I heart french toast. One thing about the Trim Healthy Mama plan is that you can still have grains occassionally. I’m sorry, but I personally hate Paleo. For me it’s too restrictive and hard to follow life-long. With Paleo, I can’t have french toast. I do not heart Paleo. :)
Since I’m following THM, once a week I make these Protein Packed French Toast (and it’s not even considered cheating).
Trim Healthy Mama has a french toast recipe (p. 239) but they recommend you eat a lean protein, such as cottage cheese. This is to make sure you get enough protein for the meal. I’m not fond of cottage cheese.
To fix the problem, I devised this Protein Packed French Toast recipe. With this recipe, I can eat my beloved french toast and not have to choke down the cottage cheese.
First a couple notes about ingredients…
The recommended bread in the book is Ezekiel Sprouted. I like Ezekiel as much as the next, BUT if you can get your hands on Alpine Valley Sprouted bread, you’ll never want Ezekiel again, it is that much better.
In comparison to Ezekiel, it has 1 less carb/slice and is tender and chewy. Nutritional breakdown for Alpine Valley is as follows for 1 slice: 10g – net carbs (12g original carbs minus 2g fiber) 3g protein 0g – fat. If your store has it, it’s found in the freezer section and might be right next to the Ezekiel bread.
Nutritionally, one scoop contains 1g – carb, 0.5g – fat, and 20g – protein. It is a protein isolate, which means it can be heated and does not break down like a protein concentrate will. I like vanilla because it’s more versatile for smoothies
Go for the unsweetened original almond milk. You use a very small amount of it in this recipe but the Blue Diamond Unsweetened Original Almond Milk is the best for all of THM. Nutritional Info for 1 cup: 2.5g – fat, 1g – carb, 1g – protein.
So without further delay…here it is.
Protein Packed French Toast
2 Egg Whites
1/2 Scoop Swanson’s Protein Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 Slices Sprouted Bread (I prefer Alpine Valley)
Mix egg whites, 1/2 scoop of protein powder, cinnamon, and almond milk in a bowl. Mix well, the protein powder has a habit of clumping up but don’t be deterred.
Place soaked slices into a hot pan, coated with a little bit of butter so they don’t stick.
Pour the remaining protein mixture over the frying french toast and puncture the toast with a fork so it can absorb the remaining protein mixture.
Flip toast and fry the other side.
Serve with your syrup/sweetener of choice.
Now if I was a good girl, I would make Gwen’s zero calorie syrup. Or I’d top with some berries. But as a busy mama, I grab my sugar-free “maple” syrup, you know the kind with artificial sweeteners in it that’s not good for you.
Someday I’ll make Gwen’s but for now, this works for me and my limited refrigerator space. Since I eat these french toast once a week, I don’t feel so guilty about my syrup choice.
The nutritional summary of these Protein Packed French Toast (minus the syrup through mine adds only 1 carb), is as follows:
According to the THM plan, it’s best to have at least 20 carbs/ meal for an E (Energizing) meal. I find that I can’t eat more than 2 pieces of these french toast, it’s that filling.
So how do you top your french toast? I would love to hear if there are some easy store bought options that don’t spike sugar and are healthy.
Purdy please with aspartame on top.