We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it's hard to get excited about it sometimes. Thankfully, there are lots of ways you can add extra flavor to your breakfast without adding too many calories.
If you're looking for a way to liven up your morning meal, adding herbs to traditional breakfast foods is an easy, nutritious solution. Here are a few examples for inspiration:
Sprinkle over eggs
Some of the most versatile herbs are also the most common. They're also the ones you might be overlooking as you go about your morning routine. Chives are a great example of a herb that can add a lot of flavor to your breakfast.
Instead of having eggs by themselves for breakfast, add chives to the equation. An easy way to do it is by simply sprinkling chopped chives over scrambled eggs. If you prefer fried eggs with butter, add the chives to the melted butter just before cooking.
Mix into yogurt
Fresh mint adds a whole new dimension to yogurt. Its herbal flavor pairs well with creamy Greek yogurt and plain whole milk yogurt. It also works beautifully with fruit, like blueberries or strawberries.
Don’t just limit yourself to peppermint, though. You can also experiment by adding basil, parsley or cilantro to yogurt to make it feel like you’re eating a gourmet breakfast. Add a leaf or two of your favorite herb, or just chop the herb and sprinkle it over the surface.
Stuff into pancakes
When you're making pancakes, you have a lot of options. You can add eggs, or not. You can use whole wheat flour, or not. You can top them with berries or chocolate chips. But there's one thing that makes pancakes extra special: herbs!
Why not try dill? It’s perfect for adding a sweet, grassy flavor to savory pancakes. You can also try hyssop or lemon balm. Hyssop leaves and flowers have a minty flavor, with a pleasant touch of bitterness. As lemon balm’s name suggests, its flavor is sweet and lemony with a hint of mint.
Experiment by adding a few leaves to your pancake batter. The herb will infuse the pancake with its flavor and aroma without changing the texture or appearance of the pancakes.
Blend into smoothies
Green smoothies are one of the best ways to start your day. They’re full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can give you energy and keep you full throughout the day.
The best part about making your own green smoothies is that you control what goes into them. You can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, and it’s a great way to use any leftover herbs you’ve been growing.
Add to oatmeal
Oatmeal is a great way to start the day and it’s really simple to make in bulk and then store in the fridge. It’s also really easy to customize with different toppings and flavors.
Strawberry and basil work well together to give your oatmeal a slightly sweet, minty edge. Cook your oatmeal as you normally would, then add some fruit to the water as it’s heating up. Finally, when the oatmeal’s cooling down, add a pinch of your chosen herbs fresh or dried.
You don't need to wait until dinner to add herbs to your food. Herbs are an easy way to spice up your breakfast routine. If you want to use herbs that are tastier and more nutritious than any you’ll find in stores, then Click and Grow indoor gardens are a great option for you!