Did you know February is National Hot Breakfast Month? It’s also National Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month, but we’re not exactly sure how to celebrate that one (if you know, please tell us, we’d be keen to learn more.)
National Hot Breakfast Month is an American foodie holiday. But, we’re not the only ones to take breakfast so seriously. The UK has a Farmhouse Breakfast Week to promote healthy breakfast eating too. But back on American soil, we’ll be Mad Dogging this whole hot breakfast thing.
How Did We Get National Hot Breakfast Month?
Truly, we just don’t know where this foodie holiday came from. The standard tale is that Jimmy Dean Foods (of the Sara Lee Corporation) launched this month to bring awareness to their breakfast products. We don’t know if this is true or not, and we’re unlikely ever to know. But something like 60% of Americans apparently eat a daily cold breakfast, so a month dedicated to promoting eggs and sausages does sound like something Jimmy Dean sausages could drum up.
But, how we got National Hot Breakfast Month doesn’t matter, does it? It’s the fact that we have it now that counts. And we’re going to jump on that bandwagon, simply because hot breakfasts are good. Well that, and it’s a lot easier to add Mad Dog to fried eggs than it is to enjoy it with a bowl of Corn Flakes.
The Most Important Meal of the Day
Breakfast is important. It may not be the most important meal of the day, but that’s subjective based on your eating patterns and lifestyle. But, it is very important. We’re presuming, of course, that you’re following standard waking hours and breakfast falls early in the morning, after sleeping through the night. And, we trust that you can adapt this information to your schedule if you do happen to work nights – or have a baby in the house (which means that you’re never sleeping).
In any case, breakfast, as we know, is about breaking a fast. And if you had a solid eight like you’re meant to have, then you do need to kickstart the internal processes of your body. You may not feel hungry when you first wake (and had some coffee), especially if you’ve trained your body to wait. But hunger and a need for food aren’t exactly the same thing.
For a start, there’s that whole metabolism thing you need to get going in the morning, especially if you’re trying to shed a few pounds. More importantly, there’s your blood sugar levels. These plummet after about five hours. Whether you choose a bowl of cereal or a hot breakfast, eating is how you bring these back up, so you’re not shaky and irrational for the whole day.
The kicker is the heaps of research and studies that clearly demonstrate that your cognitive abilities are intrinsically linked to eating breakfast. Skip breakfast (hot or otherwise) and your concentration and memory abilities drop significantly. Although you should always try for healthier options, it doesn’t matter what you eat, so long as you have something within two hours of waking. And, people that eat something in this time are less likely to turn to fast food later on in the day.
Mad Dog Your Hot Breakfast
Do you see how we just made Mad Dog into a verb? We think of it as an action though and a normal one at that. We’re guessing you do too!
We totally understand that breakfast is important – and we hope you do too. And we’re totally down with the idea of a hot breakfast and a National Hot Breakfast Month. There are many reasons for that, but mostly it’s because it’s easier to Mad Dog a hot breakfast than a cold one. Mad Dog and eggs, for example, are terrific friends. It almost doesn’t matter which sauce you have on hand (though you’ve got to try the Reaper Sriracha on eggs scrambled with bacon). Mad Dog also goes well with sausages and even the English breakfast staple of baked beans. It’s also perfect with mushrooms, potatoes and any other breakfast veggie you can imagine.
If you want our favorite way to celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month, then you’ll need to take a look at this recipe for Mad Dog Benedict Eggs. It’s all the benefits of breakfast meets all the benefits of capsaicin. You should be a super hero after eating these (not really, but it’s cool if you feel like it). How are you celebrating National Hot Breakfast Month? Are you Mad Dogging your meals? We’d love to know how you’re doing it. Drop us a line or like us on Facebook to get in touch.