Unconventional Living: Breakfast Salads

I bought breakfast cereal the other day, for the first time in ages. Sexy requested it, because his ankle is broken and he wanted some easy meals around the house.

I tried a few bites when I was getting him a bowl. It’s been two years since I’d had any cereal, and probably closer to three years when I gave it up in an effort to reduce how much sugar I was eating on a daily basis. Breakfast cereal, even the “healthy” stuff, is loaded with sugar, and it was a lot easier to give up cereal than chocolate or cookies. I don’t miss it at all, and actually eating a little bit confirmed that it’s not worth missing.

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I used to eat cereal nearly every day, first thing in the morning, so my breakfasts have changed a lot. So what do I eat for breakfast now? I honestly have no idea because it’s always different. Things with eggs are pretty common if I’m eating at home. If I wait until I’m at work, which I generally do, it could be anything. It might be something fairly normal like hardboiled eggs or nuts. I generally avoid pre-made granola bars, but I do eat homemade granola some days. But I mostly like unconventional breakfasts—basically anything you’d eat at any other time of day.

We have tons of greens right now and I’ve been working from home a bit, so we’ve been eating a lot of breakfast salads. I love breakfast salads because they are an easy way to eat a whole bunch of veggies early in the day; I feel so virtuous when I do it.

When I talk about breakfast salads, most people think it’s really weird. People seem stuck in the breakfast food rut, and can’t imagine eating anything that isn’t in the special section of a restaurant menu. But I think it’s silly that there are foods that you only eat at certain times of the day: food if food and it’s not like your stomach can’t absorb lettuce before 11 am.

Plus, my morning salads typically include eggs, bacon, or fruit so that they feel a little more breakfast-like. This is probably my favorite:

  • Spinach or lettuce
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Two eggs, hard boiled or over hard
  • Bacon, chopped into small peices
  • Pumkinseeds (for me)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and croutons (for Sexy)
  • Bacon-balsamic vinagrette or straight balsamic vinegar

But of course the options are endless. I also like to make salads with mandarin oranges, almonds, and a sweeter ginger vinagrette.  Lately, I’ve been on a big tabouli kick because I have so much parsely in the garden. And now it’s finally time to have strawberry salads for breakfast.

You can see more breakfast salad ideas in this post I wrote for Greatist.

Breakfast salads: genius or weird? What do you think?

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