February’s National Hot Breakfast Month is a good time to stop and think about your breakfast habits. Do you grab a cup of coffee, a pastry, and rush out the door? Do you ever make a hot breakfast that meets your nutritional needs?
Breakfast is an important meal. You’ve gone hours without a meal, so your blood sugar levels will be at their lower point. You need food for energy. To do that, a hot breakfast gives you the nutrients you need to get your day started. A hot breakfast doesn’t have to take hours to prepare. Here are some quick, hot breakfasts.
On a slow day, make a batch of breakfast sandwiches that you can pop into the microwave to heat up. To do this, purchase some pico de gallo and mix it with a large container of liquid eggs or egg whites. Add pepper and grated cheddar.
Pour that into a baking sheet that you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until the egg is set. Let it cool and cut it into 4-inch squares. Place each egg square onto a toasted whole-grain English muffin. Add a turkey sausage patty, if desired, and wrap in deli wrap. Place into a freezer bag.
On a busy morning, pull out a sandwich and place it on a microwaveable plate. Cook it for two minutes or until the egg is thawed and hot.
Keep the refrigerator stocked with microwaveable containers of overnight oats. Make them by putting ½ cup of old-fashioned oats, ½ cup milk or nut milk, and ¼ cup of unsweetened apple sauce.
When you’re too busy to cook, microwave the oats for a minute or two to heat it up. Top it with raw walnuts, a dash of cinnamon, and some dried apples or raisins.
Muesli is a simple breakfast to keep on hand. Mix raw walnuts, almonds, and/or pecans with old-fashioned oats. Add a variety of dried fruits like cranberries, apricots, raisins, and apples. Finish with some flax seeds, wheat germ, and bran flakes.
To heat it up, warm some type of milk in the microwave or on the stovetop. Portion some of the muesli into a bowl and pour the hot milk over it.
It’s time to consider letting senior care aides cook breakfasts for your mom and dad. Instead of rushing to get breakfast on the table for your family, you can focus on starting your workday or working on other to-do list chores. Call a senior care agency to learn more.