Bev Laumann, author of A Taste of the Good Life: A Cookbook for an IC Diet, offers a healthy and fun way to start your day, with a rich, flavorful French Toast.

Pear French Toast With Blueberries

Pear French ToastThis healthier take on a classic replaces acidic jelly and calorie-laden syrup with fiber rich fruit and nuts for a lighter breakfast.

  • 2 ripe pears, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup salted cashews, chopped fine (optional)
  • 2 egg whites (from large eggs)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread (see note)
  • butter, canola oil spray, or spread
  • handful fresh blueberries

Puree the pears in a blender or food processor. In a saucepan, heat the pear puree, honey, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon until the mixture bubbles. Set aside and keep warm.

In a bowl, whisk egg whites, salt, and 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon with the milk. Melt butter in a skillet or spray with oil, being careful not to burn. Dip the bread slices in the milk mixture, then fry over low to medium heat. Remove to serving plates and pour pear puree over the toast. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and/or fresh blueberries if desired.

NOTE: The make-or-break ingredient in this is the bread. One sure-fire way to ensure it is preservative free is to make it yourself with a bread machine. If you haven’t the time for baking, then shop around for artisan bread. Typically it doesn’t contain problematic substances, and is often found at farmers markets, natural food grocery stores, and small cafés. Both your body and your taste buds will thank you! With a bit of experimentation you may find that, by taking Prelief with breakfast, you can also treat yourself to very ripe mango, blackberries, or even white peaches in this recipe.