If it’s true that you are what you eat, then a lot of us are in trouble, especially regarding breakfast. While everyone knows that eating a healthy breakfast is important, sometimes it’s so much easier to just chow down on some sugary cereal, to grab some coffee on the way out the door, or just to skip the whole matter altogether. If this sounds like you, stop! We’ve gathered 10 healthy breakfast ideas that can help inspire you to greater healthiness in the morning, and a better start to the day!
1. Avocado Toast with Egg
This nutritious breakfast from The Corner Kitchen contains healthy protein in the form of eggs, good fats in the form of avocado, and whole wheat toast. It’s a great option for the mornings when you want a healthy breakfast that’s a little savory and that will give you energy to get through your morning. Just toast a couple piece of bread, spread mashed avocado over the top, cover with a couple of sunny-side up eggs, and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Yum!
2. Breakfast Smoothie
Breakfast smoothies can be a great way to get in a healthy breakfast on the go. They tend to be fast and easy to make and require little cleanup (just add hot water and a drop of soap to the blender, run and then rinse). There are a lot of ways to make a great breakfast smoothie. One interesting recipe from Prevention combines 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of honey, 3/4 cup of vanilla yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger for a unique, refreshing taste. Another smoothie from Real Simple combines 3/4 cup milk with 3/4 cup of frozen raspberries, half a banana, a tablespoon of almond butter and a tablespoon of agave. Of course, feel free to develop your own delicious recipe!
3. Overnight Oats
Sometimes healthy breakfast food starts the night before. This recipe for overnight oats from Popsugar might take a little forethought, but it sure makes things easy the next morning. These oats are tasty, rich in fiber and high in protein. Just mix half a cup of milk (you can substitute with coconut milk or almond milk if you desire) with half a cup of rolled oats. From there, all you have to do is add toppings. Go wild with nuts, seeds, fruits, nut butters or whatever else your heart might desire.
If you want a healthy breakfast idea that everyone in your family will like, try parfaits. This simple recipe from Women’s Health takes 1 pound of strawberries, 2 cups of vanilla yogurt and 6 tablespoons of muesli, and it serves 4. Just quarter the strawberries and then layer the strawberries, yogurt and muesli in glasses. Also, feel free to try it with other types of fruit.
5. Spinach & Bacon Omelet
A spinach and bacon omelet is a great way to get a little bit of vegetable into your healthy breakfast while still keeping it delicious. In this recipe from Fitness, you’ll make your omelet using 1 whole egg, 2 egg whites, 2 slices of crumbled turkey bacon, and a cup of baby spinach. Serve with whole grain toast and enjoy.
6. Lox and Bagel
A bagel and lox is a simple and delicious way to get a nutritious breakfast. Plus, it gives you all of the health benefits of salmon! Just toast a bagel, smear it with cream cheese and top it with smoked salmon. Add capers, tomato, sliced red onion, or sliced boiled egg as desired. For a lighter breakfast, use low-fat cream cheese and whole wheat bagel thins.
7. Breakfast Banana Split with Yogurt and Jam
Kids love the idea of dessert for breakfast. Parents love the idea of tricking their kids into eating healthy breakfast food. This recipe from the kitchn is a win-win. Cut a banana in half down the middle, then top it with half a cup of Greek yogurt (scooped with an ice cream scoop). Cover with warm jam, sliced almonds and fresh berries.
8. Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast burritos are a great way to get some good protein into you at the beginning of the day. Just scramble a couple of eggs (substitute with egg whites for a lighter breakfast), and place them in a tortilla. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and add beans and salsa. Wrap like a burrito and enjoy!
9. Fruit Soup
Fruit soup is just like cereal, but without the carbs. Chop a cup of fruit (Greatist suggests peaches, berries, plums or mangos) and add a cup of milk. Then just keep it cold until you’re ready to eat.
10. Homemade Granola
Sometimes it’s awfully nice to just pour cereal into your bowl and chow down without any more work. Homemade granola lets you do that while still knowing exactly what you’re eating. Make it ahead of time, then enjoy guilt-free in the mornings. Try out this homemade granola recipe from ElizabethRider.com.