So many families are getting wiser when it comes to financial spending. It’s so great to see so many planning their meals and making the most of their food. Breakfast is probably the absolute easiest way to do this, in my opinion. Having three kids under my roof, I am a stickler for breakfast being the most important meal of the day. The most important meal in our house is also the least expensive. Most weeks we spend $10 on breakfasts to meal prep for our family of 5.
I’m not talking a bowl full of sugary cereal and milk, or a sugar stuffed, sugar topped Pop Tarts. I’m talking meal prepping a whole, filling, nutrient packed breakfast to start your family’s day the right way. It takes about 30 minutes worth of meal prepping to get quick grab breakfasts ready for the entire week. These breakfasts are easy for the kids to warm up in the morning or just grab on the go. Really, all you need is 3 things. All of which are usually stocked in our pantry: quick oats, milk (we choose coconut) and bananas. I tossed in frozen berries just for some added pizzaz! Fruit after all, helps naturally boost dopamine levels. So let’s talk about the 2 recipes I meal prep to stretch these 3 ingredients to last 5 people for 7 days!
My three ingredient waffles could not be easier.
3 cups oats
2 cups water
After heating up your waffle iron, all you have to do is get the ingredients together and blend them in the NutriBullet.
Meal prepping these waffles is really as easy as that! Pour the batter into your waffle iron, cook, take out and repeat. These are easy to store in a sealed container in the fridge or a Ziplock in the freezer! Just like Eggos except way healthier and for close to the same cost!
When your waffles are all prepped and ready to go, you can top them with fresh or frozen fruit (we heat the fruit up on top.) Another easy option is spreading a little peanut butter on top and finishing it off with bananas and cinnamon.
I usually meal prep 2 batches of waffles to get us set for the week. While my kids would happily eat the entire circle of waffles, I limit them to half a circle with fruit on top and the occasional egg on the side depending on how much time we have in the morning. If you are wanting some other quick breakfast ideas to make for your kids in the morning, I have a post with tons of great suggestions: Meal Prepping: Quick Healthy Breakfasts for Kids.
These are hubby’s favorite breakfast to meal prep because overnight oats are crazy easy to grab on the go! I will either make a big batch or I will make separate servings and store them in Mason jars. Literally open the fridge, grab a jar, and head out the door! Plus, you can easily add extra goodies like chia seeds, flax, hemp seeds or sweeteners like honey or cinnamon.
1/2 cup oats
1/2-1 cup milk
The best thing with meal prepping overnight oats, (besides the Mason jar) is that you can make them any way that you want. If you checked out my original recipe, you know we love our oats with peanut butter and chocolate chips. You can also top them with fruit, nuts, yogurt or granola (just don’t leave that overnight). This time around I opted for frozen fruit. After mixing the oats and milk, you leave them to sit in the fridge overnight. Putting frozen fruit in with the mixture allows the fruit to soften overnight and gives the whole jar a nice fruity flavor!
Meal prepping is a great way to stay ahead and save yourself tons of stress throughout the week and these recipes make it super easy. If you are living life on a time crunch, but still want to eat clean as much as possible, check out my top recommendations for the best to your door healthy food deliveries. Eating healthy on a budget is totally doable! There are so many great products out there and great recipes if you just learn to be clever about it.