Today I… Ate Breakfast

Big deal right? For me, it actually is. I’ve never been a breakfast person. I have this notion that I feel more hungry during the day when I do than when I just have a latte. So once again, as has happened in many a January past, I have decided to take up the healthy breakfast banner and see how it suits me. Chances are, by mid-February, I’ll be back to my breakfast skipping days. But, for now, I’m indulging today in the yogurt I made yesterday topped with some Kashi nuggets and the huckleberry calamondin marmalade from a few weeks ago.


This yogurt was made from Fresh Breeze 2% milk, with Grace Farms yogurt as a starter, and it has a really nice tang and texture. To make your own, start with the milk of your choice (ideally not ultra-pasteurized) and a starter of your favorite plain yogurt. Heat the milk to 185F, and then let it cool to at least 120F. Stir in some of the plain yogurt (1/4 cup yogurt to every 1 quart of milk), and pour it into sterilized glass jars. Let sit in a yogurt maker, or in a cooler with a heating pad until it thickens and there is some whey sitting on top… usually about 9 or 10 hours. Then chill.

What do you eat for breakfast?

PS: In case you haven’t noticed, I’m trying a new thing here. It’s sort of a 365 project… a little something to keep me from pushing off blog posts until they are practically edited novels. Instead, I’ll be sharing little glimpses as a way for me to celebrate the little satisfactions of life. I won’t kid myself that I’ll be blogging every day… like breakfast, I’m not sure it will stick when life starts getting crazy. But you never know unless you try!

  • Kimberly

    Love this! I am not a breakfast person either, but this morning, as it was the first day back to school for my boys, I made smoothies and had one myself. I love yogurt and granola so I am looking forward to trying this. I have a question though – a cooler cools things, a heating pad warms them – how does a heating pad in a cooler work? Clearly I have never made yogurt… :)

    • L

      Hi Kimberley – the cooler just holds a temperature… it doesn’t necessarily cool things. So, putting the heating pad in there will help keep everything warmer than just using the heating pad in an open space. Hope that helps!


  • Dina Avila

    These look so tasty, Lara. I started eating breakfast back at university when I realized a big bowl of muesli would hold me over though most of my classes. After that I was hooked.
    Got a pot of steel-cut oats simmering on the stove as I write that I’ll doctor with nuts and maple syrup throughout the week. Somedays it’s just toast and cheese.
    Been thinking about making yogurt again, and, as always, you’ve inspired me to go for it :)

  • Winnie

    I think your breakfast looks smashing. I could certainly get behind that…
    I am much like you- I have to force myself to make breakfast a habit. I started doing so in Jan of 2010 and have to say that now I eat breakfast regularly almost all the time. I still have those days when I just have tea and then an early lunch, but I do try to have breakfast because I feel better when I do. Better energy throughout the day. But I am not always hungry when I get up, so I usually wait a hour or two. I like yogurt, too, and otherwise go for savory more than sweet…I have chickens so eat eggs a lot, or soup leftovers, grains and veggies, smoothies in the summer…you get the picture. Love your blog btw…it’s gorgeous.

  • Mary

    Breakfast — yogurt and müsli during the warm part of the year, Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal during the winter, soft-boiled egg and toast on Sunday.

  • Nicole

    I am also just a latte girl. I find if I eat breakfast, two hours later I am ravenous and I just don’t stop all day. If I don’t eat it I can usually go until about 2 in the afternoon without eating and with my job that is a good thing. I do love some granola on the weekend though.

  • Paula (Salad in a Jar)

    Every morning–never miss it. My own homemade Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup cereal that is some combination of Fiber One and something else, a handful of fruit (usually blueberries or strawberries)and cover it all with Vanilla Lowfat soy milk. Holds me til lunch.

    BTW, I read with interest about the way you make yogurt. Similar to the way I used to do it (and still have instructions for it on my blog). But one day, someone challenged me about why the milk needed to be heated if it was already pasteurized. So I tried just heating it to 100-110 degrees. And guess what? It worked. Absolutely no difference in the final product. Hm-m-m-m. Still not sure what to make of this discovery.

  • Ivana

    ooh! this looks amazing!

  • Hema

    Lara, Love your blog..Just looking at this breakfast picture makes me want to eat breakfast everyday(which I don’t normally do).. Thanks for the great inspiration..

  • Denver Food Photographer

    That looks fantastic!

  • Lelia (Veggie Quest)

    I just found your blog; I’m in love! Your food styling & photography is just incredible. For example, the picture in this post is making my mouth water and I wasn’t even hungry! Also, I greatly respect your 365 project; I have the same problem with “pushing off blog posts until they are practically edited novels.” Maybe I should try my own 365 project…in the meantime, I’ll be checking back frequently!

    As for my breakfast: hot 8-grain cereal with plumped raisins and plenty of cinnamon. So satisfying on a cold morning!

  • Lara @ Uproad

    I always have trouble eating breakfast. this looks delicious thou and I thing about giving it a try :)

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