The Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast Feature

Breakfast and I have a love/hate relationship. And by that I mean that I love breakfast foods, but I hate eating in the morning. Okay so hate is a strong word, but I thoroughly do not enjoy eating so long as the numbers on the clock are followed by “AM.” I much prefer to start my day with a good, strong cup of coffee and then indulge in a hybrid breakfast/lunch type of meal once the hunger pangs start to strike at about noon. Basically I just want to eat brunch every day.

Such was not always the case. In fact, growing up, breakfast used to look a little something like this:

Breakfast 1

Rice, miso soup, and a piece of broiled salmon (yes, fish) are components a typical Japanese breakfast. When I was younger, this was my favorite combination of smells in the world to wake up to. But as I got older, school days began to start earlier and earlier and I simultaneously became less and less willing to wake up early enough to incorporate a full sit-down meal into my morning routine (teenagers, man). This pattern of morning eating – or lack thereof – has mostly just stuck around because of the whole creatures of habit thing.

While admittedly most of my mornings still start with me grabbing a yogurt on my frantic way out the door, at least a few days a week I make an effort to eat something slightly more substantial, and also at my dining table as opposed to halfway through my first class of the day.

Sometimes it’s a mashup of two cereals that probably belong in the pantry of a household with children 10+ years younger than me

Breakfast 2

Sometimes it’s a fried egg on top of a piece of toast smothered in leftover guacamole from Chipotle

Breakfast 2

Sometimes I get really fancy and instead of eating my yogurt on the go I put it in a bowl and then put some fruit on it

Breakfast 4

Sometimes (mostly when in New York) I get bagelsBreakfast 5

And sometimes I bake eggs in a skillet and eat them with a healthy portion of olive oil and sea salt drenched toast

Breakfast 6

Breaking old habits is hard, especially when doing so can mean sacrificing sleep. But I’m slowly beginning to remember that sometimes it can be worth it.

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