A good breakfast can change everything – you’ll feel energized and alert. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I don’t know who “they” are, but I can tell you right now that I agree with “their” sentiment. A good breakfast can change everything – you feel energized, alert, and you’re thinking about something other than pastries at your morning staff meeting or 10:00am class.
In addition to all of these less important points, there is one major reason to believe in the importance of breakfast: it can be incredibly delicious. And I’m not talking about a greasy paper bag breakfast with a watered down coffee that’s half full of sugar. America may run on Dunkin, but I’m going to tell you how to do breakfast fresh and right.
First up is a personal favorite: the breakfast sandwich. The key thing to remember when crafting the perfect breakfast sandwich is that the quality of the ingredients matter. If you get your bagels or bread straight from a bakery it will be better than if they are store bought and pre-packaged. For a twist on the standard breakfast sandwich try prosciutto instead of bacon or sausage.For a twist on the standard breakfast sandwich try prosciutto instead of bacon or sausage. It is a little bit more expensive per pound, but hey, you’re still spending less per sandwich than you would be at Dunks anyway. As far as cooking eggs goes, there are no secrets, just cook them how you like them – scrambled, over-easy, whatever. I personally go over-easy, but again, it’s the ingredients that matter here. On that note, for cheese I typically use Cabot Sharp Cheddar, sliced thin right off the block, to top the eggs. I pan-fry the prosciutto, and I always put the bagel or bread in the pan after for a quick toast and infusion of prosciutto flavor. All you have to do then is stack it all together and enjoy the savory masterpiece you’ve created.
In the morning, your body is craving energy, so fruit with a little bit of carbs and protein is perfect. If you’re looking for something lighter, then I have a great alternative for you – the breakfast fruit sandwich. In the morning, your body is craving energy, so fruit with a little bit of carbs and protein is perfect. Toast or grill an English Muffin or bagel, spread it with peanut butter (or Nutella, if you’re feeling wild) and then top that with sliced banana and strawberry. Put it all together, and enjoy.
When it comes to coffee, invest in a good to-go mug (either for hot or iced, whichever you prefer) and save yourself the $2.50 every day. You can brew your own coffee weaker or stronger when you want it that way, and you have control over what beans you use and what you put in it. I use a standard six cup drip coffeemaker, but to be honest I prefer the taste you get from a French Press (I just don’t have the patience). As far as beans go, I use New England Coffee because I like their flavors (San Francisco Blend and Hazelnut Crème especially) and their prices are good, about $7.99 per pound, which usually lasts me between a week and a half and two weeks.
When it comes down to it, making your own breakfast will save you money…When it comes down to it, making your own breakfast will save you money, be a healthier option, and ultimately give you the freedom to choose what you like. My best suggestion is to play around with these recipes and find what you like best. Maybe you prefer to put a little Sriracha on your breakfast sandwich, or to throw those strawberries and bananas into some pancakes instead and top it with some yogurt and almonds. That’s all great. My point is, if you’re skipping breakfast or grabbing a paper bag meal on the go, you can do better. It just takes a little time and effort, but you’ll eat better and have the freedom to find more options you really love.