This article originally appeared as a guest post on Leanne’s wonderful blog Around the Table. Read the full story here, then take a look at her amazing Cinnamon Spiced Zucchini Muffins on HWTC!
We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there’s a reason for that–skipping breakfast is one of those habits that can really catch up to you in the long run. Not eating in the morning leads to less energy, a slower metabolism, and a tendency to overeat at your next meal, so it’s crucial to refuel your body before you start your day. But when you’ve got a to-do list that’s a mile long, finding the time to eat breakfast before you head out the door can be a challenge. If you’re pressed for time, try these make-ahead breakfasts to make sure you fit your morning meal in. All the prep work can be done the night before and they require little to no effort once you’re ready to eat–just grab and go!
It couldn’t be easier to have ready-to-eat oatmeal when you wake up! Drop 1 part oats with 2 parts milk plus fruit, seeds and any other flavorings you’d like into a jar. Shake and refrigerate overnight. Top with some nuts or granola in the morning and you’re good to go. If you’d prefer them hot, you can make them in a slow cooker using 1 part hearty steel-cut oats and 3 parts liquid (a combination of water and milk works best).
Cocoa Nib & Pomegranate Overnight Oats via Oh My Veggies
Overnight Blueberry Almond Oats via Two Peas & Their Pod
Peanut Butter Banana Spice Protein Overnight Oats via Wish and Whimsy
Overnight Buckwheat “Oats” via Running to the Kitchen
Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Crockpot Steelcut Oats via The Lean Green Bean
You can have breakfast set for the whole week if you whip up a batch of your favorite healthy muffins over the weekend and freeze them. Set one out on the counter before you go to sleep, and by the time you wake up it will be thawed and ready to eat. Be sure to make one that has energy-boosting protein from ingredients like nuts, peanut butter or cottage cheese.
Cinnamon Spiced Zucchini Muffins via Around the Table
Apple Spice Muffins via What Megan’s Making
Pumpkin Muffin Bites via Six Sisters’ Stuff
Raspberry Marzipan Muffins via Chocolate Covered Katie
Blueberry Protein Muffins via Cooking with Cakes
Nothing is better for an on-the-go lifestyle than a healthy drinkable breakfast smoothie. There are limitless combinations of fruits, veggies, protein powders and nut butters that you can throw into a blender and
pour into a bottle the night before. In the morning, shake it up (smoothies tend to separate when you let them sit) and take it on the road with you instead of that high-cal frappucino.
Vanilla Coffee Protein Shake via Hungry Hannah
Carrot Cake Batter Shake via Sprint 2 the Table
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie via Carrots ‘N’ Cake
Chocolate Blueberry ‘Decadence’ Smoothie via Katie at the Kitchen Door
The Ungreen Green Smoothie via Annie’s Eats
Head on over to Around the Table to see the last two healthy make ahead breakfast ideas!
What’s your go-to breakfast when you’re trying to beat the clock?
Feature image via AnneCN / Flickr (CC BY 3.0)