Recipe: Ezekiel French Toast


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Hey, friends!

Its no secret that I enjoy a good breakfast.  While most people look forward to the weekend for sleeping in, I look forward to making an awesome breakfast that I don’t have time for during the week.  My poor husband falls into the former category, savoring every minute of extra sleep he can get.  He is often interrupted by an overly-excited me, skipping into the room yelling “GET UPPPP! I MADE BREAKFAST!!”- I’m not ashamed.- He knew I was a food-obsessed morning person well before he married me.  Plus, who can really be mad about being jolted awake for food?  PLUS to be fair, its not like I’m dragging him out of bed at 7 am. Or even 8. Sometimes not even 9!!  I wait as long as I can.  By 9, its time to get the day going anyways, right?!  Come on.

My breakfast creations are anything from pancakes to omelettes to biscuits and gravy. Lately though, I’ve been on a big French toast kick.  Normally, French toast doesn’t provide much more than a food coma followed by a sugar crash.  I’m really excited to share this recipe with you, because 1. Its DELISH, and 2. it leaves some of the guilt behind with one easy ingredient swap.  If you’re super observant (as in, you read the title to this post), you probably think that swap involves Ezekiel Bread.  And… yeah. You’re totally right.

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A Green Smoothie to Get This Friday Going.

Is it just me, or does the Friday before a long weekend always seem longer than other Fridays? I haven’t even finished getting ready for work yet and the day is already dragging. Maybe my coffee will help speed things up?

Or, maybe I’m just excited because Devin has a surprise date planned for us tonight. It’s Devour Downtown time here in Indy, which means a lot of the well-known restaurants have special deals. It’s the perfect time to try a restaurant that we wouldn’t otherwise throw money at, outside of a special occasion. My lovely husband knows that I love Devour Downtown (and food in general), so he made a reservation for us – but he won’t tell me where. Which is so sweet and wonderful but I have NO idea what to wear. Struggles.

Long weekend and dinner plans aside, it was very hard for me to get out of bed this morning. I needed something to start the day off on a good, healthy note. So, in addition to my usual eggs and coffee, I made my favorite green smoothie.

Smoothies are a great way to get an extra serving of veggies in, without having to work very hard – and I’m all about that. Continue reading

Snack: Almond Butter Banana Bites

Snacks are essential for me, and for pretty much anyone around me because hanger is a real thing. Not only do I feel grumpy when I let my hunger go to far, but I find it much more difficult to focus too.

Snacking on healthy foods throughout the day is also a good way to keep the metabolism up and steady. This means more calories burned. The key here is choosing the right snack. It’s way too easy to grab a snack that actually contains the calories of a meal. It’s even easier to grab a snack that nearly reaches an entire day’s sugar recommendation. I’m looking at you, cereal bars.

When I look for a healthy snack, I usually try to grab something with 100-150 calories. Then, I look for a decent amount of protein and fiber. Try to aim for 8 grams of protein, and at least 2 grams of fiber. Protein and fiber satisfy your stomach and keep you full. Plus, fiber is great for your digestive system and the majority of people aren’t getting enough!

Today, I found myself (as usual) wandering in the kitchen for a snack. I wanted something sweet, so I decided to make one of my favorites:

Almond Butter Banana Bites.

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Things I love about this snack:
1. It is sweet and delicious.

2. It takes less than one minute to prepare – perfect if you’re impatient like I am.

3. It provides healthy vitamins and minerals, fiber and some protein.

I should warn your that your dog may try to steal this snack when you eat it on the couch. Mine did. Then he stared at me like this:

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Just one bite, mom. Please?

It’s that good.

All you need is a banana (easy) and your choice of nut butter (easy). I chose to use my favorite, Justin’s vanilla almond butter. The vanilla is subtle and super yummy, and the almond butter is just grainy enough to provide good texture. I have found it in most of the grocery stores around Indianapolis, and it comes in these cute little packets if you don’t want to spend $12 on a jar want to try a small amount before you buy the jar.

Just cut the banana into slices, and top each slice with a little almond butter goodness.

Each packet contains 180 calories, so I use half of the packet on half of a large banana. Honestly, sometimes I just eat one of these packets as a snack if I’m in a pinch.

Combined with the 1/2  banana, this snack gives you around 150-180 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Yum!

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.”

“Firsts” are always awkward (for me at least), and my first blog post is following suit. I want to tell you all about myself, and more importantly, the reason behind this blog! But where the heck do I even start?! I’m thinking I will save my life story for the “about me” section. Instead, I want to talk about the title of this post.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

I totally wish I could take credit for this quote. Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma actually wrote this. The world of nutrition has grown out of control with claims and products, and I love this quote because it reminds me that nutrition isn’t as complicated as many try to make it out to be. Let’s break it down.

Eat food. REAL food! Know where your food is coming from and what is in it.

Not too much. Be mindful of your portions and learn to distinguish true hunger from emotional hunger. Or boredom.

Mostly plants. A plant-based diet means lots of vitamins and minerals. Keep in mind that this says MOSTLY plants. You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to be healthy. Its as simple as checking your plate at every meal. “Does my plate have more fruits and veggies than meat/bread/cheese, etc.?”

Simple, right? And that brings me back to what I was originally trying to talk about. Hopefully I haven’t lost you!

This blog is meant to simplify the crazy world that the simple act of eating has become. While I love nutrition (my husband claims I really just love food), I am nowhere near perfect. I love eating my veggies and I love to workout. I track my calories and I plan what I am going to order at restaurants before we actually go like a crazy person. But, I’m not someone who is going to recommend a day full of supplements, or a diet that cuts entire food groups. I’m known for bringing No Bake Cookies or some other dessert to all pitch-ins, and sometimes I still make mac n cheese with Velveeta (mostly because my husband begs). Basically, my world of nutrition is just a world of balance (hence the name of the blog!).

I’m starting this blog because several friends and family have asked for my recipes, and because I love to talk about food and nutrition. I love to give advice and to teach people what I know. So, what better way to do that than a blog?