When I talk to someone on a nutritional program of some sort I often hear them say, "I love French toast, but I don't eat it." I understand their point.
Everyone has certain guidelines to follow for special nutritional programs, but cutting out all of your favorites isn't always necessary. Food alternatives are available that make foods like French toast hearty and healthy.
French Toast is versatile
French toast is a favorite in my house for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My kids love it for a sit down meal, and when we're in a hurry, we just pick it up and take it with us.
It is very easy to make, and takes no time to cook. With all of the great food substitutions I can cook traditional French toast, or I can cook a version suitable for my in-season bodybuilding diet.
You don't have to use dairy
There are many, many French toast recipes that use dairy, but over time people have opted for non-dairy products. If you stopped eating French toast for this reason, now is a great time to find an alternative for your dredge.
Substitutions can be made with a multitude of products such as almond, soy and rice milk, as well as hemp and coconut drinks. Some of these also come in unsweetened versions. I use fat free, liquid non-dairy creamer when I'm in a pinch, also.
Depending on your French toast ingredients you can eat a good amount of protein during one sitting. What does protein have to do with French toast? A lot, if you like to exercise, and want to maintain or build muscle.
There are different recommendations from sources protein amounts with different levels of exercise. The conversion table is as follows:
The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound (1). This amounts to (2, 3): 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman.
These numbers are not the same numbers used for athletes. The NSCA recommends 1.5 to 2.0 g/kg of body weight of protein for athletes.
Research indicates that the protein requirement of aerobic endurance athletes is slightly over 0.8 g/kg and can reach 1.4 g/kg due in part to increased use of protein as a fuel source during exercise (176). However, some research has shown that heavy resistance training can increase requirements to as high as 1.7 g/kg (176). Because most athletes do not fall neatly into one category (aerobic endurance or resistance trained), a general recommendation of 1.5 – 2.0 g/kg ensures adequate protein intake.
[Check out Ava Cowan's Chocolate French Toast Recipe]
Easy to spice up
Besides the fact that you can use cinnamon or vanilla to spice up your French toast, you can add an array of toppings to add flavor, too. Fresh fruit compote and ready whip are simple, tasty choices.
Walden Farms creates a full line of sugar free, tasty toppings to add to any French toast. It's also great sans syrup, but lightly dusted with confectioners’ sugar or with your favorite brand of sweetener; i.e. Truvia, Splenda and etc.
Whole grain breads are sold from the shelf, and fresh from bakeries, while many stores carry gluten free breads, as well. With the rise of gluten sensitivities and Celiac's Disease this is a good option for some. Or, what about using fruit and nut breads, as well as low carbohydrate breads for French Toast?
In the era of low carbohydrate diets, and the increase of whole grain foods, recipes are available in varieties from breadless French toast to recipes with pork rinds.
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