Here’s an easy DIY idea for breakfast meal prep: set-up a toppings bar!
Are you ready to save time and energy and still be able to deliver healthy meals in the morning?
I’ve found a solution that is working for our family that I wanted to share with you. It’s an easy toppings bar that fits on your countertop.
Our house has limited kitchen counter space, so in my home, I’ve set up a separate coffee/breakfast toppings bar on a spare piece of furniture we have set up by our kitchen table. On this spare hutch I’ve placed a tray and gathered together all the toppings we regularly use.
How does this help you in meal prep? The tray holds healthy toppings for cooked oatmeal, overnight oats, plain greek yogurt, or chia puddings.
Breakfast can be as easy as grabbing a yogurt or chia pudding out of the fridge and loading it up with healthy goodness. Or make up a pot of oatmeal and let everyone decide how to top their own bowl.
So what do I have on my countertop toppings bar?
BREAKFAST MEAL PREP TOPPINGS BAR IDEAS
- dried cherries
- dried cranberries
- chia seeds
- coconut flakes (Make sure they are unsweetened! This is what I buy.)
- freeze dried fruit (NOT dried fruit, which can be sugar coated. Freeze dried bananas are really good!)
- cacoa nibs
- maple syrup
- chocolate chips
If you haven’t tried cacoa nibs yet, I’ve fallen in love with them. They are the purest form of chocolate before anything gets added to it. It has a definite chocolate taste but will finish bitter. That said, if you have sweetened your yogurt, oatmeal, or chia pudding, it negates that bitter aftertaste, so what you are left with is a hint of chocolate with none of the bad fats or sugars!
We prefer slivered almonds when we use nuts as a topping. I buy the big bags from Costco. I put out only a small mason jar of them, then store the rest in the freezer.
For the chocolate chips, I’ve started buying Lily’s. Do you know about these? They are stevia sweetened – so no added sugar! They don’t bake well – as in they don’t really melt- but they are great for this purpose.
Since my Keurig won’t fit on my counters, I’ve also got a jar with my organic compostable coffee pods on my breakfast tray. These pods are only $0.31/each and they are environmentally friendly! The price is great for a cup of coffee.
The cinnamon on my tray doubles as a breakfast topping and a coffee topping. I don’t usually sweeten my coffee, but sometimes I like a dash or two of cinnamon – especially on my second cup.
I’m all for easy ideas that make breakfast meal prep and mornings go smoother.
Would this idea work for you? What would you recommend I add to my tray?