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Bacon and Eggs Please

 

A high fat breakfast of bacon and eggs may be the best and healthiest way to start your day according to a recent study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, England.

 

Researchers theorized the first meal eaten after a night’s sleep programs your body’s metabolism for the rest of the day; giving it a jumpstart so to speak.

In brief, the researchers fed one group of mice a high fat breakfast and a lower fat dinner. A second group of mice were fed a high carb breakfast and a high fat dinner.

The mice who were fed a high carb breakfast and a high fat meal later in the day gained weight. Those who ate the high fat breakfast lost weight.

 

“Studies have looked at the type and quantity of food intake, but nobody has undertaken the question of whether the timing of what you eat and when you eat it influences body weight, even though we know sleep and altered circadian rhythms influence body weight,” said the study’s lead author Molly Bray, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health.

The researchers are now studying whether this type of diet will adversely affect the heart.

You can read more about this study at this link: high fat breakfast.

What are the practical ramifications for you?

I think this study adds to the growing body of work that it is a high carb diet, not fat, that is the culprit in weight gain.

I have been tap dancing around the low carb issue  here for months. I think it is time I share more of the the research on high carb diets. I will be doing more posts on this important issue in the near future.

Featured Recipe    Pineapple Oatmeal Crunch

Technically speaking this is a dessert. However, I often fix and eat it for breakfast. I mean it is made with oatmeal cereal. Right?

Either way it is quick, and oh so easy, not to mention bursting with deliciousness. It is also a great and very easy recipe for children to make.

The recipe calls for cinnamon, a fall spice in my mind. As soon as I add the cinnamon to the warm pan a sweet woody aroma makes me heady.

This dish  also has a nice crunch to it as well. I prefer it hot for dessert and then eat the leftovers cold the next morning.

I found this delectable crunch in Barbara Swains, Cookery for 1 or 2,  HP Books, 1978.

I doubled the recipe today to serve four people.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

4 tablespoons butter

2 – 1 ounce packets instant oatmeal

½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

Dash salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

16 ounce can crushed pineapple

Optional: Whipped cream or ice cream

Here is what you do:

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. NOTE: I do not remove the pan from the stove. I just turn the heat off.

Blend in the instant oatmeal and the firmly packed brown sugar, [See first photo below for firmly packed brown sugar.]

Blend until no lumps remain.

Sprinkle the mixture with the salt and cinnamon. Stir until blended. Set aside.

Drain 6 tablespoons juice from pineapple and discard.

Put pineapple and remaining juice into a 4-cup soufflé pot or casserole.

Blend in ¼ cup of the oatmeal mixture to the pineapple.  NOTE: 4 tablespoons = ¼ cup. So to  keep from having to wash another measuring cup I just use a tablespoon to add the oats mixture to the pineapple.

Spread the remaining oatmeal mixture over the top.

Bake 30 minutes.

Hot out of the oven. I have found it is best to let the crunch sit 3-5 minutes to let it set a bit before serving.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Add a dollop of whipped cream on top or serve with ice cream.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

4 tablespoons butter                          $0.32

2 – 1 oz pkg instant oatmeal               $0.62

½ cup light brown sugar                    $0.44

Dash salt                                          $—–

1 teaspoon cinnamon                         $0.04

16 ounce can crushed pineapple         $2.00

Total cost = $3.42
Cost per person = $$0.86*

*Excluding optional items.

Quote of the Day

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

W.M. Lewis

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2 comments to Bacon and Eggs Please

  • Growing up in Maine, there were big breakfasts. It gets mighty cold up there. My father had a big breakfast which always ended with dessert of a piece of pie or donut. He was as skinny as a rake. It ain’t fair.

    People in Maine believe you should eat like a king for breakfast, like a prince for lunch and like a pauper for supper. 🙂

    • Roberta

      That is interesting. My father was a proponent of a big breakfast too. He used to fix breakfast. Especialy on weekends, we had a big breakfast of bacon and eggs. To this day breakfast foods are among my favorites.

      I almost used that quote in the post. Thanks for sharing it.