Mornings can be hectic, and if you’re running around trying to get your life together before heading out the door, it can be easy to forget about eating. However, eating breakfast is important, as it can help control your hunger levels throughout the day, improve your focus, and lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. If you find you never have the time to cook in the morning, you may want to consider preparing your breakfast the night before.
Whether you’re a fan of eggs or prefer to eat oatmeal, there are many options for breakfasts you can make ahead of time so you don’t have to rush around in the morning. If you want to have breakfast ready and waiting for you in the morning, try one of these six healthy breakfast ideas you can prepare the night before.
1. Pre-Packed Smoothies
If you’re one to enjoy a grab-and-go smoothie in the morning, take some time at the beginning of the week to prepare freezer bags of ready-to-go ingredients for smoothies that you can just throw into the blender the next day. This will save you time scavenging for ingredients in the morning.
Bake a frittata the night before or at the beginning of the week for a breakfast that can last for days. Fill it up with vegetables, herbs, and any additional protein for a balanced breakfast, and if you want to make your frittata even more portable, bake it into a muffin tin for individual servings.
3. Chia Seed Pudding
Mix some almond milk and chia seeds overnight for a creamy pudding that’s ready the following morning. Add in some nuts or fruit for extra nutrients and fiber, or store it in a mason jar so you can carry it with you on-the-go.
4. Breakfast Bars
If you’re someone who likes to grab a muffin or a bagel, opt for a make-ahead breakfast bar instead. Make a batch of bars and then cut them into squares, and fill them up with oats, nuts, or other grains that will provide you with a healthy dose of complex carbohydrates in the morning.
5. Overnight Oats
Instead of preparing your oatmeal in the morning, let your oats soak overnight. Just mix your favorite type of milk with oats overnight, and mix in any toppings you desire. Cover and let sit in the fridge, and come morning, you’ll have a portion of oatmeal ready to be eaten.
6. Breakfast Casserole
Throw together your favorite breakfast ingredients into an easy and nutritious casserole. Just use eggs as a base, and load up on anything from potatoes to sausage. Prepare your casserole while you’re cooking dinner the night before, and you’ll even have enough to feed the whole family the remainder of the week.
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