I Still Eat Breakfast

by HEAB on December 16, 2011

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Remember when I used to post nothing but photos of my breakfast?  Well, I still eat it, and today I’m bringing back the breakfast talk…

So, let’s talk bagels.  Pictured above is my favorite breakfast as of late. First, I toast a honey wheat bagel.  Then, one half gets Dijon mustard, a sliced tomato, and Muenster cheese, and the other half gets crunchy peanut butter. I then toast the whole thing again so that the cheese and PB get all melty.  Last but not least, the PB half gets a smear of the world’s best preserves. Ever since I was little, I’ve deconstructed my sandwiches, and this bagel is no different.  First I eat the tomato and melted cheese and then enjoy my slightly sweet bagel with mustard.  For dessert I go to town on the PB & J half.  What is it about the PB & J combo?  Never gets old.

Where’s the coffee you ask?  Oh, there is always coffee.  Since Summer and I are often out and about in the mornings, I’ve developed a really bad Starbucks peppermint mocha habit.  Let’s just say my wallet will be quite happy when the seasonal drinks are gone!

{ 55 comments }

Jennie (the gf-gf) December 16, 2011 at 11:10 am

Sometimes I have the problem in the mornings deciding whether I want a sweet or savory breakfast. I think you’ve found the perfect compromise – a little bit of both!

Laura @ She Eats Well December 16, 2011 at 11:11 am

You’ve got your savory and you’ve got your sweet in your breakfast. Love that. I’m right with you. PB & J never, ever gets old. And on another note, I wish Starbucks served almond or rice milk. Then I would join in on the peppermint mocha addiction! :)

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Laura,
I do too. We have a local coffee shop that offers rice milk, and I love it. Hopefully Starbucks will catch on soon.

Bid December 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

totally forgot about muenster.. thanks for reminding me…

you’re all melty melty…

(…one hour… 14 minutes…. )

nicole December 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

I agree-that PB&J combo will never get old.
I’ve been using your fav. Naturally Nutty vanilla almond butter like crazy. I like it better off the spoon than in my oats. I add it to smoothies for the extra sweet/crunch factor too. I’m going back tomorrow to buy the white chocolate coconut one. ANNNDD I got a Starbucks gift card from my secret santa and that peppermint mocha might be calling my name.
Happy Friday!!! <3

kathleen @ the daily crumb December 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

oh boy, do i feel you on the peppermint mocha issue. i realized this morning i have had 4 this week. so terrible. i never had this problem until the seasonal flavors showed up!

Sarah (I Dream of Beets) December 16, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Heather,

How has integrating more sugar into your diet affected you? I keep on trying to kick the sugar habit, only to have it pop up again. It seems like you’re less strict that you used to be with sugar. What changes have you noticed? Am I fighting an uphill battle on this one? I admire your moderation, but I can’t decide, for myself, if I just need to go cold turkey.

The muenster looks DELICIOUS.

Sarah

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Hi Sarah,
Well, I should have mentioned that I order the skinny peppermint mochas with sugar-free syrups, but I have been eating more sugar here and there. I go through phases with sugar. If my jeans start to feel tight, I’ll cut it out completely for a while, but if I’m happy with my weight, I’ll enjoy some real sugar on occasion. I’m happier that way – used to be all or nothing, and that wasn’t always so fun. Always turning down the cake, etc. After avoiding sugar for a long time and getting my metabolism back on track, I find that my body is okay with a little bit of sugar every now and then.

katie @KatieDid December 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I can’t say I blame you with the starbucks ‘addiction’. The whole process, the red cup, the idea of treating myself… it’s all too great :)

the delicate place December 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

i’ve been really bad about breakfast during the work week. i just like my sleep ha. trader joes decaf green candy cane tea + cocoa powder + sweetener and milk of choice=starbucks super saver :)

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Melissa,
Really? Good to know. Must try that soon!

Katie December 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I just got this great Candy Cane Coffee from my mom, er St. Nick. Its almost gone, but I think I know where I can get some more.

I used to work at a bagel shop and the tomato cheese toasted bagel was a staple for my lunch on days I worked. The double toast was key.

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Katie,
Nothing but the double toast for me. Once is never enough. I like my cheese melted, not just warm!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Oh I used to love eating bagels and english muffins and all that kind of gluten-ey goodness back in the day. I wish I could find a good GF bread that was worth the $$ spent. But til then, I just dip my spoon into the peanut butter jar (since that’s pretty much why I love bagels and eng muffins…LOL)..and will save my $ for the seasonal drinks as you are also enjoying it sounds like :)

brandi December 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

er….I hate to be the bearer of good news, but starbucks carries their peppermint syrup year round – they just don’t advertise it :) peppermint mochas are the only thing i get there! venti, with only 2 pumps of each, please and thank you.

it will not help your wallet, but they are delicious.

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Brandi,
Hmm, this is very good and very bad news. I always order the skinny peppermint mochas. Wonder if they carry the sugar free peppermint and mocha syrups all year-round. I must inquire next time I’m there…which will be tomorrow morning. :)

Rose December 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I love this. I also love that you eat and do whatever you want. More power to you, almighty HEAB.

I’ve successfully stayed away from Starbucks all month so far. I don’t know how.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I LOVE the savory/sweet combo- genius! I’m almost always a sweet breakfast eater, just because that’s what I crave in the morning. That being said, I really like traditional savory breakfast dishes – especially eggs. The bagel is a perfect vehicle to have a little of both!

lindsay December 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I adore a good bagel (GF) with kerry gold. Melted of course. and maybe some egg on top. Breakfast is the best, isn’t it?

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Lindsay,
Yes, I could eat breakfast for every meal and often do. :)

Deirdre December 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Starbucks is the devil. I am so sadly addicted.

Alyssa December 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

My wallet has taken many coffee-based hits since my kids were born,lol! When my son was in preschool and my daughter was a baby, I’d take her to a place in L.A. called The Black Cow Cafe. They had GREAT coffee and loved kids. Plus they had ceiling fans, which amused and fascinated my Wee Girl.
Oh, and it allowed me to talk to someone taller than my kneecaps!

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Yes, that’s one of the reasons I love going to coffee shops these days. I need a break from reading Spot books and crawling around on the floor. Plus, I think the change of scenery is good for both mama and baby. :)

Clare @ Fitting It All In December 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

love the idea of a part savory, part sweet breakfast!

sarah December 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

‘Pb&j never gets old’ – SO SO True!
I think I say that sentence a lot:)
Iv actually never had mustard before- I bought a jar recently but iv been to scared to try it yet:p
Maybe I should pair it with cheese for my 1st mustard experience.
Xxx

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Sarah,
Yes, cheese and mustard and maybe some deli meat if you aren’t a vegetarian. Toast it so the cheese melts. Melted cheese makes everything better. Hope you like it!

Jill December 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I *love* the peppermint mochas too-tried to make a similar thing at home but it just isn’t as good. But then the frugal part of me (it is in a gene from my dad’s side, I think) gets so annoyed that they cost $4 for a small that I haven’t gotten too many.

I’ve realized the weirdest thing about breakfast (for me, at least) lately…I actually do better eating a smaller breakfast that is higher in protein + a little lower in carbs-i.e. greek yogurt and whole wheat English muffin. Seems to keep me full without leading to an intense hunger pang around 11am and it also has completely changed my morning yoga sessions. I used to think I could eat my oatmeal + PB combo if it was at least an hour and half before class, but it turns out that it was kind of weighing me down and not keeping me any fuller later on. Soo….there was my ramble of the day. I find it so interesting because we’re always told that breakfast should be our biggest meal of the day, but I’m becoming convinced that my body doesn’t necessarily want that :-)

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Jill,
I know. $4 is crazy for a small. I would just go to McD’s, but they don’t offer a sugar free version like Starbucks. I’m a skinny peppermint mocha girl. Oh, and I totally hear ya on the pre-yoga breakfast. Could never do the oats thing, and found that protein pancakes always worked much better. :)
Everyone’s body is different with different needs. Just keep listening. Your’s will tell you what you need.

Christin@purplebirdblog December 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I hit up a peppermint mocha this afternoon… the most perfect pick me up I could have asked for, but seriously… mega moolah! I need to just buy some Toriani syrup and call it a day. ;)

Maria (Maria Makes Muffins) December 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Your bagel looks amazing… my mouth is watering. I think I need a snack. Too bad we don’t have any bagels in the freezer. What brand of bagel do you buy?

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Maria,
I love the Thomas whole wheat bagels. They’re slightly sweet and so good!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I love a meal that encompasses the dessert with the savory part too. Perfection!

Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! December 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I always deconstruct my sandwiches as well! PB & J will have a special place in my heart as long as I live!

Errign December 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Seriously, pb & j is a magical combination! :)

Ashley December 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I don’t dare try a peppermint mocha this year. My life as low-sugar would be gone.

Anyways, I have a fan mail picture for you. I guess I’ll upload it to my blog sometime and make sure you get the link!

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Ashley,
I prefer my peppermint mochas on the skinny side – Starbucks offers a sugar-free syrup version…if you’re into sucralose, which I am when it comes to my espresso drinks. :)

And yes, please send me the link to your post when it’s up!

robyn jones clark December 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

looks very yummy!

Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I’m so glad to hear you still eat breakfast. Just think about it: Heather NOT eating breakfast. I think I would cry. What would the world be coming to? ;)

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

The world would be coming to an end. :)

Hannah December 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I would gladly deliver unto Starbucks a hefty chunk of my payslip, automatically, each fortnight, if only they would come to Canberra!

Oh, and I’ve always been a food deconstructor too. When I used to eat plain buttered bagels as a teenager after school, I’d pick away all the “shell” part so that I was left with just the crispy-buttery-soft dough insides and top :P

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Hannah,
Why on earth doesn’t Canberra have a Starbucks?!? It’s the freakin’ capital for crying out loud. That is so wrong.

Hannah December 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

First and foremost, I love you so much right now for knowing that Canberra is our capital, not Sydney.

Also, *sobs*. Starbucks is still in Sydney and Melbourne and other cities, but it pulled out of Canberra years ago. Though I can’t really complain, as back then I was one of the people who shunned it as part of the “Americanisation of Australia”. FOOL! FOOL THAT I WAS! I had no idea how much deliciousness I was scoffing at. :P

HEAB December 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Hannah,
So been there and avoided Starbucks to support my local coffee shops. Truth be told, I don’t even like their coffee, but they do make really good drinks at Christmas. The steamed milk + peppermint + mocha syrups totally cover up the burnt coffee taste and are just so yummy. Besides, they offer a sugar free version, and I’m all for a little sucralose when it comes to my coffee beverages. :)

Lou December 17, 2011 at 1:53 am

I love a good blueberry bagel with tahini, honey and cinnamon. I’m all about the sweet in the morning. PB +J is a favourite – I like apricot preserves with my P B though… what type do YOU like?

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Lou, I am obsessed with these preserves. Seriously, the best. Slightly spicy but sweet, and so very good: http://astore.amazon.com/heaeatalmbut-20/detail/B0045DOAA4. I’m also a fan of Trader Joe’s strawberry preserves. They make a low sugar version that are so good!

Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee December 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

Mmm that’s a good idea!! You’ve got sweet and savory in one meal. Hahah sometimes I just photograph my breakfast cause I mean to photograph everything but then I forget. :)

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood December 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I am insanely in love with Muenster cheese, ever since I first heard about it on a TV show, Chuck. ;) And I love the idea of sweet on one half, and savory on the other half.

About the Starbucks’ peppermint mocha… perhaps you could try making your own at home? You know, in an attempt to save about oh, $5 a day, $35 a week, etc etc. a month… You know the math ;) And apparently Mickey D’s has the same peppermint mocha drink out too for $1 for a small size… Unfortunately I only tried their peppermint cocoa and that was WAYY too sweet for me. :(

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Sylvia,
Yes, I really should just buy my own syrups and start making the mochas at home. I don’t get them at McD’s b/c they don’t offer the sugar free syrups like Starbucks. I’m prefer my peppermint mochas skinny. Leaves more room for Muenster cheese! :)

VanessaG December 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I love your breakfast idea. I too deconstruct my sandwiches. I eat them exactly like you do. I even do that wit salads alot: eat all the lettuce 1st, then the nest thing….then save the best part for last. I wish I had a Starbucks me me….but then again, I’d be broke!

HEAB December 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Vanessa,
Haha yes! I’m all about saving the best for last. :)

Ellen December 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I adore that your breakfast has a dessert. Every good meal deserves that:)
And I am a total deconstructor of food too:)

Teresa December 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

That hot pepper jam is fantastic poured over cream cheese and served with crackers. Love it.

HEAB December 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Teresa,
Yes, yes, yes. Agreed! Love that combo and so easy to make and take to parties. :)

esmemerrie December 18, 2011 at 1:58 am

I need to bring bagels back into my breakfast! So classic and delicious!!!

Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

Almond butter and jelly is my fav!

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