I didn't start consistently eating breakfast until late 2009 when I started on this journey. My mom was never a morning person so I grew up pouring my sister and myself a glass of milk before we headed for our bus when we were in elementary school. My mom never eats breakfast so she didn't think it was important. My mom is a night owl so her sleeping schedule is a bit different from the rest of the family.
In my numerous attempts to lose weight in high school, I always thought breakfast was something I could skip so that I could cut the calories of the day. Of course, I end up starving around lunch time and end up overeating.
Nowadays, I always make sure I eat something in the morning so I keep my body fueled throughout the day. Since my brother started living with us, he's consistently eaten breakfast with us. He says he feels more energized at school in the morning with breakfast.
Since my brother was taking the SAT's Saturday morning, I took special note to prepare something healthy that would fuel him through his exam. I also packed him a protein bar that he could snack on during his breaks.
I had some leftover Chinese chicken soup in the refrigerator. It was made by braising bone-in skinless chicken in water along with Chinese herbs, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, onions and rice wine.
Before storing it in the fridge, I removed the bones and shredded the chicken.
I had the inspiration to turn the leftover soup into a savory oats dish much like an Asian congee (porridge). I woke up around 5:30 am Saturday since I was nervous I'd oversleep.