Over the weekend Mr S did some shopping and happened to bring home the latest Waitrose magazine. There was a really interesting (well I thought so!) article about breakfasts with Jean Christophe Novelli extolling the virtues of a continental breakfast versus Marco Pierre White fighting the corner of the traditional ‘Full English’ breakfast.
It got me thinking more about the value of breakfasts in general. It sets you up for the day but is so often skipped by slimmers and dieters in an attempt to save calories. Although I’d never advocate eating when you’re not hungry, it’s important to find out when you’re ready for breakfast and plan well so that you can include a decent start to the day.
If you tend not to be hungry first thing in the morning try this;
- Work out how long you tend to be up before you feel hungry and try to do other ‘morning things’ first.
- If you’re not hungry until you’ve left the house take a ‘pack up’ so that you have something ready when you do start to feel hungry.
- Don’t allow yourself to get too hungry – that’s when you’ll go for whatever’s nearest and eat it too fast, ending up overeating and feeling bad.
- Eating protein and fat at breakfast can help you to feel full and stop you becoming too hungry before lunch.
Not everyone feels up to eating straight away in the morning. I have to be up for about an hour before I can eat but I always make sure I eat something before I leave the house.
Think outside the (cereal) box
I think the key is variety and creativity. We are almost conditioned into thinking cereal and toast are our only options but personally I prefer something a bit savoury. Even if I just have toast I often have peanut butter or, dare I say it, Marmite. I’ve even been known to eat up last night’s leftover stew, lasagna, curry or risotto at breakfast time! My daughters often have fruit and yoghurt if they are not so hungry.
I do like to have something special on a Sunday; recently I’ve discovered ricotta and figs with honey but often I can be found making the timeless bacon sandwich or omelettes (the picture below is one I made a couple of weeks back).
And for my children I make pancakes on special occasions (with help from Jamie). .
So am I with Jean Christophe or Marco Pierre? Well given that the Continental breakfast involved Croissants and French bread I will have to side with Marco Pierre and vote for the full english. Why? because I personally try to avoid white flour and I think a cleverly cooked full english can be a healthy option – as long as you use the frying pan sparingly. That’s not to say that if I ever pop over to Paris I wouldn’t indulge in a well-baked Croissant.
I’d really love to hear your thoughts on their debate and ideas for your breakfast of choice – let me know in the comment box below.