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      20.06.2012 11:37
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      Don't start your day without it!

      When I was younger, I never used to eat breakfast as it made me feel sick. I also used to go swimming several times a week early on a morning and I wouldn't eat until I got back. I never thought that breakfast would actually become such an integral part of my day. In fact, I think it is the meal that I enjoy the most!

      The thing with breakfast is that it is so versatile; there are no limits. Some days, when I feel really hungry, I will rustle myself up an English breakfast. I refrain from saying "full" because I never have the full monty, I eat little and often so generally go for a few rashers of bacon, a load of mushrooms, a scrambled egg and black pudding if there is any in the fridge. I don't go for the baked beans or fried bread as for me, it is just not necessary and too heavy on a morning (she says after all of the above!).

      Another cooked favourite of mine is pancakes; crepe style with butter maple syrup and a side of bacon or home made scotch pancakes. I generally put chocolate chips and/or raisins into the scotch pancakes, or spread some jam on the top of them to add a bit of flavour. Pastries are also a common breakfast food for me. When I lived in France, for the whole second year I would have pastries almost every morning as they were so cheap, readily available and delicious. I really miss my favourite Patisserie, but the pecan pastries or croissants from the supermarket are an "okay" substitute.

      It has been a while, but I also love the occasional bagel on a morning, toasted with cream cheese and crispy smoked bacon or smoked salmon on the top. I do have the occasional raisin bagel, but unless I am having fresh fruit alongside my cooked breakfast, or a tasty pastry, it is generally a savoury breakfast over sweet.

      The only drinks I really go for on a morning are water, green tea or fresh orange juice, plus espresso if I need to. It generally depends on which of the above options I go for.

      I know a lot of people skip breakfast as they don't have time, but I think if you really want to, you really can make time for it, unless you have small children, which I imagine can make it hard. It really does stop you snacking so much during the day though and it's better to have something fatty on a morning than a greasy takeaway on a night. Breakfast is a must for me as I can sometimes work 11 hours a day and I like to feel set up for the day.

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        18.06.2012 23:02
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        a grrat way to start the day

        Seeing as I have written quite a few reviews about cereal bars and breakfast products recently I thought that it would be good to write a review about my breakfast eating habits.
        Personally I really do enjoy eating breakfast and I was always encouraged to eat it from a very early age with my parents being a slightly old fashioned but healthy 3 square meals a day family. It is recommended to eat breakfast to help you to maintain a health weight as it prevents you from feeling hungry later in the day and snacking. I would definitely agree with this and find that if I do eat breakfast it certainly helps to keep my hunger at bay until lunch time and prevents me from reaching for the biscuit tin.

        What I eat for breakfast varies quite a lot and depends upon what I am doing that day.
        Work - I start work quite early in the morning and I am not the sort of person who leaves myself long to get ready, preferring extra time in bed instead. I also cannot eat as soon as I get up so I tend to eat my breakfast about 9.00am when I am at work. This usually consists of some sort of cereal bar, banana and a yogurt, fruit or porridge. Occasionally the team at work will decide to order breakfast in and then I usually indulge in a sausage and bacon roll with brown sauce and a orange juice.

        Weekday at home - If I have time off work then I will normally start my day off with toast or cereal as it means I have more time to prepare something but I also like not to over indulge to much. If I have toast it is normally just with butter but occasionally I will top it with some nutella or jam.

        Weekend - The weekend is when my partner and I are off together and usually have a lyin so breakfast is normally more brunch. This is when I indulge in a full English cooked breakfast consisting of bacon, sausage, egg, tomatoes, beans, mushrooms and hash browns. I do grill all or oven cook all of the breakfast to try and keep the calories down but if we do have this then we only normally eat a snack later in the day as it is sufficient enough to fill you up until tea time. Once every so often we do treat ourselves to a trip to the local wetherspoons for a breakfast as a treat instead which also means no washing up afterwards.

        As you can see my breakfasts are quite varied and I know some people find it hard to eat in the mornings but to me it is just part of my routine. I find that breakfast does help to stop me from snacking and helps me feel more alert in the morning. There is so much now available to eat for breakfast and it does not just have to consist of toast and cereal. Personally I will continue to eat breakfast everyday if possible and would recommend everyone to try and eat something for breakfast.

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          21.02.2012 22:45
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          Like all things in life, a little of what you fancy, and when you fancy it, does you a lot of good!

          As per my headline, so we are told....but, could this be so if you are one of those people like myself who just wants to throw up at the very thought of even the merest smidgeon of food before lunchtime, let alone what would happen if I actually did force myself to indulge in suitable breakfast comestibles first thing in the morning? We are told that breakfast kick-starts our blood sugar levels, making us far less likely to eat lorry-loads of sausage rolls and jammy doughnuts for lunch, but on the very rare occasions I have managed to force something moderately healthy down my throat (back in the days when I went out to work and had to get up early) in the name of breakfast, how come by 10:30am I've been so hungry that I could have ripped the polystyrene tiles from the office ceiling and gladly feasted on them, yet whenever I omit breakfast, which is most of the time, I can quite happily and comfortably survive on the modest intake of a mid-morning cup of coffee and an apple until about 6:00pm?

          Breakfast is one of those things that, although I'm not denying its health benefits so long as the meal's contents aren't something like a Mars Bar dipped in batter then deep-fried in lashings of lard, I do feel its importance has been more than a little over-stated, with the health freaks making half the nation shiver in their boots at the thought that they might die of some terrible malady if they aren't stuffing their faces with low-fat sugarless yoghurts, bowls of oatmeal and various items of fruit first thing in the morning. My own opinion wavers towards pretty much anything or any life-pattern behaviour being OK so long as it is done in moderation, doesn't hurt anyone else and so long as it suits us as individuals. Breakfast food at breakfast time simply doesn't lie right with me, so I don't stress myself out - thus possibly making myself ill in the process - by trying to conform to other people's ideals of what is 'right' and what is 'wrong'.

          For me, the best time to eat breakfast-orientated food is any time, except for stupid o'clock in the morning...I mean, I'm not even up when everybody else is tucking into their hand-weaved muesli and dried fruit compote. For me, any kind of breakfast cereal - and don't get me wrong as I love most types - is far better eaten as a dessert or as a pre-bedtime snack. I'm one of these people who loves sticky chocolate puddings, whole tubs of luxury ice cream, barrel-loads of tiramisu and the like, so I feel that a bowl of Shredded Wheat with a slosh of icy cold skimmed milk is a far healthier dessert option. Don't eat before bedtime, I hear the health police scream! Well, for me, that modestly-sized serving of unsalted, unsugared, high in fibre Shredded Wheat with a slosh of fat-free milk just before retiring is the very thing that prevents me being rudely awoken in the middle of the night by serious hunger pangs, which I would then have to appease by paying the fridge a visit and stuffing my face with its contents just in order to get my stomach to give my brain the message that it's OK to sleep. If I have that small 'breakfast' before I go to bed, I sleep peacefully throughout the night, but if I don't, then I'll toss and turn through some pretty low-quality sleep, until that hunger drives me to the fridge or the cake-tin!

          As said probably in other words and somewhere above, for me breakfast is a movable feast. I've already spoken about how I like to eat my cereal, and I say here that yoghurt, croissants, fruit - dried, stewed or raw - do little or nothing to satisfy my epicurean desires as I don't like them....but, there is one type of breakfast I can heartily enjoy, so long as I have it at lunchtime or later....and, that is the Great British Breakfast!

          My ideal Great British Breakfast would be to, at around 1:00pm-ish, visit a greasy spoon type cafe in a little back street somewhere, with formica table tops, lacy curtains, OK and Daddies ketchup bottles nestling next to one of those old-fashioned dumpy sugar canisters with the chrome dispensing widget on top, and where the food in this questionable (appearance-wise) establishment is cooked to the highest specification by a dowdy elderly lady wearing a pink overall, slippers and rollers in her hair. She will either be surly and uncommunicative (no matter if she's a great cook), or effusive, genial and will call everyone "Love", "Dear" or "Duck". Her menu will be scrawled in chalk on a wall-mounted blackboard and will be pretty much of the chips with almost everything variety. Also, this lady would be flexible enough to allow her customers to mix and match any food items they fancy making up a meal with.

          Incidentally and as an aside....I'd prefer to eat this meal in a cafe, as I'm hopeless at cooking fry-ups for myself.

          Anyway, back to our pink-overalled lady! She wouldn't even write down my order....I'd just call across the room that I'd like fried egg on fried bread, one rasher of bacon, one sausage, a small serving of button mushrooms and a halved tomato, cooked to perfection - dumped onto the plate anyhow - then plonked in front of me. I'd also like two slices of bread and butter which I'd dippy into the perfectly cooked egg yoke, then with the last piece, wipe my plate clean. I'd then like to close the proceedings with a pot of strong coffee and a slice of buttered toast with a tiny smear of marmalade. Not a croissant or a plastic carton of limp fruit salad in sight!

          Happy, satisfied, sparkly eyed and most importantly - stress free! - I'd then pay the lady, tip her well, then vanish off into the afternoon, perhaps to Sainsbury's to buy a new packet of Shredded Wheat for my pre-bedtime snack.

          My overall philosophy of life and contained within this breakfast article is, do what feels good for you, whether it be skipping breakfast, quaffing a couple of vitamin pills down with a slug of freshly squeezed orange juice, kippers, crunchy oaty whatever - or whatever else - so long as it's right for you as an individual and doesn't cause you or anybody else undue levels of fear and stress, then go for it! Life is for living, and there's a great deal to be said for little indulgences adding to our sense of well-being and peace of mind.

          Thanks for reading....off now to have my Shredded Wheat!

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            26.08.2011 23:49
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            I love breakfast!

            I used to always have breakfast as a child, then as I became older I started missing it. It was only when as a teenager I was having fainting spells and the doctor said it was down to a low sugar level I started eating breakfast again. If I am having a day off work or it's a weekend I love to eat a huge breakfast and then a lighter lunch and dinner. If I don't have a good breakfast on a workday then I end up going to the vending machine and buying junk food so it is important for me that I get up a little earlier to ensure I have a good breakfast.

            I very rarely eat cereal, I prefer savoury things for breakfast if I do ocassionally have cereal it is because I am in a rush and generally I don't enjoy it.

            On a workday my usual is poached egg with giant mushrooms or poached eggs and beans on toast. While I was pregnant all I wanted for breakfast was cheese on toast with spaghetti on top! I very rarely eat this now but I still like it.

            On a weekend after a lazy morning my favourite breakfast is homemade pancakes with scrambled egg, square sausage and maple syrup. This is a very calorie heavy breakfast but I love it and it fills me up for most of the day, sometimes after eating this I only eat something light for dinner and nothing else. The combination of the maple syrup and sausages is really nice as bizzare as it sounds!

            I am also a fan of a traditional cooked breakfast, it has to have two rashers of bacon, two sausages, fried egg, beans, black pudding and my favourite mushrooms! I hardly ever make a cooked breakfast this is something I prefer to go out for and like to eat at around 11am so it is more of a brunch, again this is a meal that sets you up for the day.

            My favourite breakfast item is an egg, I love eggs cooked in all ways. If I am feeling luxurious I like scrambled egg and smoked salmon. This is a lighter breakfast and is delicious served on oaty bread.

            I love breakfast and think it is the most important meal of the day, as long as I have some oaty bread, eggs and beans in my house I can't go wrong!

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              03.08.2010 18:06
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              I don't bother with breakfast now

              When I was younger I always used to have breakfast nearly all the time, but now I only eat them when I'm a friend's house, when I have friends over, a special ocassion like birthday or Christmas. But a special breakfast wouldn't be like a full english it would only be something like a muffin or pain au chocolat something treat and sweet wise.
              The only time I eat a full english is when you can buy those all day breakfast sandwiches and they actually taste nice too when they are cold.
              When I'm at a friend's it would be something like a bacon butty - which I like the most!

              As I am not a morning person and hate getting up earlier than 11/12, I'm so surprised my mum hasn't said anything about getting up this late, but I have got up later than 2 before - but that was after a good night out with my best mates! and when I get up at this time, I hit straight to lunch more or less!
              Even if i had to get up early for school or college, i didn't bother with breakfast cause when I was at school I would eat something at about 10.30, where as college I could get something like free toast before 9am, but I only got toast when I was really hungry.

              So basically I only eat breakfast on special occasion and the odd hunger moment.

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                10.06.2010 11:35
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                I really need to revise my breakfast bad habits

                During the week as I have usually stayed up fairly late the night before I try and spend as much time in bed the following morning before I have to go to work and because of this which is my own silly fault I miss out on what is often described as the most important meal of the day.

                Obviously when I get to my workplace I am more often than not rather hungry and I will eat biscuits or one or two chocolate bars than I can buy from a petrol station in close proximity. There is also a snack van which calls at the industrial estate on which I work from which I can buy sandwiches or my favourite delicacies which are pasty type items containing fillings like steak or my preference which is actually known as the breakfast on account of it having beans, egg and sausage within it. These do taste as good as they sound but I imagine they are very unhealthy and if I do eat the things I have mentioned in the morning I very often don't want a lunch and so really it makes my whole diet and the times I eat one big mess.

                To add to this at the weekend as I live very close to a brilliant greasy spoon café I will often frequent this establishment and sample an all day breakfast. This will include the usual suspects, fried eggs, sausages, beans, tomatoes, chips, hash browns, mushrooms, toast and very importantly a mug of tea. I genuinely love these "all dayers" as I like to call them and I think they are tremendously British but again not very healthy.

                A goal I have is to try and create a healthier lifestyle for myself and I know that going to sleep a little earlier the night before would perhaps make it easier for me to wake in the morning and have more time to eat at home. Ideally I would like to be eating cereals, either porridge or weetabix followed by fruit. I think if I could do this it would stop me from eating massive quantities of rubbish when I get to my workplace and it would also mean that at lunch time I could eat properly as well. Chocolate bars and items from the sandwich van although really tasty don't come cheap and so as well as being more health conscious I could probably make financial savings also.

                All things in moderation though so I think every now and again I could have a cooked breakfast from the café as long as I didn't go overboard.

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                18.05.2010 22:18
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                A good Fry up

                My new year's resolution for 2009 was to stop eating Biscuits for breakfast. My son was approaching two years of age and was still waking during the night for breast feeding so I really needed a cup of tea and a sugar rush to get me going in the morning. Despite this been an acceptable diet for myself for some considerable time I did not want my son to grow up thinking this was an acceptable way to eat so started eating either cereal or toast for breakfast and I can say this is one of the few resolutions I have managed to maintain as I don't actually think of biscuits as a breakfast item.

                Each morning my son is offered a choice of cereal, porridge or toast. His favourite is porridge or chocolate squares. To encourage him to use up the cereals he isn't keen on I offer him a special mix as a treat which involves pouring a little of each box in a bowl with liberal covering of milk .He does eat this and does consider it to be an extra special breakfast. When he eats toast he likes it covered chocolate spread and as a bonus I use my dinosaur cutter and turn his toast into to dinosaurs. I am very frugal with food though and turn the left over edges into what I tell him is grass to encourage him to eat the crusts.

                If I decided to make an extra special breakfast it would be for a special occasion or due to my sister staying and there is only one choice it has to a traditional English breakfast.

                ****The English breakfast*****

                I do love tomato sausages and I cook these on the George foreman although it is importantly not to pierce these as the tomatoes juice just runs out and ruined the sausages.

                I also like my bacon fried and it does have to be crispy or it just isn't Bacon.

                My eggs I do like to be runny. I cook them on silicone rings I bought from Lakeland which do create a much more professional looking egg and it means that there are no crispy bits on the outside. While I do like runny eggs I do make an excellent well cooked egg as this is how I prepare them for my son due to salmonella risks.

                I do love fried mushrooms but haven't cooked them for a while as my son has refused to eat them till recently but now he likes them they are increasingly making an appearance.

                Fried bread is a must this is a completely unhealthy option but does have an extra dimension to the meal

                Baked beans while I do eat shop brand beans I do think that Heinz are the superior baked beans. I do tend to just pop these in the microwave. I often buy the snap pots which reduce the washing up and surprisingly are usually cheaper than tinned beans.

                This dish is topped off with a huge blob of Tomatoes Ketchup.
                I do not put grilled tomatoes on simply as I don't like them.

                Breakfast is considered to be the most important of meal of the days and if you want to prepare something special I don't think any other breakfast would satisfy the masses

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                  18.04.2010 20:33
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                  MY PREFERENCES

                  Breakfast starts you up for the day, but I am guilty of going out without it which makes me sluggish and craving sweet things before lunchtime. I do however ensure my son has breakfast as he is a growing toddler!

                  When I do have breakfast, I like a variation depending on what I have in the kitchen, how much time I have to prepare it and if its a special occasion or day.

                  Here are my choices!

                  *Cereal*

                  The supermarkets and shops are stuffed to the brim with cereal products. You can buy branded such as Kelloggs or Nestle, shop own brands such as Asda or Tesco and also their basic ranges. Cereal doesn't have to be boring..there are more to cereal than cornflakes and weetabix! You can buy chocolate cereals and cereals with fruit added in. To make it more interestings, instead of milk, you can top your cereal with yoghurt, honey or fruits.

                  My cupboard is full of cereals as I get bored easily. My personal favourites are Special K Peach and Apricot and Frosties. My partner likes Sugarpuffs and our son loves his Rice Krispies!

                  *Cooked Breakfast*

                  Fry up or grilled..equally as tasty though the grilled option is more healthy. Eggs in your prefered type, bacon, sausages, beans, potato scones yummy! Accompany with a side of buttered toast. Have the works or settle for a few bits and pieces for a tasty treat.

                  Another option is french toast which I use eggs and milk mixed in a bowl, dip my bread and fry. This is delicious topped with beans or tomato sauce.

                  We don't have fry ups at home often except for birthdays and occasional Sundays. We usually fry our eggs and potato scones and everything else gets grilled. If I am not too full up..I like a slice of toast and jam for afters. A fry up goes lovely with a tall glass of cold fruit juice! If you don't fancy the whole fry up, I find that bacon on toast and topped with tomatoes makes a lovely breakfast.

                  *Yoghurts*

                  Fancy something light for breakfast? There are different kinds of yoghurts in the shops to suit all tastes and budgets. Some come prepared with fruits on the side or mixed and others such as plain natural yoghurt can be mixed with fruit to make your own special breakfast.

                  My son would eat yoghurts morning noon and night if we let him so he sometimes prefers this for breakfast. I like something fruit like a Muller corner. It is enough to keep me going for a few hours.

                  *Porridge*

                  Porridge is known for releasing energy slowly to keep you satisfied for longer and is ideal for the winter months to keep you warm. If you prefer making yours from scratch you can buy the oats then add your warm water or milk according to your taste. You can also buy pre-prepared sachets and tubs of Oats so Simple and these come in flavours as well. Porridge can be topped with sugar, fruit or honey for flavour.

                  I like Ready Brek during the winter or the Oats so Simple sachets as they are easy to prepare and tasty. I have never made porridge from start as I find it bland on its own.

                  *Cereal Bars*

                  If you are in a rush, cereal bars are the ideal source of breakfast for eating on the go. There are many variations including fruit filled oaty bars such as Nutri Grain, flaked bars such as Special K and milk topped bars such as Rice Krispies. They are available in supermarkets in multi-packs.

                  I like Nutri-Grains and Special K as I can eat them on the bus or keep one in my bag for at the shops. It isn't substantial though keeps your hunger at bay for a short time if you don't have time for a proper breakfast.

                  *Cakes*

                  Most common in hotels abroad, pastries and cakes such as croissants, pain au chocolats and brioche can be a very filling, sweet breakfast. Served with butter and a choice of jams gives plenty of options.

                  I love have croissants when I go abroad and occasionaly buy them from the supermarket over here and spread with strawberry jam if cold and if heated in the oven, butter goes wonderfully.

                  *Toast*

                  Toast and jam, toast and scrambled eggs, toast and beans..the list is endless. Toast is simply to make and easy to top!

                  I love toast and jam for breakfast if there is nothing else there to eat and have been known to eat it at night aswell. It is a satisfying savoury but sweet food.

                  *Pancakes and Crepes*

                  Pre-made or made from scratch..a choice of toppings allows you to experiment to your taste. You can make your pancakes savoury or sweet.

                  I love crepes but seem to mess up the cooking process so usually buy them from the supermarket. I like to top with syrup or bananas though others may prefer sugar, lemon, strawberries etc.

                  *Drinks*

                  I have been known to drink Irn Bru when I have breakfast though I do love fruit juice! My preferences for drinks are :

                  pineapple juice - very refreshing and a perfect accompianment to any breakfast.

                  smoothies - mix up your favourite fruits into a smoothie or buy pre made bottles or cartons for a healthy, fruity drink

                  tea - I don't personally like tea though others may like this. I do like fruit tea and its nice at breakfast.

                  Water, coffee, apple juice, orange juice..fresh or pre packed equally as nice.

                  Thanks for reading


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                    04.03.2010 21:51
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                    Breakfast is the best way to start your day.

                    I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The plus side of having breakfast is that it will give you the energy to last you though until lunch. And anything you have eaten that isn't that healthy for example greasy sausages you will burn off throughout the day.
                    When I wake up in the morning breakfast isn't the first thing on my mind to be honest I hate the thought of waking up and stuffing my face with food. I usually allow my daughter to play for the first hour or so of the day just giving her a juice while I start on the housework. Once the pets have been fed and cleaned out, a load of washing has been put on and the left over washing up and hovering has been done I then turn the kettle on. There's nothing better than a cup of tea after you've started and completed most of the housework.
                    Kettles on and my toddler's normal moaning that she would like a yoghurt. So she's happy eating yoghurt then within 15 minutes she after toast. Toast is served for us all and then we tend to have a bowl of cereal.
                    Weekends on the other hand tend to be a bit different. After doing the house work yet again the kettles pop on and the ovens warming up. Sausages, eggs, beans, tomatoe, bacon a waffle or hashbrown and my partner have to have fried Bread. But we don't do this every weekend it depends on how busy and what plans we've got going on.
                    Overall breakfast is an important meal to fuel your body throughout the day. Weather you have it as soon as you get up or leave it a while. Make sure you've got something in your tummy before you go out. Otherwise if you get hungry while you're out it'll cost you a fortune that you didn't need to spend if you had only took the time to have yourself some breakfast.

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                      eat breakfast

                      Breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? But does that mean we have to eat it as soon as we get up, I don't think so.

                      When I was growing up I remember my dad getting me and my sister up at about 7.30 am, when we got downstairs there was an orange cut into pieces for us and then we usually had jam on toast before my dad went to work. Although I also remember having readybreak so maybe we alternated.
                      I never didn't want to eat breakfast but in those days I think I could have ate all day. As I got older and started work time played a part in what I had for breakfast but still my parents made sure I ate something before I went out, they would always make me some toast to eat and often I would also eat an apple on the bus.

                      When I got a job closer to home I had more time and I could eat anything for breakfast I was even known to eat jelly, it was sugar free and filled me up. A few years later at about 22 I started going in work for 7.30am and I suddenly didn't want to eat before I went to work, all I wanted was a glass of water, so I took 4 sandwiches in 2 for breakfast and 2 for dinner not ideal I know but I always had a good tea. Every Friday we would phone out from work for bacon butties etc (I had egg and cheese on toast)

                      I still find I can not eat breakfast for about 2 hours after I have got up my children are the same but I have to force them to eat something before school/nursery, if they are really not hungry they will sometimes have a yoghurt corner and they both then have a snack my eldest takes fruit which she has at first playtime about 10.15 and if my youngest is at nursery they have a bit of toast and fruit about 10am.

                      At weekend (when I am not working Saturday) I love my breakfast, the whole family does. We take our time getting up the children play or read books before we go downstairs. This lasts about an hour sometimes longer. Then once we get downstairs we have to decide what we want to eat and then it has to be cooked so we probably eat about 2 - 2 and a half hours after we have woken.

                      A typical weekend breakfast is ate at the table with music playing and a pot of tea for us adults. We mainly eat eggs (I read these keep you full for longer if you have them for breakfast) poached, fried or scrambled - it doesn't matter to us, we have them with potato cakes or crumpets and beans, occaisionally we have toast with melted cheese on (still with beans and eggs or one or the other). if we are not in the mood for a nice leisurely relaxing breakfast we sometimes have it watching television and then it will probably be just egg on toast or sausage on toast.
                      It totally sets us up for the day, sometimes too much.

                      So I do believe you need to eat breakfast but not that you need to eat it as soon as you wake up nowadays I take strawberries, grapes baby tomatoes and cubes of cheese to nibble for my breakfast at work. If I didn't I would probably be buying crisps to eat which wouldn't be good!

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                        Get a fruit smoothie in you and you won't have to worry so much about your 5-a-day!

                        I've never been much of a breakfast person but I do agree that it's "the most important meal of the day" because it gives you the energy you need to get going and helps prevent you snacking if you're trying to diet.

                        So I go for a light and quite lazy option, although it's mega-healthy: the fruit smoothie! I make them myself but I cheat and use tinned fruit so I don't have to spend ages preparing it all. I usually just open a few different tins and separate the fruit out into at least four plastic tubs so that for the next four mornings all I have to do is chuck the contents of one tub into my blender, add some juice and press go!

                        If I decide I want a more filling morning smoothie then I add soya yogurt and fine oats to the mix and use soya milk instead of juice (you could use rice milk, oat milk, nut milk or even hemp milk if you prefer).

                        Even though smoothies are my usual breakfast, when people visit they seem to think they're a special treat! Especially when I make them to order, using the fruit they prefer.

                        If I really want to treat myself or visitors to a special breakfast then I'll make vegan pancakes; I like mine either coated in golden syrup or with sugar and lemon, yummy!

                        Other good vegan options for breakfast: beans on toast, porridge, muesli/cereal with soya milk or yogurt, crumpets with dairy-free butter, or a flapjack if you're in a hurry!

                        On the subject of fry-ups: Being vegan doesn't mean I can't enjoy a fry-up if I want! There are faux sausages, fake bacon and you can even make scrambled 'egg' using tofu! However, even when I did eat meat, I was never partial to fry-ups because the smell and taste of bacon used to make me physically sick! I've never actually treated myself to a full vegan fry-up, maybe I'll have to give it a go for my birthday this year!

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                          04.06.2009 20:31
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                          the most important meal blah blah

                          When I was young, my parents always advocated eating breakfast - if I felt sick or anything in the morning, they would always say it must have been because I didn't eat a proper breakfast lol. Because of this, I always have breakfast and feel weird if I don't.

                          My normal breakfast is a bowl of cereal (preferably coco pops but it varies e.g crunchy nut, corn flakes, frosties, or if I'm feeling healthy, jordans country crisp or porridge with honey and fruit.)

                          I went through a phase of having smoothies for breakfast for a while - but it's a bit messy and time consuming so I stopped that.

                          The only time I have a bigger breakfast is if people are over for breakfast. Then I'll usually have croissants and mini pancakes (from the supermarket), toast, scrambled eggs with onions, mushrooms and peppers in, fruit juice (if I'm feeling like I won't mind the washing up, I'll make one in the juice machine - my favourite is pomegranate) and a smoothie. The easiest smoothie consists of milk, bananas and a mango 'smoothie' lolly (I can't remember the brand) - it tastes great and requires very little effort! I'll usually have potato waffles and tinned baked beans too. Sometimes, if I'm really tires, I'll have coffee. Obviously I eat a selection from that list but there's lots of choice there.

                          The only disadvantage is the smell of onions and the mess in the kitchen, and, if I'm disorganised, preparing all this can take a while, which is a bit embarrassing!

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                            06.04.2009 13:53
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                            Breakfast... we all know we should eat it!

                            I was brought up to believe and still do believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However on a morning I can never usually face breakfast until at least two hours after I have first got up.

                            As a child I would always say I'm not hungry only for my mother to virtually force feed me Weetabix, Frosties, Fruit and Fibre, toast, crumpets, the list could go on. No I wasn't made to eat all of these foods in the same sitting but every morning I would get up and say I feel sick after taking a mouthful of food. My mum thought that variation would encourage me to eat but it never did. Even if she offered me my favourite chocolate bar (Double Decker) for breakfast I would have declined. This struggle actually went on until I was about 14 where I would get up and run out of the house before she could catch me and try and shove some form of breakfast food in my hand. By the age of 16 she had given up altogether.....

                            In my teenage years I would simply just skip breakfast and feel awful for the rest of the day. Now as an adult I do eat breakfast but not in the traditional way.

                            I get up for work on a weekday at 5.30am and leave my house at 6.30am arriving at work at 6.45am. The thought of eating makes me feel terrible. If I even tried to eat breakfast between getting up at 5.30am and getting to work, I actually would be sick. I have actually tried and made myself feel ill for most of the morning. When I get to work I make a cup of tea and this last until about 7.30am I just can't drink it fast or that too makes me feel sickly for most of the morning

                            Because I believe breakfast is important I bring my breakfast to work and can face food by about 9-9.30ish. Weekday breakfast is a bowl of some form of fruit.... Usually pineapple, but often strawberries or watermelon. I prepare this the night before and it's ready for me to take to work the next morning. Eating half a pineapple for breakfast seems to cause my boyfriend some amusement and he thinks my breakfast habits are just weird.

                            When it's really cold in the winter I may change from eating half a pineapple and have porridge adding some blueberries and cinnamon. Or even with porridge with cinnamon. It tastes lovely and keeps me full until after lunch time.

                            Even on a weekend I feel not ready to eat immediately after getting up. On a weekend I usually get up a bit later but eat breakfast about an hour or two after getting up. I would usually have toast on weekend morning but it depends on what I am doing. A cereal bar is more portable than toast (Mr Lools goes mad if I get crumbs all over the car). If Mr Lools and I are in a rush I make a packed "breakfast" for myself and eat that at some point later in the morning.

                            If I am trying to be healthy and having a detox (usually before a holiday) I have a breakfast smoothy. My favourite being strawberry and kiwi fruit. Made from:
                            10 Strawberries
                            2 peeled kiwi fruits
                            100ml pot of low fat natural yoghurt
                            About 50ml of water
                            Put it all in the blender until its smooth, into a glass and it fills me up until lunchtime!

                            On a Sunday though breakfast is more substantial. Either a "healthy fry up" everything grilled, low fat sausages or bacon sandwiches ... the bacon has to be grilled though. Of course I have mine at least an hour after getting up. Mr Lools gets annoyed sometimes as he is usually starving when he gets up and sometimes has to start cooking his breakfast before I can even face mine!

                            So there you go an insight into my weird breakfast habits and the concept of the packed breakfast .....

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                              31.03.2009 14:31
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                              Fuel yourself up for the day ahead.

                              I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as it sets you up for the hours ahead. They say that breakfast should be your biggest meal - Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Queen, Dinner like a Pauper. This makes sense really when you think about it - why would you have your biggest meal in the evening, when you will be going to bed a few hours later? You don't need all those calories to keep you going for only a little while until its bed time. You should have the most calories in the morning, to kick start your metabolism and keep you going until lunchtime.
                              For breakfast I like to have porridge on weekdays, I have an equal amount of porridge and muesli (Jordans muesli, I alternate between fruit and nut and tropical), sometimes with some cocoa powder mixed in or a dash of honey. I have it with semi skimmed milk, as I find skimmed is just white water whereas although full cream milk is lovely, its not helping my diet! I have a good sized bowl for breakfast, 30g of porridge, 30g of muesli and 10g of natural wheat bran. I find the wheat bran really helps keep my digestive system in check.
                              At the weekends I tend to have Shredded Wheat or Bran Flakes, as I find I don't need as much to keep me going until lunch. I like to have "natural" cereals, none of these cereals that are coated in sugar for me! I find things like Frosties give you a sugar rush to start with and then an hour later you crash back down and are reaching for the biscuit tin because you're hungry again!
                              I do find though that the recommended portion sizes they print on the cereal packets are tiny, for example the bran flakes one says 30g - I measured this out (just out of curiosity) and it's no more than a few flakes! I eat twice this much. They also say 28g of porridge is one serving, well you can see from what I've written above that I have twice that again! Who determines what a serving size is? Someone with no appetite??
                              I have a large appetite, and could easily eat a cooked breakfast everyday. I tend to reserve cooked breakfasts for the airport just before I go on holiday, or when we are staying at a hotel. This is because I don't have time to cook this every morning, and even if I did have time, I don't think my waistline or heart would appreciate it!
                              I usually have my breakfast with a cup of redbush tea, or, just recently I have been having green redbush tea. I do try to start the day right - even if it doesn't follow through to the evening!

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                                24.03.2009 17:46
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                                Lovely company at a great time in the morning

                                Breakfast, unfortunately I have to admit that I do not do breakfast, I know... I should, I know all the talk and benefit, but to be honest, I cannot face food first thing. I need to have been up for at least a couple of hours, preferably not eating and not talking, then I come round.

                                However, once I am up and about and especially when I have family over, I do love to have a long and cosy breakfast. And to make it speacial for me it has to contaim the following.
                                Freshly baked small, white bread buns, the crusty type you get in Germany. To this I have to say, Lidl do a nice bag of nine frozen ones for 99p at the moment. Warm croissants or baguette. Some toast. And that is just the choice of breads I like. Then come the tops. There has to be strawberry jam, with lots of berries. Real butter, this must be unsalted, otherwise I find it clashes with the jam. Honey, this is best on the toast though.
                                There should be some sliced cheeses, some Gauda and Edam maybe. I also like to have some sliced meats, Salami, Parma Ham and maybe some really nice cooked ham. It will not be a real special breakfast without the eggs, these need to be soft boiled with no giddly bits. The yellow has to be like sunshine on a summer morn.
                                The coffee has to be hot, and the milk frothy, I like it like a cappucino. Made with my twizzle stick. I also like to have a glass of home made smoothie.
                                And the best bit will be the time taken over breakfast, it should be long, at least a couple of hours, there should be excellent company, I like my girls and their partners to be with us and the great conversations.

                                My idea of heaven on a weekend.

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