As a mom, life is all about convenience. We watch our shows when the kids are asleep, nap when they nap, and we often reach for on-the-go snacks and meals when we’re rushing around with our broods.
Unfortunately, store-bought options aren’t always the tastiest, nor are they the healthiest options out there. That’s why food prep is so valuable to moms these days since we can get a whole bunch of meals ready in advance, so they’re just as convenient as premade, processed bites. Homemade meals also tend to be more filling and more nutritious, too.
With all that said, you’re probably ready to make meal prep part of your weekly routine. Let’s start with the first meal of the day, breakfast, by unpacking my 10 favorite breakfast recipes.
Banana Bread Baked Quinoa – Chocolate Covered Katie
This recipe puts a healthy twist on a breakfast classic, banana bread. Rather than eating the actual bread part, you’ll be chomping on quinoa, held together by bits of fresh banana. The recipe’s author suggests adding chocolate chips or maple syrup to sweeten things up, but the main recipe itself contains zero added sugar.
Make-Ahead Breakfast Bowls – Iowa Girl Eats
Savory breakfast fans, raise your hand — this one should be on your list. Roasting a tray full of potatoes, onions and green peppers will take some time, but the hearty end result will be worth it. Once that’s done, you’ll top everything with scrambled eggs. Then, you can freeze portions to microwave in the morning and eat while the kids are getting ready for school.
Breakfast Egg Muffins – Café Delites
The beauty of the breakfast egg muffin is that it’s completely customizable. Once you’ve sprayed your muffin tin, so it’s non-stick and ready to go, you can whisk your eggs and pour them into the cups. Then, fill each with toppings — this recipe suggests combinations of bacon and cheddar; garlic mushrooms and peppers; and spinach, tomato and mozzarella. All three are low-carb, to boot.
Apricot Coconut Oil Energy Bars – La Tourangelle
Sometimes a jug of coffee isn’t enough, and no one knows this better than moms on the go. These energy bars will give you an additional boost without any unnatural ingredients. Instead, you’ll fill each bar with crunchy cashews, sweet dried apricots, rolled oats, honey, cranberries, and other tasty ingredients. With this waiting in the kitchen, you’ll be raring to get going in the mornings.
Breakfast Taco Scramble – Skinny Taste
This recipe’s similar to the make-ahead breakfast bowls described above. However, this one’s a bit spicier and contains an additional source of protein thanks to a hearty serving of taco meat. The creator of this recipe said it was so good that she found herself eating it for lunch, too, which we think is the best endorsement.
Grapefruit and Ginger Chia Seed Pudding – Real Food Whole Life
Chia seeds are chock-full of nutrients, but that almost pales in comparison to the fact that they can turn into pudding overnight. All you do is mix them with coconut and another non-dairy milk, let them sit and voila — they become a thick, delicious pudding by morning. Although this recipe calls for the intense flavors of ginger and grapefruit, the author says it can be made more kid-friendly by removing the ginger entirely, replacing the grapefruit with orange or sweetening it with a bit more maple syrup.
Breakfast Baked Sweet Potatoes – Ambitious Kitchen
This might seem like a stretch, but sweet potatoes make a seriously tasty base for your morning breakfast. And, you can bake a batch over the weekend, reheat them daily and top them differently for a delicious, unique meal until the weekend rolls around. This recipe suggests a drizzle of peanut butter, banana slices and crunchy chia seeds.
Shake-and-Go Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats – Two Green Peas
This recipe also relies on the eternally perfect combination of peanut butter and bananas. And, like the chia seed pudding, you can let these batches of oatmeal sit overnight so that they become gooey and perfect by morning. Once you pour the ingredients into mason jars and seal the lids, you just have to shake one up the night before you eat it. Do the same each weeknight, so breakfast is ready in the a.m. with minimal effort from you.
Greek Yogurt Waffles – Crème de la Crumb
If you’ve been down the freezer aisle any time in the past five decades or so, you know that waffles are easy to chill and reheat. This recipe is a bit healthier than many of your store-bought options since it contains protein-packed Greek yogurt. Once you’ve whipped up an extra-large batch, freeze them and pull out a baggie each morning. We think your kids will want some, too, so make sure you have enough for everyone.
Easy Egg Wraps – The Lean Green Bean
There’s no need to stock up on tortilla shells when you’ve got this egg wrap recipe. It’s a low-carb dieter’s dream, as it allows you to make a breakfast roll-up without any bread. And you can choose your own fillings, too — the recipe’s author suggests everything from avocado, cheese, or turkey to hummus, yogurt or fruit.
Once you try any one of these ten recipes, you’ll realize the beauty of meal prep. Not only will you eat well, but you’ll also eat quickly and easily. And, as a mom, there’s really nothing better than that.
Jennifer Landis is a wife, mama, writer and healthy living blogger. She drinks tea in excess, has a collection of peanut butter, and is a super nerd at heart. Find more from Jennifer on her blog, Mindfulness Mama, or follow her on Twitter @JenniferELandis