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Let's Do Brunch: Stuffed French Toast Recipe

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Healthy Cooking Tips

Super Soaker

Slice the bread and leave it out overnight. Slightly stale bread soaks up the egg-and-milk mixture for maximum flavor and minimal sogginess, says Joan Salge Blake, RD, clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. If you didn't plan ahead, dry bread out in the oven at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, turning once halfway through.

A.M. Advice

Not a morning person? Stuff the bread at night (dry it out in the oven if necessary) and refrigerate. When you wake up, all you have to do is prep the egg mixture and cook.

Soy What?

We used fat-free milk instead of whole or 2 percent to save fat grams and calories. If you're lactose intolerant, substitute calcium-fortified low-fat vanilla soy milk.

Egg-cellent News

You don't have to swear off yolks. They provide bone-building vitamin D and brain-boosting choline, Blake explains. Plus, the fat helps the mixture stick to the bread.

Berry Good Idea

For a lower-calorie topping that's packed with vitamin C, swap out jam for the real thing. Puree 1 cup frozen strawberries in the blender, then warm in a saucepan over low heat.

Sweet Surrender

Instead of drowning French toast, pancakes, or waffles in butter and syrup, try one of these healthier alternatives, suggests Nicole Garfield, RD, chef and nutritionist at the Pump Energy Food restaurant in New York City.

  • 1/2 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter, microwaved for 10 to 20 seconds

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November/December 2009.


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anonymous wrote:

this is a terrific version of a decandent treat indeed!!!!...i agree, a great sunday breakfast treat!!!!!!!

1/1/2012 10:01:08 AM Report Abuse
yollywright wrote:

looks yummy just sounds like to much strawberry jam i think strawberry yogurt might be heathier once in a blue moon this is good.for 10 years i been eating oatmeal for breakfast.

9/26/2011 10:41:07 PM Report Abuse
latinalady90210 wrote:

Just eat it and enjoy it :)Sounds yummyyyyyy!

4/25/2011 08:45:28 PM Report Abuse
kmcinerney1 wrote:

Why do you think it is not healthy? Fat free cream cheese, fat free milk. Good mix of protein & carbs which everyone needs.

2/18/2010 10:58:21 AM Report Abuse
sylvie2348 wrote:

I actually had something like this in a lovely inn in Nova Scotia except it was with fresh strawberries instead of the jam. My son make these all the time and sometimes we substitute the cream cheese with strawberry yogurt. They are delicious.

2/18/2010 10:34:47 AM Report Abuse

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