We can all breakfast better. I mean, we can all do a lot of things a lot better, but when you start with a good breakfast, the rest of the day goes more happily. This isn’t just to stave off a gnawing stomach so you can focus on your work or classes or Netflix binge (OK, sometimes it is)—it’s also a perfect way to set the tone for the rest of your waking hours. Though it turns out that the whole "it takes 21 days to create a new habit" thing is a myth (it’s more like 66), these small upgrades, recipes. tips, ingredients, and suggestions will have you looking forward to breakfast every day of this month.
1. Drink leftover Champagne for breakfast. You did manage to keep it from going flat, tight?
2. You don’t have to go back to work quite yet, right? Make a batch of oatmeal and banana breakfast cookies to grab and go for the rest of the week.
3. Put hot sauce in your oatmeal. A morning endorphin rush starts the day off with a bang.
4. Get wacky and try a different of bread for your toast. If you usually go for white, try a seven-grain. Swap challah for rye. It’s a small tweak that make a surprisingly big difference.
5. Add immunity-boosting foods to your breakfast and help stave off the sniffles that are going around your office. You don’t have to buy any weird powders or supplements—just rotate yogurt, sweet potatoes, ginger, garlic, water, and green tea to your morning meal and enjoy the benefits. Also order a pizza.
6. Eat a slice of cold pizza for breakfast and prep an overnight bulgur bowl.
7. Sleep in, enjoy that bulgur bowl, and put the makings for a sausage and tater tot casserole in the slow cooker to eat breakfast for dinner or the next morning.
8. Enjoy the rest of the casserole, and make a batch of savory breakfast rolls. They’re great for using up the week’s dinner leftovers and for toting to work or school for the next few days.
10. Switch up your cereal. You might have always considered yourself a cornflake or oat bran die-hard, but who knows what’ll happen if you bust loose just a little?
11. Master the art of oatmeal congee, and go nuts with toppings like soy sauce, tofu, black vinegar and, well, nuts. (One Extra Crispy reader tweeted that she made it four times in one week.)
12. Have a breakfast meeting with someone. Doesn’t matter who, can be a friend, colleague, classmate, random Tinder person, but it’ll start the day off in an energetic way that’ll carry you through.
13. Make a cheese plate. One expert tells us it’s even better than sex in the morning. We make no promises.
15. Invite friends over and build a Champagne tower. It’s a long, dark month, folks. Gotta take the sunshine where you can.
16. Add avocado to your coffee. Sounds weird, but tastes wonderful.
17. Get creative with hot cocoa packets and add the mix to your French toast, smoothies, oatmeal, and more.
18. Add a slice of cheese to your pancakes. It just works.
19. Crack an egg into your coffee like the Scandinavians do. (You still trust us after the avocados, right?)
22. Stay in and perfect your omelet technique.
23. Embrace your inner Pinterester and prep these quick mason jar breakfast recipes to stuff in your bag and go.
24. Add apples, cheddar cheese, and maple syrup to your oatmeal all Canadian-style.
25. Smear feta cheese and honey on your toast and top it with slices of pear. Sounds fancy as heck, but comes together fast.
26. Throw together a batch of homemade granola and feed yourself for the rest of the week.
27. Fry up some day-old rice with an egg and whatever else you have on hand. Feel like a minor deity for the rest of the day.
28. Behold and indulge in the wonder that is Bombay toast—plus use up all of the week’s leftovers.
29. Go to a diner and eat your feelings.
30. Enjoy a cheap, seasonal-as-heck, crazy delicious, and non-bougie smoothie with this entirely non-patented (but should be) method.
31. Enjoy deep-fried cake for breakfast. You made it through the month.