Mornings are rough. Not many people can deny that. The alarm starts beeping and you some how mange to slide out of bed and shuffle over to hit the snooze button. All too soon it starts all over again. Next thing you know you are running late, forgetting things, and just stressed out. Your day is off to a great start. And of course there is cooking. Unlike most of your peers, you have to actually cook your food in the morning. So how do you save time in the morning in order to get the most sleep possible and not be stressed every morning? Here are three tips to save time in the morning…
1. Eat “non-breakfast” foods.
There’s no rule that says, “For breakfast you must eat pancakes, cereal, or eggs.” Eat whatever is most practical for you and your diet. If having soup or warming up a hamburger with vegetables is what is quickest or most practical for you, then do that. Leftovers are also practical for breakfast; they are easy to warm up and require little attention.
2. Make food in large quantities.
When you make food, double or even triple the recipe and put the extras into the fridge or freezer for longer storage. When you store food in the freezer, write on the bag (Ziploc slider bags are great*) or put a piece of tape on the container and write down the specific ingredients. This way if you need to remove additional foods from your diet, you’ll know what is in the containers. When you want some of the food, pull it out of the fridge or freezer and warm it up. Not only does this save time in the morning, but it also makes cooking easier. Instead of making the same recipe three individual times and making a mess three times you only have to gather the ingredients once and clean dishes once.
3. Prep lunch and breakfast the night before.
Think about what you are going to eat the night before. Is it already made or do you have to cook it in the morning? This changes how much time you need to eat and cook in the morning. For lunch, put the food you want into containers the night before. This makes getting ready in the morning quicker because instead of having to think through what you want and pack it in the morning, it is already in containers and only needs to be packed and possibly warmed up. Also, leftovers from dinner are good for lunches because they require no additional cooking for the day.
For most of us, mornings will always be rough, but if you consider these three time saving food tips, the more effortless they can become. Also, be grateful for food and cooking. Yes, they take up time but you are on your way to becoming healthier and that is something to be grateful for and a positive attitude can make a huge difference in the morning.
This post is part of: The North Star