"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Not a Morning Person

I think the world must be divided into two groups of people: those who like breakfast and those who don't.
I bet you can guess where I stand on this one, and you're right, I'm not a morning person.  Even at my best, with a great sleep, full health, chipper mood, I simply want to drink my coffee (with homemade almond milk) in peace while I write my blog post and read the news on my laptop.

Eating breakfast in the morning?  Forget it, I like to have a smoothie about an hour and a half after I wake up just so that I don't fall over from low blood sugar.  Breakfast foods are not my thing, and my least favourite activity would have to be going out for breakfast, ugh, dread!

However, I have spent the last 25 years raising a family so I've made lots of breakfast foods in my time.  My older two rascals were serious about breakfast, and there would have been a revolt if I had thrown cold cereal on the table.  There were lots of toast and egg breakfasts, plenty of pancakes, not a few waffles, and some hot oatmeal concoctions.

Oatmeal is probably my favourite breakfast to prepare, it's really just stirring, made fragrant with the addition of cinnamon to the oats.  I use steel-cut oats, which take a bit more time to cook but somehow seem far superior. The toppings can get creative, and the nutrition opportunities seem endless: hemp seeds, ground flax, walnuts, dried fruits of all kinds... all topped with a little nut milk.

It's somehow satisfying in the extreme to lay a bowl of oats, all dolled up with toppings, on the table in front of one of my rascals or MrBP.

Where do you stand on breakfast and mornings in general?  Tell me what your favourite breakfast is, both to eat and to prepare, I'm curious!

Have a really beautiful Saturday,
xoxDani

26 comments:

  1. MY DH is like you, Dani. No breakfast for him. I wake up ravenous and am most definitely in the group that loves breakfast. I am a creature of habit and have the same thing every morning - strawberries, blueberries, whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a hard boiled egg. With coffee, of course! My family loves to go out for breakfast or brunch on weekends and I get more adventurous with the menu.

    I do love steel cut oats especially in cooler weather. It's a favorite Saturday morning breakfast because I have more time to prepare it.

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    1. SD that's funny because if I'm like your DH you are just like mine! In fact my hubs just had some peanut butter toast for his breakfast before leaving for the office (we continue to work on Sundays ugh) I wish I could get him to eat fresh fruit though, he just doesn't care for it. xxx

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  2. I love breakfast, particularly when I have the time. Usually enjoy a smoothie, or home-made granola bar, or yogurt parfait when in a hurry. Leisurely mornings are for waffles with berries or egg white wraps with avocados. I am hoping to add steel oats to my rotation. Can you share the best way to prepare steel oats for breakfast?

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    1. Dana you have some nice variety in your breakfast menu! Steel coat oats are very easy to prepare they just take a few extra minutes. I buy Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats and follow the directions for cooking:
      https://www.bobsredmill.com/recipes/how-to-make/basic-preparation-instructions-for-steel-cut-oats/
      Then you can top them as you like, the options are endless but I always add nuts for protein and some dried fruit. xxx

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  3. I wake up early and love my coffee, but not a breakfast person at all. Despise going to brunch, a favorite activity for most people, but for me, it just ruins my day. I eat something a few hours after I wake up, but for the same reason as you, and don't enjoy it at all.

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    1. Kathy you and I are cut from the same cloth! I feel the same about brunch, ugh a terrible activity for me but people do love it. I can't stand the foods and the timing of it is off completely. A late lunch I can do though! xxx

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  4. I wake up very early and start the day with black coffee. Awhile after that, I like a bowl of flax flakes with 1% milk. Mid-morning something savory like an egg or something. Once in awhile old-fashioned oatmeal. I've discovered that I absolutely loathe yogurt, and these days I'm not really into fruit either. Avocado toast is good.

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    1. Vava I love avocados and they are so good for the skin! Oh me too, I loathe yoghurt. I made myself eat it for years and I feel much better now that I avoid it entirely, I don't think dairy agrees with me one bit to tell the truth. xxx

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  5. My winter breakfast is porridge with a little bit of cream and maple syrup, and in summer it's Greek yoghurt with blueberries. However, on weekends and if we have all the ingredients, we love to have home-made egg mcmuffins with peameal bacon. And I always have to add Branston Pickle. Yummy! Unfortunately, my boys were and are not big breakfast eaters, so it was normally cereal, sometimes eggs. Actually, I'm sure that these days they just go for the coffee, like you!

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    1. Patricia funny your boys ended up not interested in breakfast! Do you make your own Branston Pickle? It's so difficult to find, MrBP loves it though. xxx

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  6. It's usually oatmeal in the winter with cinnamon, honey and sliced banana. In warmer weather, it's either a vegetable and fruit smoothie, yogurt and honey or fruit, or granola with 1% milk. Our weekday breakfast at home is usually quick and light but we do love brunch on the weekends with the rest of the family, either prepared at home or eating out at a restaurant. It's a good excuse to get together.

    slf

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    1. slf you are a morning person! I don't do well at brunch because I find the food choices so unappealing, but I'll go out for lunch any day. xxx

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  7. I love my morning coffee and my routine is the same as yours...I do love oatmeal but mid morning.

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    1. Hostess I wish I liked oatmeal more than I do because it is so healthy. xxx

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  8. I am a morning person and must eat breakfast. It doesn't have to be immediately. I do shower and stretch/do yoga first, but then have to have breakfast. More times than not it is eggs, toast, orange juice, hot chocolate. I enjoy going out for breakfast!

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    1. Jeannine more evidence that the world is in two camps on this one! I wish I was more of a morning person because you sound very productive. xxx

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  9. I am not a morning person, but I do wake up ravenous every morning. My go-to breakfast is my mother's lazy American adaptation of traditional Chinese congee. Cook some instant oats (must be instant, not traditional) with enough water to make your desired congee consistency, then stir in an egg at the end before serving. Eat with traditional Chinese breakfast toppings from the Asian food store: salted duck egg, preserved mustard tuber, fermented red chili tofu.

    Yes, it's weird! But I love it.

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    1. Keilexandra that's funny my older daughter and I were just talking about this sort of breakfast, two of her roommates at graduate residence are from China and it must be congee that they have for breakfast, they cook rice and then stir a raw egg in at the end? My daughter had never seen that before, but they eat it every morning as she sits with her oatmeal. I like your American adaptation with the oats! xxx

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  10. I'm definitely a breakfast person, as is DH. Our 4 kids, not so much. 9/10 times they refuse anything other than a hot chocolate. I've felt terrible for years sending them to school with empty tummies, but they're not interested.

    I love oatmeal with all sorts of toppings. Never any additional milk added. My Scottish husband is utterly horrified and considers anything other than white sugar, milk, and a pinch of salt sacrilege. Even brown sugar is a step too far.

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    1. Laura I have the same problem with my youngest, she refuses to eat in the morning (she's rather like me that way) and even though I understand it I feel terrible sending her to school without breakfast. The most I get her to have is a giant cup of coffee (she's now nearly 16).
      Laughing at brown sugar being a step too far! I thought that was the traditional Scottish topping. Clearly I'm wrong and those Scots do have strong opinions on things don't they! xxx

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  11. I wake early, and definitely need breakfast, along with a pot of tea. Traditional porridge is my favourite, usually with an apple cut into it. Of course, any fruit is good, and while I don't usually add milk, it would be almond milk when I do.

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    1. Patricia it sounds like a very healthy start to your morning! xxx

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  12. I’m like that on weekends, just coffee, read the news, don’t eat til mid morning. But weekdays are a different regimen. I get an egg cheese avocado sandwich at local spot on my way to office and start office work at 9am with a mug of hot tea. I have to eat something or I’ll get hangry during 3hrs of meetings before lunch ��

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    1. Anon you have very busy weekday mornings and quite right if you don't eat something substantial you'll faint! Laughing at the use of hangry too xxx

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  13. I love breakfast. I've always been a morning person though. Even in university I bounced out of bed to the consternation of my roommates! I have my plain yogurt, cacao nibs, almonds now. Or something savoury. My egg allergy makes it tougher, but I love the meal so much (buttered toast!) that it's still my favourite meal to have out. Xx

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  14. Coincidentally my daughter has just asked for porridge for breakfast tomorrow morning! I've been trying to give a little more variety lately- my youngest tends not to eat anything before school otherwise, which is obviously not good. He seems to need to warm up a little to the concept of breakfast, much like you! I'm planning on doing a bit pot of baked beans tomorrow to serve up the next morning on toast for breakfast, or for an easy dinner x

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