French toast is one of those breakfasts you dream about. It's decadent, delicious, warm, doughy, and just plain AWESOME. It's also something you THINK you need to avoid if you're counting calories. Wrong-o, people! HG has been slaving over her trusty frying pan yet again (she loves that thing!), this time concocting super-delicious and EXTREMELY guilt-free french toast. HG Tip: Try this stuff on Monday mornings and you'll actually have a reason to get out of bed.
3 slices Wonder Light White Bread 1/3 cup Egg Beaters, Original 1/2 oz. Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup OR 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (divided) 1 packet SPLENDA
Combine Egg Beaters with vanilla syrup (or extract) and half of the cinnamon/color>. Use the egg mixture as an egg wash, and dip your bread into it. Cook in a pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. When both sides are brown, plate those suckers and sprinkle ‘em with Splenda and the remaining /color>cinnamon. This stuff is super on its own, but feel free to serve it up with sugar-free maple syrup, sugar-free jelly, some fresh berries, and/or some Fat Free Reddi-wip. Of course your nutritionals will vary accordingly, but with such low calorie and fat counts, you can afford to splurge a little...
Serving Size: Entire recipe
Denny’s French Toast
When we saw the 1,261-calorie, 79-fat-gram price tag on Denny’s so-called “Fabulous” French Toast Platter, we had to laugh. Then, we wanted to cry. But once we hopped off that emotional roller coaster, we needed to figure out where all the crazy calories and fat grams were coming from. We figured most of those high nutritionals HAD to be coming from greasy, horrendous b-fast meats and/or mounds of butter & syrup. But we were flat wrong. Just the plain old french toast on that plate alone contains over 1,000 calories and 54 fat grams! Yowsa! Truth is, egg-battered, pan-fried bread is usually NOT a healthy option. That is, until HG gets her breakfast-loving paws on it. French toast lovers -- just head into the kitchen and whip up a batch of HG’s crazy-good Cinnamonlicious French Toast. Weeee! (Or should we say, Ouiiiii!?)
Serving Size: 3 slices (no toppings, no sides, nothin’!)
HG Heads Up: Feel free to make just two slices of the stuff. We used THREE for our recipe to make it a more fair comparison.
***Today's email is dedicated to Mischief, a much loved friend of Hungry Girl's. Mischief was a fun, sweet, gentle cat who spent his days lounging at the Hungry Girl HQ as we created recipes, tasted foods, and wrote our daily emails. Yesterday at sundown we had to say goodbye to Mischief, but he will live in our hearts forever. He was 21 years old. Mischief's favorite snack treat was Greenies -- I have no idea if they are low in calories or fat, and I don't care. --Lisa