What to Eat for Breakfast in the Summer

The logical answer is obviously whatever the fuck you want.

But I recently watched Food Network and came away with a couple epiphanies. One, that I really have not tapped into the full potential of the falafel and two, that there is such a thing as “mood food”.

Think of your stomach as a mood ring. It changes with the seasons. It indicates what food you choose. It’s a terrible analogy, but it worked in my head so I’m running with it.

Of course, I blame Pinterest. Before Pinterest, there were no unrealistic expectations that every meal between the months of September-November must contain pumpkin. But here we are, in the age where the first fallen leaf is followed by Starbucks marketing the Pumpkin Spice Latte like it’s the nectar of the gods and the key to all your happiness, so I think it’s safe to say that mood foods are very real.

For the summer, this largely means fresh and cool. Liquid is also in. People take everything iced and light, as choosing to eat a hot and hearty bowl of soup in July is unheard of because you will be instantly sweaty and also probably bloat. And sweat and bloating do not pair well with summer crochets. Our food trends change with the seasons, so I have come up with a brief list of ideas for quick & easy summer breakfasts.

Summer Breakfast Ideas |www.whatkumquat.comTHE SMOOTHIE BOWL

I’m not going to wax poetic about this or tell you how to make it because I already have (read my Ode to Health & get my recipe for assembling a foolproof smoothie bowl here), but in case you don’t have an Instagram to inform you that smoothie bowls are SO in right now I’m here to tell you that they are.

Also, when did we get to the point of certain foods becoming “in”? How have we managed to hierarchize our food? Can we expect some kind of biannual expose, in which Bobby Flay and Ina Garten gather to inform the public of which foods are trendy and which foods are sooo 2015 to the tune of some obscure house mix while a critical elite watch on in quiet rapture? I SENSE ANOTHER THOUGHT PIECE COMING #millenial

Summer Breakfast Ideas |www.whatkumquat.comPIMP YOUR YOGHURT

I’m a fan of Greek yoghurt (did you KNOW I’m GrEeEeK???) with good old fashioned honey, but if you want to get arty with your food I have a new combo for you that I’ve been loving lately. Pour in some of your favourite granola and top with a dollop of jam. I personally prefer raspberry and strawberry in the place of grape, but I’m not here to tell you how to choose your jelly-preserved fruit.

Summer Breakfast Ideas |www.whatkumquat.comICE CREAM

Because maybe you’re broke, it’s Monday, or you’re still mourning the loss of Chad on The Bachelorette.


  1. I am still mourning the loss of Chad. There’s so many other crappy guys that could have got kicked off before him (ie Alex and Evan, HELLO)… icecream it is.

  2. These all look delicious! Will have to give them a try in the very near future! 🙂

  3. I loved your mood ring analogy. I am a huge fan of smoothie bowls in the morning. They are so yummy and easy to make.

  4. Ha ha! Love the Bachelorette. Even thought it’s “in” I have not tried the smoothie bowl yet. This one looks delicious,and I will have to make one soon.

  5. I have to say, I love the thought of ice cream for breakfast, haha!

  6. mrscubby07

    Greek yogurt is my go to breakfast! I usually switch up my fruit, but always honey and granola. I’ll have to try jam though, never thought of that! Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  7. I like to put the ice cream between two Eggo waffles. 🙂

  8. Mmmm. Each one of these sounds amazing! 🙂 Greek yogurt is my favorite…and I pimp mine every morning! lol

  9. Alyssa Nicole Zapinski

    If i wasn’t lactose intolerant, I would eat those up in less than a heartbeat. WOW.

  10. Oh man get in my belly! This smoothie bowl looks so amazingly delicious. I cannot wait to try it!!

  11. Breakfast is always a struggle for me. The smoothie bowls always look delicious!

  12. I prefer a light breakfast nothing too heavy

  13. That smoothie bowl looks amazing!

  14. I couldnt agree more with this fun little list! Especially love the ice cream 😉

  15. I completely agree! Love this list. Everything looks so yummy!! co

  16. Shanna Battle

    I read this and I went to go and make some granola for breakfast tomorrow lol

  17. FABULOUS ideas! I pretty much live off of yogurt for breakfast!


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