I’m impossibly unfashionable when it comes to breakfast. I’m up very early and I make myself a good breakfast. I sit down at the table and have eggs or oatmeal or toast with almond butter or a wholesome cereal or a bagel and cheese or kippers or even sometimes something left over from supper that looks particularly appealing. Then I have some nice green tea and read the paper.
Pretty much everybody else shows up at work without having had any breakfast at all and then they go get a muffin or something around 10:00 because they’re starving. Teenagers, apparently don’t eat breakfast either. It’s not cool. Mine does. She’s not allowed to leave the house without a good breakfast.
Breakfast is important. It’s so important that the world of food producers is going to ridiculous lengths to encourage people to eat something – anything when they get up in the morning.
Things like Pop Tarts, toaster waffles and McMuffins aren’t making the grade anymore. Now we’ve got amazingly ridiculous things like Bagel-fuls.
They look like Twinkies, but they’re really bagels in the shape of Twinkies, filled not with a delicious sweet mystery substance, but with Philadelphia cream-cheese! You can zap them in the microwave or toaster or, they claim you can just “enjoy them right out of the refrigerator”. They come in 5 scrumptious flavours: Original, Cinnamon, Whole Grain, Strawberry or Chive.
Pillsbury, of course has created an even more instant breakfast in the form of Toaster Scrambles.
They look like Pop Tarts, but instead of a thin film of fruit-coloured substance, they’re filled with “real” scrambled eggs, “cheese sauce” and bacon, ham or sausage. There doesn’t appear to be any icing – which really, was the best part of Pop Tarts.
And if none of these are ridiculous enough for you, how about some Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick? (aka Flapsticks).
These look like corn dogs/pogos, but instead of a yummy cornbread-wrapped hot dog product, you allegedly get a sausage product wrapped in a pancake-like product. They also come in a variety of delicious flavours: Original, Blueberry and New Chocolate Chip.
Have any of you ever eaten any of these or any similarly ridiculous breakfast food things? Does anyone eat real breakfast anymore besides me? Have you got any good breakfast suggestions for those among us who may be breakfast impaired or whose kids refuse to eat in the mornings?
Here’s one: Get a whole grain wrap, spread some peanut butter or other nut butter on it, put a whole banana in the middle and roll it up. It’s tasty, nutritious and sticks together nicely so you can eat it on the go if you must.