Ahh, the quest of achieving a perfect morning routine. We all dream of waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after a night of restful sleep, ready to take on anything the day has in store, but it doesn’t always happen that way.
The temptation to hit the snooze button on our alarm is real, especially when it’s bitter cold outside. But when we do that for even just 10 minutes, we’re already throwing off our morning routine, leaving little time to do a workout or even sit down to enjoy breakfast.
How we structure our morning routine sets the tone for the rest of our day, and if we’re proactive about getting things done ahead of time, we can save ourselves a lot of unnecessary stress right after our alarm sounds (and give ourselves more time to relax).
Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it makes sense to start there. It doesn’t have to feel like a chore — and it shouldn’t — when you follow some easy breakfast hacks, starting the night before.
Get morning brew-ready
Coffee and tea enthusiasts understand the importance of their morning cup, and when it’s missed, it can feel as though your day is already lagging. To ensure you have time to make a coffee in the early hours of the day, get your tumbler or cup ready (yes) by placing the coffee (if you’re using instant) or tea bag in there. The same applies to refilling a coffee machine or percolator. Pro tip: Check the fridge for milk or cream and restock if needed.
Whether you’re working from home or at the office, having something ready to eat or grab-and-go instantly frees up some of your precious morning minutes. Wholewheat muffins with apple slices, walnuts, and Greek yogurt (plus anything else in your pantry) are an easy choice to bake the night before. Buy a bag of whole wheat flour, some baking soda, baking powder, and eggs at the store, and you’ve got the baking essentials to last you a few weeks.
Whip up egg bites
On the weekend, we have all the time in the world to make eggs benedict with smoked salmon and chives. Monday to Friday? Not so much. The good news is that you can still tuck into an egg breakfast of sorts midweek with egg bites. Grab a bowl and whisk your eggs, spinach, tomatoes, onion, ham, and cheese together before placing the mix into a pre-heated, non-stick muffin tin. Less than 30 minutes later, you’ve got golden egg bites ready for breakfast the next morning.
Prep a breakfast smoothie
Breakfast smoothies are another wonderfully nutritious option to speed up your morning routine. If you don’t feel like making a smoothie the night before, it’s just as easy to measure out all the ingredients you need for the next day. Think rolled oats, granola, fresh or frozen fruit like blueberries and strawberries, yogurt, and milk. Pop all of the ingredients in the blender right after you wake up, and you’re set.
Make a stack of pancakes
Some of our favourite breakfast hacks yield enough food to cover morning meals over multiple days, and pancakes fall into this category. In 20 minutes, you can make eight servings! All you need is one egg, milk, butter, baking powder, sugar, and flour (all-purpose or whole wheat) to make a stack of pancakes in one evening. You can change up the toppings from day to day to keep things interesting — Greek yogurt and raspberry compote, hazelnut spread, avocado — the list goes on.
Go overnight with oats
The overnight oats trend has stuck around for a reason, and we fully support this based on our experience of making breakfasts in our sleep, literally. Save the next mason jar from your grocery shopping, wash it out, and use it as your overnight oats vessel. Simply place old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, milk, the fruits of your choice, and honey into the jar. Leave the jar in the fridge overnight (with the lid on), and experience the ready-to-eat goodness when you wake up.
Baked eggs in avocados
Individually, baked eggs and avocados are heavenly options. Together, they make the most underrated pairing. As the name suggests, this breakfast hack requires only eggs and avocados. Slice the avocados in half, make a well inside of each half, and gently place the eggs into the wells. Bake these beauties in the oven for 15 minutes and season with salt and pepper afterwards. Try one (or more) and keep the remainders for breakfast.
Many of the products we use to make our first meal of the day come from the work carried out by BC’s dedicated dairy farmers. These farmers have been working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to make sure that dairy and milk products remain on grocery store shelves.
To learn more about the positive impact BC’s dairy farmers have on our local communities and discover even more recipes, check out bcdairy.ca.