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APRIL 2024

The Most Important Meal of the Day

 

 

Folks commonly refer to breakfast as “The most important meal of the day”, and I suppose it is. It’s the meal that “breaks the fast” from last night’s evening meal to this morning’s first meal. It replenishes your supply of glucose to boost your energy levels and alertness, while also providing other essential nutrients required for good health.

Many studies have shown the health benefits of eating breakfast. It improves your energy levels and ability to concentrate in the short term, and can help with better weight management, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the long term.

A good, healthy breakfast menu should include items that boost your calcium, increase your energy, and provide your body with some colon-loving fiber.

Thank you, Google!

All that said, let’s take a look at what Elle has for breakfast during a typical month.

Keep in mind, I do not twirl out of bed, ready to break a few eggs and fry up a pound of bacon. I usually wake up with one eye closed and I stumble into the kitchen, trying not to fall over my own feet. I’m rarely hungry at this time of the day, and sometimes the thought of food puts me off. However, I have to eat something while chugging down a half-dozen assorted pills, so…on we go.

All breakfast meals include one cup of coffee—my only cup of coffee for the day.

-A breakfast bar. Whatever we happen to have. Could be a Nutri-grain bar, might be a cereal bar of some sort, or even a Pop-Tart.

-Cold cereal. This involves two items (cereal and milk) that you have to combine, and is therefore a recipe, and Elle doesn’t like to cook with one eye open, so this one is eaten less often. Plus, it’s cold.

-Nuke it. I choose one: Microwaved scrambled egg, microwave bacon, microwave breakfast sausage, etc. Close to cooking, but easier to do with limited vision. No time for toast, just grab a slice of whole grain bread (Look! It’s our friend, Fiber!) to eat with the nuked protein choice.

-A donut. Classic.

-Leftovers. Leftover pizza? It has bread, meat, cheese and maybe something that passes as a vegetable. I’m counting the pizza sauce as a fruit... or another vegetable. It’ll do.

-Leftovers, part 2. Simpler foods without the spiciness of things like pizza. This could be mashed potatoes, rice side dishes, or macaroni and cheese.

-Cornbread. I live in Texas. There’s usually some cornbread or cornbread muffins lying around. Cornbread can be eaten plain, or with butter, or with jam, or with syrup, or with honey. It’s quite versatile.

-Cake, cookies, pie... NO. I’m not a barbarian.

-Tamales. So delicious.

-Pretzel Rods. Don’t judge me.

-Biscuits. Ha! No... those take 15 minutes, plus I have to preheat the oven. We only eat biscuits at dinnertime. LEFTOVER biscuits are pretty good breakfast food, though.

It might not be my “best meal of the day”, but at least I eat something. The rest of my daily meals include much healthier options, like vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and sometimes fruit. I guess ol’ Elle is just not a morning person... or a morning chef.

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Elle & Company

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