National Better Breakfast Month

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September is National Better Breakfast Month. This is a great time to take stock of what you’re eating in the morning to fuel your day and see if you need to make a healthier change. A smart breakfast consists of one thing from each of these food groups: grains, proteins/dairy and fruits/veggies. Choose a whole-wheat bread, granola or oatmeal. Any low-fat dairy product, peanut butter or any style cooked egg will be a good choice also. Bananas, apple slices, tomato juice or in season fruits and vegetables will round out a better breakfast. Try this Oven French Toast recipe, topped with fresh or frozen fruit, a glass of low fat milk,  a hard boiled egg and you have a great meal to start your day.

Oven French Toast


12 slices whole grain bread
4 eggs or 8 egg whites
1 cup nonfat or 1% milk
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with sides or two 9×13 inch pans with cooking spray.
  3. Lay the slices of bread flat on the pan with the sides touching.
  4. Beat egg, milk, brown sugar, and vanilla until very well blended.
  5. Pour mixture over bread. Turn each slice over to ensure both sides are wet.
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight or bake immediately for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve hot. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar (optional). Top with applesauce, fresh fruit or yogurt.
  8. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


french toast and fruit

French Toast