Clean Eating Coconut French Toast – an indulgent yet healthy home breakfast

Whilst there’s nothing quite like the luxury of eating a delicious breakfast or brunch in a restaurant, sometimes the rush of daily life just doesn’t allow for it.  Trying to eat healthily or “sticking to a diet” may be another reason why one avoids eating breakfast out (although I’m all for a healthy lifestyle and believe that one can still enjoy a restaurant breakfast whilst maintaining healthy habits, but we’ll leave that topic for another time!).

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Either way, whether you’re eating breakfast at home due to time and schedule constraints OR because you don’t fancy indulging on surplus calories, this Clean Eating Coconut French Toast recipe will show you that no matter how time pressured, you can still enjoy a quick and easy, deliciously indulgent breakfast, that is completely healthy and guilt-free!

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Many weight loss seekers think that bread is “fattening” but, like most dietary misconceptions, this is far from true.  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 only contain 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, catering to all tastes and needs, that as long as you stick to one of these there’s really no need to feel guilty!  However, I’m certainly not giving free reign to tuck into the bread basket and eat as much as you fancy – especially when it comes to white bread, which, for reasons outlined below, should be avoided.

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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 (and possibly some high GI golden syrup to top it off!) – a sure fire recipe for raising blood sugar levels and insulin, before 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 and 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 both guilt-free and 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 from the much-loved agave syrup that won’t cause your blood sugar levels to soar!

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 MCTs 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 (along with veggies, of course!), Greek yoghurt with fruit and nuts, or my all-time favourite – porridge topped with berries, seeds, cinnamon and a drizzle of agave, this “Clean Eating Coconut French Toast” makes a delicious alternative which is just as nutritious, and 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!) and you can thank me after!  Bon appetite!

RECIPE

Serves 1 (can easily be doubled!)

Ingredients

1 slice whole-grain bread (or any bread of choice: spelt/ gluten-free etc.)
1 egg
1 Tbsp. skimmed/ soya/ almond milk
Desiccated coconut
Coconut oil or cooking spray – for greasing
Granulated Stevia/ Splenda
Cinnamon
Mixed berries/ strawberries – to serve
Agave syrup (optional) – to serve

Directions

Mix the egg and 1 Tbsp. milk in a shallow bowl. Dip the bread into the egg mixture to immerse and cover fully. Sprinkle coconut generously over both sides to coat bread.

Grease a non-stick pan lightly with coconut oil or cooking spray, heat over 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 and a drizzle of agave syrup… delish! :-)

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