Does your morning involve rolling out of bed at exactly 8:59am and signing on to your laptop, still in your bathrobe? Next thing you know it’s 11am and you’re wondering if toothpaste counts as a meal (it doesn’t).
Forgetting to take a break and eat something is too real for many of us working from home. But the most productive people know that it’s essential to give yourself a few minutes away in order to perform at your best. Research from a time-tracking app shows that the ideal combination is 52 minutes of intense work and 17 minute breaks. We, along with Dropbox, want to remind you to step away for a quick and delicious meal so you can return refreshed and refueled to finish that to-do list.
Dropbox has always led the way on working remotely. As experts in making the most of your time, they’ve teamed up with some of The Infatuation’s favorite restaurants across the country on a few quick recipes to help you optimize your breaks. In 17 minutes you can whip up a delicious bite that’ll nourish your body along with a quick wellness tip to refresh the mind.
Instead of skipping breakfast, take 17 minutes and make this maple-bacon breakfast sandwich, courtesy of The Salty Donut in Miami, Florida. The combination of sweet donut, savory bacon, and hearty eggs not only tastes way better than your whitening toothpaste but will leave you full and ready to tackle the day.
Maple-Bacon Breakfast Sandwich
Makes 1 Breakfast Sandwich
- 1 maple-bacon donut
- 1 egg
- 1 slice bacon
- 3 tbsp butter, divided
- 2 tbsp cheddar cheese, shredded
Before You Start: Center Yourself
Before you get started, take a deep breath and remind yourself that not every email is an absolute emergency. The Salty Donut’s CMO Danny Pizarro recommends making time each morning to “sit down, do a quick meditation and get centered before the madness of the day starts,” and that process can help you ground yourself whenever you need to throughout your work day.
Minute 1: Slice
Slice your donut in half along the fry line — that’s the equator of the donut that occurs as the pastry floats. If your local donut shop doesn’t experiment with maple bacon donuts, you can try a maple-glazed donut or even a good old-fashioned donut. The Salty Donut’s team also recommends using two slices of brioche loaf, because that’s what comprises the base of their donuts.
Minute 2-3: Heat
Warm one griddle and one nonstick frying pan (you’ll know they’re ready when a few drops of water sizzle on contact). Melt two tbsp butter on the surface of the griddle, before putting the donut halves, cut side down, on top. You’ll want the cut interior to be a toasted golden brown, but not burnt.
Minute 4-10: Fry
In the nonstick frying pan, fry the slice of bacon, turning once. Set the piece of bacon aside, leaving the grease. (Here you can add the remaining tbsp butter if you need it.) Crack the egg into the pan and fry it, sunny-side up style. You can also flip your egg halfway through if you’re an over-easy fan.
Minute 11-13: Assemble
Build your sandwich from the bottom up: Place the lower half of the donut on a plate, add the egg, and sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese. Top with your bacon strip and the other half of your donut. It’s salty, sweet, savory, and entirely delicious — the best of all worlds.
Minute 13-17: Eat and Zone Out
Now that your sandwich is ready, take a few minutes and let your brain wander. Stare out the window and watch the clouds float on by. Make up a dramatic story about that squirrel that runs by every day. Whatever you do, forget about work for a few minutes.