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You may not think about the meal prep and planning of breakfast. In fact, most people do not. They figure that eggs or a smoothie is enough. The truth is, you should be taking in more calories and nutrients during your breakfast, and that requires more meal planning. Here are a few healthy breakfasts that you can make ahead of time to ensure you are getting what you need.
Overnight Oats, Nuts, and Berries
Overnight oats with nuts and berries is a simple and quick make ahead breakfast. This breakfast also packs a punch with various benefits. Let’s look a the oatmeal first. The oats give you smoother digestion and help to move things through your system with the fiber enriched grains. The nuts are packed with superfood properties and protein. The berries are also superfoods that give you additional vitamins and energy boosts. Keep in mind, if you use greek yogurt or other milk alternative as the soaking agent, you will also gain even more protein to get you started in the morning.
Choose gluten free oats if you need to and swap non-dairy yogurt or milk if you so choose. There are so many variations of this breakfast that you should not get bored easily. If you don’t want to eat it cold, it takes just a few minutes to warm it up.
If you prefer something a little more hearty in the mornings, then you may want to try mini frittatas. These can be made ahead and stored for up to three or four days. The frittatas have the power of protein from the eggs, but can easily be substituted with a vegan option instead. You can add spinach for iron and peppers or any other vegetable that gives you vitamins or minerals. You can also add a variety of meats to give you even more depth and more protein. Use a muffin tin or make a large frittata that you cut into portions and package to reheat as you need them. Lots of options for different tastes and a great way to get some veggies in early in the day.
One of the most commonly purchased breakfast meals at fast food restaurants is the breakfast sandwich. You can actually make these ahead, freeze them, and eat them as you want. The sandwiches are incredibly simple and use only english muffins, cheese, poached egg, and your choice of breakfast meat. Make them ahead, wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze. Thaw them overnight for a quick microwave breakfast on the go.
Bean Breakfast Burritos
You may not think of beans as part of breakfast, but they can pack a large amount of protein and minerals. You can use refried beans, pinto beans, or even black beans. Mix them with a variety of spices along with brown rice and cheese and you have yourself a great burrito breakfast that gives you what you need when a sweet breakfast just will not do.
You can always alter your breakfast meal prep to give you more of what you need, more superfoods, or more nutrients. Just make sure you plan it out to know what you need for each meal and that you have it on hand at all times. I sometimes like to do a large quantity of the items that I can freeze so there is even less prep needed. Having a couple weeks of breakfasts can make mornings go more quickly.
What will you prep first?