What is it about breakfast time that always seems to find us in a hurried crunch, rushing to finish our morning routines and get out the door no matter how early we got up or how organized we were the night before? It's a mystery, and there's only one relatively easy way to crack it: make-ahead breakfasts.
While it may sound like just another addition to your Sunday night to-do list, this simple hack could revolutionize your busy mornings and get you set up for the entire week. Best of all, some of our favorite make-ahead recipes are under 300 calories, meaning your quick-and-easy meal isn't just cheaper, but also healthier than making a stop for a morning bagel. Read on for our 10 favorite recipes.
Pumpkin Overnight Oatmeal
Get into the spirit of fall with this delicious pumpkin overnight oatmeal from Kim's Cravings — an indulgent AM treat that takes five minutes to make and has only 238 calories.
Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos
The savory-breakfast fans out there will love these easy, freezer-friendly burritos from Simply Sissom. This grab-and-go breakfast will kickstart your day with plenty of protein, and at 297 calories, they're much healthier than any fast food breakfast burritos.
Baked Ginger and Pear Oatmeal
This recipe boasts a delicious flavor combination that makes this easy breakfast feel more like dessert (without the added calories). The pear and ginger balance notes of sweetness and tartness perfectly in this recipe via Making Thyme For Health, and as a bonus, it's vegan, gluten-free and only 223 calories.
Green Mango Superfood Smoothie
Mason jars to the rescue! You can prep a whole week's worth of this sweet, satisfying superfood smoothie by portioning out the ingredients in mason jars (or even drink-sized blender cups) to make the morning easier. Packed with spinach, chia seeds, and flax, this hearty smoothie from Sweet Peas and Saffron will keep you full well past lunchtime with minimal effort. Plus, at 297 calories, it's perfectly portioned for breakfast.
Mason Jar Eggs
Mason jars come to the rescue for breakfast yet again — this time, as a container for Skinny Fitalicious' omelet-quiche hybrid egg dish. Make a whole batch in about 30 minutes and then eat throughout the week (just screw the lid on and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy) to put a healthy, stress-free spin on your weekday mornings. Each jar is only 276 calories.
Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Cups
If you're a fan of banana bread, zucchini bread, or both, then this recipe from Hummusapien is the make-ahead breakfast for you. Each yummy breakfast cup is like a fruit-and-veggie-packed oatmeal bowl, baked and ready and only 151 calories each.
Sausage Pizza Egg Muffins
If your guilty pleasure is eating leftover pizza for breakfast (no shame), you're in luck: Paleo Running Momma's pizza-inspired egg muffins are a godsend. Each one is only 106 calories (pretty unbelievable when you see how hearty and delicious they look), and you can make a whole batch ahead of time to eat through the week. Be warned, though, as Paleo Running Momma herself found, these may disappear more quickly than intended.
Berry Chia Breakfast Bowl
The delicious cousin of overnight oats, chia seed bowls are another dessert-like indulgence that can be made ahead. These energy-packed seeds absorb whatever liquid they're placed in, leaving you with a rich, tapioca-like base for fruit, Greek yogurt, or any other toppings you can imagine. Take a cue from Hungry Girl and make a bunch ahead (another job for mason jars) and enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning at only 290 calories each.
Cranberry Apple Crockpot Oatmeal
We all know that a crockpot is a busy person's best friend, but if you're not using it for making batch breakfasts, you've yet to unleash its true potential. This delicious, autumn dish from Skinny Fitalicious combines cranberries and bright chunks of apple with plenty of oats and seeds to make an enticing dish for fall mornings.
Healthy Breakfast Casserole
The best make-ahead meals are ready to heat, cut, and go in the AM, and this one is no exception. Make an entire pan of this healthy breakfast casserole from Eating Bird Food to last the week (it's easy to portion into 6 servings, so you even get Saturday off from cooking), or freeze portions to reheat as needed. We omitted the Feta cheese to ensure that it ranks at just under 300 calories, but with onion, garlic, cottage cheese and broccoli, it's flavorful no matter what.
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