Christmas Morning Cooking // 1-Minute Breakfast in a Mug

It’s the wee hours of the morning, the kids are anxious to rip off the wrapping paper and find what Santa’s brought them, but you’ve gotta’ grab some breakfast first—so what do you do? Although it may seem tempting to reach for all those Christmas Eve leftover cookies, I have a quick and healthy one-minute solution up my sleeve to save you time…and your waistline.

Seriously, 60 seconds is all it takes to whip up this easy, delicious, and nutritious Christmas morning breakfast! Don’t limit this quick trick to holiday mornings either—it’s the perfect solution to those busy mornings when you feel there’s no time to slow down and prepare a meal. Check out the vid for deets…but if you aren’t able to watch the video, all the ingredients and the full how-to are below. Bon appetit!

One-Minute Egg Breakfast

Serves one


2 eggs
Diced veggies (I did bell peppers in the video but you can do anything)
1/8 cup shredded cheese
Fat-free cooking spray
Salt + pepper to taste


  1. Spray the inside of your mug with your cooking spray.
  2. Add your eggs to your mug.
  3. Mix in your veggies, cheese, salt + pepper.
  4. Using a fork, quickly whisk all ingredients together.
  5. Pop the mug in the microwave for 1 minute.
  6. Briefly let cool.
  7. Dig in and enjoy Christmas morning with your family. 🙂

Nutritional information: 203 calories, 14g fat, 2g carbs, 16g protein

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Related reading:

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes with Pumpkin Seed Granola
Protein Waffles
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My Top Ten Tips for Holiday Survival


27 Responses

  1. I’m on my second week, day 8, of the extreme transformation and I’m noticing that I feel more tired than usual. I tried to google it, but google suggests that the low-carb days are the tired days. The opposite is happening to me, I’m super sleepy on high-carb days. Have you come across this before?

    1. Hi Corynne: Different people can react differently when beginning carb cycling, and it can take your body a few weeks to adjust to this new way of doing things. Are you drinking all of your water every day (1/2 your body weight in ounces)? If not, that can help. I’d keep following the program (make sure you’re getting the correct portions of all macros for every meal), make sure you’re drinking all of your water and getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night, and see if things get better.

  2. OMG I tried it this morning and it was so easy 🙂 quick question can I do this everyday in the am sometimes I don’t have a chance to make breakfast? 🙂

  3. Hello,

    This is week two of turbo cycling and i have a question. i did not eat a protein for b’fast, will this affect my cycling?

    thank you

    1. Hi Celeste: It’s best to have a portion of protein with every single meal, but missing it for one meal is nothing to worry about. 🙂

  4. I love the one-min egg in a cup idea, since I have no time before leaving for night work. Can I use this for both high & low carb days?

    1. Hi Kimb: Because this recipe has cheese in it, it’s best for a low-carb meal. Enjoy!

    2. From what I understand reading the book, the calories allotted for carbs, fats, and protein, for breakfast are the same across the board. So, whether it’s a low-carb or a high-carb day we are still consuming 150 calories of protein, 100 calories of carbs and 100 calories of fat for breakfast. I’m not sure why it would matter whether we ate the egg recipe in the video on a low-carb vs a high-carb day. What do yu think?

    3. Hi Corynne: You are correct – every breakfast is the same for both high and low carb days on the Extreme Cycle. I think Kimb was asking about having this for a meal other than breakfast, so in that case, this would be a low carb meal option. Hope that helps!

  5. Hi Heidi, Love extreme weight loss shows! My son is pushing at least 400# I know. He needs help desperately. Eating habits are terrible. Kids and wife also over weight. Can you please help?

  6. You two are my heroes! I am a special education teacher who is ALWAYS on the go and I have a toddler and a hubby who isn’t always home (fireman)…so I am typically leaving the house wthout breakfast. I grab greek yogurts a lot and they leave me feeling empty and hungry and reaching for sugar! So thank you. This is amazing. 🙂 Merry Christmas to my favorite couple.

  7. Hi Heidi!! You guys crack me up. Loved the video! So I know the feeling of onion and/or garlic breath and you know the trick?? You both have to eat onions at the same time. A trick we learned years ago and every time we eat with onions or garlic during the same time, it’s not killing us when we’re close. Lol. if one of us doesn’t, we notice immediately! TRY IT! And you’ll notice the difference. ?

  8. Love the idea! I am always on the go, and my usual excuse for leaving the house without breakfast is “I just don’t have the time”! So this is wonderful 🙂

    Quick question though- do you think using frozen, diced veggies [i.e. peppers and ONIONS ;)] would work? Just trying to think of another way to cut some time.

    Thank you and Happy Holidays to you all! 🙂

    1. You could try it, although you might want to warm them up a bit in the microwave first. Or set them out in the fridge the night before!

  9. Do you have any tips for the best road trip snacks. For adults and kids (4yr old) 12 hr road trip.
    I always try to have ready to go snacks so one we don’t feel deprived and second don’t need gas station snacks/ candy. Thanks 🙂

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