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Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Caramelized Banana French ToastGood morning and Merry CHRISTmas!!! My family would like to wish you a very blessed Christmas and a healthy and happy new year! I created a Christmas breakfast for my family and I wanted to share it with you! I adapted the idea from a recipe my friend Barbara and her husband Joel make for their family. This recipe is definitely something you eat only on special occasions. Although it is a clean eating version of comfort food, there are still high calories and sugar in this dish. May this be the beginning of many healthy recipes and salubrious tips I share with you and your family!

Honoring God in all that I do,


Caramelized Banana French Toast


3 bananas

1 Tbs. of organic butter

1/2 cup of yogurt cheese*

1 Tbs. of raw honey or coconut nectar

1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

Dash of cinnamon

French Toast:

6 slices of whole grain bread

3 organic free range eggs

1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

Pure maple syrup


Make the caramelized bananas first. Slice the bananas diagonally, heat up a pan on medium heat, add butter, bananas, cinnamon, then drizzle a little honey over them and brown on both sides. You will smell the wonderful sweetness of the fruit as they brown! While they are cooking, make your filling.

Mix yogurt cheese with honey, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

Spread yogurt mixture on a slice of bread. Place a third of the bananas on the bread, spread more yogurt mixture on another slice of bread, then place that on top of the banana and bread to make a sandwich. Repeat with the remaining 4 slices of bread to make a total of 3 sandwiches.

Heat up pan on medium heat and add a little coconut oil to grease the pan. While pan is warming up, make your french toast mixture. Add eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well with whisk or fork. Dip sandwiches in the batter and flip two times in the mixture so the bread soaks up the liquid. Brown on both sides.

Drizzle a little of pure maple syrup on top and serve.

Bon Apetite!

*Yogurt cheese is just yogurt strained in a fine mesh colander. I do it the night before so it becomes thick. Place a cheesecloth or even a plain paper towel in a fine mesh colander. Place the colander over a bowl. Add the yogurt and let it drain overnight in the refrigerator. It’s a great alternative to cream cheese! Less calories, lactose, and sodium, and more protein!

“It is more blessed to give than to receive…”

Christmas CrossThese are the words Luke quoted in the book of Acts. This year my husband and I are being intentional in teaching our son the true meaning of Christmas. So often, our world takes “Christ” out of Christmas.  Christmas is about celebrating and remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. While we love to shower our son with gifts, watch his eyes light up when we pick out our tree, and decorate the house with colorful and festive decorations; we want him to learn that it is better to give than to receive. We want to teach him the history of Christ.

So with that said, we are planning things we can do for others during this Christmas season. We are following the Advent calendar our church gave us to do family activities together. You can check out our church at This calendar helps us focus on the story of Christ and giving.

Another thing we are doing is called R.A.C.K. It is Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. My friend Karen kept posting her family’s acts of kindness throughout December and it really inspired me to do this with our son. I will share those moments with you in my blog! So watch for them here…

What kind of Christmas traditions and giving ideas do you do with your family? I would love to hear about them and share them with others!

I pray that you have a blessed and joyous Christmas season. I am so thankful for you and looking forward to a new healthy and inspirational year!

 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas and have a salubrious new year!