I hear it all the time, “I don’t have time to make a healthy breakfast in the morning!” I’m right there with you. I would rather sleep in a little longer rather than wake up to make breakfast. That is why this breakfast is so perfect; it is prepared ahead of time and all you have to do is grab it out of the fridge and enjoy!
First of all, what even constitutes a healthy breakfast? This can be different for everyone, but I will give you a few tips to get you started in the right direction. If you have been told that low-carb is the way to go, or fat makes you fat, ignore it! No single nutrient is bad and we need all 3 macro-nutrients at each meal to maximize our nutrition: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. This breakfast solution has all 3.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Fail to plan, plan to fail?” I personally know this to be true. If I don’t plan out what I’m going to be eating for the week and meal prep, I end up grabbing a granola bar, or opting for a coffee and hoping I make it through the morning. So my first tip is, PLAN AHEAD. The weekends are usually a good time to do this, because let’s face it, during the week things get crazy. I like to go to the grocery store on Sunday (just like the rest of the world I’ve realized) after I make a list of what I’ll be eating that week. Here is the list of ingredients you will need for this recipe:
- Chia seeds
So now you have the list, you bought the food. Now, it’s time to assemble. Grab 4 Tupperware containers. I prep 4 days at a time for optimal freshness. Add the following ingredients to each container: ½ cup of oatmeal, 1 cup of milk (there are 100 varieties out there, pick your fav!), 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, and 1 cup of berries. You can add cinnamon and a dash of maple syrup for sweetness and an extra kick! Once you have added all of the ingredients, place them in the refrigerator. Viola, your breakfast is done for the next 4 days! Easy, right? The chia seeds will soak into the milk and it will be a thick and delicious consistency. Yes, you eat it cold. Think of it as pudding, but better!
It does take some prep work, but your future-self will thank you. Also, there are many variations. Have fun with it. Try different fruits, or add nuts – the opportunities are endless!
I know you’re dying to know the nutritional breakdown, so this breakfast comes in at 400 calories, 55g of carbohydrates, 12g of fat, 13g of protein, and 18g of fiber!! Not to mention there are omega-3s, antioxidants, and tons of nutritional value. Enjoy!