In Which Deb Dana Professes Her Love for Breakfast

Since this week the Debs get the chance to talk about whatever we want, I shall talk about (what else?) FOOD. Specifically, breakfast, my favorite meal of the day.

Some of you may belong to the legion of “breakfast skippers,” a group as mysterious and foreign to me as otherkins. It’s not that I judge or mock you. I just don’t understand.

When I wake up in the morning, I am usually so hungry I have to consciously try not to gnaw off my own hand before I reach the kitchen. Whether this is down to a fast metabolism or mild hypoglycemia I’m not sure, but all I know is that as far as my body is concerned, breakfast is not optional. Unless, of course, you want me to be a crazed lunatic for the rest of the day, in which case…totally optional!

For special occasions (translation: when I get a major craving), I’ll make pancakes, eggs, waffles, muffins, and/or French toast, and nothing beats a hot, fresh bagel on a weekend morning. I’m also partial to thick slices of fresh bread, slathered with ricotta cheese and drizzled with honey. HEAVEN.













On an average day, however, my breakfast consists of some sort of cereal, hot or cold.

In the hot camp, my favorites are oatmeal, oat bran, and Cream of Wheat (if you want a real treat with that last one, swirl in some mascarpone cheese and maple syrup — YUM).













When it comes to cold cereal, I don’t mess around. I take my cereal eating very seriously and am constantly on the lookout for new favorites. For breakfast (as opposed to afternoon snacking straight from the box or dessert snacking in combination with ice cream), I want a cereal that is substantial enough that I don’t get hungry five seconds later but, at the same time, does not taste like cardboard. Here are some of my favorites:

– Puffins (original flavor — somehow these taste even better with almond milk)

– Kashi Heart to Heart

– Quaker Oatmeal Squares

– Honey Bunches of Oats

– Life

But, like I said, I’m always looking for new cereals to start my day.

So, with that, tell me: what are your favorite cereals? And what other breakfast options should I be rotating into my breakfast routine?



13 Replies to “In Which Deb Dana Professes Her Love for Breakfast”

  1. What I love? Froot Loops
    What I eat? Low fat granola, kashi heart to heart (yay us), anything Chex

    I have been eating an egg for breakfast. Over medium, with wheat toast. Other times only a PB sandwich will do.

    In my dreams? Egg mcmuffin

    1. OMG, I love Heart to Heart! I forgot to add that to my list! I like it better than Honey Nut Cheerios (my husband disagrees…but I’m the one who buys the cereal).

      Love the egg with toast idea. Maybe I need to have that this morning… Hmm. Decisions, decisions.

      1. Did I forget to mention my love of muffins? It’s the only thing I like to bake from scratch because they’re so easy and the batter is better lumpy! In my freezer I have pumpkin, pumpkin banana, and chocolate-chocolate chip. All made with whole grains and healthy stuff (which kind of zapped the pizzazz out of the chocolate ones, but whatever). They are great after a few secs in the microwave!

        When my daughter was little she used to eat breakfast seconds after she woke up. Honestly, that lasted until she was about 12. Sometimes she ate before hitting the bathroom! (Guess I should’ve given bedtime snacks!)

        1. Amy, I’m starting to think we are breakfast twins. I LOVE muffins. And I love freezing them! It’s the perfect way to have a quick breakfast or snack on hand after a quick zap in the microwave. I’m actually planning to make a batch tomorrow as part of my “nesting” process. I know I’ll be happy to have a batch of muffins in the freezer when I’m totally sleep deprived!

          1. Ok, I may need muffin recipes! I go pumpkin crazy every Fall. Mmm. Some of mine have pepitas on top. Going to get one NOW!

    1. Agreed on both these fronts. Love my oatmeal with all of those things, and I LOVE granola, but only with yogurt. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten it with milk. Something about the crunchy with the creamy just works.

  2. I love all of those things … but those muffins….WHAT ARE THOSE MUFFINS???? Please, please tell me you have a recipe for those. Please. And that you will share it?

    1. I do have a recipe for those muffins! They’re called Birdseed Muffins, and they are very good — not very sweet, more of a whole grainy/healthy muffin. As I recall, they tasted best once they’d cooled a bit (somehow that always seems to be the case with high-fiber muffins). I posted them on a food blog I used to keep up. Let me find the recipe, and I will post it here!

  3. Mmm. Breakfast food! I like just about any breakfast food–spinach, mushroom, and artichoke omelets, bacon & eggs, for special occasions I make biscuits and gravy or French toast casserole. Then there are the breads–pumpkin chocolate chip, banana, cranberry orange, or date. But most days I do a fruit smoothie or eggwhites with salsa and toast. I’m definitely not a skipper! But I will say, I RARELY eat cereal. It always leaves me hungry an hour later. Yummy post. Now I’m hungry!

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