A “Hot” Breakfast For a Cold Morning

It’s January in Michigan.  Which means it’s cold (most of the time).  You wake up and drag yourself out from under a pile of warm blankets.  You shower and dress quickly to avoid getting chilled.

You clutch a big mug of hot coffee or tea to warm your hands while you think about breakfast.  Some of your staples don’t sound so great – smoothies, cold cereal, fresh fruit.  You want something hot and steamy to start the day.

So you reach for…ice cream?  That’s right.  Ice cream for breakfast can really warm you up!  Plus it can boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories all day long.

It may sound crazy, but starting your day with a good mix of starch, sugar, salt and saturated fat will help raise your body temperature and metabolism.  As long as you don’t wash it down with a lot of fluid.

Ice cream is just one example of a warming breakfast.  You could also choose things like pancakes with butter and syrup, crackers with cheese, salty fried potatoes or sweet bread with butter and salt.  Any combination of starch, sugar and salt that you enjoy will work.

An important factor to remember is to not drink a big glass of water, tea, coffee or soda with it.  Save your fluids for later in the day.  Drinking too much may overhydrate your body and flush out your vitamins and minerals.  Your cellular fluid and mineral levels will be out of balance.

You’ve kicked off your day with a breakfast that gets your body burning.  Now you can gradually eat lighter and add more fluids as the day goes on.  Try some protein and vegetables for lunch, including at least some starch and salt still.  Then pile on the vegetables for dinner.  Maybe a little fruit for a bedtime snack.

Just keep in mind that if you start to get cold you should grab a small snack that contains starch, sugar and salt.  And if you’re getting really hot add some extra fluids.

Think it sounds crazy to drink less and eat more sweets and salt in the morning?  Give it a try.  See if it gets you warm on a cold winter day.  Try ice cream for breakfast paired with something salty.  Or better yet, salt your ice cream!  Your family won’t mind helping you with the experiment.

Plain vanilla ice cream is always great.  You can eat it as is or add your favorite toppings.  Don’t forget a sprinkle of unrefined sea salt.  It will help bring out the sweetness in the ice cream.

Do you have a hard time getting warm in the winter?  Have you ever tried ice cream or another dessert for breakfast?  Choose your favorite salty sweet combination and see if it helps you get warm.

Basic Vanilla Ice Cream


3 cups cream (preferably raw)

3 – 5 egg yolks

1 – 2 tsp. organic vanilla

1/2 cup sweetener of choice or combination of sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, cane sugar)

pinch sea salt

Method of Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a blender.  Adjust sweetener to taste (make it a little overly sweet…the flavor will go down when processed).  Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer directions.  Store in a freezer safe container in freezer.  Allow to sit at room temperature for 5 – 10 minutes before scooping.

Mary Voogt is a follower of Christ, a wife, and a mother of two. After 6 years as an electrical engineer she now stays home full time. She is passionate about real food and enjoys spending lots of time in the kitchen cooking and baking from scratch. She blogs at Homemade Dutch Apple Pie on a variety of topics including digestive issues, OCD, anxiety, infertility, natural parenting and healthy food.