Make Ahead Breakfasts For Busy Mornings
The solution too crazy busy mornings is have some make ahead breakfasts on hand!
If you’re a mom chances are that mornings are pretty much a mad rush throughout the house to try and get everyone out of bed, dressed, fed and in the car even remotely on time (though these stress free tips help).
Which means that while it would be nice to make some veggie omelets or scrambles for everyone, chances are it’s not going to happen. Instead, what you need are quick, easy -but still healthy- meals to get you through your morning. And coffee. Lots of coffee. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered 😉
The solution to healthy mornings as a busy mom isn’t to skip breakfast, grab muffins at timmies or rock on the go cereal, it’s to have a recipe stash of make ahead breakfasts! And to make use of these mom hacks lol.
I hate to be the one to tell you this #sorrynotsorry but healthy eating definitely requires a bit of planning and prep (gasp!). This most definitely doesn’t mean you need to spend hours in the kitchen slaving- far from it! But it does mean you need to have a game plan.
The Solution To Busy Mornings
Prepare and cook your breakfasts ahead of time.
Not only does this save you the “what do I make question” at 5am but it also ensures that your kids get off to an awesome start to the day.
Breakfast literally is one of the most important meals of the day (god I feel so cliché). Not only does it break the overnight fast which wakes up your system but kids need healthy, fueling and sustaining food in order to head off to learn.
Sugar loaded breakfasts only provide kids with an immediate energy source. One that’s quickly burned off and with it comes a crash.
Asking them to sit still, focus and develop after a bowl of lucky charms isn’t exactly practical.
Which is why, planning and prepping your make ahead breakfast recipes gives you the best possible outcome. Choose filling, high protein meals to give your kids the fuel they need to develop.
Below are seven of my favorite make ahead breakfasts. To be honest, I prefer to cook from scratch in the mornings but only because I’m lucky enough to have time. On days when my toddler heads to daycare and I have morning clients we’re a bit more rushed and this is where this list comes from.
Make Ahead Breakfasts: Overnight Oats
The easiest make ahead breakfast ideas are the ones you make in one bowl, throw in the fridge and forget about!
Put everything in a jar, mix it, let it sit overnight and eat it cold in the morning. I love these in the summer months because there’s so many ways to make them. Even better that if you really need to you can take them with you! They’re already packaged into a jar, just grab a spoon.
Here’s one of my favorite recipes though it’s a bit fancy. I’ve broken it up into a few different steps but the truth is you really just have to put everything in a jar and let it sit.
And this peanut butter and jam recipe is possibly the most addictive overnight oats ever.
Another easy overnight meal! Chia pudding, like the parfait, you just throw everything into a jar and let it sit until morning.
Chia seeds absorb water so it creates a gel or pudding like consistency which kids love. You can check out this post as to why everyone should have chia seeds in their diet and this one explains how to sneak them into your diet!
Fun tip: I like to make my chia pudding and then re-stir it an hour or so later. A lot of people say you don’t need this step but I find when you just leave the chia pudding the bottom gets too dense and the top too liquid-y
Crockpot Oatmeal- The Best Make Ahead Breakfasts
Crockpot anything is amazing to me and this is no different. This easy, filling breakfast is simple to combine and set the night before and then you get to wake up to a hot meal! It’s genius.
This maple cinnamon oatmeal is possibly the most simple recipe you will find- and it’s tasty!
Egg, Veggie & Cheese Breakfast Wraps
I know what you’re thinking- you promised I wouldn’t have to cook in the morning! And you don’t.
When I had baby bear I made up 12 egg breakfast wraps, put them in the freezer and all I had to do was reheat them in the morning.
It was awesome.
Literally all I did was make my normal scrambled eggs with mushrooms and peppers, add some feta and wrapped it in a spelt tortilla. I then wrapped the wrap in tinfoil (we have a toaster oven not a microwave but parchment paper works) and froze them.
In the mornings, pop them in the oven or microwave while you get dressed and you’re good to go (check out how to freeze sans plastic here!)
You may not think of pancakes as a quick meal but they are if you freeze them!
I make up big batches of almond pancakes or these gluten freeones, freeze them with pieces of parchment paper between and then pop in the toaster or oven in the morning. Just like the wraps, it’s a nice healthy, hot meal without all the fuss- plus, every kid likes pancakes 😛 and these green smoothie pancakes are pretty damn healthy.
Healthy smoothies and green shakesare easy to whip up in the morning and absolutely portable. They’re my go-to breakfast on the most rushed of mornings because I can cram so many nutrients into one glass.
If you’re really gung ho you can portion everything into a baggie the night before and just dump it into the blender in the morning. Regardless, smoothies are a butt kicking breakfast to get you out the door.
Bars & Muffins
In a pinch they make great snacks and yes, breakfasts! Pair them with a piece of fruit and jump in the car. When it comes to make ahead breakfast ideas, the best ones are the muffins that also contain hidden veggies 😉
Don’t forget to pin these make ahead breakfasts!
So there you are- my go to make ahead breakfast recipes. Keeping breakfast a healthy meal doesn’t have to be a huge challenge- but you do need to plan. Make some things in bulk and prep a bit the night before to make your morning transition smoother and healthier! Make a head breakfasts keep you healthy, stress free and fueled.