Breakfast Ideas for Small Apartment Kitchens

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Breakfast Ideas for Small Apartment Kitchens

Eva R. Marienchild · Oct 8, 2015

 

So you have a typical apartment kitchen…not the sort of space that has you whirling around a huge all-purpose chopping table/storage cart island, eh? Even if you did have a larger set-up, you’re too busy rushing around in the a.m. to do much more than pour out a bowlful of Kashi, sprinkle with sugar (not a good idea), and splash some chocolate milk on the cereal. Does it sound like we’re a fly on the wall? Don’t fret. This is similar to many folks’ weekday morning routine – unless they prepare ahead.

We’re going to show you two versions of how to avoid the morning rush hour in the kitchen while giving yourself an energy boost for the workday ahead.

Version One

Your Shopping Essentials

First on your to-do list, head for the supermarket for the following ingredients:

Good quality Greek yogurt, plain – 2 large containers

Wheat germ or Granola cereal – two cupfuls

Apples, blueberries and bananas – around a half cupful, diced

Raw, hulled seeds of your choice – pumpkin, sesame, chia, etc.

Stevia natural sweetener – to taste

or

Raw honey – to taste

Natural Chocolate Powder – two tablespoons. (Toll House has a sugar-free dark chocolate version.)

Set-up

When you get home, take all the ingredients and set them up around you. Use the kitchen sink to hold your utensils and to stack your bowls for now. This’ll save you some space and let you maneuver a little easier.

Prep time? The good news is that preparing these breakfast meals takes about the same time as it does to throw something together haphazardly.

And you can save yourself even more time by getting a whole week’s worth of breakfast meals together. Like an artist working with their palate, once your tools are gathered about you, it’s more efficient if you prepare in quantity and it only takes a few minutes longer.

Prep Directions

In a large bowl, dump out the yogurt. Add the other ingredients. Mix.

Now let’s put out a few plastic containers with lids – five, if you’re feeling ambitious and would like to prepare ahead for a whole work-week. Not enough counter space? Stack the empty containers and set the lids in the sink. Fill one at a time, when ready. Remove the full container to the fridge. Move on to the next container.

Scoop equal amounts into the containers. Store in the fridge.

In the early a.m., just help yourself to one of the containers and spoon out some energy-giving goodness. No additives, no artificial sugar – so you won’t plummet from the sugar-letdown, and you’ll be armed with a good nutritional base for the busy day ahead.

In fact, Greek yogurt, a protein powerhouse, has beneficial Probiotics and calcium, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Wheat germ is a superfood, packed with folic acid (which reduces harmful homocysteine), b-vites, phosphorous and potassium. Of course, it’s got a phenomenal amount of fiber.

And research shows that dark chocolate – minus the sugar – is a great antioxidant.

Version Two

Love the wholesome taste of honey-sweetened oatmeal? Good for you. It’s loaded with heart-healthy fiber and crucial nutrients like iron, manganese, zinc and selenium.

Your Shopping Essentials

Any Brand of Instant Oats – Plain, with no added ingredients.

Cinnamon

Apples

Raw honey – to taste

or

Stevia natural sweetener – to taste

Almond or Cashew Milk

or

Rice Dream

Prep Directions

You can prepare this recipe one bowl at a time. While you’re seeing to other morning rituals, let the water boil according to package instructions for one serving of oatmeal. When water boils, pour into your breakfast bowl, add cereal and stir. Mix in apples, cinnamon and honey or Stevia to taste. A splash of Almond or Cashew Milk or Rice Dream should be added once the oatmeal texture is firm. Grab your spoon and enjoy!

Even when hampered by a small kitchen space and not much time, you can feast on a great-tasting, energizing breakfast…and the prep time’s a breeze, as well!

Remember…think positively!

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