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The Night Before Breakfast

By Julie Fink
Posted On May 11, 2016
The Night Before Breakfast

T’was the night before breakfast, when all through the house; not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; until I picked up a spatula and began to bake, the most wonderful breakfast for all to partake.

Okay, okay, I couldn’t help it. But you get the picture! I wanted to showcase some of my favorite grab-and-go breakfast ideas that I make the night before. I use these recipes during my busy work week as I am so rushed for time most mornings. Nowadays it’s just hard to sit down and enjoy breakfast, unless it’s Saturday, obvi. And skipping it isn’t even an option as breakfastless mornings results in hangry outbursts, headaches, and shameful trips to the vending machine.

So, I did some research and picked up a few healthy, fast, and delish dishes to make the night before.

Muesli

Muesli

This is my all-time favorite find! I’m so used to seeing granola parfaits all over the place that I neglected to see its tasty little cousin, the muesli – pronounced muse-lee. It’s is an uncooked mixture of nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruits, and spices. Muesli is raw, nutrient dense, delicious, and EASY to make. The best part about it is that you can switch up the ingredients if you get tired of the same old. Use bananas one day and strawberries the next, use walnuts one day and pecans the next, use honey one day and maple syrup the next. It’s so good!

All you do is mix a few ingredients together in a bowl the night before, add milk to it the next day, and voila!

Here’s my go-to recipe: Chia Strawberry Almond Milk Joy
From: Vegetarian Times

Ingredients include rolled oats, chai seeds, strawberries, walnuts, maples syrup, and more!

Frittata

Spinach Frittata

This is another great alternative to traditional eggs that can be cooked over the weekend and served up through the week. The recipe that I use makes it even easier because all you do is dump the ingredients in a slow cooker and it’s done; I don’t have to worry about breakfast for the entire week! Plus, you can switch up the ingredients with this recipe too and do a sausage (hormone-free) and cheese frittata one week and veggie frittata the other.

Here is my go-to recipe: Slow Cooker Spinach and Mozzarella Frittata
From: SkinnyMs.com

Ingredients include: mozzarella, chopped baby spinach, Roma tomatoes, and more!

Breakfast Parfait Bombs

Breakfast bombs

Grab your mason jars; this is the easiest way to make an overnight breakfast of champions. You can mix and match your favorite fruits, nuts, and yogurt to make different parfaits throughout the week as well.

Here is a parfait for beginner’s recipe that you’ll love:  Overnight Strawberry Dream
From: Hungry-Girl blog

Here is a recipe that you need a blender for in order to produce a creamier mixture that is to die for: Raw Vegan Parfait Bomb
From: Healthy Blender Recipes

The ingredients include almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax, vanilla extract, cashews and agave nectar.

Berry Crisp Crumble

Berry Crumble

This recipe is quick, easy, healthy, and delicious. It is a nutritional powerhouse with all of the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and protein. You can bake it the oven the night before and stick it in the fridge all week without a worry. It’s one of my warm gooey morning favorites.

Here’s my go-to recipe: Blueberry Smash
From: Healthy Blender Recipes

Ingredients include blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, rice flour, rolled oats, almonds, and vanilla extract.

Breakfast Quiche Bites

Mini Bites

Similar to a frittata, quiches are egg based but they are usually cooked in the oven and have a crust. I decided to ditch the crust for this recipe and added some healthier substitutes. These bite-sized breakfast goodies are perfect for my on-the-go mornings, and they freeze well too. Feel free to swap out the ingredients and use your breakfast faves.

Here’s my go-to recipe: Mini Ham and Cheese Quinoa Cups
From: Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients include eggs, quinoa, zucchini, spinach, cheddar cheese, and green onions.

Mexican Casserole

Mexican Casserole

This beautiful gluten-free, protein-rich, and under 400 calories casserole is a breakfast dream. It’s the perfect slow-cooked recipe to cook up on Sunday afternoon, slice up, and enjoy all week long. It’s also a recipe used on the Paleo diet so it’s mainly meats and veggies, yum!

Here’s my go to recipe: Slow Cooker Mexican Casserole
From: Pop Sugar Fitness

Ingredients include sausage, red bell pepper, green onions, cheese, eggs and jalapeños!

ENJOY!