Breakfast is not satisfying

What do most people eat for breakfast? Correction: people is too broad to be conclusive of my situation so lets make that americans. And, while I can’t reasonably guess, I’d be curious how averages differ from healthy and/or successful people.

I am to believe purely based on observations and penetration on grocery store aisles that most americans usually eat cereal or oatmeal when at home, probably with a glass of milk or juice on the side.

That being said, time and time again I have been told that our breakfast meal should be high in protein — an ingredient, as far as I can tell, that is not not highlighted in what I assume most people eat here. Maybe I’m just out of touch with what people eat at home. A better sample should be what I see at public places, right?

This brings me to my observance of the most easily attainable on-the-go breakfast items I see at coffee shops/stands and markets — the overwhelmingly likely choice for the between home and office breakfast-goers. So, what do I see? Bagels, muffins, scones, and pastries. WHAT?! Why so bread heavy? I must not be telling the whole truth. No. That is pretty much all I see. On a rare occasion maybe a place has some fruit or a parfait, but like I said, that is rare. Is it purely the difficulty of storing and creating more meaningful/healthy foods? I’m not satisfied or convinced as to why we, as on-the-go breakfast eaters, don’t have better options.

As I’ve tried new and different options, I’ve come to what I consider my ideal breakfast: a sandwich composed of a wheat english muffin with pan grilled ham, and a fried egg; and on the side, a cup of orange juice and a multivitamin. I’m feelin’ good and ready for the day just thinking about it.

But my ideal breakfast rarely happens. If I’m really on top of things, I’ll have this maybe a week a month coinciding with a trip to Trader Joes to buy their delicious english muffins. Once the muffins are obtained, my one man food store must contain enough non-expired eggs (rare) and lunch meat to fill 6 breakfasts.

And so I just eat cereal or oatmeal (I can buy them in bulk, less frequently) or at a coffee shop. Put another way, I eat grain, oats, and bread for breakfast and it is never satisfying or energizing.

It’s a shame. It seems like an obvious, untapped market, doesn’t it?

5 Responses

  1. Jayne

    I dunno, I think the high carb breakfast is common because it’s considered good brain food and stores easily, but I don’t think getting variety in breakfast food is too difficult.

    Your ideal breakfast is a pretty common breakfast sandwich, which isn’t that exotic. I use to make them for breakfast before school all the time. And I know a lot of cafes that make delicious ones. Also, in places like New York where there are lots of people eating breakfast to go there are tons of breakfast sandwich carts all over the city.

    Just for comparison, my breakfasts: During the week its usually along the lines of: Cereal or Bagel or Breakfast Sandwich or Fruit & Yogurt. When I actually cook breakfast on the weekend and I’m working out: Eggs (scrambles, ommlettes, fried egg, burrito etc) and/or sausage or Cereal or Fruit & Yogurt.

    But I’d say only 2-3 out of 7 days a week are protein heavy breakfasts. I don’t think having protein heavy breakfast everyday would be very good for you.

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  2. It may store easily, but it does not energize me whatsoever.

    I realize the sandwich I idealize is not exotic at all, but it is surprisingly hard to find in Seattle. At least, that has been my experience. Starbucks tried it out a while back and it was fantastic. I bought them quite often, but alas they stopped selling them because they made the place smell like eggs rather than coffee.

    Why would having at least a moderately protein heavy breakfast be bad every day?

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  3. josue salazar

    my ideal breakfast is heavy, which i’ve seen is not that common up here.. mine is rice & beans, with eggs fried plaintain, toast, oj & coffee:

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  5. I think that kind of breakfast is good if You dont have to work or do anything on the coming day:)

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