7 Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Right
Whether you prefer sweet or savory breakfasts, these 10 Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Right will have you feeling energized and full all morning. You’ll find wholesome ingredients and plenty of protein, too!
Banana Baked Oatmeal is a filling way to begin the day. This easy breakfast recipe is made with oats, bananas, and spices.
1. Black Bean Nachos
This savory breakfast recipe will give you all the hearty feel-good vibes. Black beans are rich in folate, potassium, and magnesium, and smoky paprika lends a delicious hint of smokiness to this dish. You can make the beans and smoky paprika crema ahead of time, so these nachos can be ready to go for your busy morning.
If you’re looking for more sweet healthy breakfast recipes, try these smoothies! Bananas, kefir, and peanut butter add protein and probiotics for a filling drink that will keep you energized all morning.
Homemade toast is another quick and easy breakfast option, especially when topped with a fried egg and garlicky sauteed kale. This wholesome breakfast is packed with protein and fiber, and it’s so easy to customize for your taste preferences.
To assemble these tasty nachos, layer tortilla chips on a baking sheet and spread spoonfuls of zesty black bean medley on top. Then sprinkle on shredded vegan cheddar cheese. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, then top with scallion jalapeno crema and any other desired toppings. Note: Be sure to wait to add the salsa and sour cream until after baking, otherwise the wet ingredients will soak the tortilla chips and become a gloopy mess!
2. Black-Eyed Peas and Brown Rice
Black-eyed peas (or cowpeas) are a staple in many Southern diets. They are traditionally served on New Year’s Day to bring luck and prosperity in the new year. This recipe combines flavorful legumes with brown rice and fresh herbs and spices for a hearty, nourishing meal.
Brown rice is a great source of fiber which can help lower cholesterol and keep your digestive tract healthy. It also adds a nutty flavor and chewy texture to the dish. This recipe is vegan and vegetarian which makes it a good option for those who avoid meat.
Adding beans to your breakfast is a great way to increase protein and dietary fiber. Beans are also a good source of potassium which can reduce blood pressure. This healthy combination of beans, tomatoes, and rice is full of flavor and nutrients.
One serving of this hearty breakfast contains six grams of fiber which is a quarter of your daily recommended amount. One cup of this warm cereal is high in protein and calcium, too. Keeping a big batch of this on hand will make it easy to whip up a quick breakfast when you’re running out the door. Try it with a side of fruit for added fiber and vitamins.
3. Cauliflower and Bean Stew
While scrambled eggs and homemade pancakes are delicious, sometimes it’s nice to add a little variety to your high-protein breakfast options. This hearty vegetable stew is packed with protein from beans, but also provides healthy carbs, fiber, and a splash of color thanks to the cauliflower. You can use any beans you have on hand, but chickpeas or pinto are particularly filling. Serve over quinoa or rice for the perfect savory breakfast.
Make this tasty vegan stew the night before and you’ll have a quick breakfast ready to go for the week. Once the stew is cooked, stir in a handful of coriander leaves and season with salt to taste. Spoon into bowls, sprinkle with the remaining coriander, and enjoy.
This creamy soup is rich and satisfying, even without adding any dairy. Add a dollop of sour cream or a dash of hot sauce to each serving for an extra kick.
4. Greek Yogurt Parfaits
This wholesome breakfast is light, refreshing, and flavorful. The combination of yogurt and fruit gives you protein and a boost of energy while the granola provides fiber and sustaining carbohydrates. Change up the fruits or use a different type of granola to vary the flavor and texture of your parfait.
This healthy smoothie is a great way to get a good dose of leafy greens into your morning. It also contains a blend of healthy fats from the almond butter and omega-3 fatty acids from the chia seeds.
If you’re a fan of oatmeal, these baked banana oats are hearty and delicious. The addition of milk and a sweetener helps create a creamy texture and the honey gives it a touch of sweetness.
This breakfast is a fresh, satisfying alternative to sugary parfaits at cafes and restaurants. It’s easy to make ahead and is perfect for a quick grab-and-go meal. The berry mixture tastes sweet and tart and the granola adds a nutty taste and crunchy texture. This is a great option for kids too as it is kid friendly and can be customized with their favorite fruits. You could even try a layer of jam for additional flavor.
5. Eggs in a Bowl
The perfect protein-packed breakfast, eggs offer a range of health benefits that keep you full all morning long. Whether you like them fluffy and soft or crisp and savory, these healthy breakfast ideas will help you fuel your day with this versatile food.
Eggs are also a great way to add vegetables and other healthy foods to your meals. Try shirred eggs with leeks for an elegant meal or make a quick omelet to enjoy on the go. If you’re looking for a lighter option, eggs can be baked into muffins or stuffed in other wholesome dishes like these zucchini and prosciutto cups or this spinach artichoke quiche.
If you’re on the go in the morning, these easy healthy breakfast recipes will make your life easier. Prep a few of these recipes on a weekend or more relaxed weekday, and you’ll have nutritious healthy food ready to grab in the morning. These make-ahead options are perfect for road trip breakfasts and camping trips. Just be sure to check that your eggs are done by giving the bowl a slight jiggle. If they are runny, pop them back in the microwave for a few seconds and repeat until cooked to your liking.
6. Eggs in a Muffin
If your make-ahead breakfast rotation leans too much to the sweet side (overnight oats, pancakes, breakfast cookies, and bars), these savory egg muffins are an easy fix. These little frittatas baked in a muffin pan are so fluffy and flavorful, plus they’re an excellent source of protein and veggies. And best of all, you can bake a whole batch and store them in the fridge for a quick weekday breakfast or leisurely weekend brunch.
If you’d like the yolks to be a bit more runny, put the peeled eggs in the freezer for 30 minutes before baking them in the muffin pan. This helps the eggs puff up evenly and also ensures a nice jammy texture. And if you’d like to switch up the veggies, feel free to use any fresh or frozen vegetables you have on hand. I’ve tried these with spinach, red pepper, and kale, but I love them even more with roasted broccoli or cauliflower, too.
Another great thing about these breakfast egg muffins is that you can prepare the egg mixture and chop all of the vegetables ahead of time, then assemble the muffins in the morning. This makes these a super-easy, nutritious breakfast that’s perfect for busy days.
7. Waffles or Pancakes
There are a lot of debates going on in the world. Coke vs Pepsi, cats vs dogs, and pancakes vs waffles.
Both pancakes and waffles are quick off-the-griddle breakfast treats that can be sweet or savory and are easily customized with toppings. However, waffles have a few things going for them that make them superior to pancakes in the eyes of some:
They’re crispy, which adds a nice texture to the dish and makes them extra tasty. They can also be made into any shape you want, which allows for creative presentation. Additionally, they don’t become soggy as quickly as pancakes do, and they can hold on to toppings like chopped nuts and berries better than a fluffy stack of pancakes can.
Pancakes, on the other hand, are more spongey and can quickly turn to mush when they soak up syrup. They’re also not as good at holding on to other toppings.
There are plenty of ways to make pancakes healthier, such as using whole grains or swapping out the sugar for maple syrup and berries. Plus, there are savory pancakes as well like potato pancakes or green shakshuka. These savory pancakes can be served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!