Real breakfasts

We’ve all heard and acknowledge as correct that a good breakfast should be the way we start our day. In fact, a new study shows that women who eat a big breakfast lose more weight than other dieters. But, how many of us eat a morning meal that nutrition experts would classify as balanced and appropriate?

New York Magazine recently polled 60 people to see what real people were eating for breakfast. The results ranged from the expected bagels and oatmeal or coffee and Danishes to more peculiar choices. For instance, one man had a bloody Mary for his morning meal while another admitted to indulging in a gut wrenching protein binge that included four hard boiled eggs, two fried eggs and a ham and cheese sandwich washed down with orange juice. I need to lie down just after reading that menu!

What interested me was how many of the respondents had savoury food such as salads, pizza, Moroccan cous cous with grilled chicken and hummus, and chicken melt on rye.

Curious to know if New Yorkers are a breed unto themselves or a North American barometer, I held my own poll. I asked my 300 or so facebook friends what they ate for breakfast and almost 25 people replied. It turns out my friends stick to more traditional breakfast fare. Below are the results of my poll. Although I’ve excluded names, I’ve used bold text on the responses shared by people who have jobs as food industry professionals. Can you guess which entry is mine?

1. Nature Valley Instant Oatmeal (flax flavour).
2. Starbucks breakfast sandwich.
3. Flax seed bagel with greaves peach jam, almond butter and local maple butter, half each an apple and pear, glass of cranberry blueberry juice and a big cup of home roasted Ethiopian Yirgachaffe.
4. Strawberries and a glass of water.
5. Eggos with fresh strawberries and syrup, toast with peanut butter and chocolate milk.
6. Farm fresh eggs with fresh smoked bacon made the night before at Harvest Restaurant, sour dough toast fresh baked at Harvest with blackberry jelly from Prince Edward county.
7. A slice of homemade no-knead bread, toasted, with peanut butter and kawfee made from instant espresso.
8. Toasted light rye with peanut butter.
9. English muffin with bacon and tomato.
10. Homemade muesli with organic yogurt, raspberries, black berries, walnuts, grated apple and oats, dash of cinnamon and a drop of pure vanilla extract.
11. Oatmeal with 2 tbsp soy protein, 3 tbsp cottage cheese, 1 tsp non-hydrogenated margarine, 3 tbsp brown sugar and 2 cups of coffee.
12. 2 starbucks double tall, non-fat, bone dry cappuccinos and a spinach breakfast sandwich that was found sadly lacking in spinach.
13. Raisin bran and decaf coffee.
14. Coffee.
15. Slice of deli roast beef, the cold heel of my child’s abandoned, toasted buttered, whole-wheat bagel.
16. Shake made with whey protein, greens+, almond milk, sesame seeds, frozen wild blueberries and plain yogurt.
17. Toasted cashews.
18. 2 slices white toast with a bit of butter and coffee.
19. Apple and glass of water.
20. Toasted whole wheat bagel and peanut butter.
21. Whole grain toast and peanut butter.
22. Homemade muesli, 1/3 cup bran buds, ground flax, unsweetened soymilk, 1/2 cup yogurt (Dana’s note, this respondent reports losing weight since she made this her daily breakfast!).
23. A healthy bowl of cereal and a chic dark chocolate cupcake.
24. Raisin toast and earl grey tea with milk.

As you can see, my facebook friends stick pretty close to the expected breakfast menu even when they make less than stellar choices. What about you? Are you more like the New Yorkers or like my pals? Tell us what you had for breakfast today.


12 Responses to Real breakfasts

  1. Beth says:

    Are you the healthy cereal and chocolate cupcake eater?

  2. danamccauley says:

    Alas, no. I would love to have had a cupcake for breakfast – that’s one of my favorites!

  3. Number 10? It’d better not be Eggos!

  4. Cheryl says:

    Well, as a New Yorker by birth, I snickered at the North American barometer comment. We (and I say “we” even though I haven’t lived in NY for 20 years) like to think we set the cultural tone for the world, but we’re rarely representative of what goes on elsewhere.

    I also thought it was interesting how many people had peanut butter for breakfast. It was especially funny since I, too, had pb this morning, which is something I rarely do. (I ate the rest of my kids’ toast since they poured themselves bowls of cereal the size of the Egyptian pyramids.)

  5. danamccauley says:

    Nope, not #10.

    And, in defense of Eggos (that wasn’t me either btw) I do like blueberry eggos with lots of butter and Lyle’s Golden syrup on occasion. That was one of my pregnancy breakfast cravings actually.

  6. Aran says:

    I am such a breakfast person… I love all of those! maybe muesli? that’s my favorite.

  7. Rosa says:

    I love such kinds of breakfasts! Everything sounds yummyliscious!



  8. Sabrina says:

    I don’t know why but I have a feeling #15 was your breakfast.

  9. Ding, ding, ding!!! Sabrina is our winner. And, I am shame faced once again.

  10. Heather says:

    Good ol’ cheerios and rice krispie’s thats my breakfast most mornings, usually with a nice bit of peanut butter on top. With 1% milk, and a glass of water to wash down the lactase enzyme and vitamins.

  11. Kitt says:

    No breakfast for me, usually. A cup of hot milk laced with cold-drip coffee concentrate is usually all I have before noon. Then I make a big meal to take to work.

  12. Thank you for this great breakfash recipe! 🙂 I’ll try it for sure.

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