Sunday, February 19, 2012

Favorite Breakfasts

When I was young(er), I could never eat breakfast. Honestly, I just couldn’t get any food down until at least 10:00 a.m. But for the past fifteen years or so, I have to eat breakfast!

One of my favorite breakfasts for a long time was oatmeal with Greek yogurt and walnuts. I ate this pretty much every day for two years! Yes, that’s a lot of oatmeal. At the time, I really loved it, but a few weeks ago, I grew somewhat tired of it. I still have it maybe once a week, but certainly not every day anymore.

Oatmeal
With less oatmeal in my life, I had to find some new breakfast foods, and here are my current favorites:

Egg Scrambles
My favorite egg scramble combo at the moment is with mushrooms and spinach. I usually use one egg and one egg white per person and tons of veggies. I love adding some blueberries on the side. The scramble isn’t really the prettiest color, but it tastes great, and I love that I start my day with a lot of veggies and some fruit! Costco sells big containers of organic spinach and organic blueberries, and I always buy them…

Egg scramble
Kefir Smoothies

Tami recently posted about kefir. I used to drink a lot of kefir but had totally “forgotten” about it. It literally had been years since I bought and drank kefir. I love it plain, but Tami uses it in smoothies, and so I decided to use it in a smoothie, too. I love using fresh blueberries, a couple handfuls of spinach, and kefir. If I feel like making it more “dessert-like,” I also add a few drops of vanilla stevia. My friend Lara recently posted a link to Ellie Krieger’s thoughts on stevia on Facebook, and I think Ellie’s viewpoint makes a lot of sense. One of the things Ellie points out in the article is that stevia products are highly processed. In her Facebook update, Lara pointed out that stevia isn’t all that well researched and that some studies have shown some potentially quite negative side effects, which I think is an important reminder! I actually love the taste of my vanilla stevia drops, but I don’t use them very often. I try not to use any sweetener too much. I think sweetness is really a matter of what one is used to, and if you eat little sugar or other sweeteners, you will want less and less, and you’ll be able to taste the natural sweetness in foods again. Clearly, neither sugar nor other sweeteners are all that healthy, especially in larger quantities. But a little is nice once in a while… Smile

Kefir smoothie
Getting A Bit Stranger: Lettuce, Leftover Roasted Veggies & Over-Easy Eggs

I really think you can eat any food any time of the day, and I don’t think of certain foods as breakfast foods. Lately, I have been eating more greens, leftover veggies (I roasted a lot of veggies at least twice a week), and eggs for breakfast.

Poached eggs on salad
I don’t really eat sweet breakfasts very often, but I am thinking about making some banana pancakes with strawberry sauce some time soon as they have been on my mind A LOT lately… And, yes, that’s really more of a dessert than breakfast!Winking smile



Questions: What’s your favorite breakfast at the moment? Do you prefer savory or sweet breakfasts? What are your thoughts on sugar and sweeteners? 

Be well,
Andrea

54 comments:

  1. my favorite breakfast will always be fish, rice and slices of tomatoes. This is Filipino. However, I have this once a year only. I should have this on a regular basis. That's one of my goals. --Marilen

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  2. right down during the week I usually have oatmeal with nut butter and fruit and love it but on the weekends I love having things like eggs, granola and pastries!

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    1. I love special breakfasts on the weekend! Makes Saturday and Sunday so much more special! :)

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  3. i used to be a big breakfast person, but since most of my social activity revolves around dinner, i'm usually just grabbing a muffin or piece of fruit now...

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    1. I eat very small dinners these days. A few years ago it was the opposite. Looks like our eating schedules reversed themselves... :)

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  4. I like simple breakfasts on work days. I like routine in the morning to get my day off to a calm start. A half a peanut butter sandwich or a smoothie usually.

    On the weekend I like to take a little more time. And I'll tell you one thing: I'll put eggs on top of pretty much anything since I've started reading your blog. :)

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    1. Routine is good when it comes to breakfast on busy mornings!

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  5. I prefer sweet breakfast over savory but I eat them both. I usually eat the same breakfast, I don't have time to cook a breakfast on weekdays. I eat either yogurt with ceral or crackers with cheese and always some fruit.

    I started using Stevia recently because I think it's better than the artificial sweeteners. I only use a few drops in my yogurt, don't use it in other things. I don't see any harm in that.

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    1. Your weekday breakfast choices sound good!

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  6. The man who invented Splenda actually shops where I work. No joke. The man is brilliant, and I know this because he was my preceptor during my internship for becoming an RD. Anyway, I asked him about his thoughts on Stevia and he is NOT a fan (and not just because he invented Splenda). He said that the research points to things like Truvia being much safer. YEAH! I think it's because Stevia uses a part of the plant that isn't even GRAS approved. UGh.

    I was into oats for a really long time, now I do the greek yogurt, granola, and pumpkin thing. I'm seriously hooked.

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    1. You meet interesting people at work! Thanks for sharing!

      I'll have to try your new favorite breakfast soon! :)

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  7. I love this post and want to try that salad and poached egg breakfast soon! I linked to you in my blog this morning so the rest of my readers can share your ideas as well!

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  8. hahaha.... what a coincidence that we both wrote about breakfast. I like savory breakfast more and it satisfy me more. I used to love egg sammies but got tired of it. I'm still looking for more ideas although kind of liking dumplings lately. my mom is making some for me now! :)

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  9. I've been obcessed with Greek yogurt, fruit and granola parfaits - they are huge, only 6 points and keep me full for so long.

    Although I loves my egg sammies!

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    1. Your egg sammies always look sooo good!

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  10. My fave daily breakfast is black coffee, cup of OJ, a slice of toast with jam and a sliver of good cheese, and a piece of fresh fruit like an apple in the fall or a peach in summer.

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    1. Sounds good! Especially the cheese part... :)

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  11. I had oatmeal with greek yogurt this morning! I never know if I should mix it all up or (what I usually do), take a bite of oatmeal and snag a little yogurt at the same time.

    I know it's not great health-wise, but we've been having bacon every weekend lately. That and Eggo waffles. But I really think that is a temporary pregnancy thing; normally I gravitate toward sweeter breakfasts of yogurt, fruits, and sweetened oatmeal.

    Oh, and I've totally nixed artificial sweeteners since moving to Seattle! Now I just use honey or sugar but pretty rarely.

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    1. I usually don't mix up the yogurt & oatmeal, but it's fun both ways! :)

      Your weekend breakfasts sound good! :)

      I think not using artificial sweeteners is a good idea, especially when you are trying to become pregnant/are pregnant!

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  12. Egg scrambles! OH YUM! And those poached eggs over lettuce and roasted veggies is equally as YUM! I love lettuce and poached eggs so much because runny yolks just make EVERYTHING tastier!! :)

    Currently I am obsessed with roasted butternut squash & Eggs! I make a "pancake"... it's fun! :) Oh and of course, DELICIOUS! ha ha.

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    1. Yes, runny eggs do make everything better! :)

      Your pancakes sound good!

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  13. My breakfasts vary b/w sweet and savory almost everyday. I definitely like variety, with any type of egg dish being a favorite, and always some fruit. I use a little bit of stevia (Nu Naturals) on occasion, but mostly use a little organic sugar or maple syrup to sweeten foods when I bake. I made a batch of biscotti today and used brown sugar, but cut the amount in half, and though it turned out great. I think it's jut a matter of desensitizing ones taste buds to super sweet foods.

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    1. Yes, it is absolutely a matter of desensitizing ones taste buds!

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  14. ALWAYS ALWAYS SAVORY!!
    and now that I type thing it has me wondering why? :-)

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  15. My favorite is oatmeal with peanut butter and banana-- always hits the spot! These all look great!

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    1. Yes, oatmeal is good and sounds a lot better again to me after I had a little break... :)

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  16. I'm definitely a sweet breakfast type of girl. Give me a bowl of Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) cereal, a few slices of bananas, almonds, and a little dash of cinnamon and I'm in breakfast heaven!

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    1. I'll keep this in mind when I'm in the mood for a sweet breakfast! :)

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  17. I would like every one of those breakfasts. YUM!

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  18. I love combining oats with yogurt. YUM!
    I have been craving more savory breakfasts lately so I love the sound of roasted vegetables, lettuce, and eggs.

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    1. Yes, there is something so nice about warm oats and cold yogurt...

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  19. I have so many favorite breakfasts too! It's my favorite meal of the day ya know :)

    Current favs: custard or double custard oats, egg scrambles with sweet potato and spinach and breakfast burritos. Lot of fresh fruit too.... I went a little crazy on the fruit buying front at Costco this weekend :)

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    1. It's easy to get a bit carried away at Costco... :)

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  20. At the moment coconut yogurt, eggs or juices. I'm with you though and can eat anything at any time of day. Curious to read stevia article though E. Krierger isn't the most progressive when it comes to ingredients.

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    1. I've never tried coconut yogurt. I'll have to give it a try.

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  21. Currently it's a chocolate protein shake and oats. I'm sweetening the oats with dextrose the most basic sugar. Splenda has chlorine in it so too much of that is bad for me, some sweeteners tern into formaldehyde. Stevia's was used as a medicine for 100's of years everything from wounds to eczema, but works as a digestive aid and can lower blood sugar levels. I just did my own research because so much out there is speculation i want facts.

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    1. Doing your own research and deciding for yourself what you are comfortable with is the way to go, I think.

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  22. I rarely have a chance to sit down for breakfast these days because I'm chasing after a baby, so when I do get to eat it is leftovers. I like your idea of eggs with a bunch of blueberries, it's simple and good.

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    1. I remember those days... Actually, my mornings are still not very peaceful... :)

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  23. Oh! We have oatmeal every morning...I like mine savory and my husband likes his sweet with raisin, cranberry, walnut, soy nut and bananas...I will try with the yogurt now ;-)
    Hope you are having a fabulous week Andrea!

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    1. Yes, you should definitely try it with yogurt!

      Hope you are having a great week, too!

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  24. Those are great breakfasts, especially would love the kefir smoothies! I don't have too much for breakfast on weekdays, but on weekends I like to make crepes or waffles :)

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    1. I love crepes! I'll have to ask my husband to some again! :)

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  25. Andrea those breakfasts look aHmazing!!
    i keep it simple during the week dont really have much time usually an omelet with mushroom capsicum and some grated cheese over the top. If i dont have enough time to make that is just weet bix with a banana and honey. But come weekends im all over Choc banana pancakes or corn fritters so good!!
    looking forward to your next post :)

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    1. Your omelet sounds good! And so do the pancakes... :)

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  26. I'm usually a cereal + milk + fruit person but love to eat, a more savory breakfast on the weekends when I get the chance with eggs, grits, etc.

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    1. I think a "special" breakfast makes weekends even more special! :)

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