15 Healthy Breakfast Ideas To Kickstart Your Morning

15 Healthy Breakfast Ideas To Kickstart Your Morning

While pre-packaged breakfast foods call our names at the grocery store, those sugary cereals, frozen waffles, and bagels — while convenient — won’t exactly keep you energized until lunch time.

“A healthy breakfast should consist of a good source of protein (like eggs, yogurt, or nuts), complex carbohydrates (like oats, whole grain bread, or fruit), and a source of healthy fats (like avocado, nuts, or seeds),” says Mascha Davis, MPH, RDN.

And if you start your morning with a healthy, satisfying meal, it can help stave off cravings for less-healthy foods later in the day, Davis adds.

Need some breakfast inspiration? This list of quick, healthy breakfast ideas has something for everyone: We’ve got healthy breakfast ideas with eggs or without eggs, along with hot, cold, savory, sweet, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options. Here are 15 of our favorites.

 

Easy Healthy Breakfast Ideas

These easy and healthy breakfast ideas feature no more than five ingredients and take roughly 15 minutes or less to make. We’ve also included some meal-prep options so you can whip up a batch of breakfasts on one day and enjoy them all week long.

 

Turmeric Superfood Smoothie

glass of tumeric smoothie as a healthy breakfast idea

True, this recipe technically calls for seven ingredients. But two of those are water and ice — and we’re pretty sure you have those handy! Reminiscent of a mango lassi (a refreshing yogurt-based mango milkshake), this recipe combines frozen mango, unsweetened coconut milk, plain Greek yogurt, fresh grated turmeric, and fresh grated ginger. To save a few minutes, you can swap in ground versions of the spices.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

Sweet Potato Toast

5 slices of sweet potato toast with different toppings, raspberry, avocado, blueberries, fried egg and banana

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with a couple slices of whole-grain toast every once in a while, sweet potatoes make a great substitute for bread in open-faced breakfast sandwiches. Slice sweet potatoes horizontally, toast them, and top with a fried egg and smashed avocado; ricotta cheese, berries, and honey; nut butter and banana slices; or any other combination of healthy toppings you have in your fridge or pantry.

Get the recipe at Feel Good Foodie.

Ham and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

T-Minus 30 Recipes - Ham and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

With just six ingredients (ham, egg, spinach, olive oil, Swiss cheese, and a whole-grain English muffin) and about 15 minutes, you can have a healthier more satisfying breakfast sandwich than any fast-food drive through. Wrap this bad boy in foil and take it to work (or scarf it down during your morning commute… we won’t judge).

Get the recipe at Openfit.

Overnight Oats

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If you feel like you have zero time in the morning to get yourself ready, let alone get your breakfast ready, this make-ahead option is perfect for you. Prep your oats the night before — or make a big batch over the weekend to enjoy all week long — and add in fresh or frozen fruit, nuts, nut butters, seeds, and sweet extras (hello, chocolate chips).

Get the recipe at Openfit.

Peachy Taro Smoothie

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This smoothie features taro root, a nutrient-dense vegetable containing fiber, calcium, magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamin C, and beta carotene. It is extra creamy with a combination of coconut milk and taro, which is starchy like a sweet potato.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

 

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Weight Loss

These meals help you stick to your weight loss goals with plenty of protein, reasonable calorie counts, and nutrient-rich fruits and veggies.

 

Poached Eggs with Asparagus and Mushrooms

4 ingredient meals - poached eggs and asparagus

This fancy egg dish looks like it came straight out of your favorite Sunday brunch spot’s kitchen — but we promise it’s not too complicated. For fewer than 300 calories, you can enjoy two poached eggs on a bed of tender asparagus and sautéed mushrooms and a slice of whole-grain toast.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

Healthy Breakfast Burrito

healthy breakfast burrito with veggies

This portable, freezable breakfast boasts 31 grams of protein in a 328-calorie package. Rather than stuff your burrito with globs of melted cheese, this recipe keeps things light with a sprinkling of feta and a refreshing lemon-herb yogurt dipping sauce.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

Simple Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Protein pancakes don’t have to include a scoop of whey — you can get plenty of muscle-building protein from a combination of eggs and nonfat cottage cheese. A serving of these fluffy pancakes clocks in under 300 calories.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

Breakfast Quinoa

While you may typically reserve this healthy ancient grain for lunch and dinner, quinoa also works as a breakfast staple. Make a big batch of plain quinoa early in the week, then heat it up with your favorite milk and toppings like berries, nuts, coconut flakes, honey, and maple syrup.

Get the recipe at Cookie + Kate.

Healthy Vegan Tofu Scramble

vegan tofu scramble

Think eggs reign supreme when it comes to high-protein breakfasts? Think again — this tofu scramble serves up a whopping 45 grams of protein in one 330-calorie serving. Plus, cauliflower and baby spinach add a healthy dose of vitamins A, C, K, and folate.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

 

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Kick off your morning with one of these fun, creative, and family-friendly breakfast ideas.

 

Savory Breakfast Pizza

Healthy Breakfast Pizza

Can pizza really be a healthy breakfast?! Yup — you can delight your whole family with this creative way to start your day with veggies and lean protein. Not into savory in the morning? You can also make a sweet breakfast pizza with yogurt, fruit, and a drizzle of honey.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

Oatmeal Green Smoothie Waffles

It isn’t easy being green — unless you’re these whimsical, verdant waffles. This recipe not only sneaks in a serving of veggies (in the form of baby spinach), it’s also gluten-free and dairy-free. Freeze a batch for a heat-and-go breakfast void of refined sugar, flour, and artificial flavors and colorings.

Get the recipe at The Natural Nurturer.

Peanut Butter Protein Bars

With just five ingredients — peanut butter, dates, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and protein powder — these chewy bars keep things simple. And with 5 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein per bar, they’re a great on-the-go breakfast idea that can serve double duty as a lunch-box snack.

Get the recipe at Minimalist Baker.

Berry Delicious Smoothie Bowl

Tough Mudder T-Minus 30 Recipes

Rather than serve this tri-berry smoothie in glasses, pour it into bowls and let your family add their favorite toppings — like fresh or frozen fruit, shredded unsweetened coconut, and chopped nuts.

Get the recipe at Openfit.

Breakfast Tacos

Give everyone a break from plain old eggs and toast. Instead, serve up customizable breakfast tacos they can load up with scrambled eggs, fresh veggies, avocados, spices, and/or cheese. (As an added bonus, these tacos are a great way to use leftover veggies!)

Get the recipe at Cookie + Kate.

Nicole McDermott

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After graduating from Syracuse where Nicole studied magazine journalism and nutrition, she moved to New York City to write for the health and fitness site Greatist. She currently edits full time for Ghergich & Co. Nicole's work has appeared on TIME Healthland, Shape, USA Today, Men's Fitness, The Huffington Post, Refinery29 and Lifehacker, among others. Follow her on LinkedIn.

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