7 Healthy & Delicious Make-Ahead Breakfasts That Will Change Your Morning

7 Healthy & Delicious Make-Ahead Breakfasts That Will Change Your Morning

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7 Healthy & Delicious Make Ahead Breakfasts That Will Change Your Morning

 

No matter how you slice it, mornings are especially crazy if you have a young family. With kids and babies demanding to be fed, it’s all too easy to turn to processed foods like eggo waffles, sugar-laden cereals, or perhaps slip through a drive thru before you head to the school drop off line.

 

If you want healthy, simple, budget friendly alternatives make ahead breakfasts will absolutely change your life. Make ahead breakfasts can be prepared in bulk and will alleviate much of the stress of crazy mornings by providing healthy, filling, food for the whole family.

 

Honestly, I couldn’t survive 4 kids 5 and under without preparing breakfasts in advance. My 4 small children always seem to need me at once and let me tell you, they are crabby before they have been fed.

 

Once they wake up, I’ve got to get food in their little bodies or we are barrelling down the road to disaster.

 

However, it’s really important to me that my family eats healthy food. So I try to avoid the processed junk, but there is no way I could make a nice healthy breakfast every morning without losing my mind.

 

So these recipes literally start my day off on the right foot. We get to start the day will fantastic healthy breakfasts that have been prepared ahead of time.

 

These recipes can all be prepared quickly in bulk, and frozen or stored in the fridge. My whole family loves them and they can even double as a snack during the day!

 

Crazy mornings with no time for a healthy and quick breakfast? These will save the day! These are 7 super yummy AND healthy breakfasts recipes that you can make ahead and eat in the days and weeks to come.

 

7 Healthy and Simple Make Ahead Meals

 

From A Sassy Spoon

 

1) Protein Banana muffins — A Sassy Spoon

 

Holy smokes, we love these guys. Not only does every member of my family love them, they always disappear very quickly at potlucks. I quadruple the recipe and put them in gallon freezer bags. In the morning, it just takes 30 seconds in the microwave and–boom–delicious breakfast! 

Since I legit make breakfast muffins A LOT, I started using these amazing silicone muffin tins and no more scrubbing metal baking pans. Wahoo!!!

 

Tip: Prepare the muffins according to directions, but don’t add the choco chips. Instead sprinkly a few on the top before baking. This limits the chocolate and really helps with equal choco distribution (I found that they tend to pool in the bottom) 

 

From Clean Food Crush

 

2) Green smoothie prep packs — Clean Food Crush  

 

Green smoothies are a great way to start your day with a blast of plant-based vitamins. This is a fantastic recipe to start you out with freezer smoothie packs. And you can take the concept and literally put in any smoothie ingredients that you want. Before blending, I also love to add various seeds and nuts to add a bit of protein. 

 

From Real Mom Nutrition

 

3) Whole Wheat Freezer waffles — Real Mom Nutrition

 

As easy to prep as eggs waffles, but sooo much healthier! I pop them in the toaster and top with PB and a little bit of maple syrup. Kids love them!

 

From Organize Yourself Skinny

 

4) Blueberry Coconut Almond Overnight Oats — Organize Yourself Skinny

 

Oh my gosh, these oats in mason jars are genius. She has loads of different recipes at her site (I also seriously love her mason jar salad recipes) and I’ve yet to try one I didn’t like. My husband and I really love this particular recipe and it’s just so stinkin’ easy. Just throw some ingredients into a mason jar, mix, and stick in the fridge overnight. You eat these oats cold and they last for up to 5 days.  I love to add chia seeds and substitute steel cut oats (I just add a bit more almond milk).

 

From Eat Yourself Skinny

 

5) Healthy Veggie Egg Muffins — Eat Yourself Skinny

 

Oh my gosh, I love these! These are great veggie-filled egg muffins. Protein and fiber for the win! I like to use spinach (since that is a staple I always have) and sharp cheddar cheese along with plenty of zucchini. Again, these silicone muffin trays are heaven sent–scrubbing eggs off metal pans is no fun. 

 

from Thriving Home Blog

 

6) Protein blueberry muffins — Thriving Home Blog

 

Another muffin favorite at our house. These blueberry muffins are packed with fiber and flavor! Freeze in gallon freezer bags. Microwave for 30 seconds and you’re good to go! I also love them as quick snacks during the day.

 

from Thriving Home Blog

 

7) Whole Wheat Pumpkin Freezer pancakes — Thriving Home Blog

 

My kids are obsessed with these pancakes right now. They are so tasty! The pumpkin adds a tasty alternative to plain pancakes. I freeze them in gallon bags between sheets of parchment paper so they separate easily.  Microwave or toast for a quick breakfast! We top ours with PB and maple syrup. So yummy.

 

Which recipes look best to you?

 

So which one are your going to try out the week?Try one and let me know what you think!

 

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to Getting Started With Meal Prep

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Getting Started With Meal Prep

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Getting Started With Meal Prep

 

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Basically, no matter what you’ve got going on, if you want more time, less cleaning, healthier meals, and to spend less money–then meal prep is absolutely for you. But it can get overwhelming trying to figure out how exactly to start prepping meals ahead of time, especially if you haven’t done much of it in the past. Well, sit tight and stop worrying because meal prep is EASY and will save you so much time and hassle while helping you eat healthier.

 

A while back, I realized that we were spending, on average, $219 a month on fast food and take-out. I was floored because I did not feel like we ate out that much. But then I thought more about it.  With 4 little kids and a very busy life, it was so easy to roll into Chick-fil-a for lunch as opposed to taking time and making a mess in the kitchen preparing a meal. And on nights I had to teach, it was so easy to just have my husband pick up take-out on his way home since I was busy taking care of the girls and prepping my class. I’ve always done meal prep, but it was time to up my game and do it simply and weekly.

 

Want to start prepping meals in advance, but not quite sure how to start? Here's a simple meal prep guide that will help you start saving time right away.

 

 

Why Meal Prep?

 

Meal prep is amazing:

 

  • it saves so much time because you only have one time for chopping and preparing all the food and one time cleaning up the mess.
  • It’s healthier than takeout.
  • It will save you money. On busy days, you can simply pop something out of the freezer instead of sliding through a drive through. Y
  • It can be incredibly simple and just take minutes.

 

Meal prep can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. Some people will spend hours making dozens of meals at once while others do it on a much smaller scale yet still reap so many benefits. I’m all about maximum efficiency so I like quick and simple. You can prep your lunches for the week and have them in containers in the fridge (these mason jar salads are a personal favorite). Or you can make a dozen lasagnas and have them in the freezer. If you are busy, you don’t have time NOT to do meal prep.

 

 

 

GETTING STARTED WITH MEAL PREP

 

 

 

1) Pick out a couple meals that you you want to prep in advance.

 

The sky is the limit with which meals you can start with, but it’s best to start with meals you already make and you know your family likes. If you are at a loss, 2 super easy places to start are spaghetti sauce and marinated chicken breasts in quart bags to go in the freezer (these marinades are amazing–I have made them all). Both are easy and you you can make a ton without too much effort. If you haven’t done much meal prep or are short on time, I’d stick to maybe 2 things max.

Here are some amazing (and super easy) make-ahead breakfast recipes that my family lives on. 

 

2) Pick out a day of the week to do your meal prep

 

Depending on what you plan to do, it’s good to have a couple hours blocked out for meal prep and clean up. I tend to make a bunch of stuff at once and so I am racing around the kitchen for 3 hours, but then at the end, I have 10 dinners for my family, a bunch of pizza rolls, and like 60 protein muffins for breakfasts and snacks.

 

3) Make list of the ingredients you need & do the shopping

 

With 4 kids 5 and under I only go shopping once a week, so planning ahead is crucial. There is nothing worse than settling in for a nice meal prep session and realizing that you are 1 or 2 items short. Take the recipes that you want to make and decide how many meals you are looking to have on hand. If you want to a 5 meals, make sure you multiply all your ingredients by 5. Unless you use the ingredients all the time, only buy as much as you need. I find that meal prep helps me eliminate food waste. I get a bunch of veggies, chop them all, and use them immediately.

 

4) Be sure you have the appropriate containers

 

You’ll pick your containers depending on what you are trying to do. If I’m prepping meals to go in the fridge, I love these glass containers since they store well, and you can heat them right up in the microwave without worrying about BPA and all that nasty stuff. If it’s a sauce or chicken in a marinade, I just use quart freezer bags. These little guys are amazing for helping fill the freezer bags without awkward spills. I use these aluminum foil dishes for lasagna and enchiladas and I used to use these smaller foil dishes with lids when our family was smaller. Make sure you label everything–preferably before you fill it with food.

 

5) Prep your meal

 

It’s magic time! Stick on some great music, a podcast, or whatever strikes your fancy and follow your recipes. The more recipes you try at once, the trickier it gets. However, with practice meal prep will become more efficient and easier. For food safety, be sure to let everything cool before going in the fridge or freezer.

 

6) Put meals away & clean up

 

If using quart freezer bags for sauces, soups, or chicken, be sure to lay them flat when you put them in the freezer. Otherwise, they can get stuck to things as they freeze. If you have the space, don’t stack them until after they’re frozen. When making something in individual pieces (like muffins), flash freeze them on cookies sheets. When you put them in gallon freezer bags, they won’t stick together.

 

I try to clean up as I go along. The great beauty of meal prep is that you have just one clean up session for all the meals you make. This is probably my favorite aspect of meal prep!

 

7) Celebrate because you are on top of it mama!

 

There is something so satisfying about seeing a bunch of meals on your counter or in your freezer. There’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment, plus peace of mind knowing that you’ve got a stock of meals for your family.

 

Good luck!