Breakfasts to Boost Your Mood

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” ~ John Gunther

“Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly arranged and well-provisioned breakfast table.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Don’t you just love those quotes? And I swear there’s truth in those statements.

Enjoying a leisurely breakfast while camping with the family.

Enjoying a leisurely breakfast while camping with the family.

Last weekend, my family camped in our son’s RV. On Sunday morning, my husband fixed all of us scrambled eggs with yummy cheese on top along with some sizzling, crispy bacon that felt absolutely luxurious.

Now, I must confess, during the week I’m the first person to grab a quick bowl of cereal. Granted, I usually take the time to throw some blueberries, bananas, or strawberries on top. But, as I’ve shared before, I am NOT a morning person. The idea of cooking when I get up is just not appealing. Appalling is more like it.

So, if you’re like me and typically grab a quick bite on your way out, why not make it a goal to take the time on a cozy, relaxing weekend morning for a bit of breakfast bliss? After all, what could be better than brunch in bed with champagne while you happily munch away on delectable goodies in your jammies?

BreakfastNot convinced? Let me tempt you. Close your eyes and visualize the smell of fresh brewed coffee, the sound of sizzling bacon, the fluffiness of pancakes, the sound of a whisk, and the taste of juicy, sumptuous berries in your mouth.

Or picture a steaming bowl of old-fashioned porridge with golden raisins, brown sugar, raspberries, apple butter, sliced almonds, with a dash of cinnamon. Add some pumpkin pie spice or canned pumpkin for a fall flare. Yum! Breakfast heaven!

Life is short and meant to be enjoyed. If you need a few more ideas for your next perfect Sunday breakfast, check out a few of these creative recipes on the Internet:

Okay, I just like the sound of that last one. It sounds like a fun breakfast! If you have a favorite weekend breakfast recipe or idea, please share in the comments below.

Whatever you do, never skip this important meal because breakfast can boost your mood and start your day right. For example, research has shown that fortified cereals with vitamin B and some milk packed with vitamin D can help fight anxiety and depression. A banana, almond, flax smoothie is a great source of the mood-enhancer tryptophan and omega-3s which all can help reduce stress and depression. Protein from a creamy cupful of Greek yogurt with berries, a touch of granola and a spoonful of honey is a positivity parfait that can increase levels of pleasure-boosting neurotransmitters. Those yummy berries you toss on top may be blue, but they can help you from feeling that way. Check out my blog, Five Foods to Make You Happy, for more advice on choosing good mood food.

So, have that leisurely breakfast and feel the joy. If you need other ways to start your day on a positive note, check out some of my ideas in my article, Ten Ways to Start Your Morning Right.

In the meantime…Bon Appetit!

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Julie A. Gorges is the author of two young adult novels, Just Call Me Goody Two Shoes and Time to Cast Away and co-author of Residential Steel Design and Construction published by McGraw Hill. In addition, hundreds of her articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines, and she received three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association while working as a newspaper reporter. Julie currently lives in southern California with her husband, Scott, and has two grown children and three grandchildren.

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