A Healthy Twist on Classic French Toast
By Kiratiana Freelon on October 1, 2012 2:47pm
By Keri Glassman, MS, RD
Just the smell of French Toast is enough to whet most people’s appetites. With this good-for-you version, your appetite for this old-school favorite can be satisfied. Just by using whole wheat bread, this recipe is nutritiously superior to typical French Toast. Whole wheat is made with the entire wheat kernel. This is good news since that is where the fiber and B-vitamins are housed. This also means it maintains its natural bronzed hue. The pears on top are not simply for decoration. They are high in vitamin C, helping to give your immune system a boost. Pears are also a good source of fiber, helping to keep your tummy full all morning long. With more antioxidants than any other nut, pecans also add extra protein, heart healthy fats, and a satisfying crunch to satiate any craving.
1. Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat and coat with canola oil cooking spray.
2. Combine the vanilla, pear, pecans, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 ⁄ 2 teaspoon of the honey in a small bowl and stir to coat. Add the mixture to the skillet and cook, stirring, 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside. Coat the skillet once more with cooking spray and return to the heat.
3. Beat the egg, milk, and 1 ⁄ 8 teaspoon cinnamon in a shallow bowl. With a fork, dip the bread into the egg mixture. Flip to coat both sides.
4. Place the bread in the skillet and cook, 1 minute per side, or until the bread is lightly browned and the egg is cooked.
5. Top with the reserved topping and serve drizzled with the remaining 1⁄2 teaspoon honey.
Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder and president of Keri Glassman, Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City, and Nutritious Life Meals, a gourmet, healthy, daily diet delivery program available across the U.S. She is a member of Women's Health Magazine's advisory board and has two columns, Flat Belly Day and Lighten Up, in every issue. She has authored three books: Slim Calm Sexy Diet, The O2 Diet, and The Snack Factor Diet and her expertise is regularly featured on national television shows such as the Today show, Good Morning America, and Access Hollywood Live, among many others. She hosts the series "A Little Bit Better" on Youtube's Livestrong Woman channel and is a prolific writer and commentator with contributions to numerous publications and websites nationwide. Read more of Keri's tips every day: Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.