Breakfast habits

Looking back over the past few years, my eating habits have changed greatly. Today, I thrive on different tastes & textures, ethnic foods, spices, fruit & veggies… I love going to the market with all that choice and endless options and spend a good part of my weekends cooking. Lunch & dinner are filled with variety.


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The one thing that has hardly changed in my eating is my breakfast ritual. I have realized that I am a creature of habit. For years I ate cereal. I loved granola like cereals.  This was my American influence. Cereal and a big glass of orange juice was my go to breakfast for years.



It was not your typical French breakfast however, which is bread and butter / jam with a big bowl of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Quite stereotypical, but many French people still eat that.  The French do not eat croissants or pain au chocolate everyday contrary to many beliefs.


That is also around the time where I started gaining a little bit of weight and thus examined by eating habits. I learned that a big bowl of cereal and orange juice was loaded with sugar. Probably not the best thing to start my day.

So I slowly switched to whole wheat bread (sliced) with some jam and a yogurt. Kept up the orange juice.

Eventually switched to real French bread (we have so much choice !!), yogurt, started drinking water instead of juice and added in real fruit (kiwi, clementine, banana, prunes) instead of jam. I ate this breakfast for several years. Seriously. The only thing I would change is the kind of bread and the topping.


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A few months ago I decided to do the 21 Day Sugar Detox (more in an upcoming post). No bread is part of the detox, so I looked for alternatives. And switched to pancakes. And once again, BAM ! my breakfast habits completely changed.

I tried several recipes of protein pancakes – either made with coconut flour or almond flour and pumpkin. I top it with some almond butter and have half of a banana. At the moment I am seriously addicted.

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Firstly, they hold me over. I am never hungry again until lunch time – and that is often 5 to 6 hours after my breakfast. Secondly, no energy drop middle of the morning, my blood sugar level doesn’t dip or spike. Amazing.


At the moment, we have no stove top, so I can not make pancakes. But I still want the protein, so its been eggs in a microwave (cook one in a mug for 30 seconds) with bread and peanut butter. Not bad, but looking forward to the stove top to go back to my current pancake addiction…. until another event or influence comes along or boredom sets in. And yes, these are pictures from different days !

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What is your go to breakfast ? Do you like variety or are you a creature of habit ?

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Comments: 2

  1. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork February 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm Reply

    I am SUCH a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and snacks. I’ve also gone outside my comfort zone recently, changing up my weekend breakfasts. I find it leaves me unsatisfied (unlike my weekday yogurt parfait concoctions) and am still searching for the perfect alternative. I need loads of protein, some fiber, and low sugar. I’d love to know what your pancake recipe is! My parfaits usually give me a good 5 hours. My protein oatmeal only gave me about 2 hours today. 🙁

    • Karen - French Inspiration February 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm Reply

      Hi Stephanie, my pumpkin protein pancakes come from Tina @ carrotsncake – she has all kinds of variations. Not sure where my coconut flour pancake recipe comes from…will send it to you !

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