Apparently I am not the Only one who Loves Toast!
I love Toast
I know, this is crazy. One word title but no one has used it. I must be unique!
A loaf of bread. Just over a pound of whatever your favorite slice is, white or wheat, rye (Toasted with lots of real butter please.) Italian or Cuban or French. Am I making you hungry? I am making me hungry, that's for sure.
The food pyramid says we are supposed to have 6 to 11 servings of the bread and cereal group of which bread is my personal favorite. One slice is a serving, half a loaf for the day? (excellent is what I say)
But people generally put the poor fellow down. All of these low carbohydrate, no starch, no fat diets are just killing the largest group on the pyramid. What happens to a pyramid when you remove its foundation? Oh that's right, the whole thing comes tumbling down. Never mind the fact that if you ask long distance runners and body builders what they eat, they carb up and they are healthy people. We listen to charlatans who write books saying grains have made us fat.
Lets eat pigs and cows and in great quantities. That should make us skinny. Huh? but they are fat. How will eating fat animals make me skinny?
I am not a vegetarian, I eat all kinds of food, but removing a piece of the pyramid is not the magic bullet to expel fat from our race.
Maybe bread is. Every time I speak with someone who has trouble with their weight I tell them the same thing. It is not mine, I got it from a book that I lent out and never got back. I don't know who wrote it or the title. I just know that it was some sort of doctor's quick weight loss, but not the one with offices springing up all over creation.
The first step was to consider the diet a prescription, as if you'd gotten it from your doctor. You don't go to the Dr and then repeatedly skip the first dose of medication day after day. Breakfast is your first dose.
Many people do not eat breakfast. I am not hungry that early in the morning, and I don't have time are two of the most common excuses.
That is where toast, (remember toast?) this is a blog about toast. Toast comes to the rescue. Any kind you like, add a little jam or preserves and you are out the door. Toast is breakfast. Healthier? Have a glass of juice too. 100% juice, not some vitamin C enriched sugar filled knock off with High Fructose Corn syrup, real juice. (For those interested in the diet part, eat six small meals, at least 10 glasses of water. Sleep at least eight hours but not over nine. Be sure to mix colors on your plate, at least three colors per meal and only 12 ounces/ per day of your intake should be meat, that is the max. Less if you are trying to lose weight, not more. Only three meals should include meat, only two if you eat beans which are an exceptional source of protein.) Everyone I have told has lost weight and it was effortless. When you are not hungry you do not snack or gorge and you will not be hungry with all that food in you.
Back to toast. Two slices face up in the toaster oven, a slice of cheese on each. Watch it. The cheese will puff up. That's when it's ready. Cheese Pop-Ups! Get creative, how about a slice of ham on one and cheese on the other. MMM Hot ham and cheese pop-up. Scramble an egg while making your pop-up, (or leave it over medium for a juicy delight) put that egg in the Ham and cheese pop-up and you have a breakfast sandwich.
Croutons, ah the best part of the salad bar. Cut up the bread, sprinkle on seasonings and bake it in the oven, or for the really decadent deep fry it, then toss it with your favorite seasonings. Fried toast, cut up on salad. MMM new meaning to salad.
French toast, eggs milk cinnamon, vanilla. I put cinnamon and sugar in my egg mixture. Then, when it's done, butter and more cinnamon and sugar. It's like a cross between french toast and bread pudding... MMM.
Toasters Lie, and Showers do too (some profanity)
Toast for Dessert?
Oh yeah, that's what I am talking about. Cinnamon toast. with apple sauce please. Toast the bread, butter or margarine to taste. sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar then scoop on apple sauce.
Bread Pudding recipes are every where. What about this? They used to make this contraption for in the fire, when I was a kid the neighbor had one. It was two metal pockets on a handle. You would put the bread in each side and put some pie filling or jelly and then close the 'pockets' tight and slice off the crust. Then you'd turn it over the burner or flame by the long handles. When you opened it up it was a little pie. Like the uncrustables, only toasted.
I guess my love affair with toast will have to be cut short as I have a class in the morning. I leave you with these thoughts. French Bread Pizza is toast, Garlic bread is toast. Stuffing is toast, then it's cut-up doused with seasonings and broth, stuffed in an animal and baked until it is bread again. Then we cover it with gravy, but it's still toast.
Why oh why do all the diet gurus want to remove toast from our lives? Because as long as we don't eat it our diets won't work so they can sell us a new diet every six months when we are through with the last failed attempt at weight loss. Then they can sell us pills and vitamins to make up for the shortages caused by over dieting.
Go have some toast, and don't feel guilty for it even if it is drenched in butter, smothered in cinnamon and sugar and covered in apple sauce. Toast is good food.
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