Do you eat breakfast… or skip it? Before Colby began staying home, I admit I was a breakfast skipper. But, I know that I am not alone. Even though we know the benefits of having a good breakfast, more than 1.6 million people tweeted about skipping breakfast over a 2 year period. Why? Well, 1 in 5 said they just did not have enough time to prepare breakfast each morning. I get that.
Healthy Breakfast On-the-Go
Recently Colby and I spoke to a Registered Dietitian and we both expressed to her that we needed “convenience” foods. Foods that we could literally grab and go. Mainly because of our busy lifestyles and work habits. She completely understood and helped us come up with a few great breakfast ideas that even our kids would love. Perhaps my favorite recipe was the 90 Second Scrambled Eggs. I had heard of brownies and such in a mug… but never an egg. Until now. And it was super easy, protein-packed, and perfect for eating on-the-go.
90 Second Scrambled Eggs
- 1-2 eggs
- 1 tbsp 1% or skim milk
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Spray the inside of a coffee cup or mug with the non-stick cooking spray.
- Crack egg(s) into mug and add the milk. Whisk with a fork until frothy.
- Place mug into microwave and cover with a towel. Cook for 90 seconds.
- Serve and enjoy!
For variations on serving, add egg to a whole-wheat tortilla with 2 tbsp low fat cheese, roasted veggies, and salsa. Or, place the egg onto an English Muffin and add a slice of low fat Swiss or cheddar cheese. Either way, you have a delicious tasting, healthy breakfast on-the-go.
What America (Tw)eats
The National “got milk?”® Milk Mustache Campaign recently developed a fun study where they took a look at people’s tweets about breakfast: What America (Tw)eats. As a fan of social media, I found the results both entertaining and interesting. In fact, the stats I shared about about the 1.6 million tweets came from this particular study. Also, they found that people in different parts of the country have different breakfast tweeting habits.
- East Coasters are most likely to tweet about breakfast on Tuesdays; those in the mountain time zone are most likely on Wednesdays, and West Coasters on Thursdays.
- New York, Georgia and Rhode Island rank number one, two and three in breakfast-tweeting states (most tweets per capita).
I wonder why the day of the week makes a difference? Incredibly intriguing to note… for me anyway. And they even dug deeper to discover which gender talks most about breakfast. Although females seem to tweet slightly more about breakfast, the genders were pretty mush split: 54% female vs. 46% male.
Perhaps most alarming was the foods that are being consumed. The top breakfast foods tweeted were:
But, there are more than 100,000 tweets about cake or chocolate for breakfast and more than 200,000 tweets for pizza. Leftovers, fast food and even pie are part of America’s breakfast discussion. Personally, I am not a fan of any of these for breakfast. My go-to is typically yogurt, muffins, or… sigh… donuts.
Finally, the study did find that there are more than 100,000 tweets about milk. Americans are most likely to talk about milk recipes, health benefits of milk, milk in their coffee, and their sheer disappointment when they run out of milk. I know this is the case at our home.
A full 15% of tweets about milk are people lamenting they have run out. Many complain of pouring a bowl of cereal only to find they’re out of much-needed milk.
Nothing disappoints my children more in the morning than pouring a bowl of cereal and not finding milk in the fridge. You better believe we hear about it first thing!
What is your healthy breakfast choice while on-the-go?
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