Do you eat foods you don’t absolutely adore just because they’re supposed to be good for you? If you do, then please stop! That’s just pure silliness. Don’t you know there are oodles of tasty options that are so divinely good for your hot little bod?!??!
And another thing – if you think “healthy” food means tasteless then you have really missed the bus. Either you’re buying the wrong stuff or you need to find some new recipes. Trust me, 'healthy for you' foods can, if cooked in the proper manner, knock out their less nutritious counterparts.
There’s a wonderful little mantra you ought to live by:
“Eat only what you truly enjoy, and truly enjoy what you eat.”
It’s a bit of wisdom courtesy of Martha Beck and it makes total sense, don’t you think?
There’s lots of stuff I enjoy. One of my faves is Peach French Toast Bake. It contains some really good for you stuff.
The original version of this treat was devised by Ellie Kruger. She’s a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition and health communications. She also hosts the Food Network's Healthy Appetite. Ellie knows her stuff!
I’ve tweaked her recipe just a bit, switching up cow’s milk for almond milk (which I love so much more!) and eliminating the brown sugar she included (I totally think it’s unnecessary and I didn’t miss it at all).
And a note on the bread - I think the type of bread used is super important. I’ve tried different kinds and it really changed the taste a lot! I have found that locating a whole wheat baguette can be a challenge. My supermarket generally only has the white kind (blech!). Usually, I drop into Panera Bread and get a whole grain baguette and I find that to be a yummy option.
What you’ll need:
1 large whole-wheat baguette (about 8 ounces)
4 whole eggs
4 egg whites
1 cup low fat milk (or almond milk, which is my preference)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups sliced peaches, fresh or frozen (I always use the frozen variety and I slightly defrost them in the microwave first)
1/2 lemon, juiced about 1 1/2 tablespoons
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
What you’ll need to do:
Whip out a lovely 9X13 baking pan and fire the oven up to 350 degrees.
Slice up the bread into pieces that are roughly a ½ inch thick. Then spray that pan with the cooking spray and layer them all on the bottom.
Next, grab thee a mixing bowl and get ready to whisk! Mix together all the eggs along with the milk and vanilla. When it’s all combined pour it on top of the bread.
Now it’s time for the peaches (a fruit I just love to death!). Toss those babies into a bowl and mix them up with the lemon juice. Then spread them on top of the bread.
Finally, sprinkle the cinnamon on top and bake it all in the oven for about 40 minutes.
This little gem serves approximately 6 hungry people. I find that while it might seem appropriate for breakfast or brunch (which it surely is!), it also makes quite a nice dinner.
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