Preparation is the key to success—it sets us up to meet our goals, no matter what they may be. You wouldn’t tell your kids to take a test without studying, or run a marathon without training beforehand. So when it comes to eating well, preparation is an important step in staying on track. Meal prep is a fantastic way to not only minimize the stress of weekday cooking, but also to ensure that you eat well throughout the week.
Breakfast tends to be a meal we either skip, or choose options full of fat, salt, or sugar because it can be more convenient. If you find yourself crunched for time in the morning, fighting the daily commute, or shuttling kids all over the place, these three breakfast options are easy to prepare in bulk, great for on-the-go morning routines, and healthy to boot!
This is one of our favorite ways to load up on veggies and protein first thing in the morning! It’s also a great way to put old produce to use so it won’t go to waste. Plus, you don’t have to cook your veggies separately, since they’ll bake right into the eggs as they cook.
Toss asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli, and onions (all raw) into a bowl and combine with eggs or egg whites. You want a 2 to 1 ratio for eggs to veggies. Grease a cupcake or muffin pan, and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Store in the fridge in an airtight container and enjoy your mini frittatas before your morning meetings!
Oatmeal is one of the best fiber-rich, protein-packed ways to start your day. And you can add a super-healthy sweetness to it, along with some texture, by adding zucchini.
Use one small zucchini for every 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Combine oats, shredded zucchini, and water in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Once cooked to desired texture, throw in whatever add-ins you love, like flax, berries, chia seeds, or nuts. Make this healthy combo in a mason jar to store in the fridge and grab as you go.
Raw Breakfast Bars
Clocking in at just 5 minutes to make (not including fridge time), these breakfast bars don’t require any baking, and they’re full of fiber, protein, and omegas.
Mix 2 cups of rolled oats, 1/2 cup puffed cereal of your choice, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, and 1/4 cup sunflower seeds. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup brown rice syrup or agave, and 1/3 cup nut butter of your choice. Microwave wet ingredients for 30 seconds, then pour the dry mix into the wet mix and stir. Your mix should be more wet than dry. Put mixture into a small baking ban, spreading evenly, and then place your bars in the fridge for 30 minutes, or let them set overnight. You can also get creative with these by adding coconut flakes, flax seeds, or dried fruit. Just cut them into squares for a healthy, homemade bar to pack each morning!
Enjoy! Have a recipe you want to see? Let us know in the comments!