Breakfast is and will always be the most important meal of the day. It’s especially important for individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Research has found time and again that those who skip breakfast experience blood sugar spikes throughout the remainder of their day. Those who eat a healthy breakfast enjoy more stable blood sugar all day long.
So how can you set yourself up for blood sugar success? The same old eggs every morning gets quite boring quite quickly. Forget the average scrambled or sunny-side-up, and try out these amazing egg hacks for your next morning meal!
Firstly, make sure you’re starting off right with fresh eggs. If you want to make sure your egg is good-to-go, carefully place it in the bottom of a glass of water and watch what happens. If the egg immediately sinks to the bottom of the glass, it’s fresh! If it floats, it has spoiled and needs a trip to the trash!
If you love a perfectly scrambled egg, the keys are heat and a little patience. Keep the stovetop on medium heat. With one hand, gently move the pan in a circular motion over the heat.
With your other hand, stir the eggs in the opposite direction until they are set. (Keep in mind, they will continue to cook in the hot pan even after you turn off the stovetop, so you may want to pull them off the heat just before they are set to your preference.)
No time to wait for the perfect scramble? Make a 60-second omelet instead! In the bottom of a large coffee mug, microwave one tablespoon of butter for 15 seconds. Crack two eggs into the mug, along with a splash of whole milk, salt and pepper.
Add any additional fillings (cheese, ham, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. and whisk with a fork. Microwave for one minute and its omelet time!
What if you love your eggs fried? Start by separating the egg white from the egg yolk. Pour the egg white into the pan first and cook it until it looks opaque and turns white. Then, add the yolk and cook a few minutes more. Ta-dah! A fried egg with fully cooked whites and a deliciously runny yolk!
Living in a dorm, or maneuvering inside a small kitchen? Try boiling your eggs in your coffeepot! Fill the reservoir with water. Place the eggs inside the coffeepot and turn on the machine. The hot water will fill the pot and cook the eggs! (A nice medium-boil can be achieved after a 6-7 minute soak.)
You can seriously hack some eggs simply by making friends with your muffin tin! Do you have a few eggs in the back of your fridge about to go bad? Crack the eggs into a bowl and scramble with a fork, then pour into a muffin tin.
Place in the freezer until the eggs are completely frozen all the way through, then pop out the eggs and place in a plastic freezer bag. These individual egg portions can last up to 6 months in your freezer!
If you’re hungry now, your muffin tin can help, too! Brush your muffin tin cups with a little bit of melted butter. Add your fillings of choice – crumbled bacon, cheese, spinach, tomatoes, etc. to the bottom of each tin. Crack eggs into a large bowl, add a splash of whole milk, salt and pepper, and whisk.
Pour the egg mixture into each muffin tin cup. Don’t fill the cups all the way to the top; only fill them about ¾ full as the eggs will rise a bit. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. If there are any leftovers, they will last in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a month!
Looking for something a little meatier? After brushing with melted butter, line each muffin tin with slices of ham before adding shredded cheese and the whisked egg mixture. Bake and enjoy.
Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to stabilize blood sugar and provide the body and mind with the boost they need. We hope these egg hacks not only make your morning, but your entire day!