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A plate of pancakes, bacon and eggs with a side of maple syrup and butter on a wooden table Courtesy of Wisconsin DATCP
PANCAKES AND EGGS: When I have more time, I like to get fancy with my breakfast. Adding pancakes to a plate of eggs and bacon is my go-to.

An ‘eggscellent’ choice for breakfast

Alice in Dairyland: Eggs are a breakfast classic that can be incorporated into a balanced meal in many ways.

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals. From pancakes and eggs to cereal, I have always loved waking up in the morning and eating something that tastes good to fuel the start of my day.

I’ve heard many people talk about how they are too busy or don’t have enough time to make breakfast in the morning, but there are so many ways to plan ahead and make breakfast easy. I like to make a pan of egg bake and then freeze pieces of it for an easily reheated, ready-to-eat meal. Another easy breakfast to-go option is hard boiled eggs. Make a dozen hard-boiled eggs at one time to prepare for a busy week.

Eggs are a breakfast classic and can be incorporated into a balanced meal in many ways. Whether you prefer a scramble with veggies and topped with cheese or one simply fried, eggs are a great way to “round” out breakfast.

In 2018, Wisconsin ranked 16th in the nation for egg production. The American Egg Board says one egg has 6 grams of protein and zero carbs. Eggs also contain choline, which promotes normal cell activity and liver function, and is key in the development of infants’ memory functions. Eggs are a great addition, scrambled or sunny side up, to any breakfast plate.

Courtesy of Wisconsin DATCPCartons of eggs stacked in the refrigeration section of a grocery store

EAT MORE EGGS: The American Egg Board says one egg has 6 grams of protein and zero carbs.

When I have more time, I like to get fancy with my breakfast. Ever since I was little, I have enjoyed making breakfast for my family after a long morning of farm work. (It helped that I was able to come in from farm chores a little early.) Pancakes were my go-to, and by the age of 10, I had memorized my Mom’s buttermilk pancakes recipe.

We top our pancakes with plenty of real butter and everything from maple syrup to Wisconsin jam to (my personal favorite) fresh berries and real whipped cream. I love using real dairy products because I know they are produced by real dairy farmers, just like my family, who care for the animals, land and water resources. I also think real dairy tastes better.

To finish off my plate, I like to include meat. Breakfast meats are probably some of the most craved breakfast food — well, at least in my house. When the bacon comes sizzling off the pan, it’s usually a fight for who will get the first (and last) piece. From bacon and sausage to ham and steak, all are a perfect addition to your morning meal or incorporated into scrambled eggs. Eating Wisconsin’s safe and nutritious meat products supports farmers and processors, and strengthens Wisconsin communities. 

September is Better Breakfast Month, but don’t wait until then. I encourage you to start enjoying a better breakfast now by filling your plate with Wisconsin products and topping off your coffee with real dairy creamer. To find great breakfast recipes, visit, and stay tuned with my adventures on!

Nunes is the 73rd Alice in Dairyland.

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