When I’m in the mood for a tasty, savory breakfast, I reach for two staple ingredients: eggs and cheese. So when my TikTok feed flooded with recipes prompting me to sub in feta for my usual sprinkle of Parmesan or cheddar, it caught my attention—especially considering its unique prep. The videos take the classic fried egg to the next level; you melt the cheese right in the pan to create a tangy, caramelized “crust” that serves as a nest for your protein.
Let’s be clear: I’ve tried a version of feta and eggs in the past. One of my favorite brunch recipes is shakshuka, a one-pan meal involving eggs baked into a seasoned tomato sauce and topped with those savory crumbles. Problem is its prep takes too long to add to my weekly morning meal rotation. This TikTok trend, on the other hand, promises a cheesy and delicious way to get breakfast on the table in just five minutes.
I dug into more clips of this trend, which raised a few important questions. Does it actually take mere minutes to prep? Will cooking that crispy crust result in a hot, sticky, glued-on mess? Does it taste good enough to replace my regular scrambles and omelets? And then, of course, is it filling enough to keep me satisfied until lunch?
When I woke up to an overflowing inbox and a bunch of assignments to turn in, I knew it was the perfect hectic morning to test out a quick-breakfast promise. I gathered my necessities: the eggs and feta, of course, a non-stick pan, and avocado oil, which has a high enough smoke point to allow your ingredients to crisp up quickly without breaking down.
6 Easy Ways to Get Back Into a Routine After Summer, According to a Pro
There are lots of reasons to build a daily routine. Routines can help you sleep better, manage stress more effectively, and be healthier overall. To put it simply: routines can help your days, and weeks, feel a lot less chaotic.
“Imagine if you had to think about every little thing in the morning, such as brushing your teeth and getting dressed,” says Lisa Jeffs, a Miami-based life coach. “You would be absolutely exhausted by lunchtime. Routines make things in your life so much easier, allowing you to move through your day with much more ease and allowing you the bandwidth for the more challenging things such as strategic thinking, interactions with your kids, et cetera.”
But it can be hard to stick to a set routine, especially after the warm summer months when kids have been out of school and you’re blowing through your vacation days. If you’ve fallen out of your routine since spring, don’t panic—there are ways to get back in order. Here’s how.Keep It Simple
Don’t expect to go from no routine to a complex regimen on day one. Whether you’re starting a new yoga practice or weekly cleaning schedule, go slow. Jeffs recommends beginning with one practice at a time.
“I know it can be very appealing, especially for high achievers, to want to overhaul their entire life,” she says. “However, one routine at a time allows you to master that routine. Allow it to become a habit, because once it’s a habit it becomes so much easier. And then you can move on to creating a new one.”
Easy, healthy meal ideas for the week ahead: Cilantro-lime shrimp skewers, grain bowls and more
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Labor Day weekend is the unofficial sendoff to summer and the start of fall, making it the perfect time to recommit to a healthy eating plan.
And eating the right foods not only benefits your physical health, but gives your mental health a boost as we start a new season. As previously reported by TODAY, research links fruit and veggie intake to happiness levels. Eating omega-3 fats and magnesium-rich foods and limiting red meat and added sugars has also been shown to improve mental health markers like stress levels, mood and energy.
This dietitian-designed meal plan will help you learn the building blocks of healthy eating and gives you the flexibility to ease back into a healthy fall routine.What to Eat This Week, September 4, 2023
This week’s focus is on a nutritious, plant-filled diet that includes healthy sources of fat (such as seeds, nuts, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil), plus a few servings of seafood per week. We’ve also got creative ways to cut back on meat (hello, magnesium-rich lentils!) and added sugars.
Whether you’re simply trying to eat healthier, or actively working on habits to boost your energy, mood, brain skills and quality of life, we know you will enjoy the menu we’ve selected for the week ahead.