Halloween may be behind us, but we’d bet that lots of people are having all-candy breakfasts this week. The occasional candy bar aside, there are definite health issues with an all-sugar diet. One way to keep total intake in check is to cut it out where you don’t need it, so that you can leave room for when you really want a treat. A great place to start is breakfast, which (candy aside) is often an unnecessarily sweet meal. Here are 15 breakfasts that show you how to start your day without sugar.
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Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. The one time of day you are encouraged to eat bacon and eggs with absolutely no guilt. That’s because a couple of eggs and a few strips of bacon clock in at, what, 400 calories? What if your favorite breakfast goodies tipped the scale at a massive 8,000 calories? There might be some guilt involved, in that case.
Bear Grills in Cheshire, England just started serving up something called the Hibernator. It’s a whopping 8,000 calories of breakfast item goodness. What’s in this beast? Eight pieces of bacon and eight sausages, four hash browns, four pieces of toast, four potato waffles, four slices of fried bread a four-egg cheese omelette, beans, fries and, for health purposes, tomatoes and mushrooms. Just in case you aren’t satisfied by the spread laid out in front of you, it also comes with a giant milkshake. Cool!
The breakfast is so huge, as a matter of fact, that the restaurant’s owner has begun forcing people to sign a release form if they want to get their swine on. The meal costs around $25 but if you hate yourself enough to finish the whole thing, you get it for free.
Omelets are a simple idea, but they’re not always easy to execute. Bobby Flay, possibly one of the world’s foremost omelet authorities, shows you how to nail the technique and presentation:
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The fast food breakfast sandwich, in all its reincarnations — may it be made on bread, an English muffin, a croissant or a biscuit — has been around for decades, but in today’s world of marketing gimmicks, fast-food spots are figuring out new ways to stand out from the crowd. Sure, many chains offer eggs, cheese, bacon and/or sausages inside a breakfast burrito these days, but what can a fast food chain do to go beyond that? Plenty, as we’ve discovered.
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AKA The Ultimate Hangover Helper
There was a three-year period where I did a lot of road trips — seeing friends’ new babies, going to weddings, visiting family, soaking up the sun at the beach. And on many Sunday mornings, I’d start my drive home still feeling the aftereffects from the previous night and in need of some hangover-recovery vittles.
My vice and the only thing that cleared my head? Biscuits and sausage gravy. Perhaps the least visually appealing thing on a plate, but no matter — it’s buttery, greasy and amazing. Whether I stopped at a big chain restaurant just off the interstate or a little roadside diner, all I wanted was a cup of strong black coffee, a Coca-Cola with lots of ice, and a plate of hot flaky biscuits and thick sausage gravy. That stuff was magic and did the trick every time.
Now that I can’t eat gluten, I get little pangs of nostalgia when I pass one of the many places I know has this breakfast goodness on its laminated, photo-laden menu. So every now and then — and especially when I’ve had one too many glasses of wine the night before — I make gluten-free biscuits and sausage gravy for a late breakfast here at home. It’s easy, and they’re delicious.
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Banana Cacao Nib Buckwheat Muffins from Pastry Affair
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- Bananas and chocolate, an unbeatable combination, get the morning stamp of approval with banana cacao nib buckwheat muffins on Pastry Affair.
- Swap cinnamon rolls in for the usual bread to amp up the morning sugar high with Brown-Eyed Baker‘s gooey cinnamon roll bread pudding breakfast casserole.
- Paprika aioli, prosciutto and chives take the breakfast sandwich to an all new level at Cupcakes and Cashmere.
- Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and ginger give heady chai warmth to apple breakfast crumble at Vegetarian Ventures.
- With three main ingredients and a mere 15 minutes, you can pull together this gluten-free sweet potato, mozzarella and egg skillet from Averie Cooks.
The best recipes are those that taste delicious, but also happen to be nutritious and somewhat healthful. In Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons, by writer and recipe developer Megan Gordon of the blog A Sweet Spoonful, this is exactly what you get. This is not a health food cookbook – it includes recipes for plenty of indulgent breakfast foods, along with healthier options. But Megan does explore new and exciting ways to use a wealth of whole grains, which are loaded with fiber, protein and amino acids – a wholesome way to kick start any day.
Whole-Grain Mornings begins with a section of basics, like porridge, homemade granola and a whole-grain pancake mix that is sure to become your new pantry staple. The rest of the cookbook is organized by the seasons, including recipes that feature the freshest ingredients and most-craved flavors for each time of year. Recipes are conveniently categorized by how much time and effort they require, from quick or make-ahead weekday recipes to leisurely brunch dishes. Each chapter also includes recipes for seasonal spreads and toppings, perfect for spooning into plain yogurt or eating with whole-grain pancakes.
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Today’s the start of a spankin’ new year of snacks, and since you’re probably still recovering from last night’s champagne-fueled shenanigans, you’ll need to ease into the day with a quick-fix breakfast. Craving French toast but don’t have the stamina to break out the griddle and spatula? No sweat, just whip out your finest microwaveable mug and stuff it full of cubed bread, an egg, some milk and a dash of cinnamon and vanilla. After a few zaps in the microwave, you’ll be rewarded with a single serving of French toast for slathering with syrup or whipped cream. Scarf it down and then head back to bed, dreaming of all the mug meals ahead of you in 2014. Start with this speedy, hangover-friendly recipe and then hit up Cooking Channel’s collection of muggable treats, both sweet and savory:
The healthiest breakfasts are ones you make yourself with an eye toward fiber, lean protein and healthy fats. This combination keeps you running all morning long. You can get fiber through heart-healthy whole grains and/or fruits or vegetables. Low-fat dairy, eggs and nuts are good sources of protein. For healthy fats, think about avocado, egg yolk, olive oil or nuts. Here are some quick and healthy breakfast ideas that will power you through the day.
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Admittedly I’ve never been a great breakfast eater – unless it’s a “special occasion, big stack of pancakes” kind of breakfast. The guilt of ignoring the most important meal of the day for years has finally caught up with me, but I’ve found the perfect solution: an obsession with green smoothies.
It’s the perfect way to start my day with a boost of nutrition. Getting in a serving or two of fruits and vegetables right off the bat makes me feel like I’m doing my body good. In addition to the health benefits of my chosen morning blend and the delicious taste, it’s also a time saver for me. I’m able to whip a smoothie together in no time in my blender, pour a big glass, then easily clean up. I just add a drop or two of dish soap to the blender carafe with some warm water and whiz away. It’s so easy!
I’ve got a great recipe for a Mean Green Smoothie recipe that I did on the current season of Kelsey’s Essentials, but I also love picking up some inspiration for new blends by following @simplegreensmoothies on instagram. They post pictures, tips, and recipes almost every day to make any green smoothie addict swoon.
What’s your pick for a healthy start to the day?
Kelsey Nixon shares her passion for the basics on Kelsey’s Essentials, a series showcasing tips, tools, & techniques that no home cook should be without. Kelsey got her start in food media when she created Kelsey’s Kitchen, a college cooking show emphasizing fast, fun and affordable meals. She earned her professional culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu – Hollywood. In 2008, she was a finalist on The Next Food Network Star. Kelsey lives in New York City with her husband Robby where she spends her days developing recipes and cooking up a storm. She has a cookbook scheduled to come out in 2013. Keep up with Kelsey on her blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.