• Two Weeks Worth of Healthy Breakfasts + Kohl’s Giveaway

    January 22, 2016

    If your mornings are hectic, you might think it’s practically impossible to make a healthy breakfast. Or maybe you’re bored with the same old breakfast morning after morning? Either way, if you do a little prep work the night before or on the weekend, you’ll have a nutritious and tasty meal waiting for you first thing in the morning. This, of course, makes for a stress-free and healthy way to start your day.

    Most weeks, I pick two recipes to prep ahead for breakfast. That way, I have options in the morning just in case I’m not in the mood for something sweet (or savory) when I wake up. That said, here are four of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts that help me get my morning off on the right foot. (If you prep two different recipes each week, you’ll have two full weeks of healthy breakfasts!)

    I’ve partnered with Kohl’s on this post, so I highlighted some of my favorite kitchen products that make prepping breakfast a breeze. Kohl’s has an amazing selection of items that are perfect for accomplishing all of your 2016 healthy-eating goals, so please read on! There’s a great giveaway at the end too!

    Crock-Pot Steel-Cut Oatmeal

    Ah, yes. My favorite breakfast recipe ever. It’s also insanely easy to prepare in my crock-pot. Just set it and forget it! And I love that this breakfast is totally customizable based on what I’m in the mood for. I switch up the ingredients every week, so I never get bored. My current favorites are canned pumpkin, sliced banana, hemp hearts, chopped nuts, and chia seeds.


    I make a big batch of crock-pot oatmeal on Sundays and then portion it out into individual containers with lids (this 20-piece set is on sale right now at Kohl’s) and then I just nuke them in the microwave in the morning. It doesn’t get easier than that!


    Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake

    Another favorite make-ahead recipe is one that I first made for Christmas brunch, but since have made a bit more healthy. My breakfast version nixes the ground sausage and bacon, adds one additional egg, reduces the cheese by half, and I typically use the hashbrown patties from Trader Joe’s instead of traditional tater tots. I’ve made this recipe so many times now, I have it memorized. It’s basically: Spread some shredded cheese in the bottom of a baking dish, whisk together, eggs, milk, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl, top with hashbrowns, bake for 35 minutes, top with a little more cheese, and then bake for another 15 minutes. Voila! Then, I cover the baking dish (I use this Pyrex baking dish with cover) and keep it in the fridge until it’s time to reheat a piece in the morning for breakfast.

    Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Bake 3

    Protein Pancakes

    Made with Greek yogurt, eggs, and rolled oats, these pancakes are loaded with protein that keeps me full for hours. And the best part is that you can make these pancakes ahead of time and just reheat them in the microwave in the morning. You can also whip up the batter the night before and make them fresh in the morning. Both ways make breakfast quick and easy!

    Mini Frittatas

    These Mini Frittatas are so easy and so delicious! I typically make a dozen in my muffin tin at the beginning of the week and then reheat in them in the morning for breakfast. (They make a great snack too!) I like squishing them in between two pieces of toast or an English muffin to make an instant breakfast sandwich. And, of course, I love that they are customizeable. My current favorite combo is broccoli, bacon, and Gruyere cheese. Mmm!


    Giveaway time! Here is your chance to win a $100 gift card to Kohl’s!!!

    To enter: Just leave a comment on this post about your favorite make-ahead breakfast. I will randomly pick a winner next week! Good luck!

    Also, check out these sweet deals from Kohl’s – these codes can be stacked:

    • $10 off a $50 home purchase with Promo Code HOME10 (valid from 1/29 – 2/3)
    • 20% off using promo code FORYOU20 (2 days only) (valid 1/29-1/30)

    Thank you, Kohls, for sponsoring this post and giveaway! 

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    { 32 comments… read them below or add one }

    Tara January 27, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I love to make an extra batch of waffles for the freezer!


    marcy January 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Hard-boiled eggs. So easy and healthy!


    Kaitlyn January 27, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Overnight oats for sure! I love adding Greek yogurt and almonds + blueberries to the mix. So delicious and so filling!


    Mariaelena January 27, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I love overnight oatmeal with chia seeds.


    Molly January 27, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Overnight oats all the way, I love how customizable you can get with the toppings in the morning!


    Dianne Hall January 28, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I like to make overnight oats. They are so good!


    Natalie January 28, 2016 at 7:58 am

    My favorite make ahead breakfast is steel cut overnight oats with cinnamon, sugar and blueberries. It fills me up until lunchtime!


    Melissa January 28, 2016 at 8:08 am

    I’m definitely a fan of making the muffin frittatas


    Brenda Haines January 28, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I would have to go with oatmeal muffins, I haven’t had overnight oats before, we’ll be making some very soon. Thanks for the chance 🙂


    Mami2jcn January 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I love to make muffins.


    Shannon January 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

    We make frozen breakfast burritos on the weekend!


    Annie Atherton January 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Freeze waffles or pancakes for later 🙂


    Rosie January 28, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    My favorite make ahead breakfast is French toast and cut up fresh fruits. All I need to is reheat the French toast in the microwave in the morning!


    marie January 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    overnight oats in an almost-empty almond butter jar


    Krista M January 28, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I make tons of variations of overnight oats. yum!


    Amanda January 28, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Overnight oats!


    Ellen Casper January 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I love making steel cut oats in my crockpot overnight.


    Cassandra Eastman January 29, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I love making healthy breakfast muffins out of bananas, oats, eggs, greek yogurt, honey and chocolate chips. My whole family loves them!


    Tonya Atkinson January 29, 2016 at 12:08 am

    My favorite make ahead breakfast is a smoothie I have a mixture of frozen berries with oats and chia seeds made ahead for each day


    Kenny January 29, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I like to make healthy oat and greek yogurt banana muffins. They are great in the morning!


    Melissa L. January 29, 2016 at 12:32 am

    My favorite make ahead breakfast is freezer muffins. So easy to just reheat one, and they are delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!


    natasha lamoreux January 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I like to make blueberry muffins for the kids and I also will pre make smoothies and freeze it and then serve it when the kids are running out the door.


    Tina W January 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I like to have homemade breakfast burritos in the freezer. Easy to eat in the car, too!


    Elaine January 29, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Egg muffin cups!!! Great to freeze and then reheat and eat on the run!


    debbie January 30, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I like to make homemade granola with no added fat and lots of healthy grains, etc. I then eat that with greek yogurt and berries.


    Amberlyn January 30, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I love mini frittatas because you can add in a variety of mix ins that each member of the family can enjoy.


    Becky January 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Crock pot oats are the best and save so much time!


    Lauren February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    I like make ahead breakfast burritos.


    Hilary February 2, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Frittatas are our favorite (although we called then egg cups… frittatas sounds so much better!)


    Hollie Jahnke February 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I like to make a breakfast casserole. I can make it the night before and just pop it in the oven while we are getting ready.


    iamalighthouse February 13, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Has a winner been selected? 🙂


    Tina February 13, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Yep! Eight of them in Thursday’s post!


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