Sunday, April 19, 2009

Follower Sunday: “Thank You Readership!” Guest-Chef Reyna Franco exudes and drizzles with NATURAL Sweetness; contributes family favorite Banana Challah French-Toast

by Anthony J Sepe

Each Sunday, I thank my readership for their loyalty and dedication to my blog, by providing a healthy recipe.  To those that know, this is a healthy repeat, but for those that are unaware and are new to the blog, this is my way of “giving back.”  It is also a way to “Pay it Forward.”  Each Sunday, not only will you have a healthy recipe, but you will have an expert in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition, provide the healthy recipe to you.  It is my pleasure to introduce this week, Reyna Franco, my colleague, along with her, Banana Challah French Toast . 


Reyna Franco, MS, RD, CDN, CPT

Reyna has expertise in both nutrition and fitness. She is a registered dietitian (RD) and a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer. Reyna has a private practice in New York City where she provides nutrition counseling and personal training to her clients. She combines a holistic approach with science-based nutrition and exercise research. Her clients range in age from young children to older adults. She has been very successful providing nutrition and fitness guidance to beginner exercisers and Olympic hopefuls. Additionally, she gives nutrition and wellness presentations to sports clubs, schools and community centers. Reyna is also the renal dietitian and the cardiac rehab nutrition educator for New York Downtown Hospital. She takes pride in her work and is an enthusiastic coach.

When Reyna is not counseling clients, performing workshops or writing articles, you may find her cycling, running, swimming, skiing, or rock–climbing.

To learn more about Reyna, visit her website:

Here is a favorite family breakfast recipe from Reyna:

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©  Banana - Challah French Toast

Recipe reprinted with permission from “” by Reyna Franco.


2 slices of challah for each person

1 egg for 2 slices of challah

Sliced bananas

2 Tb Milk

Vanilla extract

Butter for the pan



Slice challah.  Two slices for each person.  Slice the banana into thin slices.  Beat 1 egg for every 2 slices of challah.  For example, if you are serving 4 people, you will need 4 eggs and 8 slices of challah.  Add 2 tablespoons of milk to the eggs.  Add a dash of vanilla extract.  Beat that up.  Warm up the frying pan on a low heat and add enough butter to grease the bottom.  Dip the challah in the egg. Coat both sides of the bread.  Place into pan.  Place banana slices over the bread while in the pan.  When the cooked side is light brown, gently flip it over.  Cook the other side until light brown.  Remove from pan.  The bananas make this breakfast dish naturally sweet, it doesn't need syrup.  Enjoy!

Reyna Franco, MS, RD, CDN, CPT

Nutrition and Exercise Consulting

PS: Remember to visit Reyna, and she can be contacted at the following:



  1. Anthony, this looks absolutely delicious! I thank your friend for sharing this recipe with everyone...and I thank you for posting these delightful recipes on your blog each week!(smile)

    Your blog is one of my favorite places to visit!

    Enjoy your day,

  2. Thank you, Mattie. You are most welcome. Your kind words mean so much. How nice to know that this blog is one one your favorite places to visit-- you make it all worth-while.

    Besst regards,

  3. Hi Anthony! I am a dietitian also-I've been practicing in wellness and weight management for the last 8 years. I'm new to the blogging world and came across your blog. Really enjoy it- thanks for representing our profession well!

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    Anthony Sepe // April 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Reply

    Hi Angie,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog, “From A Dietitian’s Perspective.” It is very nice to meet you and very nice to have another colleague. Your comments were so kind and mean so much to me. I love being a dietitian and love our profession of dietetics. I invite you to follow me on Blogger at and/or on Twitter at the following: . I encourage you to stay the course, blogging can be and is, loads of fun, too. I also would encourage you to stop by my website. (Like you, I have a passion for helping others, and in particular, one of the areas is– weight loss and weight management) There you can see some of the efforts of 1 particular person’s journey with her weight loss is the “About Tab” section. The website address: http://www. Again, thank you for your kind comments, and for stopping by my blog.
    Best regards,