As a child, I always ate breakfast. Mom cooked breakfast for us. We had eggs with bacon or sausage, pancakes or waffles, and lots of hot cereals like oatmeal, Cream of Wheat or even rice topped with a little sugar and milk.
At some time during my teen years, I quit eating breakfast. I wasn't concerned about my weight, and I wasn't overly rushed in the mornings; I simply lost my appetite for food that early in the morning.
That lack of early-morning appetite has continued into my adult years. I make breakfast for Kat (who can hardly wait to eat when she gets up), but I almost never eat anything myself. When I do eat, I stick to the cooked breakfasts of my childhood rather than boxed cereal or toaster pastries. Sometimes I'll have a slice of leftover pizza. In any case, I find that when I do eat breakfast, odd things happen. Either I am hungrier than usual all day long or I am immediately so tired that I want to go back to bed. Or both.
Lately I've been eating this "overnight oatmeal" for breakfast.
I first read about this "overnight oatmeal" at Kayla K's Thrifty Ways. I think she, in turn, first read about it at Iowa Girl Eats. Simply, it's yogurt and oats stirred together and refrigerated overnight. The result is that the oats soften and the yogurt is even creamier than before. I've been happy with a ratio of 6 ounces of yogurt (any flavor) and 1/3 cup old fashioned oats. It's filling, but doesn't make me feel sluggish or hungrier than usual. What's more, it's a good dose of calcium for my somewhat brittle bones and a good dose of soluble fiber for my barely-above-optimal cholesterol level.
There are all kinds of ways to embellish this breakfast with fresh or dried fruit and nuts, but I'm sticking with this simple for now. Who knows? I might eventually start liking breakfast again.
Edited 4/28/10: My favorite, by far, is 1/3 cup oats, 6 oz. of homemade plain yogurt, 2-3 Tablespoons homemade spiced cranberry sauce and a spoonful or two of sugar if needed. Yum!
If you haven't already, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a Red Gold Tomatoes prize pack. I'm going to sweeten the deal just a little. Winner #1 will receive the prize pack directly from the nice people at Red Gold. In addition, I'm going to draw the name of a second winner. Winner #2 will receive my duplicate copy of the Red Gold cookbook, "Heartwarming Recipes For The Busy Cook". Just passing on the tomato love...