Master Your Mornings with Easy-Prep Breakfasts

From Shape Magazine

Sometimes the hardest part of prepping breakfast in the morning is figuring out what you feel like eating when you’re still half-asleep. Take the stress out of your morning by prepping breakfast the night before: just as grinding your coffee beans and getting the coffeepot set up the night before ensures that you’ll have a hot cup of coffee ready in the morning, these recipes guarantee a great start to the day with minimal effort.

Make a meal in a mason jar.

Yogurt and fruit, overnight oats and chia puddings are all super-portable for the a.m. This Quinoa-Berry Parfait combines whole grains, fruit and yogurt for serious staying power.

Here’s how to whip it up: Stir together ⅓ cup cooked red quinoa and ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract in a small bowl; set aside. Place ⅓ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt in a pint-size mason jar. Add most of the quinoa, followed by ½ cup mixed fresh or frozen berries. Add another ⅓ cup yogurt, the remaining quinoa and 1 tablespoon chopped toasted nuts. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey; cover and refrigerate overnight. (Serves 1; 283 calories)

Reinvent your morning eggs.

Eggs are the complete package: high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Make a frittata and pack slices all week, hard-boil eggs to pair with crispbreads and fruit, or prep and freeze some breakfast burritos to warm up in the office microwave.

Make an “anything” smoothie.

It's the easiest—and tastiest—way to get more fruits and vegetables into your life. Throw everything and anything you like together. Just skip the added sweeteners and fruit juices to keep the sugar content low. Make a batch, freeze it in single portions and thaw one each night in the fridge so it’s ready to grab and go.

Whip up some breakfast cookies.

The word “cookie” does not have to be defined by white flour and sugar. You can easily bake up some healthy, breakfast-friendly versions packed with good stuff like whole grains, nuts, dried fruit and seeds. Remember to go easy on the added sugar; dried fruit can often provide just the right amount of sweetness.

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