Does the thought of planning your entire menu for a week feel too overwhelming to even consider?

Ironically, meal prepping is actually a time saving technique… once you’ve established a good method. By taking a little bit of time in the beginning of the week and organizing your meals, you save a lot of time during the week when it’s time to eat your meals.

We’re going to help you break down what it means to prep your meals so that you can find a method that works best for you. You don’t have to cook everything for the week – let’s get started with prepping breakfast.

Breakfast is a great place to start because:

  • It’s an easier meal to prep
  • Eating breakfast often gets overlooked due to busy and tired mornings
  • It’s really important to start your day with whole nutrients – especially protein

2 No Cook Breakfast for Meal Prep

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making oatmeal. Instead of cooking your oats on the stove, you mix old-fashioned oats with the liquid of your choice and any other add-ins. All you have to do it let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so that the oats absorb the liquid. The next morning, you have a great, pre-portioned breakfast ready to grab and go.

Overnight oats doesn’t have the same texture as stove-top oats. Instead, the texture is creamier and more dense.

Recipes are endless. You can mix in liquids like water, milk, almond milk… You can add in nuts, berries, protein powder, yogurt, fruits…

Here are some popular recipes:

Peanut Butter Banana overnight oats by Fit Foodie Finds

50 recipes for Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats for Breakfast

Smoothie Freezer Packs

Smoothies are a delicious treat in the morning – Packed with protein and a nice healthy dose of sweet flavor to get your day started. Just a quarter cup of blueberries can cover up a fistful of greens that you may not ordinarily eat. So why do so many people opt for a muffin over a smoothie? Is it because gathering each of the ingredients in the morning seems to take too much time? We have a solution for that!

You can prep your smoothies in advance and store them in freezer bags so that you have perfectly portioned meals ready do go in the morning. You can chop and portion everything at once and make a week’s worth of smoothie freezer packs all at once. While you can rely on taking the smoothie pack right out of the freezer and blend it, it’s helpful to thaw one overnight in the refrigerator.

Here are some popular recipes:

Green Smoothie Freezer Packs and Recipe Ideas

Make a month of green smoothies in an hour

With simple tips like these, you can add a variety of flavors to your morning so you never have to get bored eating the same ol’ thing. Start small – find a recipe or two that you like and get used to creating this new habit. Then, you can expand your horizons by adding new recipes and changing things up.