French Toastilla with Peanut Butter and Banana

 

It’s been a minute since I blogged here!  Being a working mom means being busy and having limited time and energy pretty much.. always!  I’ve been trying to find ways to jazz up my mealtime, but still eat fresh, healthy foods cooked at home instead of pure convenience foods. I LOVE how this little experiment turned out, so I had to share!  I was craving french toast, but didnt want something that heavy or sugary. I was trying to work with ingredients we had in the house, and I wanted it to have enough protein to balance out the carbs. I actually thought of the idea of french-toasting the tortilla because I wanted the tiny bit of extra protein that tossing it in egg added. 

This meal was a big hit with the whole family! I would love to see pictures if you decide to give it a try! 🙂 

French Toastilla With Peanut Butter and Banana
Serves 1
Delicious take on french-toast, lower sugar and lower carb than the traditional option.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
582 calories
67 g
186 g
26 g
21 g
5 g
255 g
573 g
14 g
0 g
18 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
255g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 582
Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
40%
Saturated Fat 5g
27%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 186mg
62%
Sodium 573mg
24%
Total Carbohydrates 67g
22%
Dietary Fiber 7g
30%
Sugars 14g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
8%
Iron
23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 whole wheat tortilla
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tspn vanilla
  4. 1/8 cup peanut butter
  5. 1/2 medium banana
  6. 1/4 cup blueberries
Instructions
  1. Whisk egg in a bowl and add vanilla. Dip tortilla in the egg mixture, let extra liquid drip off. Place tortilla in a heated nonstick pan (optionally, can use nonstick spray or butter to prevent tortilla from sticking). Let tortilla cook about 30 seconds per side.
  2. Remove tortilla from pan and top with peanut butter, bananas, and blueberries.
Notes
  1. This fast and simple breakfast can be jazzed up with any toppings you prefer! Add chocolate chips or chocolate syrup for a sweeter treat. Stick with just peanut butter and bananas for a more traditional taste!
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calories
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fat
26g
protein
21g
carbs
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Better Breakfast

The word breakfast literally means to break one’s fast. A fast is a time of not eating. So breakfast is literally the time of day where we give our bodies the nourishment that it has not received during our slumber.

You can argue that our bodies need less energy during the night, to which I would agree. But breakfast skippers (my former self included) find themselves not eating until lunch time. Guilty as charged. On an average night, if I went to bed around 11, and ate lunch at noon, that means I was leaving my body without proper nourishment for 13 hours! And by the time I ate, I would crave sugary, fatty foods. And lots of it.

So I started eating breakfast.

I have been thinking about breakfast a lot lately, and doing a bit of Google-research. I find study after study that says eating breakfast has no effect on health or weight loss. And study after study that says it does. So where is the truth in it?

I’ll put up a big disclaimer – I am not an expert. I did not conduct a study. But I can say this:

The studies that seemed to prove that eating breakfast didn’t matter did not control WHAT the eater ate for said breakfast. For example, both studies cited in this article, “Is Breakfast Overrated?” only seemed to control whether participants ate breakfast. No information is given about what was eaten.

In contrast, articles that were proponents of breakfast talk about high protein breakfasts, or low glycemic index breakfasts, and the effects on the participants. This website provides a list of studies addressing the importance of breakfast, if you’re interested: Breakfast Studies

I used to be a poptarts kind of breakfast girl. When I got into calorie counting, I nixed those, and breakfast all together as everything I considered to be a great breakfast ended up being most of the calories I would allot myself for the day. I don’t know what you eat for breakfast, but my typical breakfasts might have been:

– Poptarts on the go

– pancakes with syrup

– scrambled eggs with muffins

– eggs over easy with toast

Carb-laden goodness with a side of butter and sugar of some sort!

A Google image search for “typical American breakfast” pulls up pictures that have eggs, bacon, pancakes (with butter and syrup), a glass of juice, and a glass of coffee.

I did a poll on Facebook to see what some of my peers were eating, and some responses included:

– green smoothies

– oatmeal with peanut butter and/or banana

– chicken

– cereal

– a ham sandwich

– toast with peanut butter and banana

– just coffee

– And the closest response to the American “classic” : two eggs, an english muffin with butter and jam, and apple juice

The Case for a Better Breakfast

I used to fall asleep in class. I used to start my day with a sugar/carb laden breakfast, then a healthy-ish lunch, and I would still feel exhausted by 2. or I would skip breakfast and have a heavy lunch. Same result. Even if I had a “healthy-ish” breakfast – for a long time greek yogurt with fresh fruit and a squirt of agave was my go-to healthy breakfast!- i still ran out of energy and felt tired through out the day.

Then I was challenged to eat protein and VEGETABLES for breakfast. Gross, right? It really was, the first week. Once I got myself out of my American way of thinking about breakfast, it really changed how I approach my meals.

This website shows Breakfast Around the World, and I was surprised to see some veggies make a cameo on the breakfast plate!

Long story short, for the last few months I have been eating breakfast daily, and I typically eat a protein and a vegetable. I have more energy, feel better, and my weight has been creeping down. Just eating a good breakfast won’t guarantee weight loss, but it is a strong way to start the day — with the right nutrients so you have energy and can crack down on those cravings!

For ideas on how to add veggies into your morning meal, you can see what two of my favorite breakfast go-to’s are, as well as peruse Buzzfeed’s 29 Ways to eat More Vegetables at Breakfast.

Breakfast 1: Slowcooked Chicken with Snow Peas and BlueBerries 

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This breakfast eases the stress of morning food prep – I throw the chicken into the slow cooker the night before, and when morning comes around, I am awoken to the delightful scent of savory chicken. Throw it on the plate with some veggies and some blueberries, and you are all set!

Any slowcooker chicken recipe will work, but one of my favorites is below. It makes plenty for multiple meals, which is also a bonus!

1 can tomatoes

2 chicken breasts, 3 thighs

1/2 onion

1 tspn garlic powder

1/2 tspn onion powder

1 tspn italian seasoning

salt and pepper to preference

Toss in the slowcooker on low over night, and VOILA! Done!

Breakfast 2: Brussels Sprouts Power Bowl

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Okay, clearly my over-easy egg needs a little help. Gordon Ramsay?  Personal Lesson?  Just kidding! (but not really!) I’ll keep trying and if I get a better picture, I’ll edit this. 🙂

This delight is a little more work intensive, but it’s worth it!

2 ounces lean ground beef (or turkey!)

1/2 cup brussels sprouts, sliced into thin rounds (that’s the irritating part, but worth it!)

1 tspn coconut oil

1/4 onion

1/2 tspn paprika

1/2 tspn oregano

1/2 tspn red chili flakes

1/2 tspn garlic salt

1 egg

pepper to taste

Saute onions and all seasonings in coconut oil until tender. Add meat, cook until nearly done. add brussels sprouts. Saute 5 minutes. While sauteeing, cook an over easy egg. Serve egg on top. The yolk will taste so rich and delightful when it oozes out all over your breakfast!