Tahini for breakfast
Updated: Dec 25, 2020
Break fast. It is the first meal of the day, the one to break the previous night’s fasting period.
Breakfast meals vary in different cultures and places around the world. In France, breakfast is a café au lait and a croissant with butter or jam. The American continental breakfast includes pancakes, waffles, bacon, and scrambled eggs. In England, breakfast is not breakfast without beans, and in China, I once had rice noodles soup and unsweetened tea for breakfast.
Here's how a typical Israeli breakfast looks like: fresh vegetables salad, an omelet or shakshuka (eggs baked in tomato sauce spiced with dry and fresh herbs), various of white cheeses- labneh, cottage cheese, and feta, and yellow cheese (hard cheese such as edam or gouda), these often served with cracked olives, tahini sauce, halvah, homemade fruit jam, and crusty bread.
Could breakfast be more nutritious than that?
Let's leave the vegetables and the egg protein aside for a minute, and focus on the tahini. What the heck is that doing there on the breakfast buffet? Well, there are so many reasons why it’s good to add tahini to your morning meal. Tahini is packed with numerous vitamins and minerals, it contains a high level of protein and calcium, and it’s a source of iron. It’s a great starter for the day.
You can enjoy your morning salad with tahini savory sauce (simply made with tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic, and water), or add it to your yogurt bowl. On a recent visit to Israel I came across a breakfast kit in the dairy isle of the grocery store. This small package contains plain yogurt, pumpkin seeds and nuts, tahini, and Silan (dates molasses). This is a perfect to-go meal for busy mornings.
Our sesame butters - sweetened with carob, raw honey, or dates - supports a healthy and balanced breakfast. Spread the cacao flavored tahini on a bread and top it with banana slices, sprinkle some pecans on a piece of toast with tahini blended with date molasses, or add a spoonful of carob tahini into your yogurt and oats bowl.
And remember: Never skip breakfast- give your body the boost of energy it needs to start a happy healthy day.