While reading French Kids Eat Everything I happened upon French Women Don’t Get Fat. I don’t think that most Americans can duplicate the core reasons behind French women’s slimness. Their lifestyles and culture is just different. The emphasis upon not snacking and eating a wide variety of fresh foods all while living in a walk-able society. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that we can learn!
I enjoyed this book as an informational text, not so much as a diet aid. As full disclosure, I’ll reiterate again that I’m a Weight Watcher gal. Therefore the recommendation of eating only Leek Soup, no matter how fantastic it is, for a full weekend is just not something I can get behind. But I’m in full support of Guiliano’s recommendation to maintain a food journal. And truly despite these recommendations the book really reminds me how important balance and moderation are for a healthy lifestyle.
The basis for the book is that Mireille Guiliano came to the United States and adopted some horrendous eating habits. She then promptly ballooned to an uncomfortable size. Upon returning to France she met with a physician and relearned some basic French lifestyle lessons. She is kind enough to share this experience with all of us. Like French Kids Eat Everything, she talks about not going overboard on snacks and junk food. Some key differences are her ideas on eating “French” in North America and exercise. I enjoy this optimism that we can recreate the strengths of the culture.
I’m thrilled to find the French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook as I’ve found all of her recipes in French Women Don’t Get Fat to be doable for a working woman with a busy family.
Here’s my recipe: French Toast of course 🙂 Mine is a Peanut Butter French Toast.
Start with homemade peanut butter bread (I make mine in the bread machine):
1 c + 3 T milk
1/3 c peanut butter
3 c flour
2 T sugar
3/4 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1 t active dry yeast
Add ingredients to your machine per its instructions. This recipe makes 1-1/2 pound loaf. Absolutely fantastic with Nutella for a sandwich. So eat one of those first. Then slice the rest up for french toast:
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 c milk
1 T brown sugar
Combine all ingredients well. Turn bread slices in mix to coat evenly. Add to medium high skillet coated with melted butter. Brown on one side, flip and cook through. I served mine with a bit of peanut butter smeared between with sliced bananas & topped with a dusting of powdered sugar. Fantastic!