Its not just for breakfast anymore
Written by Administrator
Friday, 20 February 2009
How many times have you heard that on a commercial for some overly sweetened snack food?
After my latest check-up, I have taken the Cheerio’s Challenge in an effort to lower my cholesterol, and that got me to thinking; what is it about breakfast foods that we can only contemplate eating them in the morning?
Is there some anti-waffle bias that prevents us from enjoying their light, flaky pastry good ness after 10 a.m.? Is there an anti-egg establishment that forbids cracking the shell during daylight hours?
I don’t know if there is a cultural thing going on here, but I know I have always felt a little guilty whenever I help myself to a bowl of cereal after dark.
I have always loved cereal. Since I was a kid, a nice cold bowl of cereal before bedtime would be my preferred dessert.
Many a time in college when my funds were low and my cupboards mainly bare, a big box of Cheerios and a gallon of milk would be all that stood between me and starvation.
I still haven’t outgrown the desire for a big bowl of some pre-sweetened crunchy oat breakfast food in the late night hours.
What is it about breakfast foods that make them taboo to eat outside of breakfast time? In looking at the individual components of a “well balanced breakfast” there is not enough evidence to support the stigma.
You never hear anyone complain about having foods normally associated with lunch or supper in the morning. Steak sometimes accompanies eggs on the breakfast table. Cold pizza is a staple for college students. Leftovers from the night before are ripe pickings for the early-morning nosh.
First off, most breakfast commercials show a side helping of toast. Well, what is toast but bread? Bread can be eaten at any meal. Bread is the supporting cast for a typical dinner, whether in a sandwich or as a hot, buttery roll.
Bacon is another guest star in a typical breakfast. Now bacon gets a bad rap for its cholesterol content, but it sure does taste good. Bacon makes appearances in other meals, I had a bacon cheeseburger for dinner last night. And what is bacon other than a type of ham. Ham is considered a regular food.
Eggs show up on dinner tables in deviled eggs, egg salad, eggs benedict and hollandaise sauce. Orange juice is a tasty treat at any time, and so is a cold glass of milk.
That leaves us with cereal, pancakes and waffles. Now pancakes and waffles are close enough to the same thing that they can be discussed together.
They are more rare after the morning meal, possibly showing up as crepes, but there is no reason. Are not pancakes and waffles tasty at any hour of the day? Can not cereal, laden with essential vitamins and minerals, replace the occasional fast food dinner?
I say yes! Join me as I lend my support to bring breakfast foods out of the shadows and into the spotlight of American cuisine. Have a bacon and egg sandwich for lunch, make waffles a central part of your family dinner, garnished with fresh fruits that leap off your taste buds!
Breakfast, it’s not just for breakfast anymore.