If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, you’ve come to the right place. Because, as tempting as croissants and donuts and bagels are… let’s face it, most of the time it would be awfully tough to call them “healthy.”
But, that doesn’t mean you should be stuck eating plain oatmeal or egg whites every morning for breakfast either. There’s a happy middle ground filled with quick, easy breakfast ideas that will make your stomach and your taste buds happy.
What Is a Healthy Breakfast?
A healthy breakfast is a balanced breakfast. According to Openfit’s Senior Director of Nutrition, Denis Faye, M.S., a balanced breakfast is “one that has a mix of carbs, protein, and fat.” That mix can vary a little depending on your needs and goals. “If your goal is to stay satiated, you may benefit by upping the protein and leaning more toward eggs, Greek yogurt, or a protein shake as a part of your breakfast,” says Faye. “On the other hand, if you’re working out within an hour or so or you’re super-active and burn through a lot of calories every day, you might try a breakfast higher in carbs. Waffles, anyone?”
Protein-based breakfast foods include: Eggs, pmeat, tofu, and yogurt.
Carb-based breakfast foods include: Oatmeal and other grain-based foods such as whole-grain pancakes, muffins, and waffles.
15 Healthy Breakfasts
High-Protein Breakfast Options
Goat Cheese, Tomato, and Parsley Scramble
If you want to load up on protein but not calories, this egg white scramble will do the trick. Can’t stand goat cheese? Swap it out for Parmesan or cheddar.
Yogurt Berry Parfait
You could get one of these quick breakfasts at the drive-thru, but it’s actually faster (and healthier) to make it yourself at home. Also, do you really want to deal with traffic while waiting for breakfast? I think not.
Egg White Breakfast Burrito
For an easy, healthy breakfast on-the-go, make these egg white breakfast burritos ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Then in the morning, heat one up, add salsa if desired, wrap in foil, and go.
Mexican Tofu Breakfast Scramble
Last, but definitely not least this is one of the best breakfast scrambles you have yet to try. Made with onion, bell peppers, beans, and turmeric, it’s a great weekend breakfast. Or, chop the ingredients ahead of time and stir-fry them together in the AM.
Carb-Based Breakfast Options
Slow Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal
Set and forget this slow cooker breakfast made with steel-cut oats, bananas, flaxseed, and spices, and in the morning you’ll wake up to a fiber-rich meal.
Whole Wheat Waffles
Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t have waffles. Because a world without waffles… just no. This recipe is a pretty classic waffle recipe with whole wheat flour swapped for standard all-purpose flour, but the addition of flaxseed takes its healthy factor up that extra notch. Make them ahead of time, freeze, and pop one in the toaster when the waffle craving strikes.
Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
With 13 grams of protein per serving, these could technically fall into the high-protein breakfast category above. Either way, they’re light and delicious.
Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
One of my favorite oatmeal recipes has apples and cinnamon, but this slow cooker recipe takes it to the next level with steel-cut oats and a touch of maple syrup. It’s worth the wait.
Multi-Grain Banana Pancakes
Warm, fluffy pancakes. Yes, please. If you don’t tell anyone these pancakes are healthy, I won’t. At 291 calories and 10 grams of protein for two pancakes, these could easily become a weekend staple. Did someone say brunch?