I live in the land of Dunkin’ Donuts. The place is synonymous with New England because there seems to be one every 2.5 miles.
I used to LOVE donuts for breakfast. When I was younger, they seemed like the perfect choice – full of sugar and gooey deliciousness. I didn’t really think about health as I was too busy enjoying these confections.
But how are the donuts above any different than what is in the next case at my local baker?
A vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting runs about 400 calories and includes 34 grams of sugar. A S’Mores donut at Dunkin’ is 420 calories and 25 grams of sugar.
Either way, that is a ton of sugar for breakfast which cannot be a great start to the day (as we all know that the The Smoking Gun is Sugar).
Why we eat this is cultural. Our breakfast foods are the product of our ancestors and our global corporations and we get told that this is a special morning treat (so we buy it!).
I have been lucky enough to visit a few other countries as a traveler and I found out something about breakfast. Some cultures eat the same food all day long. Noodles, cucumbers, tomatoes, rice, scallions, spinach – for breakfast! These cultures serve their cakes (and deep fried confections) for dessert.
Lately, I have been eating my leftovers from dinner for breakfast. This morning, for example, I ate fish curry with a little rice for breakfast with my coffee. I have been doing this for a while now and I really like it. I feel like I am getting a great start to my day and it only takes a minute or two to heat up my food in the microwave.
I challenge you to question what is for breakfast and ask yourself if it makes sense. Why do you choose to eat what you do? What would it feel like to eat a kale salad first thing in the morning?
Next time you buy donuts - serve them for dessert. Doesn’t that make so much more sense?