“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast”
– Robert A. Heinlein.
Breakfast has never been my favourite meal. Even as a child my mother struggled to find breakfast food that I would enjoy and it was a constant battle to make me eat something before I went to school. I didn’t enjoy cereals, and I couldn’t stand the texture of porridge. Eggs and toast were acceptable, but not before 10:30 – too late for a pre-school breakfast. My staple breakfast was peanut butter on toast – easy to carry and eat on the way to school.
Peanut butter on wholemeal toast (the best combination!) isn’t a bad breakfast. It is filling and nutritious, however, I don’t tolerate gluten very well, so it makes me feel lethargic and bloated. Not a great way to start the day.
In recent years I’ve been eating Greek yoghurt with fruit, seeds and granola. Nutritious and filling. I had got to the point of looking forward to and enjoying my breakfast meal. But then, I began to feel guilty about the food miles my Greek Yoghurt habit was clocking up, so I changed to Greek style yoghurt, produced closer to home. The benefits were that it was much cheaper than the real thing and was supporting local farming. The downside? The “Greek style” had a fraction of the protein content and was not as creamy and tasty. I went back to the real thing.
When deciding to eat a vegan diet I was worried that I would find it difficult to give up Greek yoghurt, cheese, and milk in my tea and coffee! After some experimentation I’ve found that soya milk is a perfect substitute for cow’s milk for my tea – I honestly don’t taste the difference. I have found some lovely vegan cheese recipes and do not miss “real” cheese. I have, however, struggled to replace Greek yoghurt for breakfast. I have been finding breakfast-time a bit of a struggle!
I have tried:
fruit smoothies with my homemade granola – not bad, will certainly keep this on my breakfast menu. Though won’t be eating it every day!
porridge and granola – no, still struggle with porridge. The best bowl I made was when I stirred a table spoon of almond butter into the porridge.
sweet potato pancakes and fruit – not the best. I have a stash of the pancakes in the freezer, so will come back to this one – at some point.
apple slices and homemade peanut butter – yes! I enjoyed this. An enjoyable breakfast on days when I don’t run. I need a more sustaining meal on running days.
Breakfast potatoes (see the photo above) – loved this! Will definitely have this again. Quick and easy, and very tasty as long as there are leftover cooked potatoes in the fridge.
Oat and apple cookies with homemade almond butter – yes, anything that allows me to eat almond butter! I’m going to experiment a bit with the cookie recipe as these cookies were more like cakes. I need to try and get more of a cookie texture!
All with a cup of green tea with lemon juice.
There might be an up-side to this “struggle”, however. As you can see, it has meant that I have had a varied breakfast diet over the past month.
I would love to hear what you eat for breakfast, particularly on days that you exercise. I look forward to hearing from you…