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A Simple Breakfast

Updated: Jul 15, 2021

I am about to share with you a simple breakfast recipe so you could start your whole-food, plant-based diet. But before doing so, let us discuss breakfast.

There are varying beliefs about the importance of breakfast. Is it really the most important meal of the day? Does skipping breakfast help you lose weight? Is drinking coffee first thing in the morning considered breakfast? These kinds of questions continue to challenge what we know about breakfast.

Breakfast is defined as the first meal of the day after waking up from sleep, usually eaten in the morning. It is a compound word that literally means breaking the fasting period of the previous night.

History of Breakfast

Nothing much has changed throughout the history of what is eaten for breakfast. However, so much has changed throughout history of our attitudes toward breakfast itself. To understand how breakfast came to what we know now, there are four factors that influenced its evolution.


Back in the Middle Ages, overzealous moralists associated breakfast to gluttony for eating too soon. Although breakfast was granted to children, the elderly, the sick, and the laborers, the rest of the population do not eat breakfast for fear of committing a sin.