Ahhh, a big yawn and lackluster stretch as you wiggle out of bed and wish you had five more minutes to snooze. Argh… Your feet hit the floor and you are on your way to the bathroom, trying to wake up. Somehow you arrive at work still sleepy and groggy…ugh. How can your coworker be so alert and bright-eyed when you can barely stay awake at your desk?
The most obvious advice is to prepare for tomorrow yesterday. Try these 15 breakfast hacks that may make your morning routine easier and keep you energized all day.
1. Baked Eggs
This is a really cool approach to making hard boiled eggs. Bake your eggs in a muffin tin for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Place in cold water for 10 minutes and enjoy! It’s time saving and the eggs taste really great. Find the instructions at theburlapbag.com.
2. Apple Rings
Yum– these are delicious! Slice your favorite variety of apple into thin slices. Dip in organic, whole-wheat muffin mix and cook in skillet until golden brown. You can find more details here.
3. Smoothie Freeze
This is a great idea for those of us who drink smoothies for breakfast. Place ingredients for one smoothie (kale, banana, strawberries, nuts) in a Ziploc bag and place in freezer. Everything is ‘in the bag’ to create an easy, fast, thick breakfast smoothie!
4. Microwave Eggs
Spray a bowl with non-stick spray. Whisk an egg in the bowl. Add milk, if desired, but not necessary. Microwave for two minutes. Add cheese, herbs, bacon, or your favorite topping for an easy protein breakfast! More details here.
5. Breakfast Bar
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on nutritious breakfast bars. Create yumminess by stirring together oats, honey, peanut butter, or make your own concoction. Heat on stove, then place in freezer. Make ahead for an easy breakfast! Find the details at snapguide.com.
6. Keurig Oatmeal
Place instant oatmeal in a cup and use your Keurig (if you don’t have one, I highly recommend the investment) to stream hot water into your cup. Instant yum.
7. Easy Energy
Create energy bars with simple ingredients that you can make ahead to grab and go. Place one cup each of dates, almonds and raisins in a food processor. Blend. Place in a plastic wrap lined 8 x 8 pan. Refrigerate. Easy-peasy– yum! Read the entire recipe here.
8. Marvelous Muffins
These marvelous muffins are easy to make and packable! A great recipe to get vitamins and minerals that keep you going all day! Combine egg whites, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli (or substitute your favorite ingredients). For the complete recipe visit ringfingerlanline.
9. Brownie Waffle
Hodgson Mill makes a decadent whole wheat brownie mix that is good for you. It contains flax seeds that provide Omega-3 and all-day energy. To make an easy breakfast, place the mixed brownie batter into your waffle maker. Just one word… yum.
These mini-pancakes can be made ahead and kept in the fridge for a week’s worth of satiating breakfasts. In a bowl combine organic pancake mix. Pour in muffin cups. Add your favorite topping (blueberries, crumbled bacon, etc.). Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Cool, place individual portions in plastic wrap and store in fridge. Microwave to reheat.
11. Better Bacon
If you are a meat lover and need your bacon intake, this tip is for you. Place bacon strips on a non-stick coated baking rack. Place baking rack onto foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake bacon in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes. The bacon is crispy and can be made ahead for quick, easy protein on the go!
12. Breakfast Donuts
Create homemade healthy donuts that are ready when you are. Using a cookie cutter cut circles of dough and fry in half of a cup cooking oil. Cool and top with cinnamon or your favorite topping. Substitute this recipe with whole wheat refrigerated biscuit dough for a healthy edge.
13. Oats Overnigh
This recipe contains wholesome goodness that will certainly keep you awake until lunch. Mix one cup uncooked oatmeal, seeds, almond milk to soak, and your favorite fruit. Place in fridge overnight. Find the complete recipe at fitfoodiefinds. If you don’t like your oatmeal cold, heat in microwave.
14. Yogurt & Oats
Here is another overnight oatmeal recipe for yogurt lovers. In a bowl mix two cups yogurt with two cups uncooked oatmeal. Stir in your favorite fruit (blueberries, raisins, strawberries, etc.). Place in fridge overnight. Enjoy a balanced breakfast!
15. Salsa Eggs
This is an easy egg dish that doesn’t require a recipe. Scramble your eggs in a non-stick skillet, add your favorite salsa (and cheese, if desired) to create a southwestern sensation. Yum!
Energetic people know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Create a yummy breakfast the night before and you will be bright-eyed in the morning knowing that breakfast is served! Enjoy!