Grab It and Go! Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Jan 2 2014 - 5:28pm

Being pressed for time can make it hard to sit down and enjoy breakfast, and too many times, we skip breakfast altogether or opt for a calorie-laden pastry, which is not the best way to start your day. A healthy breakfast is what keeps metabolism consistent [1] and energy levels fired up. Instead of skipping your morning meal, grab one of these healthy breakfast dishes as you rush out the door! Each recipes is well-balanced and filling and can be made in batches before the busy week starts.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Energy Bars

Save money by baking up a batch of energy bars to start off your morning. These low-sugar oatmeal banana bites [2] are a great way to fuel the morning! If banana isn't your thing, then try one of these other healthy energy bar recipes [3].

Photo: Jenny Sugar


Making a frittata couldn't be simpler, especially since you can use whatever veggies or meat you have in your kitchen to do so. Here's a basic frittata recipe [4] that will give you enough servings through the week. To make the dish even more commuter friendly, bake eggs using a muffin pan like in this recipe for gluten-free turkey, broccoli, and egg muffins [5].

Tip: Make a frittata on Sunday evening and portion it out in small plastic containers for the rest of the week. You can easily reheat a frittata in the microwave, but this dish is pretty tasty cold.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson


Pancakes are always a treat when fresh off the griddle, but if frozen correctly, they also taste good days — even weeks — later!

First, make a batch of healthy pancakes using whole-wheat flour and fresh berries; once the pancakes have cooled, they're ready to freeze. Separate individual pancakes with wax paper, and store them in a large plastic container in the freezer. Reheat them later in the oven or microwave, or let them thaw overnight in the fridge and enjoy at room temperature.

Looking for a healthy pancake recipe? We are partial to these pancakes made with whole-wheat flour and berries [6]. If wheat and dairy aren't your thing, then try this gluten-free vegan recipe [7] or low-carb almond pancakes [8].

Photo: Leta Shy

Smoothies and Shakes

One of the easiest morning meals to take on the go is a smoothie. Make one of these healthy smoothie recipes [9], featuring a mix of produce and protein in the form of yogurt, milk, or powder, the night before. Store it in the fridge, and grab your smoothie as you walk out the door.

Tip: If you have a long commute, then store your smoothie in a Blender Bottle [10]. Each cup comes with a wire-whisk-like ball that easily combines ingredients with a simple shake — the perfect solution in case any ingredients have settled overnight.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Muffins and Bread

Skip the empty calories from store-bought and coffee-shop muffins, and make your own instead. When done right, a muffin can actually be a filling and nutritious breakfast. This recipe for banana smoothie muffins [11] is filled with a healthy secret ingredient you won't even taste — spinach! If a slice of breakfast bread is more your thing, then try this recipe for coconut banana bread [12].

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Yogurt Parfait

Skip sugary parfaits from Starbucks and McDonald's, and make your own at home. All you need is a mason jar to store the ingredients, and you've made an easy, on-the-go breakfast! Start with some plain Greek yogurt; cut up your favorite fruits, grab some granola and nuts, and start layering!

Source: Eating Bird Food [13]

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