I was sitting in the dining room of the hotel I’m staying at in New York eating breakfast this morning, minding my own business, when a couple came in and sat at the table next to mine.
Now, I’m not one to eavesdrop, but their conversation was loud enough that I couldn’t help but overhear it.
Husband: “Honey, you ought to try the shittake omelets, they’re excellent”. (BTW, I have trouble writing ‘shittake’ without giggling)
Wife: “You know I can’t eat breakfast, I’m trying to lose weight.”
Sure enough, I glanced over at their table out of the corner of my eye, and saw the wife sitting there with a cup of tea and nothing else.
If I was the kind of guy who jumped into other people’s business, I would have pointed out to her that the shittake omelet (hee hee) is actually a GREAT breakfast to help her lose weight: eggs are incredibly healthy, as are mushrooms.
I would have went on to point out to her that research has shown that eating a healthy breakfast is ESSENTIAL to weight loss. It helps prime your metabolism to burn fat all day,it gives you energy to meet demands at work and at home, and has even been proven to help limit overeating at night!
I would have reminded her that breakfast is the best meal to get a wide variety of nutrients at, because you can eat dairy, fruits, cereals, eggs and meat all at once.
Heck, if she was receptive to what I was telling her, I may even have shared this awesome breakfast pita recipe I swiped from webmd.com with her:
2 small whole wheat pitas
2 whole eggs (or 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites)
2 Tbsp. low-fat buttermilk
1 medium baking potato, scrubbed and diced into small ½-inch cubes
1 green or red pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
In a nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray, cook onion and peppers on medium heat until softened. In small bowl, lightly beat eggs; add buttermilk. Add to pan and cook together with vegetables until done. Serve with toasted pita. About 330 calories, 15 grams of protein and 10 grams of fat (no trans fat).
But, I’m not the kind of person to stick my nose into other’s people business. So I made a note to come home tonight and write this post to share the importance of breakfast with you who may be interested.
Mom was right; breakfast really IS the most important meal of the day.