6 Hacks to Help You Never Skip Breakfast Again
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet busy people around the country continue to forgo a delicious morning indulgence. Whether you are a busy working professional, jetting out the door for class, or just don’t feel like making a mess in the kitchen that early in the morning, breakfast is often skipped without any good reason. Fear no more, because here is a list of a few breakfast hacks that make eating breakfast a quick, painless and tasty (of course) experience!
Prepare effortless Overnight Fridge Oats
Prepare your breakfast the night before by creating a delicious, muesli inspired oatmeal mixture. No pots or pans required, these overnight oats are super simple and take essentially no time. Combine all of the ingredients in a jar, toss it in the fridge for the night, and wake up to a delicious bowl of oatmeal that is packed full of protein, fiber and various other essential nutrients.
1 large ripe banana, mashed (about ½ cup)
1 cup rolled oats (Do not use quick cooking oats!)
2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup Chobani greek yogurt
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
Combine all of the ingredients in a air tight container or jar and place in the refrigerator overnight. Heat up for 3o seconds the next morning, or enjoy cold!
Microwave your Scrambled Eggs in Minutes
Did you know that you can cook eggs sans stovetop and pan by using a simple one touch microwave? Yeah, neither did I. Crack your eggs in a bowl, add milk, whisk, then place in the microwave for 45 seconds, and you have piping hot scrambled eggs ready to eat right then and there. It’s as easy as 1-2-3, and better yet, no washing of skillet or pans is involved. Add in cheese, spinach or any other omelet accessories if you’re in the mood to spice up your breakfast. Try this easy hack and never go hungry in the mornings again.
Make 5 Ingredient No-Bake Energy Bites
Protein and energy bars are a common and easy grab and go breakfast that serve as a convenient snack as you’re rushing out the door in the morning. However, not all bars are necessarily healthy, and are often filled with chemicals and preservatives that won’t serve you well in the end. To combat the dangers of processed foods, whip up your own energy bites that are just as easy (and in my eyes, far more delicious) than any store bought snack.
1 cup dates, pitted (if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain well)
3 tbsp all natural peanut or almond butter
1/4 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped (or dark chocolate chips)
1 tbsp chia seeds (or sub flax or hemp seeds)
2/3 cup rolled oats
Combine all the ingredients into a food processor and mix well. Form into balls, refrigerate, and they’ll be ready to eat after 15 minutes! Add dried fruit or nuts such as cranberries and pecans to add an extra power punch! Recipe adapted by original: Minimalist Baker
Bake Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven
There’s nothing worse than waiting for water to boil when you are under a time crunch. Want an easier and quicker way to hard boil eggs? Place them in a muffin tin and bake them at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly 27 minutes. After they’re done cooking, immediately place them in a bowl of ice water for ultimate peeling ease. This breakfast hack is super simple and will leave you with perfectly cooked eggs every time!
Cook Muffins in the Microwave
Find a spare 2 minutes of your morning, toss together a couple of simple ingredients, and voila, you’ll be out the door with a freshly baked muffin at your fingertips! All you need to do is gather the items listed below, mix them together in a microwavable mug, and heat for two 45 second intervals. No need to wait 15-20 minutes for a whole batch to bake in the oven. Make a singular serving with this easy recipe and you’ll have energy to last you through the morning!
¼ cup flour
1 Tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp salt
A pinch of cinnamon
½ Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp milk
1-2 Tbsp blueberries
Honey for drizze topping
Recipe adapted by original: Budget Bytes
Freeze your Smoothie Ingredients
Smoothies are one of the easiest meals you could prepare, yet some still can’t find the time to gather ingredients in the midst of their morning rush. To alleviate the stresses of getting ready for work or school during the early hours of the day, put together a bunch of single serving smoothie packs, filled with your favorite fruits and vegetables at the beginning of the week to save loads of prep time. You won’t have to worry about rummaging through the fridge to find what you need when you have easy-access baggies waiting for you in the freezer. Empty them out into your blender and you’ll have an icy cold super-food smoothie in a no time!
If you try any of these breakfast hacks, let me know what you think of them in the comments!