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Thursday, March 02, 2006

What Do You Eat For Breakfast?

It occurred to me yesterday morning as I was heating up leftover turkey breast and roasted cauliflower and rutabaga for breakfast, that I am really not a traditional breakfast food eater. For most of my adult life, I have found it hard to stomach the idea of food before at least 10 am, with the exception of when I have been either pregnant or breastfeeding. What's more, the thought of "regular" breakfast foods usually makes me feel a little green. Out of the variety of choices, I suppose I would go for eggs and bacon, etc. over cereal or oatmeal (and that's usually if I have been drinking the night before and if someone cooks it for me!) and I do occasionally eat those things.

My two girl pregnancy breakfast diets consisted of anything sugary or loaded with carbs that I could get my hands on. My boy pregnancy was completely different. Every morning I would get off the bus, walk to Bentall centre where there was a little salad bar just setting up for the day and I would put together...brace yourself...iceberg lettuce, pickled beets, niblets corn, cucumber, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds and 1000 Island Dressing. This was at seven in the morning and I couldn't wait to get to the office to eat it. People would look in horror at the monstrosity on my desk and ask "WHAT are you EATING?" I would sigh blissfully and reply "My breakfast salad". It was my healthiest pregnancy with the smallest weight gain. I avoided sugar like the plague (and I am a sugar addict) and turned my nose up at carbohydrates. Lunch was a stir-fry that I assembled the ingredients for myself and the wonderful people at "Pick and Chews" would then fry up for me on the massive flat grill with Teriyaki sauce, yum. But I digress.

My post-pregnancy breakfast diet this time around consisted of strawberry yogurt with Muslix for at least the first four months. Milk makes Muslix mushy almost immediately, so if I put it with yogurt I was still getting some calcium and was also able to eat it with one hand because it didn't drip, since invariably I was breastfeeding the boy at the same time.

Very often I will eat leftover steak for breakfast if we have it. I have been known to reheat sausages, mashed potatoes, creamed corn and sauerkraut (which we have not had in eons, so it gets me to thinkin' towards dinner, hmmmm.....). My only rule for eating leftovers for breakfast is that it must be reheated - I don't do cold. Cold pizza doesn't interest me - warmed up, I could handle.

So. What do YOU eat for breakfast? Are you a "normal" person who eats the acknowledged breakfast type foods? I mean, I guess it kind of depends on where you live, because in England they do eat baked beans and cabbage for breakfast (and they give their foods such fun names: Bangers and Mash, Bubble and Squeak). I have set up a poll because I am just dying from curiosity and you can do it here (you can vote for more than one item at a time):

What Do You Eat For Breakfast?
A wholesome cereal with milk
A sugary cereal with milk
Good old eggs and bacon (or a variation of)
Plain eggs
A breakfast shake/smoothie
Fresh fruit
Yogurt and cereal (Muslix for example)
Oatmeal (or a variation of)
Waffles or pancakes
Toaster pastry
Leftovers (eg. pizza or steak)
Just coffee/tea, thanks
Free polls from

I look forward to hearing from all of you about your culinary breakfast preferences. And if you happen to choose "Other", don't be shy - put a comment in here with what precisely it is that you like. C'mon - I broke ground by sharing some of my odd breakfasts! You can do it!


Anne said...

I'm a bagel addict. I know they aren't good for you but I can't help myself ;)

BTW-my dh is working elsewhere too for a few to MD to work on a building.

Laura said...

I'm plain old boring Raisin Bran and skim milk. Although now that the kidlet is drinking 2%, I drink it instead of buying two separate jugs. I sometimes eat oatmeal but yup, just regular cereal. I can't eat anything too heavy in the morning - it doesn't sit right with me and I feel it all day!

AverageMom said...

Okay, you eat some seriously nasty breakfasts! When I was pregnant the first time, I ate green grapes, apples, and those breakfast shakes from Carnation. That's all I could keep down, all day. With the second, I wanted doughnuts, and more doughnuts. All doughnuts, all the time.