Team Burgoon Eats Breakfast
While there are lots of studies said to support the age-old claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that it kick-starts your metabolism and therefore aids in weight loss and encourages healthy choices, that’s not what this post is about - I’ll leave that to the experts to write.
Beyond learning and sifting through all the nutrition knowledge out there, experimenting with food and deciding if something is beneficial for ourselves might be just what it takes to create sustainable habits for the long term.
Does eating breakfast help you avoid a lunch binge, improve your concentration, satisfy your hunger, jumpstart your metabolism, make you feel energized, improve your mood and/or support your other metabolic increasing activities like strength training and exercising? If even one of these is true for you, it seems worthwhile to start a day of eating in a way that makes you feel good and strong.
I know for me, if I skip breakfast or any meal I feel weak and distracted, and if I eat certain nutrient low items, I feel hungry in about 10 seconds and dream of a morning nap or fried chicken. 😂
About a year ago, Tim (from our gym and he happens to be my husband), started consistently making breakfast for the household. While I could eat vegetable hash and eggs every day, Tim and the kids love hot cereals and more variety. This lead Tim to create his own version of porridge that we all now look forward to at least 3 days of the week. While Tim prefers to make this early on the day of (morning person!), it can be made ahead and reheated during the week as well.
Here’s Tim’s recipe:
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup of steel cut oats
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- Optional toppings: milk, chopped Medjool dates, chopped apples, bananas, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, and/or toasted pecans.
- Bring water and salt to a boil, add oats and reduce to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- As the porridge begins to thicken, stir in spices.
- At about the 20-minute mark, depending on your desired consistency, pull off the heat and cover for 5 minutes.
- It will continue to thicken at rest.
- Serve hot and add toppings as desired!
Our favorite way to top Tim’s porridge is as follows: toasted pecans, chopped apples and diced Medjool dates with a splash of milk and drizzle of maple syrup or honey. (And we often add a side of eggs for extra protein!)
Here are a bunch of our great breakfast options from our blog in 2016:
While most of these are technically for meal #1 of your day, many have become anytime you need to eat something meals at our house. Give something a try and share our blog resource with your friends!