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Skip Breakfast Die of Heart Attack?

 

1 A free eggWe have heard for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Why you may ask? Here are some of the best reasons to eat breakfast:

+lowers cholesterol

+aids in weight loss

+improves concentration

+boots metabolism

+prevents feelings feeling tired

+provides energy

+helps to keep meal portion size lower through out the day

+easier to lose weight

As if these reasons are not enough, now comes some new research that says, skipping breakfast may increase heart attack risk in men.

Is this true true?

Experts aren’t certain, but here’s what they think: People who don’t eat breakfast are more likely to be hungrier later in the day and eat larger meals. Those meals mean the body must process a larger amount of calories in a shorter amount of time. That can spike sugar levels in the blood and perhaps lead to clogged arteries.  [Skipping Breakfast Used under the Fair Use clause of the Copyright law; not for profit educational purposes only.]

 

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What This Really Means

The study was an observational study and therefore does not prove cause and effect. However, when such studies are well designed they may reveal important health information.

In May of 2010 I did a post on Breakfast ~ The Forgotten Meal . In that post I also shared two weeks, or fourteen (14) super quick and easy recipes for breakfast. You might want to check them out. And when I say, ‘super quick,’ I mean REALLY fast food!!!Just click the link above to get those 14 recipes.

Why take a chance is my philosophy. That and I love breakfast foods.

 As for me…….I never ever skip any meal or any chance for food.

AND DON’T FORGET: 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.

All of this gives me a good opening for today’s featured recipe……..

Featured Recipe         Quick and Easy Breakfast

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Don’t know what to call this recipe. I made it up many years ago during a snow storm. The roads were too bad to go out and eat. So I made do with some stuff in my fridge.

This is a great recipe for using up leftovers. On the other hand, you can also use any left over ingredients (the other half of the peppers and roll of sausage ) in other dishes or salads later in the week.

You can also change it in many different ways too.  One you can use bacon instead of sausage. You can use spicy hot or for a real taste treat use maple syrup sausage. YUM! Today I used Sweet Italian sausage.

You can use any cheese that you like as well. I used left over Mozzarella cheese.

This recipe stretches a little food to feed four people. So at only $1.70 per person it is very cost effective too!

This is what you will need for 4 people:

½  pound bulk sausage

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

About 7 small mushrooms

1 – 20 ounce package fresh cubed hash browns

½ green pepper diced

½ red pepper diced*

Couple of handfuls of shredded Mozzarella cheese or your choice

Dried or fresh chives if you so desire.

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*NOTE: Normally I just use green peppers, but in honor of Christmas and to make the dish look prettier for the camera, I used half a red pepper today too.

Here is what you do:

Wash and clean mushrooms (How to Clean Mushrooms) and peppers. Slice the mushrooms and cut the peppers into medium chunks.

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Cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat breaking it up with a spoon until lightly browned. Remove from skillet and keep warm with foil.IMG_7945

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Add some olive oil and heat over medium high heat. Add the potatoes and peppers.

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Cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, turn the potatoes half way or until the potatoes are heated through and start to brown around the edges. Turn the potatoes at the  4 minute mark and add the mushrooms in too.

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Stir the sausage back into the skillet to warm.

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Remove from heat; top with the cheese. I also sprinkled on some dried chives from a good Twitter friend.

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Serve with some eggs, fruit, and/or buttered toast.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

½  pound bulk sausage                    $1.80              

2-3 tablespoons olive oil                   $0.25

About 7 small mushrooms                 $0.90

1 – 20 oz pck hash browns                $2.28

½ green pepper diced                      $0.45

½ red pepper diced                          $0.50

Couple of handfuls cheese                 $0.62

Total cost = $6.80
Cost per person = $1.70

Quote of the Day

I went to a restaurant that serves ‘breakfast at any time’. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.

Steven Wright

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6 comments to Skip Breakfast Die of Heart Attack?

  • Since John’s dad arrived we have a big breakfast with fresh squeezed juice, fresh fruit and then breakfast stuff. We’re finding that we’re not hungry until mid-afternoon. So we meet for tea at about 3:30 and have nibblies and tea and then we have dinner around 7.

    I love, love, love this breakfast of yours. I could eat that all day long.

  • I’d call your dish hash of some type. Not sure what type but it is hashy. I can take or leave breakfast. Usually leave it, but I don’t tend to eat more later in the day. I don’t eat before I hike and I hike first thing. However I do believe if one plans to eat dessert, it should be eaten for breakfast!

    • Roberta

      HERE HERE!!!! Dessert for breakfast is a staple here. 🙂 Every one is different. Everyone’s metabolism is different. I try not to use ‘should’ anytime, but especially with regard to eating food. One diet plan does not fit all. You don’t eat breakfast. I drink a lot of Pepsi. Our plans work for us. Amen.

  • That’s very interesting about the high fat breakfast. My husband and little boy do love eggs, turkey sausage, and bacon in the morning.