Wine & Dine

Breakfast Ideas

November 15, 2013 | No comments


Did your parents always tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Mine did, and yet, breakfast is the meal I’m most likely to skip.

I am not a big fan of breakfast. I know all the reasons why it is important to eat a proper breakfast – it gets your metabolism started, it makes you less likely to overeat the rest of the day, and it keeps you in a better mood all day long. They are all very good reasons, but it doesn’t change the fact that I have a hard time eating a lot right after waking up. I need to be awake for about an hour before even thinking about food, let alone eating it. Another issue is that I usually wake up very early. If I eat breakfast at 5 am, I’m going to require multiple snacks before lunch at noon.

This semester, I finally found the solution. It’s so simple; I just eat breakfast in the office. I don’t know why I never thought of it before. I have a fridge in the office, so I can easily keep my breakfast there. It gives me time to wake up and walk to campus, and then eat a good breakfast around 7:30. By then I’m ready to eat more than a banana or drink a glass of juice. People, why did no one tell me I could do this?

So what do I eat for breakfast? Lately, I have been a big fan of Greek yogurt. It is supposedly healthier for you than regular yogurt, and the consistency is also better. I’m very picky when it comes to the consistency of yogurt. It cannot be too thin or too thick. It has to be exactly right.

After an extensive search (which possibly involved a colour coded spreadsheet and a quite intricate scoring system) I found the perfect yogurt. Fage. It’s weirdly pronounced Fa-yay.

Pronunciation aside, it is quite amazing.

I always buy the plain or vanilla flavoured yogurt, but these are kind of boring flavours and I don’t actually enjoy eating them that much, so then I add fruit preserves. Now, some people might argue that I would get the same result just buying raspberry flavoured yogurt to begin with, but that isn’t true. I like being in control exactly how much flavouring is added to my yogurt. I also like to change it up and not eat the same exact thing every day.


Lately, my favourite yogurt toppings have been apples, cinnamon and brown sugar, and diced peaches with raisins. Last week I also tried this recipe I found on pinterest, mixing the yogurt with oatmeat, raisins and peaches (my favourite combo at the moment), and leaving it to soak overnight. The first time I tried it, it turned out really good. The second time, not so good. I think the problem was that I used canned fruit and didn’t empty out enough of the liquid. Let’s just say that the breakfast went straight down the drain that day.

What’s your preferred breakfast food? And do you have any good ideas about how to make plain yogurt more exciting?