(A Healthy) Breakfast is Everything

Lest you all think I only know how to consume syrup-soaked carbohydrates and bacon for breakfast (not that I mind the stereotype), this post is intended to share two truths: 1) a healthy breakfast can be both possible and tasty, and 2) you can also eat really well without leaving the valley.

Just yesterday I took my good friend Tim, visiting from NYC, to BeaBea's Cafe in Burbank.  Like me, he was delighted to discover this unassuming, tucked away little cafe in a strip mall, first introduced to me by my beautiful friend Namrata — in fact, he wished he'd known about it while he'd been living in Burbank himself.

I chose BeaBea's both for its locale (yes, I'm a valley girl) and its wealth of indulgent and healthy options.  We sat outside on our gorgeous California morning (get there early or you'll wait), and both started with the House Latte — a glorious blend of milk, honey & cinnamon, served in a vast wide mug that should be mandatory when serving anything this foamy and delicious.

Then, instead of diving into a plate of their ridiculously decadent griddle items — like the Banana Bliss Pancakes or Oh Em Gee French Toast (made with sweet Hawaiian bread and cinnamon honey butter) — we chose the BeaBea's Omelette, a perfect blend of egg whites, spinach, garlic, asparagus, jalapenos, broccoli, avocado, Boursin and mozzarella cheeses.  Instead of potatoes, we opted for tomato slices and fruit.  After all, the eggs were the star: creamy, light, full of well-seasoned veggies.  It was a want to meal, not a have to, and that's critical when trying to eat healthy.

Blu Jam Cafe, greasy spoon food ... I love you.  But I'm stepping out on you for my own good.


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