Indulge Without Remorse: Healthy Brunch Recipe

Indulge yourself after a long week with an enticing healthy brunch recipe. Berry-smothered whole wheat french toast turns an ordinary weekend breakfast into an extraordinary gala event. Appeal to your sweet tooth and your healthy diet by dishing up this special treat.

Nutritious and Delicious

Picture a plate of warm, golden brown french toast, with thick fruity syrup pooling on top and dripping down the sides. The first bite reveals a fluffy, crisp exterior with a soft, creamy interior. At only 187 calories per serving, this healthy brunch recipe offers guilt-free indulgence.

French toast is best made with day-old bread for a firm texture, and whole wheat bread adds fiber and protein to the menu. Berries bring vitamin C, fiber and phytonutrients, which repair cell damage and may fight cancer and heart disease, according to UC Berkeley’s Wellness website. The eggs and milk in this healthy brunch recipe provide protein and calcium. Pure vanilla, with no added sugar, increases sweetness with very few calories.

Healthy brunch recipe

The basic French toast recipe calls for two eggs and ½ cup milk. If dietary restrictions require, three egg whites can replace the eggs, and skim or soy milk may be used instead of regular milk. This healthy brunch recipe, inspired by registered dietician Alexandra Caspero’s recipe in Women’s Health Magazine, may also be doubled or tripled to feed more hungry mouths.
French toast:
4 thick slices whole wheat bread
2 eggs
½ tsp pure vanilla
½ cup milk

  1. Beat together eggs, vanilla and milk in a baking dish or shallow bowl.
  2. Heat skillet until a drop of water sizzles on the surface.
  3. Soak one bread slice at a time in egg mixture, making sure to cover both sides.
  4. Cook both sides of bread until lightly browned.

Berry syrup:
2 cups fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or combo)
⅓ cup purified water
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp pure vanilla

  1. In a small pan, bring all ingredients to a boil, smashing chunks of berries with a spoon.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until mixture thickens into a syrup consistency.
  3. Serve hot or cold.

Whether you treat yourself, the whole family, or a group of friends, your presentation can take your healthy brunch recipe from scrumptious to spectacular. Beverages such as orange juice and sparkling water shimmer in champagne flutes. Table linens, flowers and candles add a festive touch. The berry-smothered whole wheat french toast beckons. Go ahead, indulge!

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