French toast is a favorite breakfast food of many people, but it can also be considered as not-so-good-for-you. But just like in the case of pancakes, if you use the right ingredients, you can easily create a healthy version of it that will be your new favorite balanced breakfast meal! And the best part: it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to prepare and most of the ingredients you probably already have at home.
So why is it healthier and better for you than the normal French toast? First of all, whole grain bread contains complex carbs and a higher fiber content than regular white bread, as well as a lower glycemic index. It means it will keep you full longer as it will take your body more time to break down the carbs, and it won’t spike your blood sugar levels up high right after eating and leave you feeling hungry and tired soon afterwards.
We also recommend using free range eggs – which means the chickens that laid the eggs were not held up in cages but were let roaming free. It is not only about supporting a better environment for the animals so they have a better quality of life, but it actually makes a difference in the quality of the eggs you consume. Compared to eggs laid by chickens that are caged, free range eggs have 25-30% less cholesterol and saturated fat, and more Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Omega-3. You might also notice that the yolk of the free range eggs has a much more vibrant, more orange color – which is thanks to the 7 times higher beta-carotene levels these eggs have.
Last but not least, using just a little bit of coconut oil to fry the toasts instead of a big gallop of butter makes a huge difference. Apart from just being a great alternative, coconut oil has many health benefits, such as increasing your metabolism, improving digestion and bowel function or boosting your immune system. So instead of using regular cooking oils or butter, change to coconut oil for a healthier meal.
You will need:
- 4 slices of whole grain or whole wheat toast
- 2 whole free range eggs
- Milk of your choice
- Coconut oil
STEP 1: whisk it together!
Crack your eggs in a bigger, but rather flat bowl and add a splash of milk of your choice. It can be cow milk, soy milk or other nut, grain or plant based milk. Then add a bigger dash of cinnamon and sweetener of your choice. Obviously, try to avoid regular sugar – I would recommend using Stevia or raw honey instead. When it’s all in the bowl, whisk them properly together.
STEP 2: heat it up!
Set the egg mixture aside for a moment and start heating up your pan over medium heat. Put a bit of coconut oil in the middle – it will melt while you’re busy with the bread.
STEP 3: dip it in!
Dip your first slice of bread into the eggs. Put it in the with one side, wait a few seconds, then flip it over. Again, wait a few seconds, and with a fork make sure it is all covered, but don’t let it soak for too long and get too soggy. Once it’s done, move it to the hot pan.
STEP 4: fry it!
Depending on the size of your pan, fry as many slices of toast as you can at the same time. But make sure you move the toast onto the pan right after it’s done getting covered with the eggs, don’t try to dip them all first. Otherwise they will get soggy with too much egg, or it will all drip off by the time you’d want to fry it.
STEP 5: toppings!
This is the fun part – playing around with yummy and healthy toppings for your French toast. Fresh fruit is a must, but adding a bit of honey, a sprinkle of shredded coconut or even peanut butter might be a great idea! Whatever you feel like eating and have on hand that day – just make sure it’s natural and healthy.