When it comes to food (and hey, just about everything else), holidays are kind of a big deal.
However, the truth is, not all holidays are created equal. Christmas may be the main squeeze, but I can guarantee you that few people know the date of Columbus Day or the story behind it (#occupyNorthAmerica?).
But there exists one holiday that each individual holds in higher regard than Santa Claus himself.
Birthdays are the icing on the cake of a year—an ingenious moral holiday of shameless self-promotion celebrating the one and only Y-O-U. From candles and cakes to singing and toasts, birthdays are the crème de la crème for a foodie in particular.
Posh lunch date? Sure thang.
Classy dinner bash with a friend group the size of Jamaica? Obviously.
Dessert? Is that even a question?
Amidst the delicious food coma that is a birthday though, the best meal of the day is often mercilessly thrown to the wayside. Breakfast gets relegated to the birthday backseat—smushed somewhere in between “whatever” and “ehhh.” Eager to begin the day’s festivities, one often forgets about the humble mindblowingness of breakfast.
But worry not. I’m here to tell you that breakfast can still be part of your own little individual anniversary. I’m here to tell you that a glorious breakfast is like the trailer of a great movie—just a peek of what is to come. I’m here to tell you that breakfast is one birthday present to which you shouldn’t forget to write a thank-you note. So close your eyes; make a wish; and get ready to celebrate your birthday, a friend’s birthday, or any birthday…with breakfast shenanigans. Because you really can have your (pan)cake(s) and eat it too.
**5 Best Birthday Breakfasts**
1. Pancakes. I am wholly convinced that there is no better birthday present in this world than a heaping stack of buttermilk pancakes with warm maple syrup. To jazz up your hotcakes for a birthday, simply get creative with mix-ins. Treat your ‘cakes like a real birthday cake, and find your favorite flavor. Try adding nutella and strawberries for a Parisian flair or apples and cinnamon for an all-American twist. And if some cake batter happens to get thrown in the mix? Well, I won’t tell. Don’t forget a candle in the middle for a true birthday (pan)cake experience!
2. Oatmeal [with Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sauce, and Sprinkles]. Oatmeal…on your birthday? I know what you’re thinking—“Do I look like a 60-year old grandma?” But hear me out. Crowned with a swirl of whipped cream, drizzled with chocolate sauce, and sprinkled with…sprinkles, oatmeal suddenly becomes a special treat. Wonderfully decadent, while still saving plenty of room for indulgence later. Oatmeal is the game-saver that allows you to have your cake and eat it too. And heck, does it get any better than that? Not even my grandma would argue with that.
3. Cereal Mix ‘n Matching. Cereal is the Cinderella of birthdays. On any other day of the year, it may seem like an ordinary breakfast staple, but on your birthday, things change. Cereal gets a diversity makeover. Like suddenly you get the brilliant idea to combine Cookie Crisp and Reese’s Puffs, thus forming a sort of peanut butter chocolate chip cookie delight. Honey Nut Cheerios meet Granola for a delicate delight. Magic happens. In short, you win at life.
4. Cinnamon Toast + Eggs. This is for the birthday morning when lazy is an understatement. For the mornings when you simply feel like lying in bed and cuddling with a snuggly puppy. For the mornings when pajamas sound better than stilettos. And the thing is, there’s nothing wrong with that. Instead of choosing between salty and sweet, try out both ends of the spectrum with sweet, buttery toast and salt & pepper-kissed eggs prepared just how you like ‘em. After all, it’s your birthday—you call the shots. Literally? I’ll leave it at that.
5. Muffins. Aside from frosting, I have always been a little unclear on the distinction between muffins and cupcakes. And truthfully, I’m okay with that. Muffins are the shizz-nit. Somewhere between cakey and light and hearty and wholesome, muffins are totally dessert in disguise. With the inclusion of fruit and a few other semi-healthy ingredients, they provide the perfect not-too-sweet treat for breakfast-in-bed. Bonus: if you’re not feeling the “sweet” bandwagon, you can give savory muffins a whirl. Much like a chorus of “happy birthday,” warm muffins will be music to your ears.
Lexi Cotcamp is a rising sophomore in the Robert E. McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. A self-professed oatmeal addict, Lexi is a firm believer that breakfast/brunch is the best meal of the day. To celebrate said love, she will never turn down a good bagel sandwich for lunch or a heaping stack of pancakes for dinner. Sorry she’s not sorry.