We all know how important breakfast is, but most of us are in such a rush in the morning, it’s hard to put together a proper meal. A banana or protein bar can cut it once in awhile, but no one wants to eat a sad, boring breakfast every single day. The perfect solution: prepare your morning meal the night before.
By making your breakfast the night before, you can cut out a lot of cook time for many of your favorite breakfast items. Plus, some foods can even be made at the beginning of the week as part of your meal prep, and they can last you for days. Now you have no excuse not to eat a proper morning meal!
If you want some ideas for easy, healthy breakfasts, try making one of these seven breakfast items that can be made the night before.
1. Overnight Oats
If you’re a fan of oatmeal, you’ll love overnight oats. Soaking the oats overnight means you don’t have to heat them up in the morning, as the oats soften when you sleep. Add some peanut butter and berries for extra nutrients, and store any leftovers in the fridge for up to two days.
Recipe: Minimalist Baker
2. Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seed pudding is a good option for those who enjoy a sweet breakfast over something savory. Fiber-filled chia seeds expand when immersed in something like almond milk, which makes for a gummy-like pudding that’s loaded with protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Switch up your puddings by adding in cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin or any other of you favorite foods for a versatile morning dish.
Recipe: Simple Veganista
The beauty of a frittata is that you have enough food to last you from Monday to Friday. Fill your frittata up with your favorite vegetables and herbs for added nutrients, and you can even use the leftovers from your dinner to make a cheap and easy breakfast for the following day.
Recipe: The Pioneer Woman
4. Yogurt Parfait
If you want to prepare something super quick at night that can be grabbed straight from the fridge in the morning, you might want to make a yogurt parfait. Opt for Greek yogurt for extra protein, and load your parfait up with nutrient-filled fruits for both flavor and fiber.
Recipe: The Lemon Bowl
5. Egg Casserole
Bake your eggs into a nice big casserole the night before, and you won’t have to worry about getting out the frying pan in the morning. Like a frittata, you can throw in any leftover food you have in your fridge, and you can top it with your favorite cheese for added flavor.
Recipe: Gimme Some Oven
6. Freezer Smoothies
Gathering all your ingredients for smoothies in the morning can be time consuming, so get everything together ahead of time in pre-packed bags that you can keep in your freezer. Just add some liquid in the morning for a quick breakfast that you can even take on the go.
Recipe: Live Simply
7. Breakfast Bars
Instead of loading up on protein bars and energy bars from the supermarket, make some of your own, so you can ditch all the added sugar and additives. Make a big batch that will last you for the week. Slice bars off for breakfast, and if you get sick of them, you can bring them with you as a snack instead.