Try these simple and delicious make-ahead breakfast ideas to have healthy options ready to grab on busy mornings.
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I am all too familiar with rushed mornings. What can I say? That snooze button is just oh-so-tempting. That leaves me running around the house in a hurry, trying to get everything ready as fast as possible and just hoping I’m not forgetting something important like putting on deodorant (er…not that I’ve done that). Breakfast usually doesn’t make the priority list until my stomach starts growling as I’m practically running out the door.
Because I know how eating a healthy breakfast can transform my entire day (it’s a huge reason I’ve been able to lose 100 pounds and keep it off), I plan ahead so I don’t have to think in the morning!
These are a few of my go-to breakfasts on busy mornings:
Smoothie Freezer Kits
This Basic Green Smoothie recipe is my favorite to use, but you could use the same idea with any smoothie recipe. I don’t usually have the time or brain power to gather and chop ingredients in the morning, so I make freezer kits ahead of time. I gather and prep all of the ingredients I need except for the liquid and stick them in a freezer bag.
That means in the morning, the only thing I have to do is grab the bag from the freezer, pour it into the blender with the liquid, and mix it up!
I love overnight oats, especially in the winter time! You can eat them hot or cold, but I prefer them to warm them up on chilly mornings. I usually throw together 4 or 5 mason jars of overnight oats on Sunday afternoon and in just a few minutes, I have breakfast ready for the entire week.
This Peanut Butter & Blueberry Overnight Oats recipe is one of my favorites, but there are all kinds of great recipes out there to try!
This is another one of my winter favorites! It’s protein-packed and easy to throw vegetables into breakfast burritos (spinach, bell peppers, onions, etc). As a bonus, a warm burrito makes a great hand warmer on the drive to work! Use the ingredients you and your family love – use a whole wheat tortilla and turkey sausage to make it a little healthier or add bacon and green chiles…whatever you like!
Make as many of these ahead of time as have freezer space for, but I usually try to keep about a dozen or two ready to grab. You can wrap them in a paper towel and microwave them frozen, but I like to thaw them in the refrigerator first. I think it tastes better!
Here’s the recipe for Freezer Breakfast Burritos.
On busy mornings, I like things in individual portion sizes, so recipes like these Roasted Vegetable Mini Quiche Cups are so easy to grab! Roasting the vegetables makes that much more delicious (and healthier, of course!). It makes for a wonderfully hearty breakfast to grab on the go.
Other Grab-and-Go Breakfast Ideas
- Nature Valley Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Protein Bar and an apple
- Oatmeal Breakfast Bars from Food Faith and Fitness
- Baked Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal from Two Peas and Their Pod
- Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa from Simple Quinoa