Monday Munchies: Marathon Fuel with “Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast”

Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast This easy breakfast dish offers good post-run nutrition for those early-morning endurance workouts. The dairy ingredients include protein to help heal and rebuild muscle; the fruit and bread add carbs to help re-energize and rebuild glycogen storage for your next run; and the whole wheat adds fiber.
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries, more for garnish
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • Syrup or strawberry jam for topping
Mix cream cheese, sugar and strawberries in a bowl. In another bowl, beat together eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Spread1/4 of the filling mixture on one slice of whole wheat bread and top with a second slice of bread and gently press together. Dip into the egg batter and put on hot griddle or a pan that's been sprayed with cooking spray. Brown about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Serve with syrup or strawberry jam. Top with sliced strawberries, if desired. Serves 4. Note: You can substitute fresh blueberries for the strawberries and add a little lemon zest to the cream cheese filling, or mix diced peaches and toasted almonds to the cream cheese mix, along with a dash of almond extract.

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