Start the day with one of these 10 make ahead breakfast boxes, perfect for school or even work!
Need some easy breakfast ideas that you can prep ahead? Then you’re going to love these 10 make ahead breakfast boxes! These are super easy to make, with staples you might already have on hand. Combining a few things you can pick up at the store, you can whip up these easy breakfast boxes in no time!
How many times have you or your kiddos run out the door with a pop tart in hand? Guilty! Let’s face it, mornings can be hectic. Getting the kiddos out of bed can be a struggle, or the alarm clock didn’t go off, or just needed to hit the snooze a few times. Before you know it, it’s time to go! Mornings are crazy! I insist my kids eat something for breakfast before they leave for school. They need something in their bellies to start the day. Cereal just doesn’t cut it every day, and let’s face it, there are mornings where even getting the frozen waffles ready cut it close to leaving.
Well fear no more my friends! Say hello to the breakfast box. These breakfast boxes are made ahead of time, mostly the night before, a few can hold up a few days in the refrigerator so on those mornings you just can’t even leggo my Eggo, you can just grab one of these breakfast boxes out and head out the door. The kiddos can eat them in the car, or even on the bus on their way to school, or if you spared a few minutes they can sit and eat it before they leave.
These breakfast boxes have saved my sanity in the mornings. Sure I could toss a pop tart at my kids to eat, but these breakfast boxes have a little more variety.
I know Pinterest is flooded with ideas for breakfast and lunches, and I wanted to simply it a bit. It can be overwhelming to decide what to combine, and before you know it you have a ton of different things you tossed in your Target shopping cart you don’t know what to do with.
KEEP BREAKFAST BOXES SIMPLE
I like to keep breakfast boxes simple, using the same things in a variety of breakfast boxes so I can stretch out what I have. I don’t have to buy a ton of different things to create all of these. You will see as you scroll down and look at the different boxes I use similar items in different boxes which saves time, space and money.
Here are a few more of my handy breakfast boxes tips to get you going.
- Use a 3 compartment container. More than 3 compartments makes is too much, at least for me. Three compartments is just enough, and you can always add more if needed. I love Lunchbots containers which you can get on Amazon (HERE).
- Use silicone cups (like these on Amazon) to place items in to to keep things together.
- Have 1 main breakfast item
- Have 1 fruit item
- Have 1 dairy or snacky item
Main Breakfast Item
Keep it simple with a few main breakfast items. Choose just a few that you can rotate or use for a variety of different breakfast ideas. I love frozen waffles because I always have them in the freezer and I can use them for several breakfast type meals. I also like shelf stable store bought mini muffins. You could use one’s like Entenmenn’s or the little 4 pack muffins. The ones you will see below that I use in several boxes come individually wrapped in a 12 pack from Walmart. I love those because I can tuck them into breakfast or even lunches, and they are a little bit bigger than the dinky ones you get in those little muffin packs.
Snack and Dairy Items
Keep the snack type items to just a few. Don’t buy everything in the snack aisle, unless it’s a good deal, of course. Buy a few that you can use for breakfast and even after school so things don’t go to waste.
I usually don’t get more than 3 or 4 snacky items at a time. When it comes to replenishing them, I’ll get something new or if it’s working and the kiddos are liking it and aren’t bored with it, I’ll keep it around and get it again for another round.
Same with dairy. I keep it to cheese and yogurts and then just rotate them. I usually have either a string cheese, Babybel or similar, yogurt, squeezie yogurt, and a pack of yogurt smoothies.
I keep fruit simple too. I always have berries on hand, so I incorporate those where it seems to work. I also keep one shelf stable fruit on hand as well. I also like bananas, clementines, and apples. I don’t go overboard so things don’t get wasted.
To slice apples that won’t go brown quickly, simple slice your apples and soak them in a bowl with club soda for 15-20 minutes. Easy peasy!
What to drink?
I always have filled water bottles or juice boxes ready to go in the refrigerator so these breakfast boxes are intended to just be the meal portion, and you can grab whatever drink you have. Always keep juice boxes, Horizon or Nestle chocolate milk boxes, water bottles, or any of your favorite single serve drinks ready to go in the refrigerator so all your kids have to do in the morning is grab a breakfast box, a drink, and your kids are out the door!
Build your breakfast box
With these 10 different breakfast boxes, they all are different so they never get old or boring. Just rotate them every few weeks and you’ll have some happy kiddos.
I honestly just always have one back up on hand. Once it’s used, I make another, or if I know the morning is going to be crazy, I’ll make them the night before. Just like making your kiddos lunches, getting the breakfast prepped ahead is just as important.
So if you’re looking for some breakfast ideas, then these 10 make ahead breakfast boxes will be your key to a calmer morning that don’t consist of Pop Tarts and Fruit Loops, and spilled milk!
All week I’ve be sharing kid-approved back to school breakfast ideas! I’ve teamed up with Busy Bee Gift and Stationary to bring you some easy back to school breakfast ideas that you can whip up before heading out the door. We want you and your kiddos day to shine bright!
Shine Bright Collection
This Shine Bright Collection is from Busy Bee Gift and Stationary which includes:
- Shine Bright Cup
- Package of Shine Bright napkins to tuck in lunch boxes or to have at your kitchen table.
- 2 stickers
- Scripture Cards
I’m in love with the scripture cards! These are great to tuck in lunch boxes or to have placed at your kiddos place setting for them to ready as they start their day and enjoy their breakfast. You can have one or a few at their place setting for them to read so they can fill up on God’s word, or just focus on one card a week, so they can repeat it day after day. The collection of scripture cards are great not just for breakfast, but to read throughout the day.
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