Cereal, French toast, bacon and eggs, chicken and waffles, bagel with schmear, takeout … breakfast! Some of us wake up thinking about what we are going to eat and some of us wake up thinking about coffee and nothing more. While I do not eat breakfast every single day, I still understand that it is the most important meal of the day.
Today, we are celebrating everything breakfast by sharing our Brioche French Toast Stuffed with Jam and Cream Cheese featuring Strawberry Raspberry Tarragon fruit spread from our friends at Trade Street Jam Co. But, before we get to stuffed goodness, a few reminders about WHY breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
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5 Compelling Reasons Why Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day
Breakfast is often hailed as the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. It kickstarts your metabolism, provides essential nutrients, and sets the tone for the rest of your day. In this blog post, we’ll explore five compelling reasons why breakfast deserves its reputation as the most crucial meal of the day.
1. Jumpstarts Your Metabolism
After a night’s rest, your body’s metabolism is running at a slower pace. Breakfast acts as the proverbial kickstart, providing the necessary energy to rev up your metabolism. This increased metabolic rate helps your body burn calories more efficiently throughout the day, aiding in weight management and promoting overall well-being.
2. Enhances Cognitive Function
Breakfast is often referred to as “brain food” for a reason. Consuming a balanced morning meal provides your brain with essential nutrients, like glucose, which it relies on for optimal function. Studies show that individuals who eat breakfast tend to have better concentration, memory, and problem-solving skills, leading to improved productivity at work or school.
3. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Skipping breakfast can lead to erratic blood sugar levels, causing fluctuations in energy and mood. A balanced breakfast, consisting of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein, helps stabilize your blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of cravings and overeating later in the day. This is particularly important for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing the condition.
4. Supports Weight Management
Contrary to popular belief, skipping breakfast can hinder weight loss efforts. When you skip breakfast, you’re more likely to compensate by overeating later in the day, particularly in the evening. A well-balanced breakfast curbs your appetite and reduces the likelihood of unhealthy snacking. Additionally, it helps regulate the hormones that control hunger and satiety, making it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
5. Provides Essential Nutrients
Breakfast is an excellent opportunity to load up on essential nutrients. Incorporating a variety of foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy or dairy alternatives, and lean proteins into your morning meal ensures you receive a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients contribute to overall health, support immune function, and help prevent chronic diseases.
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Incorporating a nutritious breakfast into your daily routine is one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. It jumpstarts your metabolism, enhances cognitive function, stabilizes blood sugar levels, aids in weight management, and provides your body with a wealth of essential nutrients.
So, make breakfast a priority and set the stage for a productive, energetic, and healthy day ahead. Your body and mind will thank you for it!
Now that we have taken a moment to look at how important it is to eat breakfast; a reminder that I definitely needed. We are excited to share a new recipe with you! Recently, Trade Street Jam Co. gifted us a jar of their Strawberry Raspberry Tarragon fruit spread and asked us to simply try it and let them know what we think.
Needless to say, it is DELICIOUS! So delicious, that we decided to create a new recipe to celebrate the fruity goodness.
Trade Street Jam Co. is a black-owned, woman-owned small business founded by Ashley Rouse, a trained chef who loves to experiment with flavors and create the unexpected. Although their business began in Charlotte, North Carolina, their company is based in Brooklyn, New York. More about Trade Street Jam Co. and their story, along with brilliantly delicious recipes can be found on their website.
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Check out our Brioche French Toast Stuffed with Jam and Cream Cheese featuring Strawberry Raspberry Tarragon fruit spread below.
BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST STUFFED WITH JAM AND CREAM CHEESE
WHAT YOU NEED
Brioche Bread (we selected a brand with cinnamon swirl)
Trade Street Jam Co. Strawberry Raspberry Tarragon fruit spread
Powdered Sugar (optional)
WHAT YOU DO
Mix the custard (see recipe for the steps)
Cut the Brioche Bread into thick slices, about 1 ½” to 2” wide (about 6 slices). Cut a slit in the bread to create a pocket, but do not cut all the way through.
Squeeze the bread a little to open up the pocket and put in a spoonful of Strawberry Jam and a spoonful of the Cream cheese mixture.
When all the pieces have been assembled, dip each side of the bread in the Custard mix briefly and place in a buttered skillet over medium low heat. Cook each side until light golden brown.
Serve warm with powdered sugar or maple syrup. Enjoy!
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- 1 loaf of Brioche Bread
- ¼ c Trade Street Jam Co Strawberry-Raspberry-Tarragon Jam
- 4 oz Cream Cheese
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 c Milk
- 1 Eggs
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 1/8 c Sugar
- 1/8 c Brown Sugar
French Toast Custard
- In a bowl or shallow baking dish, whisk together the milk, eggs, egg yolks, 1/8 c sugar, and brown sugar
- Mix the 1 tsp sugar and the cream cheese together in a small bowl.
Assembling the French Toast
- Cut the Brioche Bread into thick slices, about 1 ½” to 2” wide (about 6 slices)
- Cut a slit in the bread to create a pocket, but do not cut all the way through
- Squeeze the bread a little to open up the pocket and put in a spoonful of Strawberry Jam and a spoonful of the Cream cheese mixture.
- Place on a plate with the pocket up until ready to dip all the bread.
- When all the pieces have been assembled, dip each side of the bread in the Custard mix briefly and place in a buttered skillet over medium low heat.
- Cook each side until light golden brown
- Serve warm with powdered sugar or maple syrup