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I love summer mornings. The sunlight streams in through the windows to illuminate the entire kitchen, the outside air is refreshingly cool from the night before, and the coffee machine makes its usual and lively buzzing to signal the start of a brand new day. But what puts the cherry on top of it all is the most important (and delicious) meal of the day: breakfast. Le petit dejeuner. 

Petit is the key word. Morning meals in France tend to be very light – usually pastries, fruit, or bread accompanied by coffee. This morning, I decided on creating my breakfast in the same manner by making French toast and complementing it with fresh strawberries and my usual hot coffee.

Cinnamon French Toast


2 slices Ezekiel Raisin and Cinnamon Bread
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 egg whites
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract)
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon


1. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat.
2. Mix together the egg whites, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
3. Dip the bread into the mixture, place on the skillet, and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
4. Serve with fresh strawberries, maple syrup, confectioner’s sugar, or anything else you desire!

Nutrition: Servings: 2 toasts, Serving Size: 2 toasts, Calories 268, Total Fat 5g, Potassium 446mg, Carbs 43.6g, Fiber 6g, Sugars 14.6g, Protein 17.8g

Sitting outside on the patio, taking in the aroma from my coffee and looking down at my sugared toast and fresh strawberries, I could almost feel myself being transported to that little French cafe.

Ah, good morning to you, Paris!