Not everyone has the time or ability to follow the phrase “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper,” in fact many people tend to skip breakfast completely. Breakfast can fall low on your list of daily priorities because you’re always rushing to get to school or work. Unfortunately, you’re missing one of the most important meals of the day! Taking a few bites can help you, but having a full breakfast can make a huge difference overall. Your mother and grandmother were right about eating breakfast because it provides many benefits to your health and well being. Science has also proven the importance of breakfast.
Benefits Of Eating Breakfast
Breakfast provides the body and the brain with much needed fuel after an overnight fast (that’s about 7-8 hours of no food during sleep). Medical experts have stated that the risk of strokes and stress usually build up at night and having breakfast can counter these health issues. Without breakfast when you wake up, you will run on empty and you will be cranky or will not function effectively during those painful hours before lunch. It’s like trying to run a car without gas.
Many nutritionists advise that breakfast should be taken within 2 hours of waking and a healthy breakfast should provide calories between 2-30% of your daily allowance. Apart from providing you with required fuel, breakfast can also be a good source of nutrients like iron, calcium, B vitamins, fiber and protein. If possible, include fruits and vegetables for a well-balanced meal. Breakfast can also help in losing or maintaining your weight. If you skip breakfast, you’re likely to overeat at lunch or go for fatty and sugary foods mid-morning.
Breakfast also restores glucose levels which are important for brain function; studies have shown that breakfast can improve memory and concentration levels. It can also counter the effects of stress and anxiety during the day.
Hacks, Hacks, Hacks!
Now that the cards have been laid on the (breakfast) table, try some of these hacks to spice up your breakfast style. Breakfast should not be boring, it should be a great start to the day. Let’s begin!
1. Scrambled Eggs In A Mug
Normally we fry eggs in a frying pan, either scrambled or sunny-side up. If you want to have scrambled eggs minus the oil, you can do it using a microwave. Scrambled eggs cooked for about a minute in a microwave-safe mug it an easy and healthy breakfast. You’ll get fluffy and tasty eggs without the grease.
2. Microwave Chocolate Chip Muffin
You don’t have to prepare too much to enjoy a freshly baked muffin every morning. All you need is some ingredients and a microwave oven. Add any ingredients you like for the muffin and cook it in the microwave for only 60 seconds! You can enjoy this one at breakfast, as an afternoon snack or as a midnight munchie.
3. Bacon Pancakes
Everything is good with bacon. Bacon pancakes are one of the best breakfasts you can eat! Just whip up your regular pancake mix and pre-fry your bacon. Lay out your bacon on a non stick pan and then carefully ladle the pancake mix over the length of the bacon. Wait for the pancake to cook on each side. Serve hot and enjoy!
4. Cold Butter Hack
Hard, cold butter makes spreading it on your toast such a hassle. You can fix this by using a cheese grater to grate hard butter evenly onto your toast. Voila!
5. Fresh Eggs
You can tell if your eggs are fresh by using just a bowl of water. A very fresh egg will sink completely to the bottom of the bowl and will lay on its side. A 2-week old egg will rest at the bottom of the bowl, but the egg’s fat end will slightly rise up. A 3-week old egg will sink to the bottom, but it will hold its balance with the pointy end at the bottom and the fat end sticking up. Bad eggs will float and should not be eaten!
6. Bottled Pancake Mix
You can use your old ketchup bottles as pancake mix bottles. Just fill up the ketchup bottle and squeeze it out as fun shapes for a morning treat.
7. Apple Ring Pancakes
Here’s a way to enjoy your apples and pancakes at the same time. Remove the apple’s core and then slice them up. Dip the sliced apple into the pancake mix and cook. Sprinkle with cinnamon and use your preferred pancake syrup. Yum!
8. De-stemming Strawberries
Strawberries are best at any time of the day. If you prefer to have strawberries as part of your breakfast, you can further enjoy them by removing the stem using a straw. Just insert the straw in the middle of the fruit until the core is removed. Enjoy your fruit!
9. Hard Boiled Eggs In The Oven
Lay out your eggs in a mini muffin tray and stick them in the oven for 30 minutes at around 320 degrees Celcius. That’s it! This is a great hack if you need to cook breafkast for a large group of friends or family.
10. Pre-assembled Smoothie Mixes
It usually takes an hour or two of your time to prepare your smoothie mixes into individual packs. Once you have assembled them each in a bag, freeze them and process in the morning for a healthy and delicious drink. All you need is a bit of organisation and you’re good to go!
11. Cereal Box Hack
To prevent any crumbs from settling at the bottom of the cereal box, flip the box and open it at the bottom end. This will redistribute the crumbs and you won’t be stuck with cereal powder when you reach the bottom of the bag.
12. No-Cook Oats
Even instant oatmeal takes time to cook and prepare, but you can make a tasty no-cook version of this. Use a small mason jar to combine equal amounts of milk and oatmeal. Drizzle with maple syrup and a couple of teaspoons of dried fruit. Sprinkle cinnamon for some added flavor. Cover the jar and store it in the fridge. The oats will soften as they absorb some moisture overnight and will taste perfect, even when cold.
13. Perfectly-cooked Bacon
It’s hard to make bacon really crispy and cooking it in a pan is sometimes a hit and miss situation. To make perfect bacon preheat your oven to 400 degrees, lay the bacon on a tray covered with tin foil, and bake for 12 minutes. It will cook in its own fat and the evenly distributed heat will cook the bacon perfectly.
14. Pancake Syrup Hole
Eating a stack of pancakes is fun, but not all of them will have syrup on every bite. To solve this problem, cut a hole in the middle of the stack and then fill the hole with syrup. You’ll be able to enjoy syrup with every bite of your pancakes! Enjoy.
15. Brownie Waffle
Waffles are good, but you can make them even better! How? Just pop your brownie mix into your waffle maker and voila! A delicious brownie waffle. Who can say no to that?
Now there is no reason for you to think breakfast is boring. Be creative and get some much needed fuel to make you function like a well-oiled machine throughout the day.