Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shaking Up the Breakfast Routine

Guess who actually managed to get out of 5 am when the alarm went off? This Mommy! It's always hard to drag myself out of bed at that hour, but it was totally worth it. I did 30 minutes of pilates in peace in and quiet before everyone woke up. Well, actually - not everyone. My big girl woke up around 5:30 am, whispered something about being excited for today's field trip, and then promptly went back to sleep on the couch.

In addition to getting my butt out of bed early, I decided to shake things up a bit and have something different for breakfast! (This is about as exciting as it gets for me, people. Just play along...)

I picked up this new-to-me product at Publix on Saturday. I've been wanting to try these for a while. I'm a huge fan of the Gardein products (even though their a tad pricey).

I paired it with a couple of Whole Foods 365 brand flax waffles (sooo yummy!), topped with Earth Balance and maple syrup.

I used to eat the Morningstar Farms breakfast sausages all the time. I loved the taste of them, but but I did not love the ingredients. So I stopped buying them.

The Gardein patties, in comparison, have a much cleaner ingredient list:

gardein: water, soy protein concentrate*, expeller pressed/canola oil, vital wheat gluten*, soy protein isolate*, organic cane sugar, yeast extract, modified vegetable gum, sea salt, spices, natural flavors (from plant sources), garlic powder, onion powder, malted barley extract, paprika, pea protein, carrot fiber, beetroot fiber. *non-genetically engineered soybeans and wheat. (source)

In terms of taste though, I didn't love the Gardein patties. They weren't bad, they were just a little too savory for me. There was a spice that was coming on a little too strong for me. It's not called out on the ingredient list, but it tasted like rosemary, and maybe some sage? I much prefer my breakfast foods a little on the sweet side, so I ended up dipping it in some of my maple syrup.

As for cooking method, I put my patty in the microwave for a couple minutes in the interest of time. I don't recommend it. By the time it cooled down enough for me to eat it, the edges were hard as a rock! I'm sure it would have been much better crisped up in the toaster oven.

So, would I buy these again? Not sure. If the hubby likes them on a breakfast sandwich, then probably. But I don't think it's something that will make it into my regular breakfast rotation. Besides, nothing beats my breakfast cookie. :)

What's your favorite breakfast?

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