RECIPE: REAL French Toast

So most of the recipes on Well & Balanced Health are just that, healthy and balanced.  But every now and then you have to be a little bit naughty!  I tell clients, “It’s good to be bad every now and then”.

I’m not saying polish off a dozen donuts (I’ve done this. Once in medical school) and I’m not saying kick an old lady when she’s fallen and can’t get up.  But every now and then it’s good to break the ‘rules’.  It feels free-ing to allow yourself to indulge.  Blow off that unnecessary meeting; sleep in; have French Toast instead of salad.

Not all the time, but enough to know you’re not living a restrictive life.

That being said, do pick your kids up from school and make them wear the seat belts; but  please, for the LOVE, USE REAL INGREDIENTS when making French toast.  And all treats for that matter!

French TOast

  1. In a small bowl combine:

2 eggs

1/2 cup whole milk (the kind without hormones and antibiotics floating around in the carton please)

3 dashes of cinnamon

1 dash of sea salt

Once all the above has been whisked together:

2. Heat a large skillet to medium heat and melt 3 large pats of REAL butter (the kind made from milk, from cows without hormones and antibiotics, right? It tastes better and doesn’t cause precocious puberty or cancer)

3. Slice 1 French baguette into 1/2 inch discs (the kind without 75 ingredients and without azodicarbonamide, found in lots of breads, oh and running shoe soles and yoga mats!)

4. Soak both sides of baguette slices in the egg concoction, then place in the skillet to cook. ~ 3-5 minutes each side.  Add butter as necessary.

freanch toast 2Once both side of the bread is a nice golden, crispy brown, and the bread is not runny with gentle mashing of the spatula…viola! French Toast is ready to serve!

Add REAL Grade B maple syrup and butter and berries to taste!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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