Healthy Eating

4 Easy Prep Breakfast Ideas That Will Save You Time During The Morning Rush

The perfect meals to fuel your morning.

By: Lexy Parsons

Running out the door with a coffee in hand and calling it breakfast is oftentimes reality. When life gets busy, it can be easy to skip breakfast for lack of time or healthy options. But, when it comes to energy, productivity, and focus, breakfast is one of the most important meals to fuel your day! So, if time is standing in the way of you and a nourishing morning meal, we’re here to help. 

We’ve partnered with Daily Harvest to offer easy prep breakfast hacks to fuel even the busiest mornings. Unlike most meal delivery services, Daily Harvest is built on real fruit and vegetables and they make healthy eating easy. Daily Harvest is delivered right to your door, so you’ll always have nourishing meals on hand that can be ready in minutes. 

Read on to find out how keeping your freezer stocked with delicious meals from Daily Harvest will give your morning breakfast routine a serious boost. 

Why Breakfast is So Important

Aside from curbing hunger cravings and fueling our morning, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Research suggests starting the day with a healthy breakfast can increase productivity and concentration, prevent mid-day energy dips, and even support weight loss goals. 

But, keep in mind — not all breakfast foods are created equal. So, if you want to set your day up for success, consider how you’re fueling your body. 

Ready to whip up an easy prep breakfast? Here are the most nutritious foods to add to your morning meal according to research.

The Best Foods to Eat For Breakfast According to Research

Protein-Rich Foods

According to research, protein-rich breakfast foods keep us feeling full longer, thanks to the hunger hormone ghrelin. Increased satiety means fewer cravings, less snacking, and lessened chances for overeating! Plus, protein-rich foods could help us reach our fitness goals by revving up our metabolism and keeping our blood sugar levels balanced. Reduced sugar cravings and more calories burned, all thanks to a delicious protein-packed meal? Sounds like a win-win.

Protein-rich foods include: 

  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Greek yogurt
  • Protein powder
  • Nuts and seeds (such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and almonds)

Try these easy prep breakfast ideas for an extra protein boost: add a scoop of nut butter to your smoothie, make a loaded yogurt bowl, or meal prep a yummy chia pudding! Better yet, have a ready-in-minutes option with Daily Harvest’s Oat bowls or Smoothies. 

Fiber-Rich Foods 

Despite its known health benefits, fiber is one of the most overlooked nutrients. In fact, only about 5% of Americans meet the daily recommended requirements! So, adding fiber to your first meal of the day may be a good idea to help support digestion, satiety, and blood sugar. 

Fiber-rich foods include:

  • Berries 
  • Chia seeds
  • Oats
  • Almonds
  • Avocados

While a majority of Americans are deficient, eating a fiber-rich diet is easier than you think. One of the best ways to increase fiber? Increasing your daily intake of fruit and veggies! And, with more than 90 different fruit and veggie-filled options, Daily Harvest makes doing so convenient and delicious. Simply stock your freezer with your favorite Smoothie, Oat Bowl, Harvest Bowl, and more, and kick off the day fueled and full of fiber.

Complex Carbs 

With the rise in Keto and Paleo diets, there’s (understandably) a lot of misinformation surrounding carbs and their role in a healthy diet. Remember: everyone has different dietary needs — just because your neighbor is cutting out carbs doesn’t mean you should! To be clear, carbs can be a healthy addition to your breakfast plate if you’re reaching for healthy sources like complex carbs. Research suggests they can even support weight loss and provide you with a steady stream of energy

Complex carbs include:

  • Rolled Oats 
  • Sweet Potatoes 
  • Quinoa 
  • Chickpeas

For an easy prep breakfast idea, add a spoonful of oats to your smoothie or make overnight oats. Don’t have time to prepare something yourself? When time is of the essence, grab a Daily Harvest Oat Bowl and head out the door. 

Healthy Fats 

Did you know that healthy fats are needed to absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K? That’s right — incorporating foods like avocado or nuts could increase the nutrient absorption of your breakfast! Plus, healthy fats increase satiety, balance blood sugar, and boost energy.

Healthy fats include:

  • Avocado 
  • Nuts and nut butter (such as walnuts, almonds, and pistachios)
  • Seeds (such as hemp seeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds)
  • Whole eggs

For a simple breakfast hack, keep a jar full of mixed nuts and seeds stored in your fridge. Simply sprinkle a spoonful on your favorite breakfast — everything from smoothies to avocado toast — to absorb all the benefits. Daily Harvest also offers deliciously balanced smoothies and breakfast options that make it easy to add healthy fats to your morning rush! With smoothies like Chocolate + Blueberry and Cold Brew + Almond, adding healthy fats to your breakfast has never been more delicious.   

4 Easy Prep Breakfast Ideas

Anything to make the mornings easier, right? With these easy prep breakfast ideas, you’ll never have to leave the house hungry again. Prep and pack the night before or toss these healthy meal-prep breakfast foods together in the morning!

Here are some nutritious and delicious options to help make mornings that much simpler. 

#1 Protein-Rich Overnight Oats 

What’s not to love about overnight oats? They’re easy to customize for any dietary or taste preference, they taste like dessert, and they take minutes to prep. Plus, oats are loaded with dietary fiber and complex carbs making them a healthy breakfast food to prevent cravings and keep us satiated!

New to making overnight oats? Check out our detailed guide on how to make overnight oats, including five delicious flavor variations. 

And for those busy weeks when you can’t be bothered in the kitchen, Daily Harvest is there to fuel your mornings. Stashed away in our freezer, you’ll find a delicious assortment of Daily Harvest Oat Bowls! These options take the stress out of busy mornings while nourishing us with a delicious, on-the-go blend of fruits, veggies, and superfoods. 

No need to measure, chop, prep, or stir. Simply add ⅓  cup of your favorite liquid, give it a quick stir, cover, and let it sit in the fridge overnight (or at least 6 hours) to work its magic. Grab and go the next day for cold overnight oats, or heat it up on the stovetop for a cozier breakfast option. Trust us, you can’t go wrong either way. 

And if you want to take your oat-filled morning to the next level, try soaking your overnight oats in creamy oat milk. Its naturally creamy flavor enhances the already decadent dairy-free experience. 

#2 Daily Harvest Smoothies 

Take easy prep breakfast to the next level with Daily Harvest. When you’re pressed for time, why make your own smoothie when you could have someone else do the prep work for you? 

And, we’re not talking about a trip to the local smoothie shop! While I love a good açaí bowl, the average “healthy” blend is often full of sugar and devoid of most other nutrients. Sometimes a single bowl can have upwards of three bananas, not to mention the sweetened açaí puree thrown into the mix! Add toppings and a liquid for blending, and you’re looking at 1,000 calories, easy. 

That’s why I stick to Daily Harvest. Unlike the standard fruit smoothie, Daily Harvest Smoothies combine fruit with veggies, nuts, seeds, and superfoods. These nutritious foods add fiber, vitamins, and minerals to each blend while increasing satiety, boosting protein, and preventing a blood sugar surge. 

All you have to do is reach in your freezer, add your preferred liquid of choice, and blend that baby up! Convenient, nutritious fuel made in minutes. And, all Daily Harvest smoothies (and meals) are plant-based, gluten-free, and made with 95% organic ingredients. A done-for-you option that is built on real, wholesome ingredients.

Banana + Almond 

Ok, where are our dessert lovers at? We tried Daily Harvest’s new Banana + Almond high protein option smoothie … and wow, it tastes like nut butter-swirled banana bread in the form of ice cream. Except it’s dairy-free and filled with plant-based protein thanks to flaxseeds, nut butter (made from hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, and sun shower seeds), and a specialty almond protein blend made by Daily Harvest themselves. This new smoothie was specifically created to be a higher protein option and the protein blend is made from ground almonds, but that’s not all. To make this protein blend even healthier, they press out the oil to boost the protein content and reduce fat — genius. And I can vouch, no bloat! 

Seriously, I can’t recommend this Smoothie enough. All I did was grab it from my freezer and blend it up with oat milk. It was so indulgent and creamy that I found myself double-checking the ingredients… I couldn’t believe something so healthy could taste SO delicious. And it made for a perfect post-workout treat with the optimal carb to protein ratio. Its 42 grams of carbs (thanks to potassium-rich banana) complement the 15 grams of plant-based protein to help restore glycogen and speed the recovery process. Plus, it gave me a nice little energy boost with subtly sweet notes of adaptogenic maca blended in this superfood mix. Daily Harvest, you really outdid yourself with this one (in the best possible way). 

Passion Fruit + Pineapple 

When you can’t sip a pina colada on the beach, this Passion Fruit + Pineapple smoothie is the next best thing. This new Daily Harvest blend truly tastes like a mango-inspired pina colada, but it’s actually good for you. One of the star ingredients in this blend is Soursop, a prickly tropical green fruit that’s full of Vitamin C and antioxidant-rich ingredients to support immunity and fight inflammation. 

Each creamy spoonful felt like a tropical oasis in my mouth. Best of all, every bite was helping to support my body’s natural defenses. How, you ask? Well, this powerful immune-supporting blend also contains banana, pineapple, and Camu Camu — one of the most potent Vitamin C-rich foods! Why take supplements when you can eat your Vitamins in the form of a delicious superfood smoothie?

All you have to do is add your favorite liquid of choice and blend it up! I opted for oat milk to make a thick and creamy smoothie bowl. If oat milk isn’t your thing, try blending it with coconut water to keep the tropical vibes going!

Smoothie: Mint + Cacao

Transport your taste buds back to childhood with this Mint + Cacao Smoothie. As you sip away the stress of busy mornings, feel good knowing this easy prep breakfast is made without added sugar or artificial ingredients. In fact, this smoothie is built on organic fruits and veggies and contains whole ingredients like organic bananas, spinach, cacao, cashew butter, chlorella, vanilla bean, and peppermint. 

And, these ingredients come with jam-packed nutrients to fuel your morning. This smoothie is a rich source of vitamin D, potassium, and iron, plus it’s loaded with powerful polyphenols and flavonoids thanks to antioxidant-rich cacao nibs. Plus, it contains chlorella — a nutrient-dense freshwater algae that contains both vitamin D and B12, two nutrients needed to support bone health, immunity, and metabolism. What better way to kick off the morning?

#3 Energy Bites 

Every time we make our protein-packed energy bites, we question how something this healthy can be so delicious! But, it’s true — energy bites are one the healthiest and easiest breakfast foods to meal prep. And, it’s easy to mix in all those good-for-you nutrients like protein, healthy fats, and fiber. 

While it’s fun to get creative in the kitchen and whip up our own recipe (plus, recipe testing means eating that no-bake batter), sometimes we wish they were already prepared and waiting in our freezer. 

It looks like Daily Harvest ticks this box too. Luckily for us (and you) one of their 9 collections is none other than their energy bites! Think: flavors like Cacao Nib + Vanilla, and Hazelnut + Chocolate… are we drooling, or is that you? Whatever the case, add these to your easy meal prep breakfast menu.

#4 Egg Muffins

Low-cal, protein-packed, and full of veggies. Enter: egg muffins! Egg muffins are the ultimate breakfast-made-easy recipe! Don’t believe us? This easy prep breakfast food can literally be made in minutes. Simply whisk a dozen eggs, stir in your favorite chopped veggies, grease a muffin tin, and bake for 10 minutes. Voila! You can even enjoy them hot or cold. 

For a more balanced plate, pair your egg muffins with some mashed avocado for healthy fats and leftover sweet potato for clean carbs! You can also pair your egg muffins with Daily Harvest’s Sweet Potato + Wild Rice Hash

Grab and Go Meals to Fuel Busy Mornings

While we can’t add more hours to your day, we can optimize your time! When life gets busy, having quick, healthy meals on hand is a *must* — especially when it comes to breakfast. That’s why we love keeping our freezer stacked with Daily Harvest.

Daily Harvest makes busy mornings simple with easy prep breakfast options ready to grab and go. When weekend meal prep isn’t on the agenda, no need to stress. Just head to the freezer, grab your favorite breakfast, and get ready to crush the day as you head out the door! 

Ready to give your busy mornings a nutritious boost? In partnership with Daily Harvest, we have an exclusive offer for you! Get up to $40 off your first box with the code FITON. Click here to get started — your mornings are about to get a whole lot more delicious!