Make breakfast on busy mornings a breeze with prep ahead Strawberry Vanilla Protein French Toast!
This post is sponsored by the American Egg Board, all opinions are my own.
It’s time for back to school which means busy mornings where parents are challenged to feed the family a balanced breakfast in a flash. Multiple scientific studies demonstrate the cognitive benefits of eating breakfast such as improved memory recall time, improved grades and higher test scores. No wonder they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan, enough that I wrote an entire cookbook devoted to protein-packed breakfast recipes.
One of the easiest ways to increase protein at breakfast is to include eggs which are one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein at under $.20 each. Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse with one large egg containing 6 grams of protein, nine essential amino acids, and varying amounts of 13 vitamins and minerals, all for 70 calories. No matter what you may have heard in the past, don’t toss the yolk! Yolks contain most of the egg’s nutrients like vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium and more than 40% of the protein. Eggs also include two important nutrients for brain health- choline and lutein. Two recent studies showed a positive association between brain lutein content and academic performance in children, and choline is important for fetal brain development and has been shown to positively impact cognition in adults. A win-win for adults and kids alike.
I developed this Strawberry Vanilla Protein French Toast recipe to help make your hectic mornings easy and nutritious. Simply prepare it at night or on the weekend and reheat quickly before heading out the door to work or school. One serving provides 23 grams of protein and a whopping 12 grams of fiber which is almost 50% of the recommended daily value for women thanks to the strawberries and whole grain bread. Score!
And eggs are not only for breakfast! This dish serves as a fun “breakfast for dinner” or Meatless Monday meal the whole family can enjoy.
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 5.3 ounce container vanilla Greek yogurt, divided
- 6 slices light whole wheat bread (approximately 40 calories per slice)
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
- Beat eggs in a medium bowl.
- Whisk in ½ cup vanilla yogurt and cinnamon.
- Heat a griddle or saute pan on medium to medium high heat and coat with nonstick spray (I used coconut oil spray)
- One at a time, dip both sides of the bread into egg mixture and place in pan, flipping once lightly browned.
- Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
- When ready to serve, stack 3 slices of French toast, top with 1/2 of remaining yogurt and 1/2 of the strawberries. Add a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon if desired.
Makes 2 servings, 3 slices each. Simply double it to have extra on hand for the school week.
To add excitement to this back to school season, the American Egg Board has launched the You’re Incredible Because… campaign highlighting the importance of high-quality protein foods, like eggs, to fuel students to be their best.
The contest aims to inspire others to share why their kids, friends and classmates are incredible and calls for stories of incredible kids from all across the country in an effort to celebrate back to school.
Entering the contest is as easy as submitting a photo or video to the Incredible Egg’s Facebook contest posts, or your own Twitter or Instagram along with a caption explaining why the kid in your life is incredible. Posts using the hashtags #IncredibleBecause and #Contest to be considered contest entries and are eligible for the grand prize and weekly prizes.