How To Meal Prep Breakfast
For whatever reason many people don’t like the idea of meal prepping. It sounds like a lot of work. I don’t know what I’m doing. What are good recipes? Where do I start? The other conception a lot of people have is that meal prepping is for either bodybuilders or fitness fanatics. I’m here to tell you that meal prepping is for smart people who want to save time, money, and eat healthy. It’s actually less work in the grand scheme of your life and it makes eating healthy much easier. So let’s discuss how to meal prep breakfast.
What is meal prepping
Probably a good idea to do a quick overview of what is meal prepping. It is really just as easy as it sounds. Meal prepping is simply preparing some or all of your meals ahead of time. If you’re one of those people who buy the prepared meals at the grocery store where you toss it in the microwave for 3 minutes then peel the cover back and eat, it’s very similar. After all, that’s a pre-made meal right? It’s just that it’s mass produced by a huge conglomerate who do everything in their power to produce mass quantities as cheaply as possible. Which includes less than quality ingredients. Look, I’m sure some of them are fine but the reality is it’s been prepared a while back, frozen, shipped across the country, and delivered to your grocery store where it sits on a shelf for a week before you buy it. Yum.
Should you eat breakfast
Let’s first address the fact that a lot of people skip breakfast. I’ll admit that every once in a while I will skip breakfast, maybe 1-2 times a week. The reason why I do this is to a mini-fast, or intermittent fast. This is basically when you go longer than usual in between meals. I’ll do this when I’ve had a week of not eating as healthy as I like. We will discuss the benefits of intermittent fasting in another article but for now let’s discuss why you should eat breakfast. This will then lead us to how to meal prep breakfast. Here are some great reasons to eat breakfast:
Helps get you moving – Numerous studies have shown that those people who eat breakfast are typically more active in the mornings. Getting moving is good for your day.
Get’s your brain working – Having 2 daughters I can’t tell you how many times I heard that I should ensure they ate a good breakfast before testing day. There is a lot of compelling evidence that eating a good meal in the morning sharpens your mental function for the day.
Maintains a healthy weight – You know as well as I do that maintaining a consistent and healthy weight is not easy to do. That being said if you get in the habit of eating good food at regular intervals, including breakfast, it will assist you in your quest to maintain a steady weight.
Makes you nicer – Okay eating breakfast doesn’t actually make a nicer person. What it does do is help eliminate that cranky mood you tend to get in when you haven’t eaten. You know those times when you bite someone’s head off because you’re “hangry”?
The benefits of meal prepping breakfast
I know when you think about how to meal prep breakfast you think it’s a huge pain. If you’re used to not eating breakfast it’s definitely more work than that. If you normally chow down on a breakfast bar while driving it’s harder than that. Besides the benefits of eating breakfast in general there’s strong advantages to meal prepping as well. Maybe even some you hadn’t thought of.
The price is right – I’m going to share with you my favorite breakfast meal prep recipe shortly. The total for the ingredients costs me less than $10. I can eat this meal the entire work week, 5 days. That’s $2 a day people – talk about a great value.
Fuel’s you up – When you eat a healthy breakfast it just gets the day rolling well. You have mental fuel to give your work the attention it needs. You also have fuel for your body and muscles to keep moving throughout the morning.
Saves Time – I know the preconceived notion about food prep is that it takes a lot of time. The reality is it takes me 15 minutes to prepare my favorite healthy breakfast, 40 minutes to bake it, and about 5 minutes to eat each morning. It saves me time in the morning before I head out to work.
How to meal prep breakfast
All you really have to do to meal prep is look up a few recipes that look appealing to you and give them a try. Think about what you’d be open to eating for most of your breakfasts. I’ve included links to a few books here that can give you some ideas. These are both comprehensive books aimed at food prep for beginners. A great place to start and chock full of recipes.
The Paleo Meal Prep Cookbook: Make Ahead Meals for the Busy Person. Lose Weight & Heal Your Body With These Quick & Easy Breakfast Lunch Dinner & Snack Recipes. Great for Paleo Beginners – Juliana Pope
My favorite breakfast to meal prep are frittatas. I’ll put the recipe to my favorite one below in the next paragraph. Keep in mind there’s a bunch of different variations on this that you can mix and match. I typically use 1 meat, 1-2 veggies, some bag or shredded cheese (about 1/2 a bag or 4 ounces) and 8 eggs. When you have a good portion of meat (around a pound) plus 2 veggies the egg basically holds it together, it is not the dominant flavor.
My Favorite Breakfast Meal Prep
If you try this one you’ll have to let me know what you think. I do this one every month or two. I love it because it has so much flavor. It’s seriously a meal! The sweet potatoes give the bottom a lot of heft and makes it feel like a meal. Another version of this I use without the sweet potatoes. Remember, you can throw in different meats and veggies. A lot time I use breakfast sausage but I also use diced ham, pepperoni, leftover chicken, even strips of steak when I’ve grilled the night before. I almost always use sweet peppers because I like the flavor so much plus I put some spinach leaves in because it’s super easy. Anyway, here’s my favorite:
Sweet Potato Breakfast Sausage Casserole – Gluten free
Wrap up – like a meal!
There you have it – that wasn’t too hard now was it? You’re going to the grocery story anyway so just buy what you need when you’re there. This seriously takes 15 minutes to prep, 40 minutes to cook, and 5 minutes to put into a container and the fridge. Let’s be honest, you can probably get all your cleaning done while it’s cooking too. And when you’re done you’ve got breakfast for the week. Takes a minute to heat in the microwave and a few minutes to eat.
Meal prepping breakfast gets you a head start on your week. It’s well worth the time and energy to help you on your eating healthy quest. Now you know more about how to meal prep breakfast – what are you waiting for?
Let me know what recipes you try!