Chocolate and Cinnamon French Toast…It Can’t Be Healthy?!

By Kyle Arsenault CSCS

 


About to change this!

 

Food has always been a passion of mine…mainly for the fact that I love to eat!! So this weekend  I finally decided that I am going to attempt to try and pick at least one of my favorite, and usually not so healthy meals, and make it a bit healthier. And my goals are first and foremost not to gag myself in the process, and second, I want to share the ideas with you to provide you a little insight on a tasty and healthy dish. So for my first attempt, I chose a childhood favorite. The classic French Toast!

In my book The Other 23 Hours I wrote extensively about how we can make healthier choices and easy substitutions that will help boost the nutritional value of meals as well as knock out some of the garbage we don’t want.

 


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Just because the meals are prepared with healthier ingredients and methods doesn’t mean that taste has to be sacrificed…quite the opposite actually. You have to have a little sense of what flavors go well together, what flavors you enjoy, and a little spice of creativity.With this and a little help, you can make almost any dish a bit healthier and just as tasty.

So let’s see how I was able to indulge in some of my favorite dishes, and do so guilt free…and I must admit, my tastes buds were having a dance party in my mouth as a result! Maybe a culinary degree in the future?!

 

  Chocolate and Cinnamon French Toast with Scrambled Eggs, a Breakfast Salad, Banana and Coffee

 

To create your healthy French Toast, first preheat your oven to 200 degrees to keep the Chocolate Cinnamon French Toast warm while you construct the rest of your breakfast. Next, in a bowl mix 1 egg, 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk, 1.5 Tbsp Chocolate Protein Powder and ½-1 Tsp Cinnamon (depending on taste preference). Dip 1 slice of Ezikiel (or other sprouted grain or at the very least, 100% whole wheat bread) in the mixture covering both sides. Place in a heated frying pan that has been lightly coated with healthy oil (olive or coconut) and let cook until golden brown on both sides (roughly 2 minutes / side but it depends on heat…you can figure that out). And that’s it for the French Toast. Place it in the oven to keep it warm. Serve with a little natural maple syrup and…

…either mix another 2 eggs in the left over mixture and scramble them up (Chocolate Cinnamon Scrambled Eggs…sounds weird but it was quite tasty) or scramble a couple eggs like you would regularly. And the final touch…

…to get in your vegetables and fruit (two critical components to healthy nutrition), try throwing together a breakfast salad (I actually did this the night prior to save time)!

“Huh, a breakfast salad?!” Ya, I know this sounds unusual, but in the picture below I have a put together a spinach based salad with chopped sweet peppers, sweet onion, carrots and mixed berries covered in a raspberry vinaigrette. This was an extremely healthy and sweet combination that complimented the French Toast and scrambled eggs. I also added a banana which I treated as desert with my coffee! (If you noticed the banana is brown and are wondering why, read this quick article…it will help you maintain your perfect banana ripeness).

 


CHECK IT OUT…maybe a future chef, but not a photographer!

 

And that was my morning concoction. I was more than satisfied and actually felt like I had a cheat meal. But in reality, all of the components of this meal are healthy and are properly portioned…so it wasn’t much of a cheat meal, except for the little bit of maple syrup.

If you have a sweet tooth attack, or just want to mix up the morning routine a bit (as you should have a morning routine that will set you up for success…read more here) try the Chocolate Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast and leave a comment to let me know what you think and pass it on to your friends and family…they enjoy delicious food too!

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