whisk.french toast 2

4. Take a piece of bread, lay one side on top of the eggs until coated. Flip and repeat on the other side.

5. Place the bread coated in the egg mixture on griddle pan. french toast 4

6. Repeat with other piece of bread.

7. Take one packet of Stevia, sprinkle evenly over the top of one piece of bread. Repeat with other packet/piece of bread.french toast 3french toast 5

8. Sprinkle apple pie spice evenly  onto each piece of bread. french toast 6

9. After about 2-3 minutes, flip each piece of bread over. (should be slightly browned on cooked side)

10. Continue cooking for about 3-4 more minutes then remove from griddle.

*Each person has a preference when it comes to how “done” they like the bread to be.  So, cook it how YOU like it.

11. Pour leftover eggs from the bowl onto the griddle pan (as if you were making an omelet).french toast 7

12. Once the eggs no longer appear “runny” on top, flip eggs and cook the other side (about an additional 2-3 minutes). Remove from griddle, fold in half onto plate with French toast.

13. Pour and spread maple syrup onto each piece of French toast (about the size of a nickel or quarter).

14. Add some yogurt or fruit, and ENJOY!french toast 8

This recipe is so easy, fast, and great for those cooking only for themselves. However, this can easily be turned into a breakfast for the entire family! Just double or triple the recipe. Better yet, have your kids cook their own French toast and eggs (with your help/supervision of course!). Make it a family affair. 😉

Calories per serving

(with lite bread and 2 tbsp. all natural, sugar-free syrup)~ 180 cal.

(with lite bread and 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup)~ 260 cal.

*pure maple syrup: 2 tbsp= 100 cal., 13 g sugar

Protein:  17 g

 

 

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Have your peanut butter… and stay healthy too!

You don’t  see peanut butter and healthy eating in the same sentence very often. Ok, maybe never. But, here’s your chance to fall in love with peanut butter all over again…. powdered peanut butter. Yes, you read that correctly, and no, it’s not some crazy genetic peanut mutation. It’s made from real peanuts, salt, and a little sugar, exactly like traditional peanut butter. But, instead of being 190 calories per serving (2 tbsp.), powdered peanut butter has 45 calories per serving. Did you hear me?? 45 calories!! It’s a peanut butter addict’s dream! It has 85% less fat and calories than traditional peanut butter. Measure out two tablespoons, add a tablespoon of water, mix, and voilà! Peanut butter!

I’ve found three different brands: Just Great Stuff, PB2, and Vitacost PBSlim. They all have the same ingredients, but each has a slightly different flavor. Test them out and see which one is your favorite (mine is the PB2 😉 ). Not a bad taste test proposal, right? You can add it to protein shakes, mix it into sugar-free pudding, spread it on a banana, or  have a good ol’ PB & J sandwich again! It is a great way to add a little protein to your pre or post-workout snack without adding all the extra calories. What do I think about powdered peanut butter? Well, if you hadn’t already guessed, I think this stuff is amazing! It’s such a great way to get your peanut butter fix, and I wish I would have come up with it! 🙂 Check out some of these recipes or create your own! http://www.bellplantation.com/recipes  Enjoy! 🙂

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Tasty Tuesday!~ Fire-Roasted Turkey Chili

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Fire-Roasted Turkey Chili

I just made this on Sunday, and let me tell you, it is sooo good! Perfect for the fall~ It’s amazing comfort food, with a healthy twist 😉 Bonus! Try it and let me know what you think in the comments below. I also have this on my Recipes for a Fit and Healthy Life page on this blog under “categories” if you want to go straight to it! Enjoy!