Better Breakfast

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Better breakfast by Grace Banal RND

For me, a “better breakfast” ticks the following criteria:

  • Madali [easy to prepare] – there’s a reason why a lot of us skip breakfast – we’re always in a hurry in the morning! So, a better breakfast should be easy to make, no hassle!
  • Masarap [delicious] – what’s the point of eating breakfast if it doesn’t spark joy to our tastebuds, right?
  • Masustansya [nutritious] – we need macro and micronutrients to fuel and strengthen every cell in our body. Eat breakfast like a winner!

One key ingredient that helps me have a better breakfast is incorporating dairy products. Dairy such as milk and cheese provide 13 essential nutrients. Dairy is also a great way to fuel the body.

I always gravitate towards Pinoy foods for breakfast. Good thing is that dairy products can easily fit into Pinoy meals, dishes and breakfast foods.

For example, I just had Extra Cheesy Bibingka and milk for breakfast. It’s easy to prepare, yummy and with enough energy-giving carbohydrates, body-building protein and flavor-giving fat.

Extra Cheesy Bibingka (makes 4 servings)


  • 1 cup California Sunshine Homogenized milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cup rice flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 pcs clean banana leaves (cut into round shapes enough to fit into the molds)
  • Cubed (1 cm)  California white cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
  • Grated California Milk White Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F or 200 °C.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the melted butter and sugar together. Pour milk and whisk until combined.
  3. Sift the rice flour, baking powder, and salt into the creamed ingredients. Whisk together until there are no more lumps. Add cubed cheese into the batter and mix.
  4. Pour the batter into the molds. Fill only up to ¾ of the mold.
  5. With a sheet pan underneath, put the molds into the oven.
  6. After 20 minutes, add grated cheese. Bake for 5 more minutes or until melted but not burned.
  7. Check doneness by piercing the middle of each bibingka with a cake tester or clean toothpick. If the cake tester comes out wet, bake for 2 more minutes. If it comes out clean, the bibingka is done.

Cheese is a delicious source of high-quality protein, calcium and other essential nutrients. Add it to your usual breakfast foods such as omelets, sandwiches, pancakes or waffles. Finish with a warm or cold milk and you’re definitely off to a better start.

Keep on winning!

This post is sponsored by Real California Milk Philippines. All opinions are mine.

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