We’ve all heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Have you ever wondered why people say that? (Actually, that specific saying started as a clever marketing tactic for Kellogg breakfast cereals). Fascinating advertisement history aside, a healthy breakfast is incredibly important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
A clean breakfast is a kick-start to your metabolism, which helps you burn calories throughout the day.
It’s like a hot cup of coffee for your metabolism and energy. Getting those morning nutrients may be the final push you need to focus throughout the day (for you and your kiddos). Some studies have actually linked eating breakfast to better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” cholesterol, and better health, including lower chances of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. It’s also common for those who are conscious of getting a healthy breakfast to be more likely to live a habitual healthy lifestyle. Ignoring those scrambled eggs and fruit waiting for you in the morning can throw off your body’s natural rhythm and mess with the blood sugar that your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best.
Despite this information, it can become incredibly easy to skip the morning meal. I understand this as well as anyone! It could be one too many snoozes in the morning, a longer than usual shower, or just the typical morning rush that makes time disappear. When you need to get the whole family out of the house for work, school, etc. at a specific time, things can easily slip through the cracks. But it’s crucial to make sure a good morning meal isn’t one of them.
Without breakfast, you’re more likely to snack throughout the day, and not on things that will get your body the nutrients it needs.
So, a great way to be sure breakfast isn’t forgotten is to prepare ahead of time, EVEN if you’re still working or schooling from home this fall. COVID may still be keeping you in the house, but that doesn’t mean breakfast will become easier. Mornings continue to be busy, and life often has a way of using up any extra time you might have without the commute.
Planning your breakfast and preparing it the night before (or earlier, depending on the meal) makes it as easy as possible to eat the right things. Making healthy choices when you’re fully awake makes it more likely that you will follow through. It can also give you a sense of accomplishment, which is a great way to start the day.
You don’t need to cook a huge, seven-course meal every morning; something simpler will do. So, I put together twelve excellent meals you can prepare ahead of time for a delicious, healthy breakfast that is perfect for the busy fall. Hopefully, this will help you ignore the temptation for a quick muffin or donut in the mornings.
This recipe is GREAT if you want to meal prep for the whole week. By spending a little time on Sunday to prepare these, you’re setting your family up for an entire week of healthy mornings and focused, energized days. Plus, they’re easy to grab and enjoy in the morning, even when you’re out of time.
Protein-packed and delicious, this one is also easy to prep ahead. This meal saves well in the fridge and can be heated up in the morning and served to the whole family. And if you’re not a fan of the microwave, you can always put the food in an oven-safe dish and reheat it in the oven or a slow cooker!
Prefer oats, yogurt, or fruit with your breakfast? Then this is perfect! In fact, you could even prep this ahead with your egg and broccoli bars, so you and your family have breakfast options all week. (And great post-workout snacks.) I enjoy a square with some high protein yogurt, or cottage cheese and a handful of fresh berries.
There’s no need to be bummed about missing out on morning muffins anymore because these are not only delicious but healthy AND easy to prepare ahead of time. Not to mention, they’re packed with protein and often a crowd favorite if you’re planning a brunch with friends!
If you’re not a fan of hot breakfasts, then look no further! Because here are FOUR fabulous recipes for cooler breakfast that are easy to prep ahead. Take a few minutes at night to put your favorite one together and then stick it in the fridge overnight for a delicious, quick, and nutritious breakfast.
And not just brunch – this casserole also works as a meal prep recipe. A bunch of our FAVORITE things baked together to make a delicious morning breakfast. For weekly meal prep: Cool completely before placing slices into glass containers. Reheat before serving and ENJOY!
Packed with an excellent balance of macronutrients and micronutrients, this recipe is great if you know you’ll need extra energy in the morning. So, if you’re looking for a more substantial, protein and fiber full meal, try this!
This is another great meal that doesn’t need to be reheated. It has all the taste, nutrition, and convenience of the overnight oats – but FAMILY STYLE! Seriously, it will make your life so much easier, AND is perfect if you have a bigger group to feed.
Don’t worry if you don’t like some of the vegetables in this recipe, because they are all very interchangeable! Be a little adventurous when trying this casserole by using different peppers, onions, or even mushrooms. Make it perfect for you and your family! This lasts for four days in the fridge, so make it at the beginning of the week and future you will be so thankful.
Veggie Packed Egg Muffins are FANTASTIC for breakfast and equally wonderful for lunch, dinner, and Meal Prep. When you need something EASY and delicious, look no further! These types of Egg “Muffins” are a constant go-to for us over here at the CFC Headquarters (aka Rachel’s busy house full of teenagers), AND they’re also great for experimenting if you want to throw in your favorite veggie or herb.
Don’t think I forgot about a delicious SWEET breakfast! Some of us with stronger sweet teeth crave a good pastry in the morning. Well, try this instead for a delicious meal AND a healthier day. And the best part is that the prep time isn’t long at all. Gather the ingredients, throw them together, stir, stick in preheated oven and DONE. Amazing, right? On second thought, the best part is that your kitchen will smell HEAVENLY after baking this.
Last, but certainly not least, these boxes are PERFECT for those savory breakfast lovers out there. Filled with nutrients, protein, and fiber, this will be a great start to your morning. Imagine getting this much of your daily veggies and nutrients before you’ve even left the house!
There you go! Twelve delicious breakfast ideas that can be made ahead. Now, throw that lack of time excuse in the trash so you can continue on this journey of clean living. Your health, taste buds, wallet, and family will thank you for this.