Sunday, June 15, 2008

Breakfast, To Go

There might be three words that seem to be the key to maintaining a healthy weight, having energy in the morning, and starting your day off right. Don't. Skip. Breakfast. Even Jason, who used to claim he "just wasn't a breakfast person" has noticed a difference since he started eating a regular morning meal.

Though it can take an extra few minutes in your morning routine, breakfast is something everyone should make time for. And making something portable for breakfast is always a good idea—either something that you can eat at your desk, or even better, as you walk out the door/in your car/on the train.

Breakfast sandwiches are nothing new. Actually, some of the absolute worst-for-you breakfasts are contained in sandwiches. But the concept is, well, pretty brilliant. While most of us are familiar with the savory bacon-egg-and-cheese bagels or sausage biscuits, I bet you haven't seen many sandwiches that lean toward the sweet side of things.

I made this recipe to accomplish a laundry list of ideal breakfast goals. Filling but not heavy, check. Nutritious, check. Protein-plus-grain, check. It also hits the all-important mobile breakfast quality—you can eat it with one hand. Good morning!

Peanut-Butter Waffle Breakfast Sammy
makes 1 sandwich

2 whole-grain waffles (such as Van’s)
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 banana, sliced or 6 thin apple slices
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Toast waffles and top each half with one tablespoon of peanut butter. Top one half with banana or apple slices, sprinkle with cinnamon, and top with other waffle.

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