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Full English? Full Belly.

Posted Oct 05 2009 10:03pm

I thought I would do a fun post on breakfast.

Here in England, the most popular breakfast that you’ll find at many restaurants and pubs is the Full English.

I present this to you:

Look at all that food!!

Back about two years ago when Steve first visited Canada with me he was determined to make my

family breakfast…. English style!  

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There was food, after food….. after food.

Toast, hashbrowns, bacon, sausage, grilled tomato & mushrooms, beans, eggs….

My parents could barely eat it all and they were stuffed for the whole day!

Steve was a very proud English man…. and chef!

I have never experienced a full English breakfast myself, only because I don’t prefer a lot of the foods that come on the plate.  I have made this MANY times for Steve though because it is one of his favourite weekend delights.  Whenever we have someone over and we say “we’ll cook breakfast,” this is usually what it is.  It’s very traditional!!

This past summer when we had a lot of English guests over to Canada for our wedding many of them kept joking on about Canadian breakfasts.  They loved them, don’t get me wrong, but they didn’t really ‘get’ the concept of maple syrup on things like pancakes or french toast.  Many of them eat bbq sauce (or brown sauce as its called here!) with their french toast.  They were stunned by the pancake breakfasts… you get four huge ones!!

I was contacted by a writer named Wendy who wanted to write a mini guest post for the blog about breakfasts and the way to fuel yourself properly.  I thought this was the perfect time to post it!

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Start Your Day Off Right With These Delicious Breakfast Meals

Whether you’re looking to improve your overall nutritional health or experience a bit of weight loss, making sure you’re eating a good breakfast is one of the most important steps that must be taken to ensure results.

What you fuel your body with early in the morning is what will set you off on the right step, and failing to provide a quality energy source often leads to poor choices later on in the day, sometimes even causing you to overeat much more dramatically than if you would have had a breakfast.

For your breakfast meal, you want to focus on a source of lean protein, slow digesting carbohydrates, and enough healthy fats to slow the digestion process down and add flavour to your meal.

The following breakfast examples will do just that, so consider one of these next time you’re in a rush looking for something to eat.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the best sources of carbohydrates to have in the morning because of its high fiber content and low sugar level. To add more flavour to your oatmeal, stir in one tablespoon of natural peanut butter which will provide a quality source of healthy fats.  To get your protein intake up, consider scrambling some egg whites to have on the side, or if you’re a vegetarian, stir one scoop of chocolate soy protein powder into the oatmeal as well making a peanut butter-chocolate creation.

Soy Wrap With Veggies

Wraps are incredibly convenient and really give you maximum control because you can fill them with virtually anything.  There are many soy products available that will make for the perfect protein source on the go, so select one to have in your wrap.

Then add whatever vegetables you prefer such as carrots, peppers, mushrooms, onions, or sliced cucumbers, and drizzle with a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Power-Packed Protein Muffin

Making your own muffins is going to be much healthier than purchasing a muffin from the local coffee shop since you can control both what goes into the muffin and the portion size of it.  It’s not usual to see the muffins in coffee shops coming in at 500 or more calories, which will definitely put a huge dent in your diet.

To improve the nutritional content of the muffins, consider replacing half of the oil called for with sugar-free applesauce and then replace half of the flour with protein powder.  You can also replace some of the flour with oat bran or ground oats for added fiber if you wish, if the recipe does not already call for this ingredient.

Cottage Cheese With Berries and Nuts

Finally, a last option for your breakfast meal is cottage cheese with berries and nuts.  This creates a perfect flavour combination of creamy, sweet, and crunchy, and will supply you with all three macronutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.

You can adjust the portion sizes of each to match your individual diet requirements and this one can also be taken on the go.

So keep these breakfasts in mind. With a bit of planning the night before, there’s no reason you can’t start your day off right.

About the Author: Wendy is currently writing a book about moderate health strategies to achieve maximum weight loss. She also currently writes frequently for the  Colon Cleanse Zone.

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Thanks Wendy!!!

I think around the blog world a lot of people have a great idea of healthy breakfasts.  We see them popping up all the time.  I think its nice to have a reminder that breakfast is really important.  I rarely go a day without it!  I have some friends who get up and go to work and don’t eat until noon.  I’d be starving!!

What is your favourite breakfast meal?

Are you a Full English breakfast kind of girl or guy?

Mine would have to be cereal!! I just love it.  On the weekends when I have more time I love to make french toast.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

(yes, that mascara review is coming up!!)

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