Muffin Tin Frittatas

In my never ending effort to try to eat healthy and also minimize the amount of time required for me to get out the door in the morning, I’m always looking for things I can cook ahead of time and grab and go in the morning. So far, my favorite homemade breakfast is muffin tin frittatas. These are so ridiculously easy to make that it’s hardly a recipe, and you can make them exactly to your taste and preferences. Also, I get jealous comments from my co-workers when I bring them into the office for my breakfast every time, so that’s probably a good sign, too!

Without further ado…

Recipe for Muffin Tin Frittatas:Frittata Ingredients

Preheat oven to 375
Grease/spray regular-size muffin tin or cupcake liners (this is very important, otherwise they stick a lot!!!)
Fill the cup up to a max of about 3/4 full with any mix-ins you want – meat, veggies (red pepper recommended), cheese (don’t skimp on the cheese :)), etc
Crack eggs (roughly 1 egg per frittata – I find 5 eggs per 6 muffins is just about perfect) into a mixing bowl
Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, whatever other herbs/spices you want to eggs (I tried Adobo Seasoning this week – so good!)
Beat eggs (you can add some milk if you want) and pour them into the cups
Bake for about 20 minutes! They’re done when they puff up somewhat and the tops are slightly browned.
(Original inspiration recipe I found on Pinterest is here: Egg Muffins Revisted)

I usually reheat mine in the microwave for about a minute before eating. They’re good in the fridge for a whole week. Just stick them in the fridge after they cool and you’re ready to grab breakfast on the way out the door in the morning! Pro tip from the original blogger: portion them out into ziploc bags or tupperwares from the start and you’re really ready to fly in the morning.

There you go! Super easy, and you can make your entire week’s breakfast at once with minimal effort. I think I’ll experiment with the add-ins until I find some really great combos. So far sausage and cheese is my favorite. I didn’t like them with bacon, but I had burnt the bacon so it’s hardly fair to judge on that. I think feta and spinach would be really good!

Have any suggestions for potential combos? Let me know, maybe I’ll try some! Or even better, try it out and share your successes in the comments!

Cheers,
Anthea

Everyday Fitness: Stability Ball Chair

As a writer and a communications professional, I find myself sitting in front of a computer screen for more than 80 percent of my waking hours. Sometimes when I’m at work, I start to feel this pain gradually spread across my posterior and into my lower back, and I realize I haven’t moved for several hours. It saddens me to admit it, but I’ve become the dreaded office drone.

I do enjoy hiking and biking, and I try to exercise regularly (my current kick is Jillian Michaels’ “Body Revolution”), but I also try to find small ways I can engage my muscles while I perform my daily (physically inactive) tasks. My latest experiment in improved fitness has been the stability ball office chair.

stability ball chairI have two stability balls in my home gym (I’m using the term “gym” very loosely, as this is really just a spare room with a TV, DVD player and small fitness equipment), so I decided to swap out my office chair for one of the stability balls. Because I am as graceful as a drunk goose, I chose the stability ball that is weighted in the bottom, making it far less likely to roll out from under me.

I didn’t think much of it the first time I used it. I sat on it for close to an hour while working at my desktop computer. I did feel some pain and muscle stress in my lower back, but I didn’t think my core was getting much of a workout. However, the next day I felt unmistakable soreness in my upper abdominal muscles. Success! I had gotten a bit of an ab workout by doing what I normally do: sitting at my desk working on my writing.

Due to safety concerns (such as the rolling out from under oneself mentioned earlier), stability ball chairs are not allowed at my place of employment. Major bummer, but that doesn’t stop me from implementing this full-time at my home office. My new goal is to sit on the stability ball chair for a minimum of an hour when I write, incorporating some actual stability ball exercises during those moments when I’m thinking/brainstorming so I am engaging more than just my lower back and upper abdominal muscles.

Is this a realistic goal? Well … at the moment I’m actually sitting on my couch writing this from my netbook. Victoria’s Secret’s semi-annual sale is going on via web only right now, so I was watching Law & Order while browsing the online catalog. After placing my order, the writing bug bit me pretty hard, so I paused Law & Order to bring you this easy and useful health and fitness tip.

So after tonight, there will be no more writing from the couch. It’s stability ball chair. I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going and maybe even recommend some stability ball exercises that work well in the office environment.

Until then …

Keep it real,

Skylar

Breakfast: My first step towards better eating

As mentioned on the About Page, this blog was inspired by Bob Harper’s talk about making the change you can make today. Choosing a small step and making a change you can handle right now. Though this talk was over two years ago now, I think it’s only appropriate to start with the first change I decided to make: eating breakfast.Yogurt Parfait

I’m sure this will become a theme of my posts on this blog, but let it be said from the start: I hate mornings. For as long as I can remember, I have had the absolute worst time waking up in the morning. We’ll talk more about that later.

A result of my extreme aversion to mornings was my failure to get up in time for breakfast regularly and needing to rush along into my day without eating. This started in college and eventually I got so out of the habit of eating breakfast that the thought of eating in the morning made me literally feel queasy. Food before noon? Gross. Food before coffee? Impossible.

You don’t need to get very far into any diet/exercise/healthy living reading before you start getting the idea that health experts think this breakfast business is important. Like, really important. When I saw Bob’s talk, I knew that first step I needed to take was eating breakfast.

This whole thing will sound silly to those who eat breakfast, but those who don’t/haven’t might understand just how [ridiculously] hard this was. But, I bought a box of granola bars and forced myself to take nauseating bites one after another each morning for weeks, knowing this was for my own good and worst comes to worst, I puke at my desk! Ha!

After a while, I started to notice myself not feeling so sick. Then, I started to actually like the granola bars from the first bite. Then, I started to get hungry in the morning and wanted to eat! Step One: Accomplished. Now? I love breakfast and enjoy eating every day. I’m going on two years of eating breakfast now, but it’s good to look back and remember taking that first active step towards changing my life for the better.

I’m kicking this blog off with a success story. There will be more to come, but there will also be frustrations, progress check-ins, and sometimes failures. Also, not all of these will be so long! So, never fear, dear readers!

Cheers and Cheerios,

Anthea