Breakfast/ Premier Protein

Skinny French Toast Sticks

Friday night was of course, Party Pizza Friday.  I normally pick up a frozen deep dish to cook at home, but the problem with that?  Leftovers.  And Lou Malnati’s is not that point friendly.  I looked up their menu on the train ride home Friday night, and realized they had a tiny personal deep dish pizza that serves 1!  It looks big in this picture, but it’s probably 4-5 inches across?  Perfect!  I looked up the nutrition and it was 14 smart points – totally doable!

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I didn’t realize until AFTER I ate it that while the menu said a personal pizza serves 1, the nutritional value said that it as two servings.  🙁  So my baby deep dish pizza was 28 points.  I still love you Lou, but really?!

While you all know that I only buy my clothes at thrift stores and garage sales, a few items I do buy new – underwear, bras and bathing suits.  Hannah and I went to get a mani/pedi but there was a 30 minute wait, so we walked down to Ross.  Not sure why I never thought to go there for bathing suits before, they had hundreds! 

I picked this one up for our vacation next month.  I love the shorts, and the stripes help distract my muffin top.  Thoughts?!

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Out of all the colors to choose from, Hannah chose black.  I love the colors I picked – its written down but I don’t have it with me, but its OPI.  We both got the hot rock pedicure ($35) and the no chip manicure ($35) and as we were getting the rock massage, we both said “why don’t we do this more often?” Um, because of the price tag!  $90 with tip, but it was worth it for me, because I had two  in grown toe nails that were killing me – Tony used to take care of that for me – my Mom and I are both prone to them.  So that in itself was worth the $$.

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The kadults and I watched a movie together Saturday night.  We had big storms roll through, it rained pretty hard.

I woke up yesterday morning and the weather was amazing – 65 degrees, no humidity.  Love.  I had a taste for French toast and thought maybe I could use the vanilla Premier Protein for the batter.

Skinny French Toast Sticks
Serves 1
Using Premier Protein in your batter bumps up the protein in these French toast sticks - perfect for dipping!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
610 calories
59 g
186 g
7 g
14 g
2 g
242 g
493 g
22 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 610
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 186mg
Sodium 493mg
Total Carbohydrates 59g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 22g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3 slices Healthy Life bread, but into three pieces
  2. 1/2 cup vanilla Premier Protein
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar (I use McCormick)
  5. coconut oil spray
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Mix the vanilla Premier Protein, the large egg and the cinnamon sugar in a bowl. Dip the bread into the batter, letting it soak up the protein shake. Spray your skillet with coconut oil spray, and cook the French toasts sticks for 2-3 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. Serve with sugar free pancake syrup.
  1. Health Life bread (3) egg (2) protein shake (1) pancake syrup (1) = 7 smart points total
My Bizzy Kitchen

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I really liked these.  Even with the light bread (I would have loved to use French bread – but that would kill on the points!) these were perfect dippers.  I use Smuckers sugar free pancake syrup – it’s by far the best sugar free pancake syrup on the market, and it’s usually the cheapest too!

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Tony’s car needed new tires.  Hannah and Jacob switch off using that car with their own depending on their schedules, which is why I held onto it.  It will finally be paid off in October, but the tires were really worn down, so I went to Sam’s Club and got new tires.  I was told it would be 30 minutes, so I walked behind Sam’s Club in the neighborhood – glorious day – 72 degrees and my favorite puffy clouds.

I started heading back thinking my car would be done, but they sold me the wrong tires initally, and the process to exchange the wrong tires with the new tires turned into a 30 minute process – no one knew how to account for the $80 rebate I got on the first set, the second set of tires had no rebate.  I could see the cashier getting really flustered and I told him “no one is dying on the table, it’s all good.”  He thanked me for my patience – he said he’s gotten yelled at from customers before.  That did remind me of Tony, because he had little patience when it came to stuff like that.

In the end, not only was the second set of tires $140 less, they also gave me the $80 rebate and a $30 store gift card for my patience.  Score!

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I went grocery shopping after that.  Chicken legs and thighs were .99 cents a pound, and chicken breasts were $1.29 a pound.  I grilled ahead for the week and for dinner last night.   

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I made a chick pea salad that reminded me of a salad I had for lunch last Friday.  I am going to post that recipe tomorrow, because it’s delicious.  I tried a new naan bread recipe yesterday.  I had a recipe on here, but there are some recipe plugins I used in the past, but then for some reason, the recipe just goes away when the plugin goes away.  These were tasty, but didn’t get fluffy like they normally do.

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The storm on Saturday night took down yet another tree in my backyard.  Luckily it didn’t hit anything since it was in the back of the woods.   There is so much dead wood in the back of my property, but I imagine it would cost thousands to get it cleaned out.  Although every time we go to the back of the property, Hannah remarks at how big it is, and I can see her planning to build a cottage for her and Jacob back there. 

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I am sad to say I had both wine and extra snacks this weekend.  I was really missing Tony yesterday – it would have been the perfect day to sit outside and listen to Frank Sinatra and watch him smoke his cigar and me taking a million pictures of him like I did.  I am so happy I have so many pictures of him.  It was the third Father’s Day without him and 19 years since my Dad died.  

But, today is a new day.  The snacks and wine are gone, I’ve got healthy meals planned, including this recipe – I am using some of the grilled chicken from last night to make this Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Chili Salsa – the salsa is made with strawberries, pineapple, and jalapenos and sounds so refreshing!

Happy Monday – how was your weekend??  Make it a great day!

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  • Diana
    June 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Love the suit but think the girls need a little more support!

  • Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups
    June 19, 2017 at 8:39 am

    That pizza looks so delicious, we have family in Chicago and I love getting to eat all the deep dish when we visit.

  • Helen
    June 19, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Very cute suit but I agree with Diana, it looks like you need more support up top – a problem of getting older, sigh. But if you like it and feel like it fits and supports well, that is all that really matters. Bathing suit shopping is anxiety inducing at the least! I actually ended up finding two bathing suits at Target of all places.

    If you got a massage, a pedicure, and a manicure for $90 that is pretty inexpensive. If I get a full manicure and pedicure alone by the time I tip it’s nearly $100.

  • MaryBe
    June 19, 2017 at 9:14 am

    If Hannah wants to build back there, it’s better to wait and let a bulldozer clear it. That would be much cheaper than having someone do it tree by tree

  • Sue
    June 19, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I agree with others re the girls!
    Loving the nail photo- shows off Hannah’s engagement ring beautifully ?

  • Randi MacDonald
    June 19, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I just ate my breakfast( french toast sticks from Aldi, too funny) and came here to check in. You know I’m a fan of NY pizza(thin crust), but that pizza looks so good. We always buy our suites at Ross and dog toys, lots and lots of dog toys. I’ve been getting my sugar free coffee syrups there too( Jordan’s. 3.99 a bottle). Maybe you can find an inexpensive nail salon. J and I go about every 2-3 weeks. I have ingrown toenails too, so I say its a medical necessity. We pay 10 for a regular mani and 15 for a regular pedi. A gel manicure is an extra 10.00, it ruins my nails though. I found polish that lasts for over a week so I bring my own. We bring our own products( lotion, foot soak, etc) because the inexpensive places don’t use the greatest stuff. Treat YO SELF!!

  • Jan
    June 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Love the bathing suit Biz! OMG, I never see Pizza like that here in Los Angeles. I bet it is delicious! Glad that you made it through Father’s Day ok!!!


    • Randi MacDonald
      June 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      I’m near LA too. We have a “chicago” type place in my town. They do a huge pizza pot pie thing.

  • Shelley B
    June 19, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I am gearing up to get my first pedicure of the year, but I’ll probably still go to our cheapie place ($17 for a pedi). Love your color, and Hannah’s engagement ring is almost identical to mine (given to me in 1983!). 🙂

  • Diana
    June 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Man, I can’t believe the cheap pedicure places, the cheapest place by me are 27 for a pedicure!

  • Kimberly
    June 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The French toast sticks look delicious, I will have to try them. You look slender in that swimsuit. I personally loathe trying on swimsuits. It’s torturous for me.

  • Jamie Hood
    June 19, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Hey Biz.

    I so need to make that French toast. Yummy

    I worked retail for 10 years and you would be surprised how mean people can be. Because of that experience I never complain about waiting in line and am always super nice to the employees.

    Good luck sticking on plan this week, I made the mistake of buying a case of Corona this my points but usually hurts the weigh in on Saturday.


  • Lori
    June 20, 2017 at 9:15 am

    We used to eat Lou Malnatis pizza when we lived in IL. Yum! That’s one thing I miss here is the deep dish pizza.

  • Kym
    June 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve never had a true deep dish unless you count the homemade one from your recipe. Can’t seem to find anything like it in our area. My husband is still trying to find a ” true NY pizza.
    I love Frank Sinatra. I would sit outside and listen with you. Bittersweet memories are the hardest. I haven’t made french toast in awhile. No one has really been feeling bread so I haven’t bought any. Now with these photos I’m going to have to make some.