Our local blogosphere is a wise bunch when it comes to brekkie. Last Tuesday, MizFit listed her morning favourites such as cheese and chia seeds. In Japan, Chika of She Who Eats shares her morning menu of sashimi, rice and miso soup. Oatmeal is a common theme: Yan of DietHack thinks it’s the best breakfast for long-lasting energy, while Susan of the FatFree Vegan Kitchen gets to the point with this enticing recipe for apple-spiced steel-cut oats.
The statistics seem to prove what to many of us is already common sense: “breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day”. Earlier this week, a new study on adolescents showed the direct relationship between breakfast and body mass index (BMI): the more often people ate breakfast, the lower the BMI. The study was conducted on youngsters, but the same goes for adults: in 2003, a Harvard study on 2,831 adults showed that people who ate breakfast every day were a third less likely to be obese compared to those who skipped a meal.
What’s so great about breakfast? Researchers think that breakfast helps stabilise blood sugar levels, which regulate appetite and energy. Eating first thing in the morning makes you less likely to be hungry during the rest of the day, and therefore less likely to hit the vending machine for an emergency Snickers.
To the rest of us, however, breakfast just tastes good. I remember my former roommate in Austin who spent her mornings curled up on the couch with a bowl of granola and the radio tuned to NPR. Along with hot coffee and slippers, breakfast is comfort as well as fuel. If only we always had time to take it slow.
Inspired by MizFit, I’ve made a list of our own quick and slow breakfasts here at casa de la hungry:
- Oatmeal with rolled oats, grated apple and soy milk
- Boiled egg with raw nuts and a piece of fruit
- Bircher muesli
- Yogurt and fruit
- Black beans with cheese and salsa
- Mix and match continental breakfast. Choose from the following: boiled egg, yogurt, cheese, toast, beans, nuts, fresh fruit
- Smoothie made with protein powder (or tofu), frozen fruit, flax oil, and milk
- Omelette, especially the one TIm makes with mushrooms and onions
- Six Grain Porridge
- Steel-cut oatmeal with grated apple, soy milk and most recently, flax oil
- Poached eggs on whole grain toast
- Scrambled tofu
- Any kind of egg with toast, grilled mushroom and tomato
Now I’m hungry.