August 15, 2011

Mamavation Monday: Breakfast of Champions


Donuts © Michael Flippo - Fotolia


I’m not sure when breakfast turned from the most important meal of the day to a passing thought. I’ve gone through phases. Sometimes it was truly THE most important meal. As of last, though, it’s not even registering on the radar. Yes, I know I’m missing out. I can feel it. I can see it. But I’m stuck.

I eat things for breakfast because they’re the default foods – cereal, toast, bagels, pastries, donuts. I don’t always like them. I know for sure they’re not always good for me. But I tell myself it’s better than nothing. Really?

And then I go the opposite and have nothing because I don’t want to eat the doughy, sugary, fat-laden tasty deliciousness. Depriving myself. Oh, not depriving myself of things I know I shouldn’t eat. Instead depriving myself of nutrients and calories. Oh, calories. I’ve got plenty stored that I’m sure I could live off the land for at least some period of time. If I had to. If it was just me and Wilson.

When I have traveled to other countries I’ve always made time for breakfast. Not only was it a good chance to just get in the local element but it was a cultural experience to see what they thought breakfast should be. The problem is many hotels catered to the foreign market so I didn’t really see what the locals eat. And I would often wonder what people traveling to the US thought of what Americans should eat when they’d put out foods that no local would touch.

Friends have told me I’m weird because I eat peas for breakfast or my daughter will eat beans. What’s wrong with that? If we’re all basically the same makeup why is it that eating fish or beans or porridge is unacceptable to us as Americans? We’ve even Americanized other culture’s morning delicacies by adding an 800-calorie bagel to a simple fish and cheese and vegetable meal or deciding that the pastries are so yummy we should all but marry the buttery and flaky tidbits.

If you’ve ever read or seen what healthy older people eat for breakfast you’d never wonder how they got to be in such good shape at such an old age. Athletes of all kinds eat what many of us would consider to be odd. They’re not downing greasy bacon and eggs or donuts. Sure, I’m not going to run a marathon or sign up for the Iron Woman any time soon. But isn’t life really the ultimate marathon?

It should be OK to step outside the cereal box and eat what our bodies really want – real grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins. But I know I’ve been so conditioned to think that having chicken curry for breakfast is weird and that stack of donuts up there is normal. If that’s the case, I need a new normal!

What do you usually have for breakfast? Do you find yourself stuck with what you have for breakfast? Any suggestions?




Carrie August 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

i usually have a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and some fruit. occasionally we splurge (calorie wise) and get those giant muffins from costco so i had half a blueberry muffin and some milk today. and very occasionally i eat cereal – it’s a real good thing i don’t care how stale it is because i’ve got about 8 boxes open and eat it less than once a week.

frugal forties August 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm

People get so weirded out by the idea of eating a non-breakfast food for breakfast and I just don’t get it. What’s so sacred about breakfast that you’re only “allowed” to eat a certain kind of food?

I eat all kinds of things for breakfast and have since I first switched over my eating and lost 100 lbs. Here are a few of the things that I enjoy, depending on how much time I have in the mornings – some are “traditional” and some are not:

a smoothie with yogurt, fruit, and spinach (yes, spinach)
a turkey sandwich on whole grain
eggs in some form (poached, baked in a quiche, made into an omelet)
oats (I prefer them with cheese and salt and pepper rather than sweetened)
peanut butter sandwich on whole grain (usually with sliced fruit)
greek yogurt with fruit and home made granola
cottage cheese and fresh fruit (pineapple is my favorite)
apple sausage wrapped in a protein pancake (nicely portable when you’re in a hurry)
small bagel (not one of the huge high cal ones) with cream cheese and salmon and capers
breakfast burritos (eggs, onions, peppers, salsa wrapped in a tortilla)

V Demetros August 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I know what you mean. Somehow breakfast turned into carb/fat fest in this country. Since going vegetarian, and then GF, I try to make extra for dinner and eat it for breakfast. We’ve been known to eat spaghetti with veggies, soup, veggie burgers, pad Thai, etc., for breakfast. the kids have always loved how different breakfast can be, although I still crave a bagel and cream cheese…it never leaves us.

shifra August 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

We have gotten into the cereal, bagel, and waffle rut of late… but I just bought some of those Bagel Thins and they are much better than regular bagels. We get the GF waffles, and buy more natural cereal that doesn’t have sugar or wheat. We do eggs with the bagels or waffles and add fruit to the cereal. We have a ways to go, but it could be worse.

I need to get back to making smoothies and having more eggs and veggies.

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