6 Protein-Packed, Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

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Good morning and happy Monday to you!

If your mornings are crazy-busy, you might think it’s basically impossible to make a healthy breakfast before dashing out the door. When you’re juggling multiple things at once in the morning, eating a balanced breakfast can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re trying to pack something to take with you. But if you devote a little prep work the night before or over the weekend, it’s easier than you think! Making your breakfast ahead of time means that you’ll have a nutritious, delicious, and, in today’s case, protein-packed meal waiting for you first thing in the morning. This, of course, makes for a stress-free and healthy way to start your day! Read on for SIX awesome recipes to add to your breakfast routine!

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
This recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats is like having (cheese) CAKE for breakfast! You’ll love the texture of oats combined with fresh strawberries and crushed graham crackers. Simply prep a batch of these at night and you have breakfast for a few days all ready to go. Just grab a spoon and dive in! A delicious breakfast on-the-go as never been so easy (or tasty)!

Makes 2 servings


  • 1.33 cups cottage cheese
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1 graham cracker sheet, crushed

Directions: Combine cottage cheese, rolled oats, milk, and strawberries in a mixing bowl. Divide between two containers with lids and then sprinkle graham cracker crumbles between the two containers. Store in the fridge overnight. The next morning, grab a spoon and dig in!

Macros: 36C 7F 24P

Overnight Peanut Butter Protein Oats

Macros: 38C 7F 26P

You guys know how much I love peanut butter. It’s kind of an addiction, and I almost always have some sort of nut butter with every meal of the day. Breakfast is no exception! 🙂 This recipe is perfect for steamy summer mornings and couldn’t be easier to make! Tip: Try these oats as a snack– just divide the recipe in half. So good!

Healthy Broccoli & Parmesan Hash Brown Bake

Macros: 7C 10F 13P (5 egg version)

This recipe is incredibly easy and, oh, so delicious! I like to make a batch on Sunday and then breakfast is set for the week! The egg bake is packed with protein, flavor, and veggies, which is the perfect trio to jumpstart your day. If you’re dashing out the door, simply reheat a piece of egg bake, toast two slices of bread or an English muffin, and make a quick breakfast sandwich. In less than 2 minutes, you’ll have a nutritious breakfast!

Totally Customizable Quarter Cup Protein Muffins

Macros: 13C 11F 12P (for basic recipe, not including 1/4 cup of favorite ingredients)

These muffins are bursting with protein – 12 grams per muffin, to be exact! Just grab your 1/4 cup measuring cup, mix up the ingredients below, and then pop the batter in the oven. The “base” recipe works with just about any favorite mix-ins… everything from dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips to shredded coconut and chopped walnuts. Anything goes!

A Big Fluffy Bowl of Paleo “Oatmeal”

Macros: 35C 17F 37P

I love eating a big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast in the morning – it’s so warm and comforting. This Paleo “oatmeal” satisfies my love for oatmeal, but also provides a protein boost to my breakfast! This recipe calls for bananas, egg whites, almond milk, vanilla, nuts, and more. The best part? You can totally customize this recipe by adding any (and all!) of your favorite traditional oatmeal toppings. YUM!

Pumpkin Spice Protein Bake

Macros: 20C 4F 6P

This Pumpkin Spice Protein Bake is so easy to make (just blend and bake), so it’s the perfect make-ahead breakfast for hectic mornings (or low-key weekends). All you need to do is reheat a piece or two in the morning. But the best part about this recipe is just how delicious and satisfying it is for starting your morning off on the right foot. Made with rolled oats, pumpkin, eggs, cottage cheese, and walnuts, it’s a wholesome, nutritious, and balanced way to start your day!


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