mr. greg -> live fit blog

by Holly on August 18, 2010

in guest posts

Greetings from Colorado! Today Sissy Everythingtarian #4 makes the big grown-up leap and moves into the freshman dorms. I swear it was just yesterday we were watching Happy Gilmore, teaching her inappropriate words and sleeping in the same room. Anyways, while I go hang out with all the freshies on campus, I have a fantastic guest post from Greg over at Live Fit Blog. While much of the blogworld is saturated with 20-something females, reading a blog by a 38-year-old married father trying to live a balanced life is completely refreshing. Enjoy this yummy-looking recipe, and I’ll see you soon with a full recap from the Rocky Mountain State!

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We try to eat healthy in our house – most of the time. But truth be told, it’s hard.  My wife and I are both foodies of a sort, and we love to cook (what chemist doesn’t?).  So we experiment, and sometimes you get a winner that’s both delicious and healthy.  Occasionally, you get something that’s delicious and treads on the edge of healthy.

The other night, we were searching for something different, and after rummaging through the cabinet, we settled on French toast.  But not plain old vanilla French toast.  We wanted something with a twist.  So, we started with sourdough bread…

After putting together the egg mixture and getting the bread dipped up and on the griddle, we opted to sprinkle our bread with brown sugar and cinnamon, hoping the sugar would carmelize, and we’d end up using less (if any) syrup.  Flip and repeat.

There’s something about cooking on the griddle.  For some reason, you don’t seem to get the same effect cooked over a burner.  Can’t say I understand that, but there you have it!

The great thing about cooking it up this way was they were lightly sweetened and needed very little syrup to finish them off.  Here’s the final product, served with a side of fresh strawberries and blueberries.  It made for a delicious dinner!

The caramelized brown sugar gave them a nice crispy texture, which I tend to really like out of a dish like this.  Truth be told, they may have been even better without the syrup.  Next time around, I’ll omit the syrup.  We calculated each slice of toast brings in about 300 calories, so I’ve got more on my plate than I planned on, but it’s filling enough that I could have gone with just one slice of toast.  I ran the math after I ate.

Leftovers heated up nicely as a quick and easy breakfast for the kids.  Popped a slice in the toaster for reheating, and the kids left their breakfast complaints behind.

Greg Hayes is the author of Live Fit Blog.  For more ideas for eating your way to better fitness, check out his fitness blog.

What’s your favorite recipe that’s both healthy AND delicious?

{ 9 comments }

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

Homemade black bean burgers with oven baked sweet potato fries!! Healthy, yes. And it also tastes way better then fast food and comes together quickly too. Love it. :D

I also love french toast. These look amazing! :D

Lisa @ I'm an Okie August 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

a 38 yr old male blogger? Im gonna have to go check his out for somethign different.

And a nice crisp french toast? yum.

Courtney August 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Holly– this reminds me of something I would see on your blog! What could be better than strawberries nutella and coffee in the am?! http://www.iheartyoublog.com/2010/08/nutella.html

Laura August 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Defo going to check out the blog!! xx

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Since I just downed a large smoothie and feel little to no guilt about it… I would say my favorite tasty/healthy treat is a fruit smoothie! Easy on the sugar, heavy on the fresh fruit!

Jess August 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

That french toast looks DELICIOUS!

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes August 19, 2010 at 5:55 am

Nice job Mr. Greg. Welcome to the guest post club. Eventully we’ll organize, form a union, ask for livable wages, health care and a svaings plan from Ms E.

whitney August 20, 2010 at 8:12 am

haha funny you ask that question as you post about your french toast because that is probably one of my favorite but I also like protein pancakes.

I experimented with egg white french toast on whole wheat bread awhile ago and eat it all the time. Instead of syrup I use some of the juices from the frozen fruit I put on top.

I also love protein pancakes: making the mix out of blended oats, cottage cheese, vanilla soy milk, and egg whites. They taste just like pancakes and are out of this world!

Greg August 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

LOL! Thanks guys! Frozen leftovers provided breakfast for the kids for a week, which is a blessing in the mornings before school. My kids are far pickier eaters than I recall being…

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