“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” You’ve probably heard that exact statement from everyone from your mother to your pediatrician, and for good reason. Well, actually several good reasons.
In the Bath Breakfast Project by the University of Bath, researchers found that those who ate breakfast maintained better glucose balance and improved insulin sensitivity, which may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Eating breakfast also motivates you to be more physically active throughout the day and may help you keep your weight in check and improve brain performance. Another recent study showed that those who didn’t eat a morning meal had a 27% higher risk of developing heart disease.
So now that you know why breakfast is essential, let us make the case for why a hot breakfast is even better. When you were growing up, did the smell of coffee, bacon or pancakes lure you out of bed in the morning? Even if you didn’t grow up with a Betty Crocker in your family, chances are the aroma of breakfast has encouraged you to get out of bed at some point in your life. Turns out, the smell of a hot breakfast actually helps your body wake up better. And if you prepare breakfast yourself, you’ll have plenty of time to wake up and become more alert, which makes for a more cheerful morning.
We’ve got one more reason to say yes to a hot breakfast. Some nutrition experts claim that eating a cold breakfast (i.e., cereal) slows your digestive system for the rest of the day. Your body will also need more energy to digest a cold meal, which means you have less performance energy.
Still not convinced a hot breakfast is worth the time and prep? The truth is, most hot breakfast items like eggs, bacon, and sausage don’t actually take that long to prepare, and all can be cooked in the oven on a sheet pan for an easy, mix up and go on about your morning kind of breakfast. We challenge you to try eating a hot breakfast every single day for a week and see how you feel at the end of it. We guarantee you’ll see a difference in how you feel, eat and perform. Check out the recipes below for easy, quick but hearty breakfast meals. The best news, they’re kid-friendly, too!
This recipe can also be made as a casserole, but this way makes it easy to prep the evening before so all you have to do is warm up the oven and pop these in until done.
If your kids like hot pockets, they’ll love this homemade breakfast version.
Ever wish you could combine French toast and waffles for one simple, delicious dish? Now you can.
These are great for on-the-go eating during busy mornings!
Oatmeal is the perfect go-to for a delicious, healthy hot breakfast. This page offers up 50 oatmeal recipes, but we think the first one, the Five Minute Healthy Oatmeal, is a great base recipe for any style of oatmeal you choose.
Want to learn how to make your own instant oatmeal packets? Check out this link.
Did you think we would forget to include an omelet recipe? Nonsense! This microwave omelet recipe is designed to eat on the run.
Still think a piece of toast is the closest you’ll get to preparing a hot breakfast? Try these energy-boosting recipes.