I am finally back, and with a food post! I have posted frequently on instagram about meal prep, and have gotten requests for details, so today I am starting a short blog series on the topic. Prepping our food ahead of time has been a game changer lately. It eases stress during the week, and encourages us to make healthy food choices. I have meal prep ideas to share for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even desserts. Here is the first one, a list of 6 healthy breakfast meal prep ideas!
Frittata, Egg Cups, Quiche
1. Granola. I like to make a batch of my family’s homemade granola, which will last us over a week. It is gluten free, delicious with milk (we use nut milk) and fruit, on top of a smoothie bowl, or with yogurt. If you want to avoid grains, I have a grain-free granola recipe as well (pictured below).
2. Cut up fruit. Having any kind of produce in the refrigerator that is already washed and cut is key. For the mornings, having a container of prepped berries and pineapple makes it easy to add those to yogurt or oatmeal.
3. Frittata, Quiche or Egg Cups. Eggs can be made ahead of time! The boys enjoy my individual quiche recipe, and we also like eating “egg cups,” which is basically a frittata made in a muffin tin for individual portions. Broccoli Bacon Frittata is one of our favorites, and an excellent way to get a vegetable serving in the morning. BLT Frittata (recipe in the picture below) is also delicious, and will last for several mornings!
4. Smoothie Packs. We love having smoothies for breakfast. They are great for sipping, or in a bowl form. To prep them ahead of time, portion all of your produce ingredients out, and place them evenly in a gallon freezer bag. Lay flat in the freezer. I used spinach, frozen mango, pineapple, frozen strawberries, and bananas. In the mornings, blend with water or nut milk, and egg white protein powder, or your favorite vanilla protein (this is a good option).
5. Bread. Having a quick bread that is ready to eat in the mornings is one of my favorite ways to enjoy carbs! Even though I eat gluten free, and sometimes grain free, I still like to eat bread occasionally.
P.S. Any of these breads or muffins would be a fun addition to your child’s lunch box as well!
Through Pinterest I have found a really delicious paleo bread. It is seriously easy, and is delicious in the morning. I like to toast it, top it with almond butter, fresh fruit, chia seeds, and a drizzle of raw honey.
And if you are not gluten free, you should absolutely make this pumpkin bread that is a family staple and always a hit!
6. Muffins. If I could eat bakery-style muffins every day, I so would. But they are full of gluten, sugar, and unhealthy fats. So… I make my own!
The most common muffin made around here are paleo banana nut muffins by Bakerita.
One of Davis’ favorites, and perfect for strawberry season, are these strawberry banana oat muffins made with Greek yogurt. They can easily be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator.
These peanut butter banana blender muffins, that are gluten free and dairy free, are also a favorite.
If you’re like me, you’re always running behind in the mornings. Having food prepared makes a huge difference. I hope these breakfast ideas are helpful for you, too!