Guilt-Free Coconut French Toast
Many weight loss seekers think that bread is “fattening”… like most dietary misconceptions, this is quite far from the truth. Whether eating bread is diet friendly or not, largely depends on the context in which it’s eaten. As far as bread itself goes, most types of bread contain only 80-90 calories per standard slice, and as long as you stick to any decent whole-wheat, whole-grain, seeded or gluten-free bread, you’ll be getting a good dose of fibre, B vitamins and protein too! Nowadays there is such a wide range of healthy whole-grain breads available on the market, that cater to everyone’s tastes and needs; as long as you stick to one of these (white bread is out!), there’s really no need to feel guilty! However, I’m certainly not giving free reign to tuck into the bread basket and eat all the bread you fancy! As just mentioned – white bread is out (for reasons explained below), and that includes for use in this French Toast recipe.
French toast is typically made with thick white bread coated in egg and milk mixture, fried in ample butter or oil, and served with a thick coating of refined white sugar (& possibly with some high GI golden syrup to top it off!)… a sure fire recipe for raising blood sugar levels and insulin, then causing them to come crashing down – leaving you hungry, tired and in search of more sugary starchy food not long after. Definitely not a “Food Effect friendly” breakfast! Surges in insulin, which happens after eating the refined white sugar and flour found in your typical French Toast, cause any extra energy to be laid down and stored as fat… definitely not worth it, no matter how good it tastes!
With this recipe however, you can eat French Toast for breakfast (or lunch, brunch or dinner!) and stay slim and full, without the added sugar, carbs and calories! It tastes so decadent and delicious, you’ll have a hard time believing it’s guilt-free… AND super good for you too!
This recipe packs in sustaining whole-grain goodness and fibre, a perfect dose of protein, and super healthy, metabolism boosting fats from the coconut (which some might say has reigned as “superfood of the year”), as well as a hit of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants from the berries, and low GI sweetness that won’t cause your blood sugar levels soaring, from the much loved agave syrup!
Coconut in all its forms (think coconut flesh, coconut water, coconut oil and coconut milk!) has an endless array of health properties that have been shown to benefit the heart, brain, and digestive system, due to its unique healthy fat content, antibacterial effects, and balance of dietary fibre, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The rich source of healthy fats (medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in the coconut flesh and oil (both of which are included in this recipe), have been shown to help lower the risk of heart disease, by increasing healthy (HDL) cholesterol, without raising unhealthy (LDL) cholesterol. These wondrous MCT’s also help with weight management, by reducing appetite, boosting metabolism, and increasing the activity of fat-burning cells.
Whilst I’m all for standard healthy breakfasts (such as poached/ scrambled eggs on toast (with veggies alongside of course!), Greek yoghurt with fruit and nuts, or my all time favourite – porridge (topped with berries, seeds, cinnamon & a drizzle of agave!) – this “Guilt Free Coconut French Toast” makes a delicious, as nutritious alternative, and is easier to make than you might think – it literally takes just a few minutes!
So what are you waiting for!? Whip this up for your next breakfast (or any time of day for that matter!)… you can thank me after! 🙂
Serves 1 (can easily be doubled!)
1 slice wholemeal or sourdough bread (or any bread of choice, e.g. spelt or gluten-free)
1 Tbsp. skimmed or almond milk
Coconut oil or cooking spray – for greasing
Granulated sweetener (e.g. Stevia/ Splenda)
Mixed berries or strawberries – to serve
Agave syrup – to serve
Mix together the egg and milk in a shallow bowl. Dip the bread in the egg mixture to cover fully. Remove the bread from the bowl. Sprinkle the coconut generously over both sides to coat the bread.
Grease a non-stick frying pan lightly with coconut oil or cooking spray, and heat over a medium heat. “Fry” the bread on both sides until golden. Transfer to a plate.
Sprinkle generously with stevia and cinnamon. Serve with mixed berries or strawberries alongside, and a drizzle of agave syrup on top… yum! 🙂
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