Breakfast: The most important meal of the day!

One of my favorite meals of the day is breakfast. Every morning, I make it a point to wake up early enough to make my family a healthy breakfast to start their day. They endure getting out of bed a little earlier so that they get to eat.  I am pretty certain that they think with their stomachs. LOL!

Of course even if my crew eats a good breakfast at 7:00am, they are hungry again at 9:00am and so on. Kind of like the Hobbits eating schedule.

  • 7:00am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Second Breakfast
  • 11:00am – Elevenses
  • 1:00pm – Luncheon
  • 4:00pm – Afternoon Tea
  • 6:00pm – Dinner
  • 8:00pm – Supper

That is life with a husband, three teenagers in the house, and a three year old that is also going through a growth spurt.

According to Johns Hopkins, you should eat a healthy breakfast because:

“Why You Should Eat a Healthy Breakfast:

  • Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients that lead to increased concentration in the classroom.
  • Studies show that breakfast can be important in maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • Hunger sets in long before it’s time for lunch, but because it’s not convenient to eat properly, many people who have not eaten breakfast snack on foods that are high in fat and sugar.
  • People who skip breakfast are unlikely to make up their daily requirement for some vitamins and minerals that a simple breakfast would have provided.
  • Breakfast provides energy for the activities during the morning and helps to prevent that mid-morning slump.”

http://www.jhsph.edu/offices-and-services/student-affairs/_documents/breakfast

In my opinion, I must agree with all of those points hence why we make it such an important part of our day.

Here are some of our favorite breakfasts:

Full English Breakfast

Sunny side up eggs, bacon, sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes, navy beans, home fry potatoes, toast.

Full English Brekkie

Scottish Eggs Benedict

Sunny side up egg, sautéed kale, smoked salmon, English muffin, with mock hollandaise sauce. (whole grain mustard, lemon juice, mayonnaise)

Scottish Eggs Benedict

French Toast

Using Cinnamon raisin brioche bread, sliced thick, cooked on a griddle using coconut spray oil.

French toast

Duck Eggs and Hash brown nests cooked in a cast iron skillet

Shredded russet potatoes and onions sautéed in the cast iron skillet with a little Cajun seasoning until browned. Using a spoon make indentations in the hash browns. Crack duck eggs in the indentations. Pop in the oven until eggs are set.

Duck eggs and Hash brown nests

Blue Corn Pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup

  • 3/4 cup blue cornmeal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 tsp baking powder
Mix it all together in a large bowl, ladle equal amounts onto a greased griddle and cook until lightly golden.
For the syrup:
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Boil together until blueberries are softened. You can also blend syrup with a hand held kitchen blender to make a puree.

Blue Corn Pancakes with Homemade Blueberry Syrup

Of course for a lighter fair, or when you may be a little rushed there is always the Anytime Fruit Smoothie.

Anytime fruit smoothie

What ever you choose, give it some fore thought and be creative. There are so many options out there and these are just a few. Have fun with it! What will you be having for brekkie tomorrow?

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