When I was little my Dad would often prepare elaborate breakfasts for us before school. Most kids I knew started their day with cereal. Whereas my siblings and I enjoyed omelettes, french toast and crepes. No pancake mix from a box. No canned fruit on the side. My father made everything from scratch with fresh ingredients. My mum, who is not a chef, but remains an excellent cook followed suit. We feasted like kings almost every morning.
Now, I realize how lucky we were to grow up with parents who were willing to dedicate an enormous amount of time to our morning routine. These days, most families find themselves rushing off to work and school with barely enough to time to gulp down sludge from a never-gonna-expire-tetra-pack. I say this without judgement. We have all been down the instant breakfast path. Cereal is cheaper than fresh fruit. Toast is faster than pancakes. Pop tarts can be delicious in a creepy kind of way. People are short on cash and pressed for time so breakfast is liquified or processed or simply passed over altogether. French toast with fresh fruit is something you order at brunch or something.
Today, however, I would like to advocate for what is often referred to as the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is about self-care. If you start your day with a filling meal you will have more energy and probably be a lot more cheerful. When we’re hungry our bodies can think of nothing else. We become stressed. We can’t focus. Hence the term “hangry”. I know that French bread and lots of vegan margarine isn’t super healthy. We can’t have decadent breakfasts everyday, nor do we have the time. That being said, it’s well worth treating yourself every once in awhile. Especially, when you’ve got a lot on your plate. Pun intended.
If you’re looking for something more nutritious that you can make in bulk for the week or prepare quickly check out this steel-cut oatmeal and or this smoothie. Please feel free to share this post with your friends via the sharing buttons below. Also, subscribe via the sidebar so you never miss a post.
Citrus French Toast
- 3-6 thick slices of bread (french bread makes it divine)
- 1 large banana
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- a tiny pinch salt
- 1 tsp. orange zest
- 1 heaping tbsp. vegan margarine
- In a medium size bowl mash the banana.
- Then add non-dairy milk, vanilla, pinch of salt, orange zest.
- Whisk until fairly smooth. There will be a few lumps from the banana. If you want it to be perfectly smooth you can always use a blender.
- On medium high heat melt the vegan margarine.
- Dip your slices of bread in the mixture until thoroughly coated. Cook in pan until golden brown and crispy on either side.