Healthy Homemade Croutons from Gina Aliotti

Gina Aliotti has a healthy tip on how you can make your own croutons for your salads. I admit, I’m intrigued and will have to give it a try. Check it out and if you decide to make these let us know how it goes.

We all love croutons and the added crunch and flavor they give to our salads but watch out they can be deadly. Store bought croutons are typically processed white bread made with cheap unhealthy oils and other unwanted ingredients. Make your own croutons to get that added crunch without the added fat and calories. Making your own croutons is really simply and allows you to enjoy that little crunch with every bite! Try my Herbed Croutons and give your salad a healthy guilt free crunch!

Herbed Croutons
• 3 slices multi-grain bread (I typically use Ezekiel Bread)
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1 tablespoon dried basil
• 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
• 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
• pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice bread into cubes. Place cubes in mixing bowl and add olive oil and herbs, generously tossing to coat all cubes with oil. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. At about 5 minutes gently move around cubes and allow to continue cooking. Then turn on the broiler** for about a minute and allow them to get nice and crispy.

** When on broil, watch closely as these get crisp really fast!

Gina Aliotti
Nutrition, Fitness & Lifestyle Consultant

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