Breakfast Frittata and Grumpy Morning People

Some of us are morning people.

And some of us wake up ready to crush the happy morning people.

sunrise dreamcatcherI’m lucky to be in the first category.

It really is a hard thing for a morning person to understand why everyone else would not want to be awake at the best hours of the day. It’s simple. I sleep for 7-9 hours and I wake up feeling re-energized and ready to get moving.

One of the first things I feel like to do in the morning is to eat a yummy breakfast. Some of you think that cereal and milk does the job. I say you can do better.

Unfortunate People with Unfortunate Lives. The non-morning people…

I have some patients that say they “just aren’t hungry in the morning,” and that’s why they “can’t eat breakfast.” I have a very simple solution for that problem. If you aren’t hungry for breakfast – try eating every other day. I guarantee after 24 hours of fasting, you’ll be feeling pretty excited for that breakfast coming your way at 5am. The problem is… they always think I’m joking when I say this.

Not joking.

Some people cannot fathom going to bed hungry though. They say something like, “If I’m hungry, then I can’t sleep. I’ll go get something to eat or a warm glass of milk to drink to help.”

This comes from being an infant and needing comfort in order to sleep. You want to be breastfed by your mother, I get it. But you’re not a baby anymore.

Maybe we can learn self soothing.

Today I had a patient tell me that he’s recently hired a sleep specialist to help him put his 11month old baby on a regular sleeping pattern. People actually get paid for this…

You know what this sleep consultant does? They tell the parents to leave the baby for different intervals when the baby is crying at night. The baby wants to be held, but they’re trying to un-train this. So the baby cries… and cries… and cries.

The parents are told to go in at intervals. The first time the baby cries – they wait 5 minutes before going in. The second time 15 minutes. Each time it gets longer and longer. The idea is that the baby should find ANOTHER WAY TO BE COMFORTED.

After listening to him describe the process, I decided I want to be a sleep consultant for adults who think they should eat all kinds of crap before they go to bed and nothing when they wake up. Maybe they’ll pay me the big bucks for this kind of thing.

200 dollar advice: If you’re using food to help you sleep at night then maybe you should stop using it, cry about it, and figure out a different solution.

Could life be this simple?

^^Things to consider.

For all of you that successfully navigate this problem in life and feel ready to wake up smiling and eager to have breakfast… try this recipe out. It’s a winner.

Recipe: Spinach Tomato Breakfast Frittata

Serves 4.

Spinach FrittataIngredients:

  • 8 Cups raw spinach
  • 1Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 5-6 eggs
  • 1/2 C Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C parmigiano reggiano
  • 1 C chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil chopped


  1. Saute spinach and olive oil in a large skillet until just wilted.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and salt.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the skillet. Top with cheese and tomatoes and let cook until bottom is cooked and top is slightly runny (see picture below)
  4. Turn on broiling element for oven and place under broiler for 5-7 minutes or until top of frittata is set and cheese is starting to brown.
  5. Serve with some type of carbohydrate side and enjoy!

Breakfast FrittataA Note to the Diabetics: This is a non-carbohydrate, high protein entree for breakfast. You can make this ahead and reheat it for the mornings when you wake up grumpy and tired. The nice thing about a frittata is that it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. That’s about half as much time as a quiche would take. I served this with a couple of small oranges (15g carbohydrate each) and 1/2 glass of milk (12g carbohydrate per 8 ounces).

4 thoughts on “Breakfast Frittata and Grumpy Morning People

  1. Hi! This looks really good but enough to last for nearly a week. How long is it edible?

    Hope you are having a great life. We miss not seeing you more often. We do enjoy receiving your messages.

    Love, Grandpa

    • Grandpa,

      It’s probably enough for three days. I ate about a third of the pan and then I had some other stuff with it (like fruit and some yogurt). I’d say it reheats well for up to a week.

      I was really bummed I didn’t see you over Christmas, but I told myself I would get to see you a lot when we all went to Cancun. Very sorry to hear about Joyce. I’m saying prayers for her recovery. Understandable that you guys won’t be able to go, but I am sad I won’t get to vacation with you in a month. I’ll try to send more messages your way in the meantime.

      Love, Sarah

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