A recipe round-up of 10 healthy make-ahead breakfast ideas that are perfect for people with busy schedules! Prioritize breakfast with these delicious recipes.
They don’t say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing! As an RD, I am a big proponent of starting your day with a healthy breakfast. In order to optimize your breakfast, choose foods rich in fiber and protein, plus a little healthy fat, to start your day. Some healthy breakfast items include:
- Whole grains and complex carbohydrates (fiber): oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat bread or English muffin, sweet potatoes, fruit, high fiber cereal
- Protein: yogurt, eggs, tofu, smoked salmon
- Healthy fats: nuts, nut butter, avocado, cheese
Benefits of Eating Breakfast
Eating breakfast has several benefits. But, in order to reap those benefits, it’s important to eat a high quality breakfast with fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
- Helps reduce appetite and may reduce energy intake throughout the day (1, 2)
- Helps with weight maintenance (3)
- Increases energy, because glycogen stores are replenished after fasting while sleeping
- May reduce depressive mood and stress (4, 5)
10 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas
A busy schedule and lack of time are some of the most common barriers to eating a healthy breakfast. If that sounds like you, not to worry. You can prepare all of these recipes ahead of time! They are also packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, so they will give you energy and keep you full for hours. Just grab them and go in the morning!
1. Five-Minute Bircher Muesli
Bircher Muesli is the OG overnight oats recipe. This version includes chia seeds for extra fiber, and yogurt to boost the protein content.
2. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal
A healthy twist on the most delicious cake! This carrot cake baked oatmeal tastes great warm or cold, and is easily packable in Tupperware to bring to the office.
3. Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips
This is another favorite baked oatmeal recipe! This version has fresh berries, banana, and chocolate chips. Because a little chocolate for breakfast is the best way to start the day.
4. Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins with Chocolate Chips
These muffins have plenty of good-for-you ingredients, like almond butter, sweet potato, and whole grain spelt flour. They are more filling than traditional muffins, and won’t spike your blood sugar like baked goods made with refined flour.
5. Veggie Packed Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
No worries if you are a savory breakfast person – you can easily prepare egg sandwiches ahead of time! This version by Budget Bytes is packed with veggies. Just pop it in the microwave to heat and eat.
6. Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats
Overnight oatmeal is a super affordable and filling breakfast option with endless flavor possibilities. The Almond Eater used the classic strawberry banana combination in this version! There is fiber from the oatmeal/fruit and protein from the yogurt in this recipe.
7. Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding
This banana cream pie chia pudding by Choosing Chia looks so dreamy! Chia seeds contain fiber, plant-based protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, making them a nutrition powerhouse.
8. Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
These pumpkin oatmeal bars by Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink look like such a treat for breakfast! You can store them in the fridge or freezer, and eat them warmed up or room temperature.
9. Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins
This unique egg muffin recipe by Savor the Best includes quinoa! These muffin are loaded with protein, whole grains, and veggies. Store them in the fridge or freezer if you want to save them for longer.
10. Freezer Vegan Breakfast Burrito
This breakfast burrito is completely vegan, because Emilie Eats uses tofu in place of eggs! Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein, and is a good substitute for scrambled eggs. You can defrost these burritos in the oven while you get ready for the day, or pop them in the microwave.