Many people tend to skip breakfast because they are in a rush in the mornings and don’t have time to make a nutritious meal, or they will grab unhealthy choices on the go because of the convenience. However, you don’t have to sacrifice convenience for a healthy breakfast. Preparing make-ahead breakfasts the night before or on the weekend makes it easy to eat a quick meal before work/school or take your food on the go. Below I have provided a list of several make-ahead breakfast options.
1.Overnight Oats/Bircher Muesli
Overnight oats is oatmeal that has been soaked overnight in nondairy milk and a variety of mix-ins without the need to cook them. This is such an easy option that calls for just a few minutes of hands-on time, then all you need to do is refrigerate overnight. Bircher Muesli is a similar concept, but usually also includes yogurt, grated apples, dried fruit, and/or nuts.
In my experience, I have seen 2 types of baked oatmeal: one with whole, intact oats in a several-serving portion and one made with ground oats in a single-serving portion. I find that the former is a much better option to make ahead of time because the texture stays consistently chewy whereas I find that the latter tastes better when fresh.
Chia pudding is made in the same way as overnight oats; All ingredients are mixed together then refrigerated overnight. The chia seeds soak up the liquid and expand overnight so the texture thickens into a pudding.
4.Stuffed Sweet Potato
Bake sweet potatoes ahead of time and simply throw on some toppings like banana slices, berries, chia jam, nut butter, nuts/seeds, vegan yogurt, and cinnamon when you are ready to eat. I recommend trying this with different varieties of sweet potatoes such as the traditional orange, Hannah yam, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Stokes purple.
Vegan frittata can be made from tofu, chickpea flour, red lentils, or mung beans, the first two being the most common choices. This is a great savory and protein-rich option!
Tofu scramble is a vegan alternative to scrambled eggs, and keep in the fridge much better than the egg version. Similar to the frittata, this is a protein-rich, savory breakfast that gives you the opportunity to get in your vegetables as well.
7.Vegan Banana Bread
Banana bread can be an appropriate choice for a healthy breakfast when made with wholesome ingredients like a whole grain or nut-based flour such as oat or almond flour and natural sweeteners like dates/date syrup, coconut sugar, or maple syrup.
Just like banana bread, muffins can be as healthy or as unhealthy as you make them, depending on the ingredients. Adding ingredients like fruit, grated carrot or zucchini, and nuts/seeds in addition to a whole grain or nut-based flour and natural sweeteners.
Yes, you can eat cookies for breakfast when they’re chock-full of wholesome ingredients like oats, mashed bananas, nuts, and seeds. These are a popular choice for kids as well.
Energy bars/balls can be made from wholesome ingredients like nuts and dates and are such a convenient grab and go option that can also be a great snacking food. They are also super versatile and can be made with a multitude of ingredients on hand and flavors you desire.
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