Simply Lovely Valentine's Day Breakfast

February 8, 2011   11 Comments

You don't want to kill your Valentine with killer food, do you? Show your love by making something healthy.

Healthy French Toast Recipe

They might not even realize that the breakfast featured above is healthy because it tastes so delicious. Yes, French toast can be a healthy breakfast.

There are a couple ways to ensure your French toast will be healthy. The first is to use 100% whole grain bread which will ensure that you get fiber and protein in the bred.

The second way is not to use a tablespoon of butter to cook the French toast. I KNOW it tastes good, but it adds saturated fat and calories and French toast tastes great without it.

I use an olive oil cooking spray and lightly coat the pan before I put down my slice of toast. Honestly, I don't miss the butter.

Finally, dress it up with some frozen berries. The berries above have just been thawed in the microwave and are still warm (dreamy).

The warmed berries are like an instant fruit compote and are so welcome in the middle of winter when a fresh berry is going to cost you an arm and a leg (and probably taste like styrofoam).

The key to making French toast cute is a cookie cutter - but you can use a glass for making a shape if you don't have a cookie cutter. Just use the lip end and push down to cut out a circle.

So, this recipe worked out to 125 calories per slice of toast. If you added some syrup or confectioner's sugar, it is still a very reasonable snack (1 slice) or breakfast (2 slices).

How do you make French toast?

Berry French Toast Recipe

(makes 2 slices)
1 egg
1/4 cup milk (almond, soy, cows, etc.)
dash of spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc.
2 slices 100% Whole Grain bread
1/4 cup frozen berries
Low fat cooking spray

Beat egg, milk, and spice together. Heat griddle or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add cooking spray and dip bread in egg mixture. Place on griddle and cook for 3 minutes on one slide. Flip and cook for one more minute until egg is cooked through. While toast is cooking, thaw berries in microwave (about 30 seconds on high). Cut center of toast with a cookie cutter and pour berries into the whole. Enjoy!

For one slice: 125 calories, 3.7 g fat, 15.3 g carbohydrates, 7.4 g protein, 2.5 g fiber, 175 mg sodium, 3 Points+

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This sounds divine!! I think I'll make these for my kiddos Monday!! Thanks for posting!

That is such a cute idea!! Love it!

Makes me want a heart shaped cookie cutter:-) And a sprayer bottle for my olive oil... Looks great!

So cute! When we were kids my grandmother used to make us Frogs in the Hole -- in the middle of the bread, she'd plop an agg and cook it. Not as healthy (that woman loved her butter!) but fun kid food. As for the V-day French toast, one could add some extra pizzaz, (with no extra fat) by frothing some skim milk and putting that on top of the berries, perhaps with a dash of cinnamon. Frothers are a super way to get extra protein in your diet and yet feel like your being really extravagant. Bodum makes a good one as does Bonjour!I make diet hot cocoa and never miss the calories when I top it with frothed milk. So, Snack Girl, is the heart shape from a cookie cutter? Really neat idea. Maybe if I make these, I'll still have caloric room for some real chocolates from my Valentine? thanks!

Such a cute photo! It's so pretty.

I've discovered that French toast can actually be made WITHOUT the milk, too (long story short, I wanted French toast one day but didn't have any milk on hand). Just use the eggs and spices and it works perfect.

What is it about French toast that seems so decadent, I wonder, even when it's made healthy? Love it :)

adorable. Love the healthy modifications and the shape. I do healthy french toast for dinner for my kids all the time: fiber, protein and soooooo good.

Come comment on Artificial Sweeteners at Foodtrainers' blog today, curious if snack girl is pro or anti.

To add a little crunch to our French Toast, I sprinkle wheat germ before placing it in the pan!

Souds like proof that good-for-you food can be delish! This dish sounds and looks divine! OK, now my mouth is watering all over my keyboard.


I know this is an old recipe but I just tried it today and it was delicious, thank you :) you still eat the heart shaped piece that gets taken out from the cookie cutter? Or is the whole point to not eat it and that's psrt of why it's healthier? Stupid question probably...just curious because i'm on a diet.

@Erica - good question! Eat the middle. It is healthy because of the fruit and it is only one piece.

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