Are you tired of eating the same boring bowl of sugar-coated cereal for breakfast every morning, or maybe you’ve slipped into the bad habit of completely skipping breakfast? Here’s a great breakfast idea for you: Think outside the (cereal) box when it comes to breakfast food. Do not let yourself get into the rut of thinking you do not even need to bother with breakfast. Here are some reasons why breakfast is important:
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
- People that eat breakfast generally are not as likely to be overweight as those that do not
- Breakfast provides the energy your body needs to start your day
- When you eat breakfast, you replenish your body’s stores after sleeping all night
- Students who eat a healthy breakfast have higher overall grades
- Employees who eat breakfast perform better on the job
North Americans seem to think that breakfast consists of a bowl of sugar-coated cold cereal doused with milk. You mean it does not? Well, it does not have to. Sugar-coated cold cereal is not a nutritious breakfast, actually. Most cold cereals are not even whole-grain, which makes them even more devoid of value. In a pinch you could eat a cold whole-grain cereal low in sugar, but there are a lot more exciting possibilities out there.
Breakfast Idea: Go International
Borrowing a breakfast idea from another country could just be the change you are looking for. Try one of these exciting possibilities for your next breakfast:
- In Japan, a traditional breakfast may consist of rice, miso soup, and broiled salted salmon.
- A pioneer-style breakfast may include corn pancakes and oatmeal cooked with apples and cinnamon.
- In South Africa they want for breakfast some fresh eggs, cooked; thick slices of cooked back bacon, fresh homemade bread and salted butter.
- The Dutch would love artisan whole wheat bread and an omelet with turnip greens for breakfast.
- In Spain, you may be served a type of bread pudding for breakfast.
- Breakfast eggs in Ethiopia are scrambled with tomatoes and jalapeno peppers.
Eggs are a good source of protein and they cook up ultra quickly. That is probably why they ar
e such a popular breakfast item. For a new breakfast idea, try cooking your eggs a different way. They can be fried, scrambled, poached, boiled, used to make muffins, pancakes or french toast.
Plan to have grains, fruits, and good quality juices on hand to go with your eggs for breakfast. This helps to round out the meal and make sure you are getting all the food groups. Do not eliminate the vegetable food group from your breakfast menu. Many vegetables make good breakfast accompaniments. For example, saute some chopped onion in a little olive oil. Add some leftover mashed potatoes and press down to form a flat patty. When the bottom is browned, flip over and brown on the other side.
My family’s very favorite breakfast, especially in the fall when tomatoes are ripe, is toast and tomatoes. Very simple and quick to make, you just make some whole wheat toast, spread with mayonnaise instead of butter, and then top with slices of fresh ripe logo. Add a little salt and pepper if desired, and serve immediately. Plan to make two each for most people, and serve with a cup of milk or juice. They are very delicious. We enjoy them all year round.
If you are not used to eating breakfast, start tomorrow. Try a small breakfast at first, until you get used to it. Gradually add to your breakfast until you are eating a full balanced meal. Keep it up and see how your health and energy levels improve. You will be amazed. You will also find you are eating less, and are not as grumpy in the morning.