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My Favorite Breakfast Foods

  • Apr 12, 2010

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I have to admit that I rarely take the time to sit down and have a healthy breakfast. This is in part due to the reason that I'm simply not a morning person, but also because it's not easy to wake up in the morning and find the necessary energy to gather up all of the foods you want to make your breakfast out of. So, naturally, I tend to cut corners and go the more convenient route. I mean, why cook up an elaborate feast in the early hours of your day when you can simply have some of these quick and healthy foods?

Please note that not every item on this list is vegan-friendly.

1
Orange Juice
I absolutely love orange juice and oranges in general, so I can't imagine living without the occasional cup of delicious pulp-free orange juice... so long as it's not from concentrate. Not only does orange juice provide you with a healthy amount of Vitamin C, but it's also refreshing and tasty!
2
Kashi GoLean: Toasted Berry Crumble
My new favorite breakfast cereal! Like all of Kashi's cereals, this is made using primarily organic ingredients, and because they don't process their grains like some companies, you get more high fiber and protein content. Plus, all of those tasty berries! One of the best tasting and smelling cereals I've had and certainly the most impressive Kashi cereal I've tried.
3
Kashi Strawberry Fields
I can't get enough of strawberries, which is why I tried this cereal, and it's probably the second crunchiest cereal that I've ever had (see #7 for the crunchiest, if you dare). I really like this one, so much so that it's sort of a tie between this and the blueberry cereal below it. Tasty and healthy!
4
Kashi Heart to Heart - Oat Flakes & Wild Blueberry Clusters
I love blueberries and oats, so when I tried this Kashi cereal I knew in advance that I would love it... and I was right. One of the tastiest and crunchiest cereals I've had.
5
Kashi Cinnamon Harvest
Much like Mini-Wheats, only not quite as mini and more flavorful with it's addition of delicious cinnamon and pure cane sugar. I love this cereal, but I do wish it wouldn't go soggy so quickly!
6
Kashi Heart to Heart - Honey Toasted Oat
This is a great cereal that's very similar to Cheerios and like Cheerios, it has a wholesome crunch to it and tastes great with banana slices.
7
Kashi GoLean Crunch! - Protein & High Fiber Cereal
This is the CRUNCHIEST cereal ever! Literally, I'm not joking around here. If you have teeth problems, then avoid this one. This is certainly more flavorful than regular GoLean below, because it's sweeter and has more cinnamon and honey flavor.
8
Kashi GoLean: Protein and High Fiber Cereal
This is a tasty cereal from Kashi, that has a ton of whole grains and nice crunchiness to it. However, out of all of their cereals on this list, it is probably my least favorite by itself since it doesn't have that burst of flavor that I typically desire of a breakfast cereal. When I have this I often add berries or banana slices to make it more exciting.
9
Rice Dream: Enriched Original Rice Drink
Whether you're a vegan or simply allergic to cow's milk, this is a great non-dairy substitute. I don't usually drink it by itself, except for once in a while with cookies, but it is great when used with cereal. Just be sure to refrigerate it and shake it before use.
10
Meatless Breakfast Patties
So far, I've only tried these twice.The first time I ate them by themselves and they were quite good, despite a mild aftertaste. The second time I tried them in an omelet with peppers and mushrooms and that was spectacular!
11
Gimme Lean: Ground Sausage Style
Particularly good on breakfast pizzas or fried and served up with a bowl of rice. This product is also tasty in vegan meatloaf, but that's not something that one would normally have time to cook in the morning.
12
Smart Bacon Package
A delicious alternative to real bacon. These strips from LightLife are excellent in BLTs and on pizza. There also quite good by themeselves or with a side of eggs.
13
Born Free: Cage Free Eggs
I'm not all that big on eggs, but as a vegetarian who can't eat nuts and beans, most of my protein comes from eggs or cheese (usually cheese). I typically have my eggs either boiled or fried or in an omelet. I also use eggs in some of my recipes (mainly my cookies). As someone who is deeply concerned about the treatment of all animals, I only buy eggs from cage free and vegetarian-fed chickens.
14
Oranges
Oranges are probably my favorite fruit, next to lemons. I've always been fond of citrus fruits and particularly the orange. It's not too sweet and it's not too sour, so it can be eaten along with the rest of your breakfast without leaving a bad aftertaste in your mouth. They also make for great snacks and a healthy desert.
15
Old-Fashioned Quaker Oats
I love oatmeal. I eat it for breakfast, I use it in cooking meals, and I frequently use it in baking. There's something so perfectly simple about a bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal in the morning. Sometimes I put cinnamon, ginger, and dates in it. Other times I put bananas and vanilla in it. There are even times when I put coconut and chocolate chips in it. Regardless of how you fancy it up, oatmeal is a great healthy way to start off your day.

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December 01, 2010
I'm not much of a morning person; therefore, not much of a breakfast person. My version of daily breakfast usually consists of tea/coffee, yogurt and fruit. Sometimes, if I have any, I love to add dried cranberries and granola into my yogurt for a special treat. Oh, and I LOVE #9 (lucky me, my mom worked for them when they were starting out and me and my brother were their taste testers!).
December 01, 2010
Well, give your mom a big thanks from me, because I've been drinking Rice Dream since I was about six. : )
December 02, 2010
Really? I'll have to pass the word the head honchos ;p Have you had any of the other Imagine Foods treats- they had Rice Dream ice cream, puddings, etc. Some were good, some...not so much lol
December 02, 2010
I mainly buy the rice milk since I used to be allergic to dairy, an allergy I've now outgrown, but I never developed a liking for real milk so I still buy Rice Dream. And I've tried some of their non-dairy ice creams and some of those were good.
 
April 29, 2010
I'm not much of a breakfast person. If I do eat anything resembling breakfast it would be a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese, and a really big glass of tomato juice that I cut with a lot of lemon juice. (I really like sour.) And maybe 5 or 6 slices of microwave bacon.
April 29, 2010
I love sour citrus fruits, though not usually with veggie juice.
April 29, 2010
It's the only way to drink tomato juice! Yum. I want some now but I'd have to go shopping and I just went yesterday so I'm not about to get my lazy ass into the car again for just one thing.
April 29, 2010
I usually have Knudsen's organic veggie juice with these tasty little crunchies made out of various whole grains and seeds. Yummy. Makes for a much healthier snack at the movie theatres than popcorn doused with butter and disgusting sodas.
April 29, 2010
The only thing I'll lay out money to drink at the movies is fruit punch--it tastes like Hawaiian Punch.
April 29, 2010
Oh, I don't get them at the theatre, but at the health food store located conveniently right down the road from the theatre.
April 29, 2010
When I went to see GHOST WRITER I snuck a bottle of water in with me.
April 29, 2010
Wow, you actually have to sneak stuff in?
April 29, 2010
They don't smile on it. That's where theaters make their money--off the concessions. The ticket price isn't profit.
April 29, 2010
I know. At our theatre though, since it's locally owned and not part of a big corporate chain, they are more lenient about that sort of thing.
April 29, 2010
At the mom and pop places I'd never think of bringing anything in. I'd make a point of buying something just to help them out.
April 29, 2010
Well, I do that too, but I also bring my own stuff... especially when I'm waiting in line for over ten hours.
April 29, 2010
10 hours. Let me guess which movies that was for.
April 29, 2010
More than one, but feel free to guess...
April 29, 2010
For starters all LOTRs.
April 29, 2010
Nope, only the last one. The first film I wasn't sure whether I'd see or not because I was worried that they'd destroy the story in favor of effects, which they didn't, so I saw that about a week or so after it came out. Then the second film I saw the day after it opened. So, I only waited in line for the third film, which was a complete blast. Keep guessing...
April 29, 2010
Certain STAR WARS flix.
April 29, 2010
Again, only the last one (Episode III). Keep guessing...
April 30, 2010
TITANIC. =)
April 30, 2010
Heck, no! I got talked into seeing that weeks after it came out and regretted it afterward. I was the only person who thought it was funny and not sad (well, unless you count how sad it is that it cost so much to make).
April 30, 2010
I hope you know that I was only joking. I'm all out of guesses. AVATAR.
 
April 13, 2010
I started eating the Go Lean cereals about 6 months ago. I especially like the Cinnamon Harvest. I love oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins but I can never make the oatmeal with the Quaker Oats like I can get from a  restaurant.
April 14, 2010
Kashi's stuff is great.
 
April 12, 2010
# 1, 13 and 15 would be the top of list if I do breakfast. I usually just get my day started with coffee...
April 12, 2010
Yeah, I often will just grab a quick snack (meaning a convenient and likely unhealthy snack, i.e. potato chips or pretzels) and then have two cups of tea, but I'm trying to lose some weight and get back into shape, so I need to do better.
April 13, 2010
actually I have # 12 and 11 in my fridge; I just checked...I love bacon and that sausage goes great with garlic fried rice!
 
April 12, 2010
Awesome blossom, Sean! I was wondering where you were going with all those food topics that you were adding earlier!  I'm definitely a fan of OJ, and I'm a fan of Kashi cereals, too, but not as big a fan as you are apparently (7 different Kashi cereals? :P).  Sometimes I add some Grape-Nuts into my Kashi cereal for an extra kick of fiber, protein and crunch!  As far as oatmeal goes, I've been going for steel cut oats lately.  Thanks for sharing!  You just inspired my next grocery shopping trip :)
April 12, 2010
LOL! At least I inspired something. I was wondering if anyone would even bother to read this since so many people don't even bother with breakfast. It's funny in some ways that you point out how much I love Kashi, because I used to be one of those guys who'd tease my hippie friends for eating so much of it, but since I went veggie Kashi cereals are pretty much the only ones I eat. I used to enjoy Grape Nuts and Special K too, but those keep going up in price and around here, since Kashi doesn't sell as well, Kashi cereals are fairly cheap in comparison. As for orange juice, I really love it. But I wish that it were a little less expensive. I'm not a fan of the frozen cans from concentrate and to buy it regularly without a bunch of additives usually isn't cheap. As you can guess, budgeting is an issue.
 
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