To me, breakfast isn’t as exciting as lunch and dinner. I am not a morning person at all, so the last thing I want to do in the mornings is cook then have to clean up from cooking. For most of my life, I just didn’t eat breakfast. My husband gets on me all the time for this saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” and blah blah blah…
So then he told me about overnight oats. His friend started making them for breakfast in the mornings, and offered one to him and he really liked it. He asked me to start making them, so of course I was all over Pinterest figuring out what it was. I have been making him overnight oats ever since.
I am not as much of a fan of the overnight oats, so now I make a ton of options for our breakfast meal prep, and it has been so helpful for me. I have a variety of options for breakfast and I can easily grab something in the morning and eat it fast while taking care of the
monsters children. I make 5 jars of overnight oats, 5 jars of fruit and yogurt parfaits, 30 Protein Packed Energy Bites, and a dozen hard boiled eggs.
So lets start with the Protein Bites. These are so good. You feel like you are indulging when in reality these are so good for you. They really do curb your hunger too, if I’m feeling hungry during the day I will eat one of these and it will stop me from snacking on junk.
This recipe is so simple. Basically, you just throw everything in a bowl.
2 Cups Quick Oats, 1 Cup Ground Flax Seed, 1 Cup Grape Nuts, 2/3 Cup Honey, 1 Cup Peanut Butter, 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, 1 1/2 Tbs Coconut Oil, 1 Tsp Vanilla and a pinch of salt.
My husband laughs at me for using Grape Nuts in everything. You don’t have to add these if you don’t want to, but I love the crunch they add and they also add extra protein and fiber. So its a win for me! Plus without them you wouldn’t get that crunch. So anyways, mix this all up, then refrigerate for 30 minutes or so to make it easier to form into balls.
You should get about 30 bites out of the mixture. Yes, I am avoiding using the word balls so I don’t start to make ball jokes and giggle like a 13 year old boy. So these are bites. Not balls.
Freeze your bites for 10 minutes to set, then I like to store them in sandwich bags. I put 3 into a baggie, and keep them in the fridge. Then my husband can quickly grab them and put them in his lunchbox, and I can grab a bag if I’m heading out the door and need to eat something quickly in the car. These don’t last long at my house.
The next thing I make are the overnight oats. The best tool for the job here are mason jars. I use 10 mason jars, and use 5 for oats and 5 for parfaits. Then my husband and I can choose what we want to eat that morning.
The great thing about these oats is they are really simple to make, and you can change up your flavor options each week. This week I am making two different flavors, Peanut Butter Banana, and Raspberry Chocolate Chip.
Basically you layer the ingredients into the jar, then the night before you add milk, shake, and the next day the oats are ready to eat. You will find a ton of recipes for this online. It took me a while to find the right portion of ingredients that worked for us. The first few times I made way too much and we couldn’t finish it. Other times I didn’t make enough. Sometimes I added too much milk and they were soupy. Other times I didn’t add enough milk and they were too thick. I’ve finally got the right portion down.
Start by adding 1/3 Cup Quick Oats into each jar.
Then top the oats with 3 tablespoons of Greek Yogurt. I use Vanilla or Honey Vanilla. You can use whatever flavor you like.
Next top with your fruit.
Store these in the fridge, and the night before add 1/4 cup of milk or almond milk, shake, and let sit. The next morning they are delicious and ready to go! Easy peasy.
For the parfaits, I cut up some fresh fruit, and add 1/8 tsp of sugar. Then I layer 2 tablespoons of greek yogurt, and a spoonful of fruit, and repeat that 3 times. I keep these in the fridge and when I go to eat them I top them with homemade granola.
The last thing I make is hard boiled eggs. These shouldn’t need much explanation. I hard boil 10-12 eggs, then put 2 or 3 in sandwich baggies and keep them in the fridge. Then they are easy to grab and eat on the go.
Its also really helpful to have babies around to help clean up whatever crumbs fall to the floor.
There you have it! Meal prep day is complete. Now for the week we have Overnight Oats, Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits, Energy Bites, Eggs, Burrito Bowls, Chicken and Couscous salad! It’s going to be a good week of meals. Now to do it all again next Sunday.