I hope everyone out there overindulged yesterday. I didn’t go for any records, but multiple hotdogs, burgers and chips and guacamole were consumed. I just can’t eat the way I used to… But I can live with that, it’s not a competition. So now that we’re getting back on track with our eating choices the first thing on our minds should be breakfast. This is our first meal of the day after waking and sets the tone for the rest of the day. It’s a meal so easy to skip and so easy to screw up! Most breakfast choices unfortunately look more like dessert than a healthy way to start your day. French toast drizzled in maple syrup and powdered sugar anybody? That’s an easy one to spot, but I’m after the more subtle bad breakfast choices too. Like cereal for instance. Bagels, English muffins, toast, low fat bran muffins, blueberry muffins, low fat blueberry bran bagel muffins in a bow with a green leaf on the front, it’s all bad. Even the almighty yogurt is nothing but a cutely packaged sugary trap.
So what do I like for breakfast in the ideal world? I’m about to let you in on one of the greatest break recipes of all time here; so pay attention. Ingredients: Tablespoon of butter, 8 Eggs, ~1 cup spinach, 1/4 cup of cottage cheese, 1/4 cup of shredded cheese (any flavor will do), dash of salt, dash of pepper, dash of McCormick’s Salad Supreme Seasoning, 2 dashes of hot sauce. Heat up a frying pan on medium and add butter to coat the pan. Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed and cover. Cook until egg whites have mostly cooked. Scramble then eggs and other ingredients right there in the pan. Once the remaining egg whites have cooked remove from the pan and let rest for 5-10 minutes before eating.
When I’m really in the zone I can make all that happen AND fix up a few eggs for my girlfriend on another frying pan going right next to it within 15-20 minutes. It doesn’t take much time or skill to make an awesome breakfast is the point. (Well, that and I’m awesome in the kitchen before 5:00am) So this brings us to a couple points:
- Should everyone eat 8 eggs to start their day? No. I would probably on the higher end of the egg eating continuum as a male adult in their 20s weighing around 200 pounds. On the other end of the spectrum would be a 120 pound female in their 70s who should be consuming between 2-3 eggs for that breakfast. Use your best judgement to see where you fit in.
- Does everyone need to spend that much time making awesome scrambled egg recipes in the morning? No, and now I’ll finally get to my top 4 Quick Breakfasts. I’ll describe them as not ideal, but adequate. Like the 2nd Hangover movie…
1) Protein Shake – A good quick source of protein to start the day. It can be as simple as a ready-to-drink shake, or one that you add other ingredients to in the blender. (I like almond butter best in mine) It doesn’t get any easier than this one.
2) Hard boiled or Microwave eggs – Hard boil and peel some eggs ahead of time and put them in the fridge. Breakfast is served. Or spray a microwavable bowl, crack an egg in it and microwave for a minute or so. Slide it out and add fixings. Repeat for the amount of eggs you wish to consume. (This number should be more than one)
3) Greek Yogurt – NOT regular yogurt. Greek yogurt has much more protein thus making it a worthwhile item to have around. This needs to be plain as well, no sugary syrups! If you want fruit in it, add your own.
4) Cottage Cheese – This is another high protein dairy product. We need to start our day with protein and minimize the processed carbs. Give me a bowl of cottage cheese with fresh fruit sliced into it over a bowl of cereal to accomplish that any day.
Again, these are easy recommendations. None of these should take more than a couple minutes to prepare and consume. These are all high in protein and low in processed carbs and sugars. This is the way a day needs to start. Correction, how everyday needs to start. Again, if you have known food allergies you need to account for that, but for those that don’t there is NEVER an excuse to justify a bagel or bowl of cereal when easier, healthier options exist.