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SONICB
Posts: 4,209
6/20/12 1:24 P

Lots of other people have mentioned it here with good reason, but I would also say make your own French toast at home using whole wheat toast.

In any case, working with what you have, I recommend NOT using an entire 1/4 cup of syrup. You can probably get away with 2 Tbsp (half the original amount). Maybe slice the French toast into stick and dip it into the syrup. Add a cup of fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) for nutrition.

You could also top the French toast with sliced peaches. You probably wouldn't need the entire 1/4 cup syrup with the sweetness added by the fresh fruit.



-CORAL-
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6/20/12 1:16 P

Personally I would make my own french toast with whole wheat bread and eggs with a bit of vanilla extract and cinnamon. It's quite easy. Then I would use REAL maple syrup, and definitely not 1/4 cup. That's a lot. I would use 2 Tb for 2 pieces of bread. If you use that fake syrup stuff it's all high fructose corn syrup, and who knows what's in the frozen french toast. I also like real butter so I would use 1/2 Tb of that.

It takes about 1 egg per slice of bread for french toast. So let's figure out the calories.

2 slices whole wheat bread: 220 cals
2 eggs: 140 cals
2 Tb Maple Syrup: 104 cals
1/2 Tb Butter: 50 cals

Total: 514 calories and 100% more nutritious.



ADOS-ADOS
Posts: 125
6/20/12 1:04 P

Thanks for making this thread! I just made French toast for lunch, with one extra large egg, one slice of Arnold Whole Grains Oat Nut Bread, and about a teaspoon of cinnamon in a nonstick frying pan, and then a tablespoon of real maple syrup on top. I found that even for a large slice of bread like the one I used, a tablespoon was just right. I poured it on and spread it around to evenly coat it, and I had just the right amount of maple goodness in each bite, which is important because real maple syrup can be expensive, especially in the summer.

But I think real maple syrup is worth it. I think if you're going to treat yourself with something special, you should go all the way and really be able to savor it, so you don't come out of it thinking, "That wasn't as good as I wanted," and then wanting something else the next day.



ADOS-ADOS
Posts: 125
6/20/12 12:04 P

Egg whites in French toast with fake syrup? Why even bother? That's what I say with my 2320-calories-a-day allowance. emoticon

But even with 1200-1550 like you have? You can work it in easily, given how you're planning to eat today.

I put this in my Nutrition Tracker as a test:

2 extra large eggs, yoke and all

2 slices of Arnold 100% Whole Wheat Bread (I like Arnold bread, available in most supermarkets and many grocery stores. These are thick, wide, soft slices, but they're also high in fiber, nutritious, and only 110 calories each. I like wheat French toast, but if you really want white bread, Arnold also offers Country Whole Grain White Bread with the same calories and only 1 gram less fiber.)

2 tablespoons of REAL maple syrup, not corn syrup and not whatever is in those strange low-calorie syrups that in my opinion are only good for diabetics, for whom it's the closest they can get (Like others have said, you don't need a quarter of a cup for two slices of French toast. One tablespoon should be enough to cover each slice, without having it running all over the plate unnecessarily.)

All together? This is 487 calories, an increase of only 67 calories. Heck, considering you're eating so light today anyway, you could add another two tablespoons of syrup if you really wanted to, and that would only be another 104 calories and you'd still be well within range for the day! It's also far more nutritious, filling, and satisfying.



AJAMARIEW
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6/20/12 11:59 A

YOu can use egg whites, and cinnamon only. Then use GRADE A Maple Syrup for all the minerals and vitamins. Fake sugars are terrible for hormone control.



MANDIETERRIER1
Posts: 13,599
6/20/12 11:41 A

I eat French Toast for dinner on occasions. I would use just a tablespoon of real syrup. (I don't like diet syrup) and add some fruit to it. I would also add some protein.





SUSAN_FOSTER
Posts: 1,228
6/20/12 11:34 A

French toast for dinner is not bad. The option you set out is not bad - but it could be improved upon. I would cut the syrup to 2 tablespoons - honestly, that will be plenty. I also would make the french toast from scratch; it's really easy to do and probably costs less. I would add something more substantial on the side - fruit salad, a banana? Something with fiber to keep you satisfied.



-AIRYN-
Posts: 2,389
6/20/12 11:19 A

I love french toast so I have learned to make my own as a my own special treat. I make mine the exact same way with the high fiber bread, egg whites and cinnamon. I sometimes use sugar free syrup or sometimes just a dollop of regular syrup. I believe that too much "sugar free" stuff is bad for you =) Good luck.

Also, I am a firm believer in rewarding yourself so if you want your frozen french toast and don't splurge often, then do it! I also love breakfast for dinner and I have LOVE LOVE LOVE Eggo's Nutrigrain Blueberry Waffles. I can only find them at Target and those are a super treat for me!



CORTNEY-LEE
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6/20/12 10:57 A

I agree with the posters that say to make your own. I always make my own out of egg whites, whole wheat bread, ginger, and a dash of cinnamon. I use sugar free syrup.

I also agree that this is a lifestyle change, so you should eat what you want with moderation.



ALLISONAZ
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6/20/12 9:40 A

Honestly, I don't see a problem with it. In spite of our "lifestyle change", there is no reason to deprive yourself. Having french toast once in a while and being "good" the rest of the time isn't going to hurt anything! So enjoy your brinner tonight!



MOTHERBOARDER
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6/20/12 9:38 A

sure



BELGIANBEERME
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6/20/12 9:16 A

The only way you know what will work is try different things. You've already tracked what you want and it fits into your calories. As long as you don't do it all the time, I say go for it! And I would also cut the syrup in half. If you need more sweetness, maybe slice up a banana? More nutrition and fiber and so yummy!



SCTK519
Posts: 2,085
6/20/12 7:13 A

I don't think there's anything wrong with the occasionally treat, but I would suggest making your own french toast. If I used the bread and egg whites we have in house, it'd be 140 calories, 5 g of fiber...not including anything I'd put on top. I could have 3 slices for the amount of calories you're "spending" on the frozen french toast.



EX-PRESSO
Posts: 478
6/20/12 4:51 A

I think there is nothing wrong to treat yourself with something once in a while.
But ...
first but: after consuming empty calories, I'm hungry pretty quick. So I would eat something more filling (half a portion?) and one toast.
second but: make your own :) than you know whats in :)



STELLA12408
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6/20/12 2:33 A

why dont you just make your own french toast and use sugar free syrup. i find the IHOP sugarfree is just as good as regular and it only has 15 calories per 1/4cup. i use high fiber wheat bread and egg whites with cinnamon . i can have 2 pieces of french toast with syrup for only 110 calories. my body will actually benefit from it and it is actually filling unlike your frozen meal with all that garbage in it. u can even have a couple pieces of turkey bacon or scrambles eggs with it if you wanted for your protein.



BUBBLEJ1
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6/20/12 1:34 A

Yes, completely unhealthy, and empty calories emoticon But sometimes that is just what you need. This is a lifestyle, and sometimes you need breakfast for dinner in a healthy lifestyle.

What I will say tho is there is no way you need 1/4C of syrup. That is so much! I usually use 1T per waffle (I don't eat french toast) and it is plenty.



UNIDENT
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6/20/12 1:18 A

That's flat out unhealthy ... but let me explain.

You know that french toast has quite a few empty calories in it. That's okay, as the PP said, a lifestyle approach includes sometimes having the foods that we enjoy.

But because the french toast is adding so many empty calories to your day, you absolutely should NOT be at the minimum 1200. How much nutrition are you not getting, to keep the calories that low?

When you have a treat, you should get your minimum 1200 nutritional healthy calories first, and add the treat onto that. Your Spark range goes up to 1550 as the absolute lowest maximum range there is - do not be afraid to use a little bit more of that range on days you make treat choices! Your body needs the 1200 healthy calories ... and the extra few from the toast won't push it over 1550 (you don't consider the whole thing a treat - it's got *some* redeeming features - you just also do not aim for the absolute minimum when some treat-type food is going to be in your day).



BEANS787
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6/19/12 11:20 P

I say eat it!

I found that the only way I have been able to lose weight in the long-term and keep it off is to indulge in what I love but eat in moderation. You shouldn't deprive yourself. I'm a firm believer in eating what you crave.



WHITTYB58
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6/19/12 10:51 P

Hello everyonneee..

I just had an opinion question, real quick. Tomorrow- I REALLY want breakfast for dinner. I was thinking of making my frozen Aunt Jemima Frozen French toast with some syrup.

For two pieces it is 210 calories.

For the syrup.. 1/4 cup is 210.

Tomorrow, my breakfast is going to be a yogurt and banana. Lunch is left over chili I made - it's a HG recipe- another yogurt, and carrots.

Together that = 645.

If I have 555 calories left to eat around 1200.. and have a fruit smoothie with my breakfast dinner..

SO that would = 1249

Will it be okay.... or is it just too flat out unhealthy- even if its within calorie count- you guys wouldn't do it...

I mean.. is it really THAT unhealthy anyways...

I am so bad at understanding my food choices, and I don't want to screw up.

Lots of carbs I know..

Thhaannkkk youuuu emoticon

Edited by: WHITTYB58 at: 6/19/2012 (22:52)


 
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