“Then Jesus told them, “Come, have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?”, because they knew it was the Lord.”(John 21:12) NIV

This weekend was really good which translates sleep was even shorter. I tried so hard to live by my words from my “WE LOVE MONDAYS ( NOT)” post but then there was still a piece missing. As I sat to write today’s blog post I just went blank. I mean I just sat for close to two hours trying to unscramble my mind and another two hours trying to figure out what to write on. Nothing came out of it until one wise and smart person suggested something which ended up becoming the topic of my day (I spare the words wise and smart because she suggested food and need I say I love food).

So we set out to get breakfast walking past one coffee shop and even the “Hausa kooko” seller. Then after a couple of steps more we arrived at the last tent, our final destination (without the bloody scenes). What lay before my eyes was delight and pure inspiration. As my combination was made I smiled knowing I was yet to be a happy man. We sat heartily and enjoyed the breakfast till the last of it made its final journey down my throat and washed down with a sachet of Fandango. So talking about breakfast your guess will be tea (where Milo, Ovatine, Horlicks, coffee and chocolate fall within this category in Ghana), with some bread and eggs. Well do not be deceived by my name( Joseph Mclean-Arthur). My breakfast was a hot plate of goodness popularly and affectionately called ‘Waakye’.

I don’t know about you but I would love to have a heavy meal to break the hours of fast I involuntarily participate in due to my night sleep contrary to popular opinion of something light. Most people skip breakfast because they say they don’t have time to make it. Studies have repeatedly shown that breakfast eaters tend to be leaner, eat healthier overall diets, and tend to do better at morning mental tasks.

Typically, you want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein and which better candidate to fill these shoes than waakye. If, overall, you’re choosing lean proteins and not eating a ton of fat and cholesterol, then eggs and beans are great things to have in your diet. The vegetables for your salad are packed with vitamins and minerals you need for your day. Even the consumption of diets prepared with the red leaves which gives color to the waakye provides natural antioxidant and essential fatty acids that could fight cardiovascular related diseases. So that’s why I will choose waakye for my ideal breakfast any day.


On the other hand if you can’t stomach heavy food in the morning, think oatmeal, cereals, tea( the real tea leaves), natural yogurt, wheat bread, fruits such as bananas, kiwi fruits and apples . A combination of these contain vitamins, minerals, carbs, fibers and proteins you need to start your day.

So the next time you rush out the door in the morning without something to eat, consider this: Skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day. A healthy a.m. meal, on the other hand, can give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set the stage for smart decisions all day long.

Bon appetit!


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