With a hectic schedule and never-ending to do list, making a healthy homemade breakfast can be a tall order for most mornings. Pro tip: you can set yourself up for a successful and healthy week by preparing your breakfast the night (or several nights) before and we've got a few delicious recipes you can try right here.
Prepping meals ahead of time is a long-standing fave around these parts, and the good news is, you can keep your prepped breakfasts fresh in a Stasher bag, creating a stress-less morning routine for days on end.
Who doesn't love the sound of that? Bonus: your kids are also sure to love these family breakfast favorites!
Make-ahead breakfast recipes
Whip up a huge batch of these healthy, naturally sweet banana pancakes on the weekend, and eat them throughout the week.
Ingredients (for one serving):
- 1 small banana or ½ large banana, mashed
- ¼ cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 egg
- ½-1 scoop protein powder (we love Bob’s Red Mill chai protein powder)
- Mash the banana thoroughly and mix with the egg until well combined.
- Mix in oats and protein powder, let sit for 2 minutes.
- Heat coconut oil in a skillet and cook pancakes (makes 2-3) until lightly browned.
Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe to prepare multiple breakfasts. And hey — get creative with your toppings! These pancakes can be reheated in the microwave right in a Stasher, then dunked in syrup, smeared with peanut butter for an extra helping of protein, or simply served plain with a side of fruit.
Cinnamon French Toast
Add a little sweetener to this recipe to make syrup-less French toast sticks that are easy to grab if you’re running out the door or eating as a snack — no messy syrup or powdered sugar required.
- 2 slices of bread
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Beat egg, and mix well with additional ingredients.
- Dip bread in egg mixture, covering both sides.
- Heat butter or coconut oil in a skillet and cook egg-coated bread slices on medium low heat until browned on both sides (the lower the heat, the fluffier the toast!).
Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe to prepare multiple breakfasts. Serve with fruit — a sweet, ripe mango is a favorite!
The Protein Pack
Those bistro boxes that you can grab at coffee shops may be healthy, but they’re also expensive and packaged in lots of single-use plastic. Save money and make your own healthy morning burst of power.
- 2 hard boiled eggs
- 2 oz cheese
- ½ gala apple
- 1 ½ Tb peanut butter
- A handful of almonds
- Literally one step: throw everything in a sandwich-sized Stasher and store in the fridge.
Meal prep tips
Meal prep can be a bit tedious, but the time you spend on it definitely pays off throughout the week as you save money, stick to a healthy diet, and cut down on waste. Here are a few tips to make meal prep fun and simple!
- Make your meal prep time count by using the time you spend chopping, cooking, and portioning to catch up with a friend (use a headset or speaker phone), listen to a podcast or book you’ve been wanting to read, or even unwind by putting on Netflix or listening to music.
- Look at your meal plan and try to figure out the most efficient way to prep your ingredients. If you’ll be using carrots in two different recipes, wash and slice all of the carrots you’ll need at once.
- Use a dry erase marker to date your prepped food, or to note the day of the week you’re planning to eat it so you’ll easily know which Stasher to grab. The ink will easily wash off your Stasher bag, again and again!