The Number One Time-Saver For Quick, Healthy Breakfasts
Are you that crazy busy woman who tries to fit 101 things into each day (all good things, of course!), but results in hectic mornings in which you struggle to make time for a healthy, nutrient-dense breakfast?
It’s all too easy to just grab the cereal + milk option, or the toast & Vegemite option, or just the coffee option, not to mention the ‘I-ain’t-got-time-for-breakfast’ option!
This is all too common these days, but my friend, these kinds of “breakfasts” are not serving your best self - and you deserve the very best for your amazing mind & body.
So how can you ensure a healthy, nutritious (and tasty of course) breakfast without needing an hour to scramble tofu and hand-massage kale?
The secret starts with the night before. By preparing your healthy on-the-go breakfast mostly the night before, you save time in the morning, which makes a huge difference on those extra-hectic days.
Here are 3 ways to make healthy breakfast options the night before OR at the start of your week, that will fuel you in all the right ways.
1. Pre-Made Frozen Smoothie Packs
Pre-make smoothie packs in clip-lock bags and store in the freezer. In the morning, all you need to add to your blender is the frozen smoothie goods & your liquid of choice. Whallah! Breakfast in under 2 minutes!
Here’s how to make them:
Buy a packet of sandwich-sized clip-lock bags
Unclip X number of bags for the number of smoothie packs you want to make, and fold the openings outwards to make the bag sit upright and wide open.
Add solid ingredients: banana / berries / frozen spinach cube, baby spinach or other fresh greens / powdered greens / superfood powders e.g. maca powder, lucuma powder, açai powder, beetroot powder / nuts & seeds / plant-based protein powder / nut butter / dates / shredded coconut / oats / flaxseeds
Clip-lock bags so they are airtight & freeze
When ready to make your smoothie, empty the bag contents into the blender and add liquid (300ml or so) and ice if desired.
My go-to smoothie pack recipe (I make 5-10 at a time & freeze)
Handful of baby spinach
Handful of berries
Tablespoon hemp seeds / flaxseeds / chia seeds
1 scoop Earthera plant-based protein
300ml Coco Quench coconut milk added to blender in the morning
2. Pre-Made Brekky-In-A-Jar
This could be overnight oats / chia pudding / bircher muesli in a jar. This takes just a couple more minutes than the smoothie packs, but still saves you plenty of time the next morning. All you do is grab out the pre-made jar of goodness from the fridge, and dig in, or maybe just add some fruit if need be.
For Overnight Oats (Makes 2):
1 cup quick oats
1 mashed banana
2 tbs nut butter (almond/peanut)
2 tsp honey or other natural sweetener
2 tbs chia seeds
1 cup plant-based milk
1/2 cup frozen berries (on top in the morning)
Add all ingredients except berries to a bowl and mix really well. Store in airtight glass jar with wide mouth in the fridge.
3. Pre-Made Toasties (But The Pancake/Waffle/Sweet Potato Type)
Pre-make pancakes / waffles / sliced sweet potato & all you need to do is toast & top them the next morning. For extra deliciousness though, it's worth the extra effort to also pre-prepare a topping or two like cashew-pear cream and date paste. These keep in your fridge for weeks.
Buckwheat Pancakes or Waffles Recipe
1.5 cups buckwheat flour (or 3/4 c buckwheat, 3/4 c spelt)
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup mashed banana
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3/4 cup plant milk (I use almond)
1 egg or 1 tbs ground flax/chia + 3 tbs water, mixed and let to sit 10 minutes
Mix dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix to form a batter consistency. Use for pancakes or a waffle machine.
Cashew-pear cream topping
400ml canned pears & juice
1 cup cashews
Blend until smooth. Stores in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Date paste topping
1 cup medjool dates
1 cup hot water
Soak the dates for 10 minutes, then blend dates & 1/2 cup of the water. Store in the fridge for up to a month.
I hope these 3 ideas get you out of your bad-breakfast rut, and on your way to easy, healthy meals that will sustain you, excite you and make your body thrive!! For over 20 plant-based recipes like these, purchase my Thrive Meals eBook now.