Meal prep has never been something I have particularly enjoyed, but it does play a critical role in my weightloss efforts and, bonus: I save money too!
With warmer weather approaching, there is something inside of me that wants to clean up my diet. I always try to be more conscious of what I’m putting in my body, but maybe it’s the looming swimsuit season that gives me that extra little push.
It’s no secret that we feel better when we take care of ourselves, so why do we so often fall short? It’s probably because we aren’t planning and prepping for our success. You don’t just wing a big project for work, or randomly pick a school for your children, so why should you lazily take care of yourself?
Fun fact: you are not just taking care of yourself when you meal prep, but you are freeing up time in the morning, allowing for a more organized and stress-free start to your day.
The recipes below are a roundup of my 5 favorite breakfast recipes to prep ahead of time. I have found these particular recipes to be the simplest, most delicious and cheapest! This post contains affiliate links. Read full disclosure below.
This is the perfect heat-and-go recipe for mornings when you are pressed for time! You can customize egg cups with pretty much anything you wish.
Ideas for add-ins: onion, bell pepper, spinach, mushrooms, sweet potato, broccoli, bacon, sausage, cherry tomatoes
Toppings: cheddar, feta, bacon crumbles, blue cheese, avocado
1/2 sweet onion
Whisk together and divide evenly in sprayed 12-muffin cup pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add chopped veggies to top of eggs.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
With about 5 minutes left, I usually sprinkle the top of the egg cups with cheddar cheese or feta.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To freeze: wrap each egg cup individually in plastic wrap and then seal in a freezer ziploc bag for up to 2 months. When you are ready to reheat, simply unwrap, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave in 30 second increments, until heated throughout.
I have never been a huge oatmeal fan, because it is often bland. Or maybe I just never found a recipe worth making over and over again.
Confession: This recipe I am about to share is one I have eaten every single day for the last 2 weeks. It is that good!
Oh, and did I mention each batch makes 6 servings?! That’s 6 mornings I just pop the container in the microwave, use a dollop of greek yogurt on top, and bam! 💥 Breakfast.
Berry Vanilla Baked Oatmeal, from Recipes Instant.
If you enjoy yogurt, this might be the easiest option ever! Simply choose your favorite greek yogurt, berries and granola. Add them to your containers and make enough for the week, just keep the granola off of the yogurt or it will get soggy.
Be sure to check out the specifics of parfait meal prep at Savor and Savvy.
Overnight Raspberry Nutella Oats
This recipe had me at nutella. My kids practically live off of it, and this is a great way to sneak in healthy oats and berries.
Overnight oats can be made in many different varieties, really with any ingredients you prefer. To keep it healthy, just measure out your ingredients and keep it portion-friendly.
Another thing I love about overnight oats is the cute little mason jars. Of course, you can make them in tupperware, but what’s the fun in that?
You can find the recipe here, shared from Five Heart Home.
The base for basic overnight oats: oats, greek yogurt, milk
Some of my other favorite overnight oats variations are:
Peanut Butter Banana
Blueberry Almond Coconut Breakfast Bars
These breakfast bars are the perfect on-the-go snack and are easily stored in an airtight container for about a week.
Pairs nicely with coffee and even alongside a couple scrambled eggs for the kids. My son loves these bars as an after school snack too!
Find the recipe here. From A Mother Thing.
Healthy Egg Scramble
Eggs are such a great and filling way to get protein, and you can add pretty much anything and everything.
I regularly like to make a big batch of eggs with a little salt and pepper to taste, bell pepper, onion, sweet potato chunks and shredded cheese.
You can add it to a tortilla for a breakfast burrito, serve on a slice of toast, eat with a side of fruit, or even make a breakfast quesadilla.
What are your favorite make-ahead meals? Do you mind eating the same meal for days in a row?