Breakfast on the Go: Making Your Morning With French Toast

Breakfast is usually the one meal of the day that nobody wants to bother spending time to prepare. And yet it’s the most important meal of the day. Why? Because your body has gone through 7-8 hours without any source of nutrition or energy, so you need that meal when you wake up to turn into energy for the morning. Otherwise, you can count on falling asleep during German 150.

We’re all sick of the sugar-coated cardboard some people call “cereal.” An apple is not nearly enough food to start the day on – you’ll fall flat on your face before you even leave your apartment. So, I’m going to teach you a fast, cheap and easy breakfast for those mornings where you need to hustle and don’t have the time to prepare a French Toast Grand Slam for yourself.

Ingredients: 4 slices of wheat (!) bread
1 large egg
2 tablespoons 2% milk
Syrup

Directions: Flip your stove on to pre-heat. If you can measure it, place it at 350 degrees. Pour the egg and milk into a bowl and whisk them together until they’re properly blended. If you can take the extra cholesterol, dump in an extra egg if you like your French Toast extra-eggy.

Grab your bread and dip both sides of each slice into your egg-milk mix; let the excess goo drip off. Now put your soaked bread in your pre-heated frying pan and cook it until the bread is golden brown. Stand watch over the stove; it won’t take longer than a couple minutes, if that. Be sure to check the face-down side for its color, and flip it over when it looks ready. If you like to cinnamon it, sprinkle some on BEFORE frying the bread. Then just syrup the Frenchie, but watch how much you pour on; maple syrup may be fat-free, but it makes up for it in sugar,

Time-saver: Got a George Foreman grill (or some variation)? Prop that sucker up on a textbook the bookstore only offered $2 for last quarter so that the bottom surface is horizontal. Then just lower the top, and you don’t have to worry about flipping the bread over. Works great if you’re a dorm-dweller or in a rush to class!

Nutritional Info: One slice will yield 65 calories, 3.1 grams of fat, 33mg cholesterol (with 1 egg), 136mg sodium (6% DV), 7 grams of carbs, and 2.2 grams of protein. The sugar content depends on the brand of syrup you use, but one serving usually puts out around 25 grams of sugar. Be sure to use wheat bread! It’ll grant you extra protein and fiber, and the latter helps to burn off calories you don’t want.

Sides: Throw in a piece of fruit such as an apple, banana, orange, grapefruit, strawberries or what have you on the side. No juice, friend. Most juices are nothing more than sugar and vitamins, and eating raw fruit (in fact, eating raw anything) is always the healthier alternative, as the sugar is natural. If you don’t have any fruit on hand, limit yourself to no more than one – that’s ONE – serving of juice.

Cottage cheese makes for an excellent side dish. If you can get your hands on the 1% milk fat variety, a serving of 226 grams carries only 2 grams of fat, 9mg cholesterol, 918 mg sodium (38% DV), 6g carbohydrates, 6 grams sugar, and 28 grams of protein.

Pour yourself a glass of low-fat milk, and voila! You’ve got a delicious spread out in front of you with enough protein, carbs and sugar to get you through that ungodly 8 AM class.