Post #635 Brekkie on the Go

April 15, 2019 at 12:51 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post #635 Brekkie on the Go

About 800 years ago, during my first trip to Australia, I ran into a situation where my team were all going on a weekend diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef.  Since I was only days away from my head injury and still needed recuperation time, I decided not to go and planned out what I was going to do with a whole Friday evening, a whole Saturday, and a whole Sunday to myself.  I wasn’t worried about being bored; I was worried about having too much to do.  But before the guys left, one of the hotel staff they we had all become friendly with asked me if I’d like to take a drive around the area on Sunday morning.  She wanted to show me some of her favorite areas and catch a late “brekkie”.

I was already familiar with the Aussie habit of shortening words, but this one was new to me.

“Brekkie?” I asked.

She nodded.  “Breakfast.  I know a great place, and we can get Sticky Toffee Pudding later on.”

I grinned and told her I’d be happy to go with her.  We had a wonderful time, even though I razzed her a bit about “shortening” a two syllable word -breakfast- to a two syllable word -brekkie- noting that they hadn’t really saved any time.  And Sticky Toffee Pudding was a revelation, but not what this post is about.

Breakfast is really the most important meal of the day since your body has just spent approximately 8 hours in calorie deficit.  It’s particularly important for diabetics to have brekkie, and to have the right foods for brekkie.  Okay, enough of that.  It’s breakfast.

When you need your sleep and wake with only minutes before you have to get out the door and there are a ton of morning chores to get done before you go out that door, breakfast can suffer.  So we try to make sure we get something in our stomachs, or, if you’re like me, you tend to put nothing in your stomach until you reach a point of near collapse.

So what’s a person supposed to do?  Get up earlier to make time for the meal?  Eat in the car?  Eat at work?  Wait until your first break and eat then?  And then, what do you eat?  Something fast?  Something cold?  Something hot?  Something carb laden to get your blood sugar up?  Something fat driven to satisfy the hunger pains?  Something protein powered because that’s what your diet calls for?  Lots of questions and a wearying plethora of answers.  Sounds like I swallowed a thesaurus.

I’ve never like the standard breakfast foods.  I don’t like milk, so the last bowl of cereal I ate was in the sixth grade.  I don’t like waffles or pancakes.  Eggs are okay, but if I eat too many I tend to get a little nauseated.  I like the breakfast proteins, so bacon, ham, sausage are all great things.  I’m Homer Simpson when it comes to donuts, so that’s always a good bet for me.  I love toast, nuff said.  And a plain bagel or a blueberry bagel with cream cheese is almost perfection.

But I’m diabetic, type II, and I have to control my sugar levels.  So the carbs should not be on my menu, or only sparingly and in the right formats/amounts.  So, no donuts.  Or, donuts only once in a while, and only when in conjunction with the total diet for that day.  Hardly worth the trouble.  And, I want breakfast to be the right thing to set me up for the day, not just something to fill my stomach.

So, a year or so ago, when I first started dealing with this diabetic issue, Partner/Spouse picked up a general cookbook from Diabetic Living magazine.  One of the sections is make and take breakfasts.  What it is is guidance on what to take with you for a breakfast on the go.  But it also works for breakfasts at home.

You start with a whole grain for fiber, add dairy and protein for nutrients and long lasting “full feeling”, and finally add some fruit for nutrition and fiber and healthy carbs.  The following two pictures are their basic recommendations.  I, of course, have other ideas.

Instead of breakfast foods for breakfast, what’s to stop me from eating the foods I like for breakfast?  How about a taco?  I love tacos.  A corn tortilla heated in a dry pan so it’s pliable, and filled with tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, low fat cheese, and whatever protein I might have on hand?  Could be chicken, or pork roast, or lean steak cooked rare.  All are healthy choices and the total of the calories and carbs and protein are great.  Or what about a whole wheat and honey bagel with blueberries and low fat cream cheese, but not more than a tablespoon of the cream cheese?  I’m drooling while thinking about it.

One of my favorite breakfasts to take care of my sweet tooth and still provide me with the protein, carbs, and fiber I need is the plain or PBJ on whatever bread I have handy.  As long as the bread is healthy, the rest takes care of itself as long as I use jam in moderation.  Why jam instead of jelly?  Overall, jam has more fruit and less sugar in comparison to jelly, but I think it tastes better.  One of those with a glass of water is terrific, and when I’m hiking I toss in a banana too and can go for hours.

Another one that’s not usually on the radar is pizza.  Why wait?  Thin crust cuts down on the carbs.  The tomato sauce is as healthy as they come.  The cheese can be cut in half or omitted completely (but why bother?) and some places will even use reduced fat if asked for.  And if you use only veggie toppings, it gets even healthier.  Or go crazy and make one at home so you can control the variables.  Cold pizza for breakfast has long been on my list of things to eat.  A few people have understood it, but most look at me like I’m crazy.  Not for the pizza part, but for the cold part.

Salad.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love salad?  Probably a couple of times.  We almost always have salad left over when we make one for dinner.  Typically, one of us will take it for lunch the next day.  But if it’s there and ready, why not have it for breakfast?  Not a thing wrong with that.  Add some bacon crumbles for protein, or some other meat if you like, and have a whole wheat tortilla and turn it into a wrap.

One thing I have noticed is if I eat an egg for breakfast, and I do like eggs, I don’t get hungry for a long time.  Doesn’t mean I don’t eat.  Gotta fuel the machine.  I usually will fry the egg in a skillet with a light spray of vegetable oil and cook it until the whites are set but the yolk isn’t.  Then I’ll lie it on top of a slice of dry toast, and chow down.  Good stuff.

Well, those are my thoughts on “brekkie.”  What’s yours?  Share with us, tell us all about your favorite go to breakfasts.

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