You don’t have to eat just ice cream for breakfast – add a dollop of ice cream to your usual breakfast.
Believe it or not, it was a creative Mom putting more play in her children’s day, who invented Ice Cream for Breakfast Day.
Florence Rappaport of Rochester, New York was snowed in after the blizzard of 1966 so she invented Ice Cream for Breakfast Day to prove to her kids that it “wasn’t too cold to do anything.”
The next year when everyone talked about the big blizzard, her kids reminded her of Ice Cream for Breakfast Day and they celebrated it once again.
They celebrated it every year thereafter, and when the kids went to college they shared the holiday with friends.
Rappaport’s grandchildren traveled extensively, sharing the holiday wherever they went.
Today, Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is celebrated worldwide with events in China, Israel, Nepal, Namibia, Germany, Honduras, New Zealand and Canada.
How to Celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
You could just enjoy an ice cream in a cone without guilt, but why not make it a celebration by whipping up your favorite breakfast and adding ice cream to it!
Take a photo of your awesome ice cream breakfast and share it on social media with the hashtag #icecreamforbreakfast.
(You’ll be joining celebs like Kevin Bacon.)
Don’t Feel Guilty – Science is Behind You
In 2016, Yoshihiko Koga at Kyorin University Hospital in Tokyo completed a study comparing those who ate ice cream for breakfast to those who didn’t eat breakfast. According to Excite News, Koga discovered that those who ate ice cream “exhibited faster reaction times and better information-processing capabilities” He found that they experienced “an increase in high-frequency alpha waves, which are associated with higher levels of alertness and reduced mental irritation.”
But Business Insider reminds us that we can enjoy our ice cream for breakfast today, but we shouldn’t make a habit of it. “A possible explanation [for increased alertness]… is the simple presence of consuming breakfast vs. not consuming breakfast,” said Katie Barfoot, a Nutritional Psychology Doctoral Researcher at Reading University.
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