Saturday, 22 September 2012

Better Breakfast Month!

The old adage “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like pauper” may sound surprising, but, when you realize how important the first meal of your day is, you will understand why the entire month of September has been devoted to eating better breakfasts and why that old adage speaks the truth.

Breakfast can be broken down into two words, “break” and “fast”, or “breaking the fast” and those two words are what eating breakfast is really all about. Many people eat dinner in the evening and don’t eat again until the next day, about 12 hours, and that’s a long time. Breaking this fast with a balanced meal that contains all the food groups can kick start your metabolism and help you to start the day a happier and healthier person.

Skipping breakfast also means that you won’t be able to focus. You’ll be trying to hide the sounds of your stomach growling, thinking of snacking, and not fully concentrating on your work. All that because your body is starving, literally!

If you don’t eat until lunch, your body will put itself into survival mode by storing all the fat it can kind. This means that not eating breakfast can actually make you gain weight, instead of losing it like many people may think is the case.  

Finally, eating breakfast yourself is a great way to make sure your kids eat breakfast. And since school is starting this month, it’s a great time to start a tradition of eating a balanced breakfast everyday. Your kids will be happy campers at school and they will be able to focus to hopefully achieve As on their report cards too.  

Today I am sharing the first of two recipe for waffles that I enjoyed with my family while I was visiting them. Next weekend's waffle recipe is a true Belgian style waffle recipe with story that's little more on the funny side because I made a HUGE mistake while making it. I won't tell you what it was now, you'll have to join me next weekend to find out!

For now, here's a delicious recipe for waffles that will make your weekend breakfast better!

Waffles - serves 4 

2 eggs, beaten
2 cups flour, all purpose or whole wheat
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil 
1 tablespoon white sugar 
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 

1. Preheat waffle iron. 

2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and all wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into it. Stir until just smooth. 

3. Spray the waffle iron with a non-stick cooking spray and pour 1/2 cup or so of batter onto the hot iron. Cook until golden brown. 

4. Serve with fresh berries, syrup, and breakfast sausage, ham, or bacon for a well balanced meal and enjoy!

Of course this meal isn't what I would eat everyday, but it sure takes the cake for weekend breakfasts! 

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