In our increasingly busy lives, especially as Road Warriors, eating breakfast might be the last thing on our morning to-do list or worse it might not be on our list at all. But a healthy breakfast refuels our bodies, jump-starts our day and may even benefit our overall health. So don’t skip this meal or, as a chocoholic this pains me to say: Don’t replace it by grabbing a tasty Double Chocolate Doughnut — it may be more important than you think.
As a company that continues to strive to become a benchmark in the Hotel Industry, SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts feels that one of our best assets is to anticipate and accommodate the important demands of our leisure and business clients. Recent surveys of frequent business travelers have shown that after free internet access, a complimentary breakfast offering is second on the list when choosing a hotel, especially for extended-stays or when preferring a focused-service property, such as the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott St. John’s Newfoundland.
Therefore we have recently introduced the SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts’ Daily Free Hot Breakfast Program with nutritious and healthy options, offered at most of our hotels throughout Canada, such as at the Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown.
According to medical researchers’ believes the health benefits of starting your day with a nutritious breakfast are many. When we eat a nutritious first meal in the morning, we’re more likely to:
- Eat more vitamins and minerals
- Eat less fat and cholesterol
- Have better concentration and productivity throughout the morning
- Control our weight as we stabilize blood sugar levels, which regulate appetite and energy
- Have lower cholesterol, which may reduce our risk of heart disease
Remember that tasty Double Chocolate Doughnut? Even though we know a healthy breakfast has many benefits, we may not be sure what exactly counts as a healthy breakfast.
Here are 4 core items of a healthy breakfast, all of them found throughout SilverBirch Hotels’ daily complimentary hot breakfast offering:
- Whole grains. Examples include whole-grain bread or bagels, hot or cold whole-grain cereals, low-fat bran muffins, or Melba toast.
- Low-fat protein. Examples include peanut butter, lean meat, or hard-boiled eggs.
- Low-fat dairy. Examples include skim milk, low-fat yogurt and low-fat cheeses, such as cottage and natural cheeses.
- Fruits and vegetables. Examples include fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, 100 percent juice beverages without added sugar, or fruit and vegetable smoothies.
Together, these 4 core items provide complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and a small amount of fat — a winning combination that offers great health benefits. In addition, throughout our SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts that offer a daily free hot breakfast, you will find many organic, free-range and indigenous items.
Our SilverBirch Daily Free Breakfast Program gives you a chance to start each day with a healthy and nutritious meal.
And now for ‘dessert’ (no, we’re not going to eat that Chocolate Doughnut!), here are two personal breakfast favorites of mine:
1. The Bircher Muesli
As a Swiss-Canadian, I cannot miss mentioning the Bircher Muesli, a healthy and popular breakfast food throughout Europe that originated from my beautiful home country.
In the late 19th century the Swiss nutritionist Dr. Max Bircher-Benner was at work on a breakfast dish for his patients. Dr. Bircher-Benner advocated vegetarianism and eating foods as little processed as possible and came up with Muesli, or “mix” as it translate from Swiss German.
To make a typical Bircher Muesli combine some raw grains, the Swiss use mostly rolled oats, nuts and fresh or dried fruits, and mix in some yogurt and milk. I personally add a dash of Cinnamon to mine and use low-fat yogurt and skim milk to make it a healthy start to my day.
2. Chef Joseph’s Seriously Awesome Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes
This recipe is from our Chef Joseph Dolby, Executive Chef at our SilverBirch property, The Quality Hotel and Conference Centre Fort McMurray.
Blueberries rank No. 1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 60 other fresh fruits and vegetables. What better way than to incorporate them in delicious Pancakes?
Ingredients for 16 Pancakes:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (for a healthy variety, use half all-purpose and half whole wheat flour)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- ¼ cup oil
- ½ cup of fresh blueberries
- Stir first five ingredients in large bowl with whisk until well blended.
- Whisk eggs, buttermilk & oil in separate bowl until well blended.
- Add to dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
- Do not over mix, the batter can still be slightly lumpy.
- Add fresh blueberries and fold blueberries into buttermilk pancake mix.
- Heat large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat.
- Working in batches, pour 1/3 cup batter into skillet for each pancake.
- Cook 2-3 minutes until bubbles start to form on tops and bottoms are golden brown.
- Turn & cook 1-2 minutes to brown other side.
Optional: Blueberry Topping
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. corn starch
- Add sugar to frozen blueberries, wrap and let stand for one hour.
- In non-stick skillet heat blueberries until boiling.
- Add 2oz of water to corn starch and mix well.
- Add corn starch to boiling blueberries and stir for two minutes
- Place over cooked pancakes & enjoy!
What is your favorite healthy breakfast item or recipe? What healthy breakfast item do you like to see included in hotels’ breakfast offerings?
Send us your comments!