Resolution #1 revisited

New Year’s Resolution #1: Eat good breakfasts

Breakfast has changed a lot for me already in 2014. Earlier this year when I decided that my first resolution would be to eat good breakfasts, I had no idea just how big of an impact it would have. Believe it or not, breakfast seems to set me up for better eating habits throughout the day. In that sense my new breakfast sandwich maker and blender have already paid for themselves! I don’t know how I lived without them! In the last month I’ve tried many different combinations of English muffins (regular and whole wheat), cheese (cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella), meat (turkey, ham, turkey pepperoni), egg, and spices (salt, pepper, Italian seasoning) to make some absolutely delicious breakfast sandwiches. This might be controversial, but I think they’re better than a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin! It only takes ten minutes to make one so it’s faster and cheaper than going through the drive thru every morning. And I think it’s slightly healthier since I can use whole wheat English muffins and lean meat like ham in my homemade versions. The one thing I haven’t tried yet is egg whites in place of a whole egg so that will be my next experiment. And bacon. Everything is better with bacon, right? As awesome as breakfast sandwiches are, for the last couple of weeks I’ve been using my new blender to make fruit smoothies before work every day. My first few attempts turned out OK but not great, so I was a little skeptical about getting decent results, but I made a few minor additions to my smoothies and now I’m in love with my blender. Who knew you could combine simple things like frozen fruit, yogurt, and milk to make something so delicious! I finally hit the jackpot with frozen banana slices, frozen blueberries, berry Greek yogurt, milk, honey, and powered peanut butter, and my next goal is to branch out and see what other nutritious beverages I can concoct. Substituting almond milk for regular milk worked great on Friday so that’s encouraging. I’ll try swapping out other ingredients one by one and see how they turn out. This morning I made something totally different – a cherry chocolate smoothie. Frozen cherries, chocolate almond milk, vanilla yogurt, cocoa powder, and vanilla protein powder. It was amazing! Like an indulgent milkshake, but surprisingly healthy. I’ll definitely be making that again, maybe with some other berries too. So has my breakfast sandwich maker been gathering dust while I’ve been blending my first meal of the day? No! On days where I have a smoothie for breakfast I usually make a sandwich for dinner when I get home. Add some honey mustard to the English muffin, use Havarti cheese, and throw some banana pepper slices after everything is cooked makes for a yummy turkey or ham sandwich (with an egg – more protein!) at the end of the day. So I’m happy to report I’ve been doing very well on my first New Year’s resolution of 2014. Baby steps, but I’m determined to make this a great year.