Breakfast, Anyone?

When I was about 8 or 9, my breakfast ritual was to watch Disney’s Adventures in Wonderland and eat my warm cinnamon Pillsbury Toaster Str...

When I was about 8 or 9, my breakfast ritual was to watch Disney’s Adventures in Wonderland and eat my warm cinnamon Pillsbury Toaster Strudel. For about 25 minutes before I’d have to hurry up and put on the much-dreaded school uniform, I would sit on the sofa in a state of euphoria, licking the sweet icing off the corners of my mouth, savoring the hot cinnamon glaze inside the flaky, golden brown pastry while the Mad Hatter would chomp on his crumpet on the other side of the TV camera.

Anyway, those days of 7 a.m. sugar-shock are over. I’d probably have some kind of hypoglycemic attack if I continued to eat that way every day. But even though I now choose healthier options, I still manage to have fun with my food—even when I don’t have much time.

If you think a “healthy breakfast” only constitutes plain cottage cheese and Melba toast, then listen up (or scroll down…whatever). I have two of my favorite morning recipes to share. If you’ve got about 5-7 minutes to spare, you’re in luck.

Apple Cinnamon Multigrain Waffles: Pop 1 or 2 Kashi GoLean multigrain waffles into the toaster. While your waffles are getting warm, slice up a small apple, add unsweetened apple juice, a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure vanilla extract, and microwave for 3-5 minutes (or until soft—as if they were baked). When your waffles come out of the toaster, pour your apple mixture over the top. No butter, sugar, or syrup needed! If you really feel the need to drizzle some 100% pure maple syrup on top, go ahead. And…if you’re really pressed for time and need to take it with you, why not just sandwich the apples between your two waffles?

Sun Dried Tomato-Parmesan Frittata (for all those who don’t like sweets): Spray a microwaveable bowl with non-stick cooking spray, and combine 1/3 cup liquid egg whites, a few tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese, dried parsley (or fresh, if you have it), and 2-3 sliced sun dried tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste, and microwave on HIGH for about 4 minutes. Transfer to a flat plate and enjoy!

Elvis Presley Panini: This one’s a classic. If you don’t have a Panini maker, spray a skillet with non-stick, butter-flavored spray and set it on your burner at medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter to two slices of light whole wheat bread (I recommend Trader Joe’s brand for its fresh, nutty taste), then slice up a small banana and sandwich between your bread. Use the back of a small, stainless steel pan to press your sandwich into the hot skillet—about one minute per side. The bananas and peanut butter will be warm and gooey—so delicious. This is sure to keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the morning. It’s also full of fiber and protein to keep you full until lunch.

These are just a few suggestions. If you need more healthy breakfast ideas, email me at I’ll be happy to give you a few of my other favorite recipes!


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Valiant25 said...

I miss those good old days of childhood. That brings back memories of my own.

JG said...

First, toaster strudels are the best! I remember breakfast being my favorite meal of the day when I was a kid. Now, I'm lucky if I can get up in time to have breakfast. I miss those days!

Zeke said...

you are clearly a cook too, well done. I learned how to cook a grilled cheese last year, it's a great sandwich, thoughts?

RS said...

I like how you talked about personal experiences in this post and that you included a variety of foods instead of just one breakfast food. As usual, your post is interesting and amazing!