A few weeks ago I went in for my 29-30 week glucose tolerance test. Only, I spaced the whole thing off earlier that morning while stuffing myself full of pancakes topped with sliced bananas and maple syrup, and a side of scrambled eggs. Whoops!
I told the office receptionist right away about my indulgent breakfast; she wasn’t sure what my doctor would have to say or if they could even still do the test that day. Much to my surprise, my doctor just grinned and asked “Do you always eat breakfast like that?” Well, actually… (sheepishly)… Yes. Yes, we do. Especially in the summer. His reply? “Good for you! We all should eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Supper Like a Pauper.”
He’s right, you know. Yet another thing that modern society has backwards, and our health is suffering for it. Our bodies need an energy boost in the morning, and we don’t need to be devouring apple crisp and homemade ice cream thirty minutes before bed. But I don’t know any 32-weeks pregnant woman who would do that… (as I scrape the remains from my bowl.)
Our family’s summer schedule lends itself to big, mid-morning breakfasts, another meal at mid-afternoon, and a small snack towards evening (many times after swimming). Most days. We’ve stuck with some basics throughout the last couple of months, and I honestly kind of dread returning to our “regularly scheduled meal program” when school starts in September. In the meantime, here’s what a typical week looks like.
Breakfast – (Why yes, we do go through several dozen eggs per week!)
- buttermilk pancakes with fruit topping or homemade syrup, scrambled eggs, fruit
- scrambled eggs with cheese and salsa, peaches and cream muffins (or other muffin/toast), fruit
- french toast, fruit
- biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, fruit
- waffles, (you guessed it!) scrambled eggs, fruit
- breakfast burritos, fruit
Mid-afternoon Meal – served with fresh fruit and veggies (I don’t remember the last time I fixed a casserole of any kind!)
- brown bag burritos topped with lettuce, cheese, salsa
- homemade pizza or pizza pockets
- hamburgers or something else from the last time we filled the grill
- loaded tostadas, bean and cheese quesadillas, or some other easy “Mexican-ish” meal
- summer chili (kids love the chili and cheese over baked potatoes, we love the chili/Fritos/salad combination)
- smoothies of all kinds (I’ve totally and completely worn out my blender. Need. New. Blender!)
- rare bowl of cereal
- fresh fruit and veggies
Soon enough 1/3 of the family will be rushing out the door in the morning and our sit-down meal will be pushed back to evening. For now, though, we’re enjoying our near-daily Breakfast Like a King.
As for my glucose-after-pancakes test? The nurse called me, laughing, that afternoon. “Eat as many pancakes as you want, Amy. Your glucose is just fine.” I was in the 70s, which means nothing to me, but that must be okay!
Anyone else out there enjoy Breakfast Like a King? (I know it’s difficult with most schedules…)
This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday.