• There’s something very intimidating about the thought of preparing a poached egg at home, but in reality, it’s a really simple dish to make. And if your excuse for never eating a healthy breakfast — only to get hangry at 10 a.m. — is that you don’t have the time, it’s also one of the faster ways to prepare eggs. So here, how to master the art of making a poached egg (hint: a little vinegar is key). Add some toast and avocado to the mix, and you’ve got an easy breakfast in no-time. [Bon Appétit]
• Confession: In 2012, my New Year’s resolution was this: Stop eating McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches (REALLY!). Because I freakin’ love McDonald’s egg and cheese biscuit sandwiches — but you can feel your intestines begging the question “Whyyy?” as you ingest one. Here, though, five fast-food breakfasts that you won’t immediately regret eating, as chosen by nutritionists. Because sometimes, you find yourself in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts with seven minutes to get to work and growling stomach. [Prevention]
After years of writing about health and wellness for a living, I have both read and received first-hand a ton of advice on what I should be stocking my fridge with. Some of that advice I’ve stuck to (see: the giant bag of hemp seeds in my fridge) and some I’ve shed (see: watermelon butter). Below, five fridge-stocking suggestions that have stood the test of time, that I now always have on-hand to throw together a quick and easy meal.
• My commitment to my morning routine is often overruled by my commitment to “just one more minute of sleep, PLEASE.” But one thing I never, ever skip is making my bed. It just makes me feel better about the rest of the day, like it’s 6:47 a.m. and I’ve already accomplished something. (Albeit a very small something.) And turns out, that might have something to do with it being a domino action, an action that triggers — in this case — further positive actions throughout the day. [Greatist]
• Research shows that less than 20 percent of us step away from our desks for lunch. The bad news? Despite our best intentions (read: being able to work through lunch), it’s actually making us less productive. You need to take breaks from work to get your creative juices flowing, experts say. So today, grab your lunch and run far away from your computer. [NBC News]
• Back in the day, choosing a yogurt was simple — Dannon or Yoplait? Then Greek yogurt hit the scene and we were all excited about this healthier yogurt option. But then, all these other yogurt variations started popping up and Which one is healthiest? Which one tastes the best? Which one is best for my gut’s microbiome? were just a few of our yogurt-related anxiety-ridden thoughts. This rundown of what the difference is between many of the new tubs lining the shelves — from Bulgarian to French to Australian — should help you avoid some of that mid-aisle panic. [Washington Post]
Let’s be honest: How many sad-desk lunch salads have you eaten dry, as in no salad dressing, because you were told that it’s healthier? Well, good news: Those sad salads can be a thing of the past thanks to new research showing soybean oil, a common ingredient in commercial salad dressings, actually plays a big role in helping you to get the most nutrients out of your bowl of veggies.
There are a couple of questions that cross my mind nearly every day. The first is: I wonder if Kanye West and Jay Z have made up (c’mon, guys — you love each other) and if North West and Blue Ivy have FINALLY had that much-talked-about playdate (and gotten a chance to discuss the absurdity of their names)? The second is: Do I really need to eat breakfast?
The answer to the second question, perhaps (er, definitely) the more important question, might be even more elusive than the answer to the first. Mostly because it seems the answer to the breakfast debate is always changing. Here to weigh in, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which found, as TIME reports, that folks who skipped breakfast or ate small breakfasts were more likely to have plaque buildup in their arteries. Why does this matter? Well, because that buildup puts those who shun breakfast or eat a measly breakfast at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.