A Decent Breakfast

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Recently, I found myself in this conversation:

“You really expect me to just eat two Raisin Bran, two yogurts, and one juice for breakfast?”

I said, “Well, yes.” Previous topics of discussion had included portion control and not gaming the system.

The look of disgust… “How is that a decent breakfast?”

“Tell me how it’s not.”

They just started yelling and then said, “Forget it. This is not a prison and you are not a warden.”

One of my favorite "decent breakfasts"—pumpkin oats in a near-empty coconut PB jar
One of my favorite “decent breakfasts”—pumpkin oats in a near-empty coconut PB jar

Which is true. Can you imagine me—not even five feet tall—as a prison warden? It’s actually kind of funny. I don’t like to fight, but when someone really pushes my buttons (especially if they do it repeatedly), it takes all of my energy not to engage. It’s been a very challenging week, so I’m actually proud of myself for walking away without yelling back. I’ve never done that to a patient, but they say there’s a first time for everything. This wasn’t worth it.

Still, it got me thinking, what is a decent breakfast, anyway? To all of us, it’s so different! I know that for me, a decent breakfast is one with a good balance of protein, complex carbohydrate, and some kind of fat. When I think of a decent breakfast, I think of a hearty bowl of oatmeal (like this) topped with peanut butter or tahini or a Greek yogurt bowl or an egg white omelet (packed with veggies, of course) and toast.

Even though my clinical brain says, “Two bowls of cereal + two yogurt=four carbs but with some protein, and one juice=1 fruit/carb…” maybe for someone else (regardless of whether the government is paying for it), breakfast really isn’t complete without 2 boxes of cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit, juice, and a pastry. I know in some parts of the world, a macchiato and a little something flaky will suffice. So, um, I don’t know—different strokes?

Happy Friday. I’m looking forward to a couple days off. Hope you have a nice weekend.

What do you consider a “decent breakfast?”

4 thoughts on “A Decent Breakfast

    lilmissfitnessfreak said:
    October 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I think one that has a balance of healthy carbs, fats and protein is definitely the way to go. After all, this is the first food to enter your body after your nightly fading right? My mornings almost always consist of my eggy chia protein oatmeal topped with melted fruit and peanut butta. Heaven in a bowl.

      Jess responded:
      October 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      That does sound really good!

    health advocation said:
    October 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    yum i love peanutbutter and egg white omelets are the best! a decent breakfast has a good source of protein and a small amount of carbs and a side of fruit! so an eggs white omelet with toast and a banana is my goto

    Ameena said:
    October 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    That seems like a very decent (and rather filling) breakfast to me. I eat dry cereal and fruit so definitely different strokes…

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