One of the worst parts of lockdowns is that we miss out on our favorite coffee shops, restaurants, and good eats! Times are tough enough without having to suffer through another day of boring breakfast cereal.
If you want help making breakfast the high point of your day, then you’re in the right spot. We’re about to brainstorm seven of the best ways to spice up your breakfast instantly – even if lockdowns have you stuck at home and unable to visit your favorite farmers’ market.
7 Genius Ways to Liven Up Breakfast Even During Lockdown
- Here’s Why I Love These 7 Easy Ways to Spice Up Breakfast
- # 1 – Why Potatoes are the Most Underrated Breakfast Ingredient
- # 2 – Make Fruit Smoothies Your New Secret Breakfast Weapon
- # 4 – Add a Cup of Ice-Cold Coffee to Start Your Day With a Bang
- # 5 – Want Something Easy? Try Overnight Oats
- # 6 – Make Your Toast More Exciting and Livelier
- # 7 – The Ultimate Savory Breakfast Idea Perfect for Your Entire Family
- About Elle Meager
- Related Breakfast Ideas, Foodie and Food Reading
Here’s Why I Love These 7 Easy Ways to Spice Up Breakfast
I love spending time with my family. Breakfast used to be the best part of my day for quality time with my loved ones. But with lockdowns popping up around the country and world, it seems like a lot of people feel stressed out at the breakfast table.
That’s why I adore the following seven breakfast hacks that can make breakfast more fun, exciting, and delicious for the entire family.
# 1 – Why Potatoes are the Most Underrated Breakfast Ingredient
If you’re looking for an economical way to add boatloads of nutrients, potassium, protein, vitamin c, and fiber to your breakfast, then potatoes are an exceptional breakfast ingredient. The best part about potatoes is that they’re versatile. Potatoes are scrumptious and can bulk up any breakfast – without breaking the bank.
Even during the lockdown, potatoes are easy to find at nearly any grocery store, Walmart, or Target near your home. Potatoes also contain plenty of complex carbs to help you get through the rest of your day – even if you have arduous tasks that need tackling. Let potatoes fuel your inspiration, creativity, and morning motivation!
If you’re looking for exciting potato recipes to add to your breakfast, keep it simple. There’s nothing more pleasant than thinly sliced potatoes, lightly seasoned and baked crispy to accompany your scrambled eggs and diced tomatoes. Potatoes can turn your breakfast into a substantial meal and can make the mouths of your entire family water with anticipation – and delight!
# 2 – Make Fruit Smoothies Your New Secret Breakfast Weapon
If you want a ludicrously delicious and nutritious way to start your morning, then look no further. Fruit smoothies are the best! The right fruit smoothie can stimulate your tastebuds and make your day launch perfectly while giving you something to look forward to – all without cheating or feeling guilty afterward.
Here Are the Best Fruit Smoothie Ingredients:
- All types of berries!
I’ve tried endless fruit smoothie recipes over the years. The truth is that experimentation and exploration make things more exciting. I challenge you to try different flavor combinations, and I promise that you’ll concoct your secret recipes that will soon become a family legend!
Different color fruits have distinguished health benefits, so consider eating diversified fruit smoothies containing as many vibrant colors as possible. Your tastebuds and your family will thank you.
# 3 – Here’s How to Healthily Jazz Up Your Eggs
There’s nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than a fresh batch of hot and fluffy scrambled eggs with a dash of ketchup in the morning. If you want to add extra bulk and bucketloads of powerful nutrients to your eggs, then consider mixing fresh veggies inside your next omelet – or right alongside your scrambled (or fried) eggs.
Don’t worry – you don’t need a vegetable garden of your own to make a nutritious vegetable-enhanced egg breakfast! Even during lockdowns, you can easily snag tomatoes, peppers, onions, asparagus, kale, or even zucchini to give nearly any egg dish a potent flavor boost from most grocery stores.
Try chopping the vegetables finely and adding them to your favorite omelet recipe. Or, toss your veggies in a pan alongside your eggs so you can transform your egg breakfast into an elegant feast.
# 4 – Add a Cup of Ice-Cold Coffee to Start Your Day With a Bang
Few things in life get you ready for your day like an ice-cold, creamy, delicious, iced coffee. But if you want to avoid crowds or if your city is locked down, then finding a decent cup seems like an uphill battle! That’s why making iced coffee for breakfast is a stroke of genius if you can’t function without your daily fix.
My secret for making iced coffee is simple. Start by making coffee ice cubes the night before. If you have an ice cube tray, then load her up with as much coffee as you can. The next morning, fill your tallest cup to the brim with the coffee ice cubes. Then, slowly pour your favorite chilled coffee into your glass. Now you’re going to enjoy a rewarding (and potent) coffee that wakes you up and makes you feel like a million bucks so you can conquer your day with delight.
For extra points, consider adding a squirt of vanilla, hazelnut, or caramel syrup for a creamy swirl that will transform your morning into a flavorsome bliss.
# 5 – Want Something Easy? Try Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are one of the most manageable breakfast ideas that you can make. The best part about overnight oats is that they’re fast and delicious for your entire family.
Not only are whole grains a superfood worthy of adding to any nutritional breakfast, but overnight oats also allow your inner culinary genius to shine. Try adding a dash of honey, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, kiwi, bananas, berries, or a splash of natural honey to create a flavor explosion that your entire family will relish.
Overnight Oats Preparation Tips:
The best part about overnight oats is that they’re simple and speedy to make. Add your ingredients into a container, then wake up the next morning to a delicious, savory, healthy breakfast ready to devour without fuss.
Start by adding 1-cup of rolled oats or steel-cut oats to a jar or container and then slowly pour one-half cup of milk. Slowly mix your oats, milk, fruits, and nuts into the oatmeal container. Then, place the container in your fridge and let it rest until morning. When you wake up, breakfast is ready!
You can use regular milk, skim milk, or you can use something more sophisticated like vanilla-flavored almond milk.
One last overnight oats tip! The ratio to oats and milk isn’t set in stone. Try experimenting until you get the consistency that you and your family love. You can use steel-cut oats, but remember that steel-cut oats are much denser than other types of oats – so you might want to add a dash more milk or yogurt.
# 6 – Make Your Toast More Exciting and Livelier
Toast is one of the fastest ways to have a satisfying breakfast. But convincing and exciting your family about a piece of toast is a chore, especially if you have kids or picky eaters in the house.
That’s why you might consider this remarkable selection of breakfast toast toppers to enhance your next breakfast immediately, even in a pinch!
Cream Cheese and Blueberries
I love the smooth and creamy flavor of cream cheese clashing with the sweet aftertaste of fresh blueberries alongside a hardy piece of toast. Give this flavor combination a try, and you’ll probably add this to your inventory of favorite breakfast entrees.
Bananas and Peanut Butter
Who says you can’t have peanut butter for breakfast? Especially when accompanied by a sliced banana atop your favorite toast? Not only are bananas excellent sources of potassium, but they also go together with peanut butter like a dream come true when accompanied by a thick slice of whole-wheat toast.
Poached Egg and American Cheese
If you want something a little more savory, then adding a poached egg and a thick slice of American cheese atop your toast can give you incentive enough to wake up out of bed. If you want something more significant, try adding a few thin crispy pieces of bacon, or, if you prefer, you could add a vegetable-based sausage patty for equal effect.
# 7 – The Ultimate Savory Breakfast Idea Perfect for Your Entire Family
If you wish to turn your ordinary breakfast into a succulent and zesty feast worthy of praise, then few options will beat a delectable breakfast burrito.
Breakfast burritos provide the ultimate flexibility. You can add eggs, tomatoes, peppers, American cheese, cheddar cheese, salsa, or nearly any fresh veggies you want. You can also add bacon or sausage if you crave meaty protein in the morning.
If you’re on a low carb diet, then you can still join in on the fun. You can consider using almond flour tortillas or a low-carb wrap and load your breakfast burrito up with all of the eggs and fresh veggies that you can handle. Yum!
I realize that 2020 has been a tumultuous year for everyone. I hope that these stimulating breakfast ideas help to restore the magic at the breakfast table – so you can enjoy time with your family and start your day in the best way possible. Thank you for reading!
About Elle Meager
Elle is the founder of Outdoor Happens, a website dedicated to helping people garden, raise animals, grow their own food, and become more self-sufficient. Outdoor Happens has grown to become one of the foremost homesteading resources, known for its candid and educated advice. Elle is a qualified Permaculture Teacher and Master Gardener, and her advice has been featured in places like Bobvila, Mother Earth News, Apartment Therapy, and Realtor.com.