7 breakfast hacks for rush-free mornings
It’s the most important meal of the day, yet we’ve skipped breakfast at some point. Here are the dos for the most important meal of the day.
1. Smoothie-Prep Before You Snooze
“Make smoothie packs with greens and fruit, then stash in your freezer,” says registered dietitian Jessica Cording. “When you’re ready to make your smoothie, dump the contents of the bag into your blender, add some liquid, maybe some protein powder, and blend away.” Even easier: Combine the protein and the milk steps into one. You can also blend your berries or fruit combos beforehand and freeze them, so your produce won’t expire. Rather not wake the roommate or kids with the blender? Make a smoothie or yogurt pop instead so you can chow down one-handed.
2. Keep Hard-Boiled Eggs On Hand
Did you know you can make hard-boiled eggs in the oven? Yep, just place them in a muffin pan for 30 minutes at 1760C, and you’ll have go-to protein for the entire week. Slice them up on your avocado toast, eat them alone as a snack, or make a healthier egg salad.
3. Go for the Yoghurt
“If I’m in a rush, I’ll grab a 5-ounce container of plain Greek yoghurt for protein and a 100-calorie pack of pistachios, which offer healthy fat, protein, and fibre to help keep me fuller for longer,” says registeren dietitian Amy Gorin. “I’ll also bring along a piece of fruit, like a banana.”
4. Don’t Cook Your Oatmeal
If waiting for your steel-cut oatmeal to cook feels like a time-suck, use muesli or granola instead—it requires zero cooking. Add fresh or frozen berries, raisins, nuts, and a dash of cinnamon, just as you might with oatmeal.
5. Maximise Your Mug Game
“Scrambled eggs are super-easy to make in the microwave,” says Cording. Her strategy: Spritz a microwave-safe bowl or tall mug with cooking oil spray. Add beaten eggs or egg whites, cover with a plate, and microwave on high in 30-second increments—it will probably take between 3 and 5 zaps depending on your microwave’s strength and the shape of the mug or bowl—until the eggs are cooked through. Throw in your favourite veggies and you’ve got yourself a makeshift omelette. If you’re more into sweet treats you can make everything from French toast to cinnamon rolls or a blueberry muffin in the microwave too.
6. Make Your Bacon In the Microwave, Too
Yes, it can be done. Just turn a bowl upside down onto a plate and drape slices of bacon over the top. Microwave for one minute per slice, and voilà— crispy bacon with no greasy mess.
7. Make Energy Bites Ahead of Time
Pack protein balls to keep you alert and to make sure you never get to that hungry place. You’ll find lots of recipe inspiration for easy-to-make protein ball, which are so much better than those sugary, high-calorie protein bars.