Good day starts with a good breakfast, but many of us skip the most important meal of the day. Mornings can be busy, but with meal prep you will always have a delicious breakfast waiting for you.
If you have more than 30 minutes of time in the morning, you don’t need to meal prep breakfast. You can have a smoothie bowl every day and mix different ingredients. If all you have in the morning is 5 minutes, there are dozens of things you can do to prepare your breakfast ahead and have it last for the whole week.
Yes, smoothies can be made even faster in the morning if you meal prep everything. You can make it the night before and store it in the fridge, then take it with you. It’s perfect for morning when you have an early workout and need an energy boost.
Another option is to prepare a smoothie pack. They are just ingredients that you can put into your smoothie (expect the liquid) and then store in a freezer. Smoothies packs can stay in a fridge for a week, all you need to do in the morning is to put the ingredients into the blender, add liquid and blend up.
If you don’t like cold breakfasts, oatmeal is a perfect choice for meal prep. Remember the smoothie packs? Here you will need to prepare oatmeal packs by taking quick cooking oats and adding dried fruits, nuts, protein powder and anything you like. You can pour the whole pack into the bowl, add water or milk and simmer for several minutes. Some oatmeal can even be cooked in a microwave in 1 minute. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes and you will have a warm bowl of healthy meal in the morning.
If you search meal prep pictures, you will probably find colorful jars of berries and nuts mix with creamy substance that is waiting for someone on the table. Chie and oatmeal are designed to be made one night ahead and they are the best breakfast choice.
Chia pudding is my favorite because I prefer a non-grain breakfast, but you can prepare oatmeal. Chia seeds are high in fiber and full of protein and fast. They are so easy to make! You just need to add everything in a jar, put it in a fridge and take it on your way out in the morning.
Cookies and muffins
Who doesn’t love a delicious cookie or muffin? You can make a lot of them when you have time and take them out of the fridge for breakfast.
Even though one cookie isn’t enough for breakfast, they are a perfect addition to your oatmeal or chia seeds. You can cook scones, muffins, pancakes, waffles and cookies. Baked foods are also great as a lunch snack to satisfy your sugar cravings.
Make sure that when you’re choosing a recipe for your baked food to add to your morning meal, you’re choosing something healthy and nutritious. The best ingredients are high in fiber, don’t have much oil, contain a bit of protein and act as natural sweeteners. My personal favorites are seeds and nuts.
Prepare components in advance
You don’t have to eat the same breakfast every day. You can prepare components of different meals and then mix and match them during the day. You assemble everything in the morning, which shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes.
Component meal prep is one of my favorite ways to get ready in the morning because I can experiment with breakfasts every day. I have different ingredients to choose from and pick what I want to eat. I assemble everything in a bowl in less than 5 minutes.
One of the simple ways to keep your breakfast interesting and diverse is to have different dressings and sauces. Dressings will help you change flavor of every meal without changing the ingredients or require additional cooking. For example, you can add honey or maple syrup to your oatmeal to make it sweeter.