There is no one that does not love French Toast. Simply put, it’s sweet, cinnamony (love that word), decadent and thick enough to be more filling that pancakes. Unfortunately though, we usually only get to eat it once and awhile due to its less than desired nutrient profile: white bread (preservatives, synthetic vitamins, pesticides, fumigated, mucus-causing), fake syrup (high fructose corn syrup, artificial color and preservatives) and conventional eggs (very low nutrient density, hormone and antibiotic treated chickens). So, now that we have passed the doom, let’s focus on the good!
In this Healthy French Toast recipe we are going to only use nutrient-rich ingredients so that we can not only fill our bellies, satisfy our taste buds but also eat a meal to make us strong, vital and beautiful. Not to mention, using the REAL stuff (and by real I mean not artificial, refined or processed) actually tastes a hell of a lot better! Excuse my French, but this is a serious matter 🙂
Healthy French Toast with Sprouted Bread
Ingredients for 4 Pieces:
4 Eggs: Organic, Free-Range (local is best)
1 Tbs Coconut Oil
2-3 Tsp Cinnamon (I like fresh ground)
4 Pieces of Sprouted Bread (I like the brands Ezekial or Alvarado Street)
4 Tbs Grade B Pure Maple Syrup
1. Lightly toast the bread and set aside.
2. Crack eggs into a flat bowl, one that it wide enough to place the bread into. Beat the eggs until smooth. Add 1 tsp of cinnamon and mix.
3. Place 1 tbs of coconut oil in a large skillet and heat on medium heat.
4. One by one soak each piece of toast in the egg mixture. Make sure that the egg saturates the bread so it is slightly soggy.
5. Place egg saturated bread on the skillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes. You can press the bread down with a spatula to heat faster. Then flip the toast and cook the other side.
6. Once the toast is a light golden brown, serve with a dollop of coconut butter and syrup. You can then lightly sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Why is this Version Better for You?
I know you are all dying to know about the nutrient profile of this meal and why my choices are better than others, I mean that is why your on a health site right?
I always choose organic local eggs because of two factors: the treatment of the chickens and therefore the quality of the egg. Conventional chickens are abused. They are never allowed to see the daylight, they are injected with hormones and antibiotics and are fed extremely low quality food, which includes chicken parts. Therefore, the quality of their eggs directly reflect this treatment, leaving you with a very low nutrient egg that was produced with the use of antibiotics and hormones. An egg is only as good as the chicken.
Eggs from healthy, happy chickens (organic, pasture-raised), produce eggs extremely high in healthy fats (omega-3 and DHA), antioxidants including Vitamin E and beta-carotene. Not to mention, they were not produced by a cannibalistic animal… and we all remember what happened in Papua New Guinea (neurological disorders).
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is high in medium chain fatty acids that are vital to the health of your body. Despite anything that you have heard about the dangers of fat or that fat will make you fat, this is not the case. In fact, they have found coconut oil to actually help with weight loss. Furthermore, it supports healthy blood sugar, improves digestion, boosts the immune system and improves calcium and magnesium absorption. Coconut oil is also a great fat to cook with since it has a high smoke point and is not damaged in high heat… this is good because damaged fats cause major health problems. To learn more about cooking with the right fats/oils check out this article.
3. Fresh Cinnamon
Cinnamon has been used for ages in both Chinese and Ayruvedic Medicine for its wide spread health benefits. It has been used to thin blood, to fight off bad bugs (anti-microbial), increase brain function, and is a source of fiber, iron, calcium and manganese. Therefore, in order to reap all of those benefits, it is best to buy cinnamon sticks and ground it fresh yourself to maintain its nutrients.
Cinnamon is also a great addition to this meal because it has been shown to help balance blood sugar, which is great since we all love maple syrup!
4. Grade B Pure Maple Syrup
First off, in case you all didn’t know, maple syrup comes from a maple tree not from a log cabin or Aunt Jemima. These versions are fakes and phonies and are full of high fructose corn syrup, colors, preservatives and artificial flavors (MSG). There is no where on the label that says… maple. Yes, think about that.
Grade B Maple Syrup is actually a very healthy natural sweetener that is high in Manganese and Zinc. These precious minerals boost your immune system, protect the prostate, increases healthy hormone production, and are great antioxidants. Finally, since it has not been refined, it still contains high levels of amino acids as well as niacin, folic acid, B6, B2, Biotin and Vitamin A. In fact, maple syrup is such a fabulous food that there are even festivals to celebrate its greatness!
5. Sprouted Bread
This is the only kind of bread I will eat because it has not been treated with chemicals, it has not been refined and it does not have preservatives or synthetic vitamins. Furthermore, sprouting grains dramatically increases the nutrients in the bread including vitamins, minerals, fiber and bran by activating the grain’s natural enzymes.
Sprouting also converts the carbohydrates in grains into maltose, which is ordinarily done by the body during digestion, thereby predigesting nutrients for you. The enzymatic action enables the body to assimilate the vitamins and minerals more efficiently. Plus, the sprouting process naturally increases the protein content and decreases the calories and carbohydrates found in the original grain. Therefore, this is a good carbohydrate unlike most breads.
* note: if you are gluten-intolerant, you might find that you can tolerate sprouted wheat since it is such a cleaner version of the grain and it is much easier to digest.