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Hey Y’all! It’s Monday, again. I hope you had a relaxing weekend and have been able to jump right into the new week. If it hasn’t gone as planned, that’s okay too. We all get a “case of the Mondays” from time to time. I’m hoping today’s post can help you to be better prepared for the week ahead, by giving you a quick and healthy breakfast to start each day. Meal prep is a great way to make your week go smoother and who doesn’t want that? My favorite breakfast to prep ahead of time is a fruit and yogurt parfait.
Gather your supplies and ingredients.
I like to use 8 ounce mason jars for my parfaits. The lids screw on, so there isn’t a risk of leaking, and they are the perfect size for a single serving. The little, 2 ounce disposable cups, work great for keeping the granola or cereal separate.
I like to start with vanilla greek yogurt (I use the the nonfat version), but you can use any variety you like. If you aren’t a fan of greek yogurt, then regular yogurt would be fine also.
The ingredients are for you to decide, but here are some ideas:
- Cereal (I like Kashi or Cheerios)
- Chopped nuts (protein boost!)
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Chopped pretzels
Let the Meal Prep Begin!
When I am meal prepping for the week, I like to do things in batches. It helps me make the best use of my time. I start by sitting out the needed amount of jars, lids off. If I am using fruit that needs to be cut, I go ahead and wash and cut it all together.
With all of my supplies and ingredients ready to go, I can start layering my parfaits. I add some fruit to the bottom and then I use a food scale to measure out the amount of yogurt I want (this is not a requirement, but if you are counting calories or watching what you eat then I highly suggest it). Finally, I top the yogurt off with more fruit. Occasionally, I will add about 1/2 a tablespoon of honey to the top, depending on how sweet the fruit I’m using is.
The last thing I prep is the topping. I like using Kashi Go Lean cereal or Cheerios because they are lower in calories than granola, but if you are looking for a more calorically dense breakfast than go for nuts or granola. These are easy to scoop into the 2 ounce cups. Even though these cups are disposable, I tend to reuse them 2-3 times. Since, they are just used for storing dry ingredients, it’s an easy way to conserve.
I hope this has helped give you a quick and easy breakfast idea that you can prep ahead of time! I know that it has saved me a lot of stress and kept me from going hungry, on busy mornings.
Do you have any go-to meal prep recipes, that save you time? Let me know in the comments!
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Until next time!