Organic French Toast with Bananas and Walnuts

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What is wonderful about French toast is that you can make it as healthy or decadent as you want it! So yesterday morning, I drove to my local Whole Foods to buy my first loaf of organic bread. The store bakes several different kinds of regular and organic breads daily. The baker’s suggestion was brioche and challah breads, but either one was organic, so I selected the French loaf. To make this healthy and yummy, I added bananas and crunchy walnuts!

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of organic bread of your choice (brioche, challah or sourdough)
  • 1 organic egg
  • 3 tablespoons organic milk (I used nonfat)
  • 2 teaspoons organic sunflower oil
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1 organic banana, sliced
  • Walnuts, chopped

Directions:

In a shallow dish, whisk egg and milk together. Preheat 2 teaspoons oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Soak both sides of bread slices in egg-milk mixture. Cook both sides of bread until golden brown. Sprinkle with walnuts, add sliced bananas, drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy! Serves 2.

Blogger’s note: This recipe can easily be multiplied. Ideally, bread should be at least a day old. This is a healthier version of French toast, so no butter was used. But you can certainly add it!

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Organic Cranberry Smoothie

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Since it is cranberry season, I thought it would be very appropriate to make a cranberry smoothie. Cranberries are second to blueberries in their antioxidant benefits and are only 45 calories per cup. I used European style yogurt, because that is what I had available, but I prefer the protein rich Greek yogurt.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 organic Gala or Fuji apple
  • 1/2 frozen organic banana
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1/2 organic European style plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 organic nonfat milk
  • 2 to 3 packets of Stevia

Directions:

Mix in a blender, cranberries, apple, banana and ice cubes. Then add yogurt, milk, and Stevia.

Tropical Smoothie

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This smoothie is not only delicious, but it is high in Vitamin C from the pineapple and the mango. Mangos are also a good source of fiber and Vitamin A.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen large banana
  • 1/2 cup European style organic plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup organic nonfat milk
  • 1 packet Stevia

Directions:

Mix the mango, pineapple and banana in a blender. Then add the milk, yogurt and Stevia. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!