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Foods you just don't like for breakfast?

For me, it's donuts.

Love them just about any other time of the day but just not first thing in the morning.


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  1. fruit.

    love it after dinner, or midday, but cold fruit for breakfast (in the absence of hot oatmeal) isn't my cup of tea.

    Mmmmm........ tea!

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    1. re: alarash

      Interesting. What about fruit on pancakes or waffles?

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Well, I guess in the company of a warm pancake or two, or even better, a crepe!, I would welcome some fresh sweet blackberries. yum!

        Berries in general I would except from my generalization.

        I was originally thinking more about the typical things my svelte wife eats in the AM: cut cantaloupe, peached, apples, pears, orange wedges.

        I prefer something warm, or even a low carb protein shake.

    2. Raw vegetables. I occasionally enjoy some sautéed spinach and mushrooms in an omelet, or some spinach or kale in a smoothie, but never straight up raw. Love fruit, though.

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      1. re: ohmyyum

        I'm with you o, don't want raw vegetables in the morning. Oh, and I know this is a big "yum" for most people, but no cold pizza for me either.


        1. re: mcel215

          +1 on the cold pizza. Not for breakfast, not ever. Just not my thing.

          1. re: lisavf

            Not intending to yum your yuck, but to me, cold pizza and root beer for breakfast is classic comfort food.

            1. re: PotatoHouse

              Cold pizza is a yuck for me, too. Even as far back as college (about a light year back), couldn't see the thrill. Now, heat it up, and I'll scarf down a few hunks for breakfast.

              Hubs is Indian, I just can't get down with idli sambar for breakfast. Dosa is fine, but not the idlis.

              1. re: pine time

                Can't take cold pizza ANYtime (that cheese needs to be hot and melted).

                I hate breakfast sausage. I guess it's the fennel. Any other sausage is fine.

                1. re: Michelly

                  Me neither, I hate cold pizza. However, breakfast sausage is the only sausage I really enjoy other than Kielbasa.

        2. re: ohmyyum

          +1 on the raw veggies, except perhaps tomato. I can do a nice ripe Roma sliced with s&p on the side of my omelet in the summer.

          1. re: melpy

            Since it's freezing cold and winter, completly forgot about tomatoes..... :) I can do a tomato, anytime any place.

            I can't wait for our fresh produce season...


            1. re: mcel215

              Prepped the vegetable raised bed just today for tomato planting. In my zone, that means the 1st tomatoes will go in about mid-March. Can't wait.

              1. re: pine time

                We still have snow on the ground here, but you just gave me a big smile. I can't wait to plant my tomatoes either.


                1. re: mcel215

                  I always plant too early--doesn't hurt the plants, but they just sit there, sulking, until the soil warms up. Early Girls go in mid-March (in So. Cal.), then other varieties early April.

        3. Coffee, and doughnuts together send me on a sugar orbit (aka nauseous). I require some sort of protein.

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          1. re: letsindulge

            I can't do anything really sweet for breakfast either. It makes me nauseous too. So no syrup (waffles, pancakes), donuts, pastries, etc.

            To flip the topic as an aside - i LOVE potstickers for breakfast, I'll order extra at dinner just to have leftovers the next morning.

            1. re: thimes

              I'm with you on nothing primarily sweet. Other than slightly sweetened oatmeal - I really dislike sweet foods first thing in the morning.

              Even with fruit, I like grapefruit in the morning - but other than that, nothing sweet.

              1. re: cresyd

                I'm at the other end of the spectrum. Favorite breakfast growing up was a slab of cake from the prior day's dessert. Still would be my favorite breakfast if it wasn't for this silly thing called being a grown-up.

                1. re: pine time

                  I have a huge sweet tooth - and as a child, there wasn't a cereal sweet enough. But with age it really doesn't do anything for me in the morning.

          2. I don't know if it qualifies as food, but I do not enjoy the taste of water in the morning. I am a big water drinker all day long, but in the morning it tastes like dust.

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            1. re: jmcarthur8

              I used to hate water in the AM. Had to be OJ, now the juice is too sweet so I prefer skim milk but water is no longer verboten.

              1. re: melpy

                We are all so different! Every morning after I have my first sip of cold water, I think that it is the best tasting thing I will have all day. I love water in the morning.

            2. Other than a cup of tea or coffee, I don't really like anything for breakfast.
              Not really big on lunch either. Needless to say, I pig out at dinner and will pretty much eat anything.

              1. I agree, especially the sugar bomb kinds like frosted etc. I can do an old fashioned sour cream donut if I have to.

                1. Anything cold: yogurt, ceral, fruit. For me, breakfast has to be warm, ideally a homemade breakfast sandwich with egg whites and cheese.

                  1. I don't eat much when I first get up, coffee is all can handle till mid morning. If I get up at 6 it's about 10. I can't do oatmeal I tried to eat it for little bit and I would be starving less then hour later. So I just do a couple eggs or Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. Then I'm good till 3 or 4 for lunch.

                    1. I can't stomach the idea of a smoothie. I don't find them appetizing in the least.

                      1. Ipsedixit, I'm with you on the donuts. Or any other very sweet pastry. I do like fruit in the morning, but anything heavily sugar sweetened just isn't a good pick for me in the am.

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                        1. re: alliegator

                          No pastries!

                          Although in grad school one year I would get coffee and a cheese Danish everyday as my mid morning snack. It was delicious.

                          1. re: melpy

                            I don't think I like Danishes (of any kind) at anytime of the day.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Me neither. The cheese ones especially gross me out.

                                  1. re: melpy

                                    Danish gets sweaty in its plastic wrap, and it's the Danish sweat that makes it gross.

                                    1. re: Jay F

                                      "Danish sweat" ... I'm going to have to steal that at some point.

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        It originates with "cheese sweat," which is the first thing you notice when you open a chunk of parmigiano-reggiano and remove it from that ultra-thick plastic wrapping in which it was prepackaged in Newark or Jersey City.

                          2. Never thought about it, but I'd have to say sweets of any type. I'm not a fan. ~~ This morning I had a recycled toasted biscuit. a poached egg and 6 fresh gulf oysters fried. Coffee & Chicory of course. I'm good to go.

                            1. I'm the odd one who just doesn't care for pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc.

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                              1. re: laliz

                                I'm the same way, I want protein, not sweets. I wake up every morning craving a cheeseburger on grilled toast, the way Friendly's used to make them.

                                1. re: Lmrbest

                                  Oh the butter grilled bread! Love it! My mother always loved that when I was a kid too. She also wasn't one to say no to a Fribble or a sundae with pistachio ice cream.

                              2. Sugared/sweetened cold cereal. Yuck.

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                                1. re: Veggo

                                  What about sugared/sweetened hot cereal?

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    You caught me. I'll use a little brown sugar on oatmeal.

                                  2. re: Veggo

                                    No cereal. Hot or cold. Sweet or unsweet. Ever.

                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      That was the first thing I thought of - cereal.

                                      Never liked it - never will.

                                    2. Sweets. I've got a sweet tooth for sure, but, for me, breakfast should be savory (with the sole exception of the mild roasty sweetness of coffee with heavy cream—no added sugar, just the sweetness of the caramelization & the dairy). Even yogurt—I'll salt my Greek yogurt and add jerk seasoning or scallions or olives. The sweetest thing I want for breakfast is some occasional fresh fruit or *maybe* on a special occasion a few bites of candied bacon or cheese danish.

                                      1. Remembering another thread, while I am kicking an unhealthily strong Diet Coke addiction, it's something I cannot drink in the morning. I *must* have coffee, hot, though I will drink iced coffee and cold drinks year 'round---just not at breakfast. I will have a small glass of tomato juice, maybe. That's it.

                                        Also, just thinking of Pop Tarts makes my teeth ache. They seem to be the "breakfast" of choice of most of the college aged kids I see. I'll just say no to that.

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                                        1. re: pinehurst

                                          Good call -- iced coffee is for later in the day. Morning is for hot coffee...lots and lots of hot coffee (think Mr. Pink; i want my cup refilled six times).

                                          1. re: Bob W

                                            Outstanding Mr. Pink reference!

                                          2. re: pinehurst

                                            When we were kids a toasted blueberry frosted pop tart was dessert (especially with dad!)

                                            I think my mother would have had a fit if we tried to eat it for breakfast. Although I was allowed leftover Lo mein with a packet of duck sauce for breakfast in high school more often than I would care to admit.

                                          3. I don't like "non-traditional breakfast" foods in the morning. I just can't do it - everything in my body revolts just at the idea of it. Even when I go out to a restaurant with a fabulous buffet spread for brunch, I generally stick to the breakfast-y foods. (I'm talking about American breakfast foods here. I recognize that in other parts of the world, the typical breakfast is very different from here.)

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                                            1. re: lisavf

                                              I'm just the opposite. I really don't like any of the traditional breakfast foods for breakfast but enjoy most of them later in the day. My breakfast favorites are cold pizza, cold leftover pasta (including lasagna), a BLT, a burger,a cheese-cracker-olive plate or any takeout leftovers from the previous evening.

                                              1. re: Pwmfan

                                                I don't really eat many traditional breakfast foods either. Part of this is because I'm allergic to eggs, which rules out a lot of things, but I didn't really do breakfast foods that much before the allergy developed either. I never liked eggs, and I don't like pancakes or french toast enough to be worth the ordeal of making them egg free. I usually do a sandwich or pizza (though never cold - I prefer hot food) for breakfast. Occasionally I will do grits, but always savory - when I worked as a daycare cook some of the staff ate their grits sweet.

                                            2. The only "traditional breakfast foods"I like would be bit of meat and eggs, a tiny scoop of cottage cheese.
                                              Otherwise, there are sugars in just about everything else and I only do sugars for dessert most of the time. I like savory breakfasts and only small amounts.
                                              I like vegetables and a smidge of leftover dinner with a strong cup of black coffee.

                                              1. I'm perfectly happy to eat most anything mentioned on here so far, but I guess I'm most lukewarm on the carb-heaviest items - -- donuts, pancakes, waffles.

                                                1. I love pork. Sausage and wurst are ambrosia. Breakfast sausage patties and links need copious amounts of maple syrup in order for me to have a chance at enjoying them.

                                                  Sausage gravy is nectar of the gods over drop biscuits.

                                                  Go figure.

                                                  1. Other than coffee I crave some form of dairy. Cheese, yogurt, milk shake and always some form of fresh fruit.

                                                    I don't ever crave meats in the morning (bacon, steak & eggs, sausage, deli, etc.) I don't like starting my day with anything greasy.

                                                    1. I've never really liked French toast - it's just my hated childhood bread pudding in fried form, which means I merely dislike it - but just about anything else works for me. I prefer eggs and potatoes and meat, but whatever you're having I'll have too. The fact that I almost always wake up hungry may have something to do with it … Well, someone did mention raw vegetables; if leftover crudités was all that was in the house I could stand some carrot or celery, but I'd have to make a trip to McDonald's soon after.

                                                      1. Most breakfast food. I generally don't eat traditional breakfast food and just have lunch and dinner-type foods. Burgers for breakfast, that's common in this house.

                                                        1. I don't normally eat breakfast and if I do I tend to shy away from traditional 'breakfast' foods. I particularly dislike breakfast cereals, I believe Roald Dahl was correct when he likened them to curly pencil shavings.

                                                          1. I don't like cereal, but I don't like it all day long, not just in the morning.

                                                            I don't feel the need to eat special "breakfast" food of any type in the morning. I just have some of whatever's available to me. Today's breakfast was about 1/4 of a 14 oz. container of Strawberry Haagen-Dazs.

                                                            If there were no such thing as gaining weight and the threat of diabetes and so forth, I probably would eat crumb cake for breakfast every day. Or regular yellow or chocolate cake, without frosting (so unnecessary if the cake is good). Or lemon curd. Or fruit tarts. Or creme caramel.

                                                            1. Fast food, but that's because I don't like fast food. I don't understand how chicken nuggets become breakfast food. Yuck.

                                                              OJ, I like it, it just doesn't like me in the morning. It's too acidy for the first thing to put in my body.

                                                              I love bagel and lox but for some reason its more of a lunch or snack than a breakfast thing. I don't think I'd order it for breakfast.

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                                                              1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                Where can one get chicken nuggets for breakfast?

                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                  I don't know, but I know places like chic-fil-a do something like a chicken biscuit, its a chicken nugget on a biscuit is what it looked like my co-worker had gotten. Yuck! It looked really gross but she swears they are so good.

                                                                  1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                    i adore those little chicken biscuits. They aren't something I ever would have tried on my own, but a coworker came in one day with extras - it was buy one get one free.

                                                              2. Any kind of juice - too acidic.

                                                                Any kind of meats other than eggs, like sausage and bacon. I can do them for brunch but not breakfast.

                                                                Donuts, pastries - too sweet

                                                                (I'm all about the other carbs - pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, toast ect)

                                                                1. Hope it's not derailing the thread, but a related question: what about the timing of your breakfast? I need lots of coffee, a thorough perusal of the newspaper, some piddling, then solid food--maybe as much as 1 1/2 hours after arising. Being retired, I can afford this slow pace, but even when I worked, got up extra early to give me an hour with just coffee and the newspaper. You?

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                                                                  1. re: pine time

                                                                    I can relate to that concept a lot and I'm not fully retired. Dh calls it my breakfast crawl..more during the week than weekend. But yes, I begin with a run or bike ride, shower, then coffee and the papers, then calls, then emails, then a light breakfast. If I ate immediately upon waking I'd get a sour tummy. DH on the other hand, dives right into a full breakfast and works out after his day is over.

                                                                    1. re: pine time

                                                                      Mrs. O has recently decided she likes to get to work an hour or so ahead of most of the crew and get a light breakfast there, so I've been dropping her at the train between 7:30 and 8:00 and coming back to a leisurely breakfast. Lovely for both of us. Although I'm no longer working for money I try to maintain "office hours" beginning around 9:00; an hour is enough for an omelet or something, my two cups of coffee and the paper, and if I'm half an hour "late" I never give myself any grief about it.

                                                                      1. re: pine time

                                                                        No matter how little I've had to eat the day before I cannot face any food (even my beloved cold pizza) immediately upon arising. I need to be up for a few hours before anything sounds appeaing. I used to think it was because I'm not a morning person but after years of working varied shifts I discovered that it had nothing to do with the time of day but rather the interval between waking and and being able to face food.

                                                                        1. re: pine time

                                                                          For me, timing of breakfast is usu. after my morning workout.

                                                                          1. re: pine time

                                                                            I have a very small window of time before my morning commute, except on the weekends. Necessities to rev me up include some type of protein and coffee. A couple of eggs scrambled, a few shakes of Cholula, in a pita/wrap and out the door...or hard boiled eggs, rolled up spirals of turkey, ham and cheese. And coffee. Did I mention coffee?

                                                                          2. Pan fries. Fried cubes of potato in the morning just doesn't do it for me.

                                                                            1. Bouillabaisse or Cioppino.

                                                                              1. Bacon.
                                                                                Sugary dry cereal.
                                                                                Soft boiled eggs.

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                                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                    IP....many people say I am strange....you are such a cooker and you don't like bacon?.....Actually the taste really does nothing for me...did not like it a a child .....I will cook it for others @ breakfast and often will include it in a dish...but to have it for or with breakfast ...no..one exception...Canadian bacon with eggs Benedict...

                                                                                    1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                                      I don't think you're strange

                                                                                      We all like what we like, and don't like what we don't like.

                                                                                      As long as we know what we want, are comfortable with it, who gives a darn, right?

                                                                                      Do you like bacon on other times (aside from breakfast)? Like in a BLT or a hamburger? Or maybe a hotdog?

                                                                                1. steak. i've never understood steak and eggs at breakfast. dh loves it.