Here’s a snackalicious guest post from Lisa at Snack Snoop as she shares her dad’s favorite breakfast –
Healthy snacking is a great habit once you form it. Including a fruit or vegetable at snack time gets you nutrients you need and energy to keep you going. Avoiding snack pitfalls such as junk food can be a real problem.
I try to make something that tastes BETTER than anything I can purchase so I am not motivated to eat something crappy. Here is my Dad’s favorite breakfast. The great thing about it is that incorporates tomato into breakfast. Tomato isn’t usually a breakfast food – but it should be.
This breakfast has protein, fresh fruit (tomato is a fruit actually), and whole grains to start your day well. It is only a 100 calories so you should probably eat a few to get you off to a good start (and not end up too hungry before lunch)
Wasa-Jarlsberg Breakfast Snack
- 1 Wasa Cracker
- 1 Slice Jarlsberg Cheese
- 1 Slice Tomato
Heat broiler or toaster oven. Slice tomato and sprinkle a little salt to taste. Place cheese on tomato and run under broiler until grilled (about 1 minute).
Wasa Crackers are usually whole grain and yummy (about 60 calories). They can be found in the cracker section of any supermarket. Jarlsberg is a tasty and naturally lowfat cheese (40 calories for a slice). And tomato – well it is just good for you. Having a tomato around the house will force you to add it to salads or sandwiches just to use it up – and you will be healthier for it.
I have other snack ideas on http://www.snacksnoop.com.
oh that sounds great!
but confession… i read this as a guest post from “snack poop.” no lie. whoops!
Shannon (The Daily Balance) says
great idea! your dad is one smart cookie!
Mmm – looks delicious.
Geeky side note- while I think the distinction between fruits and vegetables is pretty arbitrary (we should just eat lots of plants, right?), tomatoes are sort of a vegetable. In the US, the USDA uses the distinction that the Supreme Court made in 1893: “a vegetable is a plant grown for an edible part that is generally eaten as part of the main course, while a fruit is a plant part generally eaten as an appetizer, a dessert, or out of hand.” (Quoting from the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods – GREAT resource.) So, legally speaking, tomatoes are usually a vegetable.
Supreme Court opinions aside, the tomato is a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, as are bell peppers, potatoes, and eggplants. Botanically, yeah, they’re fruit. As are peppers and eggplant. 🙂
Snack Snoop says
Wow – great point. I finished a PhD years ago for which I took plant anatomy, taxonomy, etc. – so I couldn’t let it slide when I wrote the post that tomatoes are a fruit – but I don’t think it really matters. Lisa
My mother and I used to make this all the time! Probably the closest she has ever come to cooking vegetarian… 🙂
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is says
Looks like a delicious snack!
Madeline @ Greens and Jeans says
I love Wasa crackers! Thanks for the snack idea!
Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries says
Jarlsberg is make favorite cheese! This looks like a greaaaat snack!
Great snack! I love having tomatoes in the morning with my eggs.
Julie @savvyeats says
This looks like such a great snack! Love it!
i never thought of tomatoes and cheese as a breakfast food, but that does look tasty!
Joelle (The Pancake Girl) says
Cute post.. I actually never knew Jarlsberg cheese was actually so lowfat and low in cals.
That sounds so simple and delicious! Great post!!
Now that’s my kind of breakfast! Looks great!
Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) says
Great idea! Love it 😀
Cait (Cait's Plate) says
That’s an awesome tip Lisa 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Sounds yummy! 🙂
Chloe (Naturally Frugal) says
Wonderful idea, and I love Wasa crackers. Thanks for the post!
Monica @ Convince Me DC says
Really a tomato and cheese could be a meal itself, add some crackers or bread and you’re golden!
I guess Ive been lucky! Tomato has always been a part of breakfast in my family. My mother and aunt would just slice tomatoes and put them on the table as a breakfast side dish. Boiled green bananas, plantains and a spinach like vegetable called callalloo were also a part of breakfast though. Sometimes I forget how healthful the foods of my parents islands are! Yay for tomatoes for breakfast!
Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) says
I love cheese + tomato, great combo! 🙂
I prefer my tomatoes cooked, so I think I’ll be trying this. Sounds sooo good!
Mmm I love tomatoes with breakfast. I think it’s pretty common in Europe lately, whether they’re raw (like our breakfast buffet in Greece) or roasted/grilled, like when you get a “full English”. Love em!
I always have to have tomato in about 10 different forms (passata, tinned, puree, sun dried, fresh – large small etc) in my kitchen, I just love tomatoes 😀
yummy snack idea 🙂
Great article and your website is great looking with interesting content. Whole grains need to be a part an individual’s routine diet. I have some recipes you might enjoy which are tasty and include different whole grains: http://www.shar-on-nutrition.com/?p=362
Feel free to comment and keep up the good writing!
I’m gonna use this idea as an app for Thanksgiving.