Sometimes You Feel Like Breakfast, Sometimes You Don’t

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I’ve never been a big breakfast eater. Except for those times my dad made us breakfast so we could be smart for tests or big days at school, I rarely ate much, if anything, before I headed out the door to classes.

Then I graduated college, got married, and got a job I had to be at by 7:30 a.m. I soon realized that if I didn’t eat breakfast, I would be gnawing my arm off by 9 o’clock. And if I didn’t eat the right things, arm-gnawing would commence as well.

A white bagel with jelly might get me two hours before I was starving again. A homemade breakfast burrito on a whole-wheat tortilla? I wasn’t even hungry at 11 o’clock, my usual lunchtime. Behold the power of protein and fiber!

Last week I was asked to help co-host a chat at The Motherhood about having a healthy breakfast. That link will take you to a recap of the chat, and here are some of the highlights I’ve gleaned for you:

  • Think outside the breakfast box. There’s no reason you can’t serve your kids half a turkey sandwich for breakfast if that is what they will eat. Christine shared that her son has an egg allergy and looking to other sources for breakfast protein will work for their family. Libbie often asks for peanut butter and jelly for breakfast, and as long as it’s on whole wheat I don’t see a reason not to oblige. (We also use natural peanut butter and simply fruit-type jams.)
  • Concentrate on dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium. These are the four nutrients Americans are likely not getting enough of, according to the new Dietary Guidelines. Great sources of fiber can be fruit with skin, flaxseed, beans and legumes, and vegetables. Sneaking veggies and flaxseed into your food can be fun! My Chock Full of Healthy Muffins have apple, carrot, flaxseed meal, AND oat bran. What a way to stuff some fiber in your face early in the morning!
  • You NEED breakfast. It helps refuel your body after a night’s sleep, kick-starts your metabolism for the day, and should supply about 20% of your dietary needs each day.
  • Make breakfast convenient. You know I am all about freezer cooking, and there is always something for breakfast in our freezer.  Muffins, pancakes, waffles, breakfast burritos, egg cups … they all freeze well. Lately we’ve enjoyed having baked oatmeal for breakfast, too; one batch can last Libbie and me a workweek.

Are you a breakfast person? Leave me a comment telling me what you had for breakfast this morning and I will pick one commenter to win $10 (given through PayPal) that you can use to buy ingredients to make your favorite breakfast!

I thought outside the breakfast box this morning and had leftover ham and scalloped corn from Easter, as well as an apple.

Rules: You must either have your e-mail linked to your Blogger account or provide your email in your comment. I will pick a winner on Friday, April 29. You will need to be able to receive funds via PayPal to win.

The Motherhood chat is sponsored by Kellogg’s, and I will be compensated for my time and efforts.

24 thoughts on “Sometimes You Feel Like Breakfast, Sometimes You Don’t

  1. I'm on a big oatmeal kick. I've been eating oatmeal for breakfast for about 5 months now. I also like hardboiled eggs, quesadillas, yogurt parfaits.

  2. I am a big breakfast person and think it is the most important meal of the day and also the meal I enjoy the most. I normally always make something from scratch, but this morning my allergies are so bad we had cereal. We had cereal maybe 4 a year. But at least it was a healthy cereal. Love all your recipes!

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  3. I agree w/you – sometimes I feel like breakfast and sometimes I don't! Today I had a GF blueberry waffle w/goat cheese (from friends), a few soaked/dried walnuts & almonds, & coffee.

  4. I ate homemade whole wheat toast and apple slices this morning. Usually I try to also have a hard-boiled egg or two, but I forgot to make any last night. Oops!

  5. I had oats and chia seeds soaked in unsweetened almond milk, topped w/ bananas, blueberries and almond butter. fast, delicious and keeps me full for at least 3 hours.

  6. Oh, I LOVE breakfast! I had homemade granola and a hard boiled egg for breakfast today. Quick and easy, but it got the job done. 🙂

  7. Ok…being totally honest here. I had Fruity Pebbles this morning. We eat cereal on Tuesday and Friday mornings (yeah, I'm just that obnoxiously structured…sometimes).

    I had a coupon for the fruity pebbles. it was a moment of weakness. and I can't really say I'm sorry! 🙂

  8. I had cereal for breakfast just like I do most days. Cereal is one of my favorite foods!

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  9. Gal, you *know* i eat breakfast! i what amounts to a breakfast burrito this morning – scrambled egg with cheese & salsa in a tortilla.

  10. I HAVE to eat in the mornings, but the problem is I prefer "real" food over breakfast foods. So don't laugh, but I had a leftover grilled hamburger (94% lean) on a homemade bun (no preservatives) and a glass of 2% milk. It was fabulicious!

  11. I made myself a homemade sausage biscuit. 🙂 As homemade as you can get with leftover Pillsbury rolls and frozen sausage, anyway!

  12. I do not normally eat breakfast. I know I should but I often dont. Most of the time I only have coffee does that count ;)?

  13. I love breakfast. If I could eat breakfast foods all day, I would. But instead, I love my oatmeal 6 days a week.
    – Molly

  14. Sadly I'm not a breakfast eater 🙁 Today, I had a cup of hot chocolate. But thank you for that baked oatmeal recipe..that looks amazing!!

  15. This morning I had a "Power Blueberry Smoothie" that I learned to make last winter when I was researching ways to reduce sugar in my diet. I adapted my version a bit… 1C froz blueberries, 1C water, 5 drops liquid stevia, 1/2 frozen banana, 1T flax seed oil… blend everything together for a healthy and filling breakfast.

  16. I will skip breakfast or have something totally not good for me. For instance this morning I had a chocolate cupcake with chocolate chip cooking dough baked in the middle with vanilla frosting! It was YUMMY!
    You know my email 🙂 Miss you

  17. Growing up, my mom always said to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Such good advice, if only I could stick to it! We've been making a deliberate effort to eat breakfast, and to make it healthy. On the days I'm home with the kiddo I find it easier, because she needs breakfast too. But when I work I'm really tempted to skip it. Lately I've been making green smoothies on those days, and putting coconut milk powder, flax seed meal, etc in them. Keeps me full for several hours and at least its healthy!

  18. I had eggs. Which I don't even like but I am trying to do South Beach so it is eggs for a while 🙁

  19. I love big bagels, especially the kind with bacon bits! And I drink Carnation Instant Breakfast rather than juice or water.

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