Breakfast Chronicles – Week 6-10

Well… I’ve been MIA for a while! I’m happy to say, though, that I have only skipped breakfast once. 🙂 I was out of the country on vacation for a couple of weeks, and had some very tasty breakfasts. I was in London, so I had a few traditional Full English breakfasts… Sausage, Bacon, Tomatoes, Baked Beans, Eggs.. Nom nom.

Now that I’m back at home and back to work, I’m staying on track and going with healthier options!

Below, my breakfasts this past week (Week 10):

Monday – Wholewheat waffle with peanut butter and strawberries


Tuesday – Wholewheat waffle with peanut butter and strawberry jam


Wednesday – All Bran cereal with whole milk and strawberries


Thursday – Special K “Chocolatey Strawberry” cereal with whole milk


Friday – Wholewheat waffle with peanut butter, sliced banana, and honey



Breakfast Chronicles – Week 5

Well, I didn’t forget to eat breakfast last week, but I forgot to post! Here is what I ate for breakfast last week, including, rather naughtily, a pastry! My excuse is that I bought it the day before to meet the minimum credit card purchase amount at the cafe where I ate lunch. So I had to buy it! And it was just sitting there, begging me to eat it for breakfast! Hmm. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! 😉

Monday – Chocolate Fiber One cereal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and blueberries (like eating dessert for breakfast, but under 200 calories, and full of fiber!)


Tuesday – Oatmeal made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, topped with slivered almonds, cinnamon, and strawberries


Wednesday – Chocolate Fiber One cereal with whole milk and strawberries


Thursday – Special K “Chocolatey Strawberry” cereal with whole milk


Friday – Apple turnover!


Breakfast Chronicles – Week 4

Whew, another week gone by! I’ve been doing this series for 4 weeks now – lets see if I can pull it off for another month and beyond! I’ve been trying to incorporate healthy, filling foods into my breakfast, as well as making sure I eat it every day, so that I don’t binge on junk the rest of the afternoon. I’ve failed a few times – today I grabbed a Clif bar at 11:30am – but for the most part I’ve been doing well.

What do you like to eat for breakfast? Do you have a hard time remembering to eat breakfast during the week?

Monday – Special K “Chocolatey Strawberry” cereal with whole milk and blueberries


Tuesday – All Bran cereal with whole milk and blueberries


Wednesday – Oatmeal with cinnamon, cardamom and sliced 1/2 banana


Thursday – All Bran cereal with whole milk and sliced 1/2 banana


Friday – Blueberry Crisp Clif Bar


Breakfast Chronicles – Week 3

Better late than never, here is Week 3 in my Breakfast Chronicles series! I had oat bran (as a hot cereal) for the first time last week, and it was really tasty. It has a nice nutty flavor and is very filling. Have you tried oat bran? Do you like it?

Monday – Special K “Chocolatey Strawberry” cereal with whole milk and sliced 1/2 bananaIMG_2311

Tuesday – Hot oat bran with blueberries

IMG_2315Wednesday – Oat bran with cinnamon and a sprinkle of brown sugar

IMG_2324Thursday – Whole wheat toast with cream cheese and smoked salmon; “Green Goodness” fruit and vegetable juice (went for something savory today!)

IMG_2331Friday – Clif “Mojo” Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bar (Confession: this was grabbed in a hurry around 11am when I realized I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet!)


Breakfast Chronicles: Week 2

Second week of my Breakfast Chronicles, keeping myself accountable for eating a healthy breakfast every day during the week! See my original post here.

Monday: Oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries


Tuesday: Yogurt with Kashi “Heart to Heart” cereal & strawberriesIMG_2294

Wednesday: Special K “Chocolatey Strawberry” cereal with whole milk


Thursday: Oatmeal with peanut butter and sliced 1/2 banana


Friday: Whole wheat toast with peanut butter; 1/2 banana


What did you have for breakfast this week?


Breakfast Chronicles – Week 1

I love breakfast foods, but I sometimes have trouble remembering to eat breakfast (or convincing myself to) during the week. I don’t like to eat right after I wake up, and once I start work, a couple of hours usually pass before I realize, “hey, I should eat something.” By that time, I don’t really feel hungry. But if I don’t eat breakfast, I can’t focus as well, and I tend to eat more than I should at lunch and dinner.

To keep myself accountable and make sure I eat breakfast (almost) every day, I decided to chronicle my weekday breakfasts here on this blog. Here’s week 1!

How about you? Do you have trouble remembering to eat breakfast? What are your favorite weekday breakfast foods?

Monday -Nothing (not a great start – but I was sick with a stomach bug)

Tuesday – A couple of handfuls of dry Kashi cereal (still recovering from stomach bug)

Wednesday – Oatmeal with Peanut Butter & Strawberries

Thursday – Oatmeal Raisin Clif Bar


Friday – Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Slivered Almonds, and Blueberries


Calvados-Caramelized Pears

This is a very simple, yet decadent recipe that is perfect for celebrating Fall with your breakfast, dessert, or a sweet snack. Choose firm to slightly ripe pears for this. Any more than a little bit soft and the pear will turn to mush when you cook it (although that would be nice, too, as a sauce!). I used a D’Anjou pear.

If you’ve never had Calvados, it’s a lovely apple or pear brandy from France. It’s nice to drink by itself or in cocktails, slightly sweet and fragrant of apples. I love cooking and baking with it, as it adds a nice warm appley-ness.

I spiced these with a little cardamom, which I find goes very well with pears. You can use spice(s) of your choice or leave them out for a pure pear experience.

You can enjoy these caramelized pears on ice cream, custard, yogurt, on pancakes or waffles, or even with pork chops or mild sausages such as bratwurst, for a nice sweet-savory contrast. I had mine on a nice warm bowl of oatmeal with a drizzle of cream for a breakfast treat, with a couple of breakfast sausages.



1 Pear, such as D’Anjou

2 Tbsp Butter

1-2 Tbsp Sugar

Approx. 1/4 Cup Calvados (I didn’t measure)

Optional – 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon and/or 1/2 tsp ground Cardamom, or spice(s) of your choice


1. Slice pear into medium-thick slices, length-wise. Melt butter over medium heat until starting to sizzle. Add pear slices and sugar, and saute, stirring occasionally, until the pear slices start to soften.

2. Add Calvados (carefully) and stir, deglazing the bottom of the pan, and then allow the alcohol to simmer, soaking into the pears, until it is burned off. If you choose to add spice(s), stir them in towards the end.

3. Enjoy them warm right away, or cool if you can wait that long! (I think they are best warm, like the filling of a pie…)