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Making Sure I Have Breakfast

Are you one of those people that doesn’t eat breakfast, even though everyone from public television children’s programming to your general physician has adamantly insisted that you do so? Me, too. I’m horrible at breakfast. I’m one of those people who feels proud if she manages to pick up a pastry with her coffee at Starbucks before noon, like, hey, look world! Most important meal of the day!

Obviously, that’s total shit.

For New Year’s one of my resolutions was to take better care of my body. Not in a, I hate my fat, make me skinnier, let’s kill ourselves doing exercise we loathe and eating nothing but broccoli and blended drinks, kind of way. In a: nourish, sustain, move, enjoy kind of way. It feels nice, honestly. As a reward for my self-care, the universe gave me my period back; I hadn’t had one since I went off the Nuva Ring in July, so (for one month only!) it was like an old friend dropped in to visit.

But breakfast. Thorn in my side. I am not a morning person. I tend to wake up with the minimum number of minutes necessary to get vaguely “ready” in the morning before I have to trot off to catch the commuter train, and I am not a cereal fan, and while I love Starbucks’ chocolate croissants or cinnamon swirl coffee cake, I know that’s not a real breakfast. It won’t keep me full past 9:30 a.m., and then where am I? Eating packs of goldfish crackers to sustain me until lunch? No, no, no. That wouldn’t do at all.

So, this past weekend, I planned ahead. I bought:

  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 carton of eggs
  • 1 bag of Trader Joe’s light shredded “Mexican” cheese (imo, the “light” melts faster and is less greasy than the regular)

I already had:

  • cayenne pepper
  • cooking spray
  • a pan

I chopped one red bell pepper into quarters, and cut another quarter from a 2nd bell pepper; the other 1 3/4 bell peppers I will use for dinner one of these nights. I diced each quarter bell pepper and placed each diced quarter in a separate sandwich baggie. Then, I measured out a serving of shredded cheese per baggie (trust me, it’s enough). Finally, I dashed in a bit of cayenne pepper per baggie. No need to measure.

I wrote the days of the week on each baggie, and popped them in the fridge.

In the morning, I get up, run through my shower bollocks, and while I’m brushing my teeth after I get dressed, I turn a burner on the stove, pop a frying pan onto it, spray with cooking spray, whisk two eggs together quickly in a bowl with a fork, and dump them into the pan. I run back to the bathroom to rinse my teeth, then come back to the eggs, dump on the baggie-of-the-day, fold over the omelet, and run back to run a comb through my hair. When I’m done brushing my hair, my omelet (which is generally pretty darn good at this point), is ready to eat. Breakfast. Ready. Simple. Packed with nutrition and so fucking delicious you won’t believe it. This is my favorite omelet ever, and if you’re a lacto-ovo vegetarian, you can still eat it.

Anyway, thought I’d share, because this has literally revolutionized my morning. Triple kudos to Unfuck Your Habitat for the whole “prepping your morning” tip, because honestly, I hadn’t given it a second thought before I did this.

By Meghan Young Krogh

Meghan had a number of quality writing mentors over the course of her education, which just goes to show that you can't blame the teacher for the way the student turns out. Team Oxford Comma represent.

11 replies on “Making Sure I Have Breakfast”

One of my friends suggested Cupcake Omelets to me once and it was the greatest idea ever. Take a muffin tray and mix up a dozen eggs with tomatoes, onions, peppers, spinach, mushrooms, cheese… whatever you would want in an omelet. Portion into the muffin tray and bake for 20 minutes or until it’s cooked. Store them all in a tupperware and microwave a couple for 10-15 seconds every morning for breakfast. I got out of the habit of making them and went back to cereal, but it was a neat idea.

 

If i go without breakfast, Im an asshole, plain and simple. I also eat less as the day goes on and breakfast serves as my power meal of the day, stuffing my mouth with whatever I can.

May I recommend the quick and easy bread egg? Full of starchy goodness that goes swimmingly with strong black coffee? Its like making an egg in the hole, except you forgo the precision. I piece of bread with a hole in the middle + 1 egg in that middle + cheese + scallions.  I make 2, slap some ketchup and vegannaise (it tastes better than mayo) together, add a touch of cayenne pepper and mmmm mmmm cooking.

Also, i dont know how you feel about leftovers in the morning, but i love chinese food / pizza / spaghetti / whatever we ate for dinner last night in the morning. Theres something about it as opposed to standard breakfast food that reminds me of how hungry I can be in the morn.

I’m a freak of nature who can’t function without a full meal (and at least three cups of coffee) in the morning. So for the past 10 or more years, my breakfast every morning has been a PoM Egg Sandwich Spectacular: toasted bagel with a fried egg (fried without butter or oil in a nonstick pan), with some combination of the following (and sometimes a combination of ALL of the following): deli American cheese, goat cheese crumbles, extra sharp cheddar, avocado, soy bacon, tomato slice.

Oddly, my cholesterol is fine.

And, yeah, unfuck your mornings. Because I said so.

That is a great idea :). I keep hard-boiled eggs handy in the fridge, a box of frozen waffles with peanut butter at the office, and when things get crazy I turn to string cheese and a piece of really good toast (also in the freezer at the office). I have gone so far as to peel the string cheese and put the strips on a piece of bread and toss it in the microwave; that was an especially bad week.

Yum! That is so easy, thanks for sharing. I’m from a family where we couldn’t leave the house unless we’d had breakfast. I become a very grumpy monster by 9am if I haven’t had anything to eat, so I try and have a bowl of muesli with fruit and yoghurt, but sometimes you just need something hot.

So I think I’ll put this up my sleeve and use it for those days when you just need eggs and cheese.

 

I turn into a grumpy monster too. I had a problem where I wasn’t eating breakfast because I’m so slugish in the morning I was unable to prepare food. Now I have a pre-breakfast snack (cereal, granola bar, whatever) to give me the energy I need to make a more filling meal. I feel so much more energetic and capable, though I’m still not a morning person.

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