Last updated on January 2nd, 2019
The Best 7 Make Ahead Breakfasts
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. 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 of course is make ahead breakfasts!
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!
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.
And I'm here to give you one.
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 breakfast meals ahead of time gives you the best possible outcome. Chose 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
Perhaps the easiest meal to make ever. 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.
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!
Here's one of my favorites.
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.
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 free ones, 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 hot meal without all the fuss- plus, every kid likes pancakes 😛
Healthy smoothies and green shakes are 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.
Don't forget to pin these make ahead breakfasts!
So there you are- my go to meals. 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.