Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eaten correctly, it provides us with the fuel we need to take us through the day. But sometimes life can be hectic and we don’t always have the time to stop and cook a full healthy breakfast like we really need. So we’ve gathered some ideas for easy breakfasts that you can make in advance, so they’ll be ready for you to grab on your way to the office, or ready to be eaten if you have time to sit at home before you head out the door.

Overnight oats are one of our favorite breakfasts to make in advance. Super easy to make and customizable to your taste, this breakfast is good for your gut with its high protein content and rich fiber. All you need to do is mix equal parts rolled oats with equal parts milk, and leave in the fridge in a sealed container overnight. You can add your own flavors by adding some peanut butter and jelly, cocoa powder, dried fruits, nuts or seeds, the possibilities are endless. The next morning all you need is a spoon and enjoy.

If you’re looking for something lighter on carbs, why not make some breakfast egg muffins? These too, are also easily customizable to your taste. You can use anything from leafy greens to onions and bell peppers, or mushrooms, tomatoes, and even different types of cheese. Grease a muffin tin, and chop up your chosen flavors and add to the tin. Whisk together 12 eggs and pour the mixture over the additions. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. These will last up to 6 days in the fridge.

If smoothies are more your thing, you can try portioning up some mixed frozen fruits into ziplock bags for the week ahead. Add this to your blender in the morning with some milk, juice or water, and you’re out the door in no time. A great accompaniment for this is homemade granola bars. All you need to do is blend together some dates, oats and nuts of your choice. Warm up some maple syrup and peanut butter and then mix this with the date-oat mix, and spread onto a tray. They’ll need around half an hour in the fridge to firm up, and then you can slice and store them for a few days.