5 Time-Saving Breakfast Hacks

Mar 7 2018
Question@2x Hi Hungry Girl,

I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I never have time to make it. I'd love to start my day with a healthy, filling breakfast... without having to wake up an hour earlier! Any ideas?

Sleeping-In Sally
Answer@2x Hi Sally,

You're right; breakfast is crucial. In fact, studies show that people who skip breakfast weigh more than people who eat a morning meal! But it can be hard to prioritize, especially if you're not a morning person. Try these tricks for a yummy breakfast in no time...

Break Out the Blender

Smoothies are a given, but get ready for blender pancakes and muffins! Skip the whisk and the mixing bowl, and whip up your batter in a blender. Such a smart idea! These 5-Ingredient Banana-Chocolate Blender Pancakes are a breeze to make. And these Apple Cinnamon Blender Muffins can be made in advance. (So good paired with Greek yogurt!)

Overnight Oats

Save time in the morning: Make breakfast the night before! It doesn't get much easier than overnight oats. Just mix up old-fashioned oats, almond milk (or fat-free milk), sweetener, seasonings, and fruit. I add chia seeds for texture and protein powder for extra satisfaction. Here’s my go-to recipe! HG tip: Make five individual servings on Sunday, and enjoy one every day of the work week.

Low ‘n Slow

Let your slow cooker do the work for you ahead of time! Steel-cut oatmeal and egg-white/egg-substitute casseroles are surprisingly easy to prepare. Just add your ingredients, set, and forget! Bonus: You get several days’ worth of breakfast with one recipe.

Make It in a Mug

Mugs aren’t just for coffee anymore. They’re perfect for portion-controlled breakfasts with easy morning cleanup! Try a Hungry Girl egg mug: It's a fluffy scramble with no skillet or spatula required! Or get a li'l fancy with French toast in a mug. In the mood for a muffin? This blueberry treat for one is ready in minutes.

Freezy Does It

Is there any better feeling than waking up knowing you have a homemade breakfast in your freezer? Skip the drive thru in favor of DIY breakfast sandwiches. Other make-ahead morning meals that freeze well: muffin-pan pancake poppers and super-hearty oatmeal bakes. Your freezer is your new best friend...

Chew on this:

Happy National Cereal Day, March 7th! Did you know you can use bran cereal to make healthy "fried" chicken? Check it out!

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