Q&A: National TV Personality and Lifestyle Expert Brandi Milloy on Connecting over Breakfast
While frequently referred to as the most important meal of the day, a new nationwide survey by the “Hilton Breakfast Alliance” – the five of Hilton’s hotel brands that collectively serve nearly 200 million free hot breakfasts annually – found that breakfast may actually be the most disconnected of all meals. While 73% of Americans admit they are happiest when they eat breakfast, only 22% actually eat a sit-down meal every morning. The Hilton Breakfast Alliance has partnered with Food Network host, Brandi Milloy, on its mission to make breakfast the most connected meal of the day. Read on or click play to watch the video as she helps share tips and more insights on the survey.
I’ve always valued breakfast, which is why the findings from the State of Breakfast survey – conducted by Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton – were a bit shocking to me. The results revealed that while 89% of Americans agree with me and know that breakfast is the most important of the day, more than half still admit to skipping out on the meal all together. This means we’re starting our day by wanting to bond over breakfast and have real connections with our loved ones, yet we’re simply not doing it!
For starters, it’s really important to make time to slow down, sit down and eat breakfast together. If you’re traveling, my biggest takeaway is to find a hotel that offers great breakfast options. My go-to is Embassy Suites by Hilton, I’ve been staying there since I was a little girl and I love that they have a cooked-to-order omelet station. I can get my omelet and my husband and daughter can get their eggs and oatmeal. If you’re on the road a lot, Homewood Suites by Hilton has an amazing complimentary grocery delivery service, where you can have food delivered directly to your suite so you can cook up some family favorites and stick to your routine – it’s so convenient!
When you’re traveling solo – whether for business or pleasure – it’s so easy to feel disconnected, stick to yourself and stay in your room, but it’s still necessary to start the day by connecting with others. Tru by Hilton has this amazing “Top It” bar where you can create tons of amazing breakfast combinations, and Home2 by Hilton has a communal “Inspired Table” area where you can go downstairs, plug in your laptop, have some hot breakfast and connect with other travelers. I travel alone quite often for business and actually find that some of my most powerful networking happens downstairs over breakfast. For me, it’s always a bonus to make a new friend when I’m on the go!
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It’s all about prioritizing your time together and making it fun for everyone. My husband and I will wake up an hour early just so that we have time to bond and connect before our toddler daughter wakes up. It’s important to turn off the television, put away your devices and start the day on the right foot as opposed to feeling rushed out the door. I love coming up with breakfast ideas ahead of time, like Breakfast Taco Tuesday or Waffle Wednesday (reminds me of staying at Hampton by Hilton!), that keep the occasion stress-free and exciting. Another key component is to get everyone involved. My daughter, Milly, can crack eggs, scramble them and even makes a fierce fruit oatmeal! I find that when she is involved in the cooking process, she's more excited to sit down and enjoy breakfast together at the table. If you eat together every single day, you’re bound to have a happier, more fulfilled and exciting day – I promise!
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For more information and to take the pledge to eat breakfast together, head to HiltonStateofBreakfast.com and use #HiltonBreakfast on social media.View More News