No matter what stage of life you are in, we are always in a hurry first thing in the mornings! Starting the day off right with something nutritious and filling will help both our bodies and minds throughout the day. Taking the time to make breakfast at the beginning of the week or even the night before will help ensure the next day starts off right. Here are some fun meal prep recipes to try!
1. Keep it simple with overnight oatmeal.
One of the best things about this meal is that there are no limitations for you being able to customize your oats! The recipes are easy and you can make your oatmeal, sweet, hardy, or plain! Possibilities are endless and you can prep them all at the beginning of the week! All you will have to do in the mornings is heat them up at home or at work! Life Made Sweeter has eight different recipes that are delicious and (mostly) healthy! Go ahead and experiment until you find your favorite bowl of oats!
2. For something quick, filling, and easy, make a smoothie!
There is nothing easier than throwing a couple of ingredients into a blender and then pouring your breakfast into a cup! You can pack your smoothie full of fruits, veggies, or whatever else you like! Adding your favorite protein powder will give it more volume and keep you full for hours! A Sweet Peach Chef has some fun recipes to get you started on your smoothie journey!
3. You can never go wrong with making pancakes or waffles ahead of time!
Yes, these can take forever to make when you are trying to rush out the door in the morning but if you make them the night before, they take less than a minute to heat up! Plus this is one of the best meals to make in advance because they taste as good or better the second day! For a heartier pancake or waffle texture, try incorporating oats as the flour! Modern Honey has an amazing recipe for banana oatmeal pancakes that you will want to try ASAP!
4. For something that doubles as breakfast and a snack, try making baked oatmeal muffins!
Recipes that are free of added sugar and artificial sweeteners are easy and satisfying! Oats are such an adaptable ingredient you can put them in almost anything. Make these muffins at the beginning of the week and enjoy them until they are gone! (They make great snacks too!) Crazy For Crust has a great recipe for chocolate chip baked oatmeal muffins you have to try!
5. If you are craving eggs, make a batch of egg muffins!
While making eggs fresh every morning is not as time-consuming as other breakfast options, there are some mornings where you just do not have the time! These cute little muffins are the perfect replacements and solution to your time problem. Feel free to add whatever veggies or seasonings you like to make them your own! Cafe Delights has three low-carb recipes for these cute little muffins that are so much better than your generic scrambled eggs.
6. If you are craving dessert in the morning, bake some breakfast cookies!
These are the perfect alternative to granola bars or protein bars and are easy and fun to make! Like the other foods with oats on this list, you can incorporate almost anything you want to make these cookies your own. Whether you are craving chocolate or want to add cranberries to them, you are sure to end up with a great breakfast and some snacks throughout the rest of the day! Sally’s Baking Addiction has an amazing recipe for breakfast cookies that is easily customizable to whatever your heart desires!
7. Make some yogurt parfaits if you have cravings for berries and something sweet!
This is a quick meal prep option no matter when you make it! Whether you choose to make it the night before or the morning of, it will take less than five minutes to prepare this easy meal! To make sure you are using the best ingredients, try to use as many fresh products as possible. Know what kind of sugar or additives are in the yogurt you are choosing and layer fresh fruit in-between and top with some yummy granola! Simply Sissom has a great, two-step recipe for these parfaits!
8. Wanting to change things up? Swap out your morning smoothie for a gorgeous acai bowl!
Granted, acai bowls are just thicker smoothies that you eat out of a bowl with a spoon, but they are so much more! You can create fun, fruit artwork in your bowl before enjoying your meal. Just be careful about the serving size if this becomes your new favorite breakfast! While they are made of mostly fruit, depending on the types you choose and toppings you add, they can easily become extremely caloric. The Forked Spoon has an awesome recipe with additional details and information so you can swap out ingredients until you find your perfect acai bowl!
9. Who said burritos are only for lunch or dinner? Change things up with some delicious breakfast burritos!
Not only are these fun to make but they will be a great way to start your morning! There are no rules for breakfast burritos so you can add any ingredients you want! Make sure you do a little research to find out which preparation method is best for you and your lifestyle. Experiment to discover which fillings you like the best and use Fit Foodie Finds recipe for burritos as a foundation for your journey!
10. For something cute, and easy, try an English muffin bento box!
One of the best parts of this breakfast recipe is that technically, it is not a recipe at all! Simply grab your favorite divided container and add your ingredients of choice! Do not forget your English muffin! Sweet Pea And Saffron have directions for a fun blueberry and blackberry bento box!
What are your go-to breakfast foods to prepare ahead of time? Share your favorites in the comments!
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