There is always a lot of chatter about what to eat for breakfast and the importance of starting the day with a healthy choice. Many people feel if they skip breakfast they will lose weight.
Though I am no expert on this subject, I had skipped breakfast for many years and never lost a pound. I have found that eating protein in the morning staves off hunger pangs until lunch.
My Mother’s Special Breakfast Bread
My mother never got up to make breakfast for us while growing up, but she always had a pan of this wonderful bread that she made. We coined the name ‘breakfast bread,’ because it was a very tasty morning treat.
I loved the fruit and nuts she put in the bread, and of course, as a youngster, had no idea of all the healthy ingredients in the recipe.
From memory, I reinvented this bread, and it came out really good. My husband often asks me to make it, and I told him not to push his luck. He has toast with almond butter every day, with a big bowl of fruit. On Sunday, I make huge omelets with everything I have – well almost.
Here is the recipe as I remember. You can add different fruits and nuts as you desire.
Special Breakfast Bread
Use a square Pyrex dish about 8 by 8 and about two inches deep
10 slices of whole grain bread
1 cup of milk
Approximately one cup each of:
chopped dried apricots
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil or butter
- Soak the bread in the milk until the mixture is thick
- Add the eggs and beat well
- Blend all the fruits and nuts together with the bread mixture,
- If it seems too runny add a couple of pieces of bread.
- Add two tablespoons of cinnamon
- Add a dash of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Generously grease the pan with either butter or grapeseed oil
- Bake until the center comes up clean with a toothpick
Allow to cool. And dig in!
Empowered Peanut or Almond Butter
1 large jar of natural peanut or almond butter
Approximately 3 tablespoons each of cacao powder, cinnamon, chopped nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. You can pick and choose from these ingredients to what you like or what you happen to have on hand.
- Pour out the oil on the top of the jar and put in a small bowl. Blend in the other ingredients. You may have to adjust the amounts to get a thick and workable mixture.
- Blend this mixture with the rest of the butter in the jar. This may take a little effort and can be a little messy. There is a bit of trial and error here, but it is worth it.
This butter has so many vitamins and minerals that you feel healthy as you eat it.
Spread on whole grain toast or apple slices.
Quick but Healthy Breakfast Omelets
1 egg yolk
3 egg whites
1 heaping tablespoon of cottage cheese
1/2 cup of chopped spinach
1/2 teaspoon each of turmeric, curry powder, fennel
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Butter or coconut oil
- Beat the eggs and save the yolks for future use. Actually, I buy a container of egg whites which I often add to omelets and egg recipes.
- Add the cottage cheese and mix well.
- Add the seasonings to the egg mixture, including salt and pepper.
- Heat the oil or butter and add the chopped spinach.
- Cook the spinach for about five minutes.
- Add the egg mixture and fold the omelets in half when almost fully cooked.
- Cook until completely done.
- You can sprinkle a little dry parmesan cheese on top of the omelets.
My Favorite Very Quick Breakfast Idea
I put about 1 cup of cottage cheese and a teaspoon of xylitol and cinnamon in the blender and blend until smooth. I add whatever fresh fruit I have around and chop it up.
After removing from the blender, I mix the fruit in the cottage cheese mixture. Thus I have a very tasty and nutritious breakfast. I usually add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fruit.
What do you do for breakfast? Are there favorite recipes that you’d like to share with the community? Please join the conversation below!