Rachel and Sasha’s Healthy Eats

By Sasha Kochetova

Rachel and I wanted to investigate the history of where French toast came from. How was it developed? Where did it originate? Through the Newsmakers and Dr. Christine we have learned how to research and investigate our stories. Dr. Christine has taught us how to research and investigate to make an interesting story.

Is French toast actually French?

The answer is no! Dating back to the early 5th century AD, this dish existed as early as the age of the Roman Empire. The Romans called the dish Pan Dulcis. They would soak break in a milk and egg mixture and then fry it in oil or butter. Other believe that French toast was created by European cooks would needed to feed their families. Day old bread could be revived when moistened and heated and they added the eggs for additional moisture and protein.

What an interesting history!

Rachel and I decided to make a healthy version of French toast without gluten and dairy. A lot of people on the spectrum have stomach issues so we wanted to make our recipes free of gluten and dairy to keep it healthy yet still delicious. We also decided to put blueberries and strawberries on top to make our dish more nutritious.

In our recipe we used:

  • Almond milk creamer
  • Almond milk
  • Eggs
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Gluten free bread
  • Organic maple syrup

We combined the ingredients in a bowl and dipped and soaked each piece of bread into the mixture. Then we placed the bread onto a heated frying pan (coated with melted butter). The finished dish was served with fruit and light maple syrup. YUM!

We also investigated the health benefits of maple syrup.

  1. Antioxidants. These antioxidants are beneficial for reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation and contribute to the formation of various chronic diseases. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage cells, causing illness and aging. 
  2. It can fight inflammatory diseases. Maple syrup supplies inflammation reducing antioxidants which is considered to be a part of a hit can be considered part of a healthy diet that’s helpful in preventing diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or heart disease.
  3. Healthier alternative to artificial sweeteners. Although artificial sweeteners are zero calorie, they are tied too numerous health problems. It is possible to even form an addiction to artificial sweeteners. Maple syrup isn’t linked to any of those health problems.
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Rachel and I decided to do some poses on the Fit Kidz yoga mat. Our favorite happened to be the cobra. Cobras have no arms so they use their strong spines to lift their heads. Rachel and I really felt our backs engaged. We lift our heart and consider it an opportunity to transform fear into love. As a cobra sheds its skin, we shed our layers of limiting thoughts in order to transform into a better version of ourselves.


Use less eggs in the mixture for the French toast for next time.

Dr.Grimaldi’s Take Away

Eating a very healthy diet is very important for kids with disabilities .

Scientists do not know the exact cause of neurodivergent people, but what we do know

is that sticking to an anti-inflammatory diet is the best way to go for all disorders, especially

for stomach issues.The most important element of sticking to this kind of diet is to eliminate dairy and gluten . These two ingredients alone will reduce gut inflammation and help increase clarity in the mind and reduce inflammation in the joints to help mobility.

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