Let’s be honest, a lot of people struggle with meal prepping. However, nutrition is extremely vital to any fitness plan. Breakfast is where most people seem to struggle with ideas on what to prep. However, breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day; it’s the meal that breaks your overnight fast. So, stop grabbing that breakfast bar on your way out the door as a sorry excuse for a meal. We’ve gathered 5 of our favorite, easy, breakfast ideas to get you through each day of the work week and they all require minimal effort.
Chocolate Covered Banana Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are a must try if you have not yet let them into your life. You can prep them at night and toss them in the fridge, by the time you’re ready to walk out the door the next morning they are ready. No joke, no cooking involved.
• 1/4 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
• 1 tbsp chia seeds
• 1 tbsp cocoa powder
• 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
• 1/4 banana, cut (we recommend adding this in the morning, but you can add at night if desired.)
1. Combine all ingredients in a jar.
2. Place jar in the refrigerator.
See, we were not kidding, so easy.
Scrambled eggs are easy, and you can make them in batches and divide them for use over multiple days. If you’re doing that, just multiply this recipe accordingly.
• 4 egg whites
• 1 turkey sausage link
• 1 small diced yellow onion
• 1/4 cup diced yellow bell pepper
• 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
• 1 handful chopped spinach
• 1 diced tomato
• Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a large pan, drizzle the onions and peppers with a small amount of olive oil.
2. When the onions become transparent, and the peppers are tender, add a little bit of salt and pepper.
3. Chop up the turkey sausage link and add to the pan. Cook until golden.
4. Lower heat and add the egg whites, begin to scramble.
5. Add the tomato and spinach.
Tomato & Basil Omelet
Omelets are just so easy, and eggs are an excellent source of protein. Simply mix the ingredients in a bowl and pour them into a hot pan. It’s an easy breakfast you can cook ahead of time and put in some plastic storage for the week. This omelet is a Purlife favorite.
• 2 eggs
• 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
• 4 leaves of basil
• Sea salt
• Black pepper
• Olive oil
1. Coat skillet with olive oil.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk 2 whole eggs with chopped basil, add salt & pepper.
3. Add everything to a heated skillet.
4. Add cherry tomatoes.
5. Cook on medium heat to desired doneness & flip omelet.
Pro-oats are another hidden gem that requires no cooking from you ahead of time. These are great to prep and put in a zip-lock bag. If you’re running late, just grab a bag on your way out the door and you can dump the ingredients in a bowl at work and add the hot water.
• 1 packet of instant oatmeal (unflavored)
• 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (you can swap out to your flavor of choice)
• 1/8 cup almonds
• ½ tbsp. of almonds
1. Empty the oatmeal packet into a bowl
2. Add the scoop of protein powder & mix in the cinnamon
3. Add hot water or milk until you get your desired consistency
4. Top with crushed almonds
Egg White Cups
Oats are easy to pack in a bag and go. Egg whites, on the other hand, are a different story. They pack lots of protein but let’s face it they aren’t exactly what you think of as a hand-held breakfast. We’ve solved that for you. These egg white cups make a great handheld breakfast that you could eat on your way into work in the morning.
• 12 egg whites
• Chopped spinach, bell peppers & onion
• Sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Coat the muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Fill each cup halfway with egg whites.
4. Add the desired amount of chopped veggies to each cup until almost full.
5. Bake for 20 minutes.