January 11, 2013 by Helen Nowotnik
Ah, January, a month of bitter chill and a super-packed recreation center. You now what they say, new year, new you! Well, I’ve already met my 10 sit-up quota for the year, and it’s time to get cooking.
Everyone always says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for people maintaining a healthy diet. There are several studies proving that people who skip breakfast tend to weigh more than people who eat a well-balanced morning meal. Instead of crash dieting on Special K for two weeks, I’ve come up with some fast, healthy and delicious breakfast sandwiches to kick off the winter term.
The first is a savory sandwich that can be made in advance and frozen until a quick spin in the microwave right before class.
6 whole-wheat English muffins
6 egg whites
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
6 pieces of your favorite cheese
6 strips of bacon (optional)
Yields 6 servings
I’ve found that making these in advance over the weekend and freezing them for the rest of the week works perfectly. First, scramble the egg whites and spinach and set them aside. It’s important to make sure the spinach is completely drained, or else the sandwiches will get soggy. Next, toast the English muffins as desired.
Plating is easy. Put a slice of cheese on the warm muffin, and add a portion of the scrambled egg and spinach. You can also add a piece of cooked bacon if preferred.
If you’re making sandwiches for the week, wrap each individually in a paper towel and put them in the freezer. When the time comes to eat one, heat it up in the microwave for approximately 90 seconds. Make sure to keep them wrapped in the paper towel while heating them.
The next sandwich is a sweeter idea that tastes better freshly prepared.
2 whole-wheat frozen waffles
2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
1 banana or apple
1 pinch of cinnamon
Quickly toast up the waffles and spread them with peanut butter. Add sliced banana or apple and a pinch of cinnamon, and you’re ready to face the morning.
Have a good term, everyone, and good luck with your New Year’s resolutions! And as usual, if you have any questions or suggestions, email me at [email protected]