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20 Healthy Breakfast Recipes For Starting Your Day Off Right

If you want to kick start your day with a healthy and delicious breakfast, these 20 recipes will help.

 

We’ve all heard that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

Well, it’s not, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be the most enjoyable meal of the day. 🙂

And in this article, I’m going to give you 20 of my favorite healthy breakfasts for getting energized to take on the world, like Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Pizza, Blueberry Lemon Protein Muffins, or Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash.

Enjoy!

Healthy Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Serves 6

Sometimes frozen food is so awesome for convenience, there’s no way around it. But rather than reaching for a cardboard box, you can have previously assembled sandwiches ready to go.

Bake a half dozen eggs in ramekins or a muffin pan, build the breakfast sandwiches, and wrap them up. They’ll keep about 3 days in the fridge or at least a month in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

259

Calories

22 g

Protein

26 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

6 light multi-grain English muffins

6 large eggs

12 slices Canadian bacon

6 ultra-thin slices cheese

Non-stick cooking spray

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Burrito

Serves 8

You can roll up a breakfast burrito with just scrambled eggs, canned beans, and salsa, but that’ll get boring after a few mornings.

When you’re in a rush in the AM, that’s not a great time to test out new kitchen tricks. So you can make a batch of these sweet potato burritos on the weekend, stick them in the freezer, and quickly reheat when you need to have a homemade breakfast ready in minutes.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

178

Calories

9 g

Protein

20 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Zucchini Hash:

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 sweet yellow onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups cubed sweet potatoes (about 1 medium sweet potato)

1 cup diced zucchini

1/4 tsp. chili powder (or more to taste)

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Scrambled Eggs:

8 large eggs

2 cups fresh spinach, finely chopped

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Cooking spray

For Serving:

8 large whole-grain tortillas

Hot sauce

Salsa

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Blueberry Lemon Protein Muffins

Serves 9

Muffins and other pastries are usually not recommended for breakfast because they can be made of little more than white flour, white sugar, and butter. The sprinkle of fruit that looks tantalizing is more of an afterthought than a sign of real nutrition.

But when you bake your own, it’s possible to tweak the ingredients in your favor to make a wholesome breakfast muffin like this.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

139

Calories

9 g

Protein

16 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. coconut flour

2 scoops WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 tsp. xanthan gum

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. poppy seeds

Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon

1 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 large egg, room temp.

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup agave syrup

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup fresh blueberries

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Perfect Protein Pancakes

Serves 1

If you want to make protein-packed pancakes, there are a number of methods to use. The easiest is to use protein powder instead of flour. Or you could add a protein-rich ingredient like Greek yogurt or cottage cheese.

What makes these protein pancakes perfect isn’t just the texture but the combination of protein sources.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

418

Calories

40 g

Protein

42 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

6 Tbsp. buckwheat flour

2 Tbsp. almond flour

2 Tbsp. (1/2 scoop) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/4 cup cottage cheese

1/3 cup (4) egg whites

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. baking powder

3 Tbsp. milk

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Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Serves 8

Casserole often takes a while to prep and cook, so it might not seem like an ideal breakfast. But if you chop all the veggies and set aside the ingredients the day before, you’ll be able to throw it all together in minutes and get it in the oven.

Then a hearty, well-balanced meal will be ready when you get out of the shower and sit down at the table.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

283

Calories

25 g

Protein

19 g

Carbs

11 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup filtered water

2 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin

8 large eggs

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1 lb. chicken breakfast sausage

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 red onion, chopped

1 lb. yellow potatoes, cubed

1 tomato, chopped

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar

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Creamy Homemade Yogurt

Serves 8

It’s no secret that yogurt is a nutritious breakfast that takes little to no preparation. However, you’re probably operating under the impression that you have to buy it ready-made at the store.

Believe it or not, you can whip up a batch of homemade yogurt in the slow cooker. This recipe doesn’t even need anything fancy, just yogurt with live cultures as a starter and gelatin to make it thick.

You can also add vanilla extract and sweetener to taste.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

140

Calories

9 g

Protein

13 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 gallon milk

3 tsp. grass-fed gelatin

6 oz. plain organic yogurt with live cultures

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Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Pizza

Serves 4

Pizza might seem like a lot of work, but if you start with a tortilla, assembly takes mere minutes out of your morning.

Start with a taco-sized corn tortilla. Spread on a layer of refried beans, and melt cheese on top. Meanwhile sear some corn kernels and green onions in a hot skillet, then scramble some eggs. Top the Mexican breakfast pizza with salsa, eggs, and other toppings of choice.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

226

Calories

14 g

Protein

24 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 6” corn tortillas

1/2 cup fat-free refried black beans

1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar

1/2 cup salsa

1/2 cup corn kernels

2–3 green onions, thinly sliced

4 large eggs

1/4 cup nonfat milk

1/4 tsp. salt

4 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro

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Stuffed French Toast

Serves 4

French toast is an indulgent brunch as is. Then stuff it with cream cheese and strawberry jam, and it’s like your favorite breakfast meets cheesecake.

This might start with thick French bread, but you’ll be surprised by how balanced this sweet breakfast is thanks to fat-free dairy and no-sugar-added strawberry jam. Top with protein icing instead of syrup, and you’ll have a special occasion-worthy meal that’s actually wholesome to eat post-workout.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

381

Calories

15 g

Protein

52 g

Carbs

13 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/2 cup fat-free cream cheese

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. no-sugar-added strawberry jam

8 slices French bread, 1” thick

2 egg whites

1 large egg, slightly beaten

3/4 cup skim milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. apple pie spice (or cinnamon)

Cooking spray

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Serves 2

Replace your boring potato breakfast with this flavorful and nutritious hash.

Compared to standard potatoes like russet and Yukon gold, sweet potatoes offer twice the fiber, and they rank a little lower on the glycemic index – in other words, they affect blood sugar levels a little less.

Because of their bright color, sweet potatoes also offer well over a day’s worth of vitamin A.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

475

Calories

21 g

Protein

50 g

Carbs

22 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 links spicy Italian sausage, casing removed

2 sweet potatoes (about 2 cups), peeled and diced

1 small onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, cored, deseeded, and diced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pinch of paprika

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of Italian seasoning

2 tsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1 green onion, chopped

1/4 cup (1 oz.) grated Asiago cheese

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5-Minute Healthy Breakfast Tacos

Serves 1

Need a quick breakfast for one? Heat them up in the microwave, and these tacos will be ready to wolf down in just a few minutes.

If you would rather use a skillet to cook the eggs and warm the black beans, that won’t take too much longer or require more kitchen skills. It’ll increase the total cooking time to about 15 minutes instead. The real downside is that you’ll have to do more dishes.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

296

Calories

21 g

Protein

35 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 large egg

2 egg whites

1/4 cup canned black beans

1/8 tsp. dried oregano

1/8 tsp. ground cumin

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 corn tortillas

2 Tbsp. diced avocado

2 Tbsp. salsa

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Breakfast Berry Cobbler with Quinoa

Serves 8

Breakfast is the best meal of the day for indulging your sweet tooth.

Rather than digesting dessert while you sleep, you’ll burn up any simple sugars as you move throughout your day. And in this wholesome recipe, most of the sweetness comes from fruit, plus a touch of honey or maple syrup.

This breakfast cobbler delicious served alone or with a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt on top.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

329

Calories

8 g

Protein

30 g

Carbs

21 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup quinoa flour (or whole-wheat flour)

1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

3 cups berries

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

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Frozen Yogurt Banana Bites

Serves 6

Didn’t get a big enough breakfast? If you need something else to go with your oatmeal or eggs, prepare these to stash in your freezer. All you need are two ingredients, and since they’re in the name, it’s easy to figure this recipe out.

If you want to go the extra mile, you could make your own flavored yogurt. Mix some PB2 or vanilla extract into plain yogurt to avoid the added sugars.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

145

Calories

9 g

Protein

30 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

6 bananas, peeled and sliced into chunks

2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt (or other flavor)

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Tropical Almond Colada Smoothie

Serves 4

Breakfast smoothies are a no-fuss way to start your day with a ton of nutrients. And if you don’t think it’ll keep you full until lunch, just remember to add more than fruit and ice.

You can make a smoothie with fruit alone, but it’s even better for you and for your meal plan when you add protein powder. A small serving of these tropical protein smoothies will be a great way to add nutrition to a full breakfast, or double up to skip food altogether and get out the door.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

126

Calories

13 g

Protein

18 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups crushed pineapple

1 medium banana

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

Handful or two of ice

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Greek Eggs Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

Serves 4

Not only can you make this delicious egg breakfast ahead of time, but it’s prepared in a Crock Pot for the ultimate convenience.

It’s high in protein as well as healthy fats, although for a low-fat version you can swap some of the whole eggs for egg whites. This recipe could also be made leaner without sacrificing flavor by using low-fat dairy products.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

284

Calories

23 g

Protein

7 g

Carbs

19 g

Fat

Ingredients

12 large eggs, whisked

1/2 cup milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. dried garlic

1 Tbsp. dried red onion

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes

1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced

2 cups fresh spinach

1/2 cup (2 oz.) feta cheese

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Cinnamon Bun Overnight Oats

Serves 1

Cinnamon rolls are not made to be an everyday breakfast – or breakfast at all since they check every box for an over-the-top dessert – but this version actually offers the nutritional benefits to be in your regular rotation.

Overnight oats are like a chilled breakfast pudding that can be mixed up the day before and left in the fridge to transform into a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

This even has a drizzle of cream cheese icing on top, and if you miss the dough, serving it with mini cinnamon rolls will give you the best of both worlds.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

372

Calories

30 g

Protein

53 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

Overnight Oats:

1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. Truvia brown sugar blend

1 tsp. Truvia sweetener

1 Tbsp. WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Topping:

1 Tbsp. reduced-fat cream cheese

1 Tbsp. WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/2 Tbsp. Truvia brown sugar blend

1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

Splash of milk

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Muesli Scones

Serves 16

As a mix of oat flakes, nuts, and apples, Muesli was invented by a doctor around 1900 to be a nutritious and healing food. And he must have been onto something because it’s still enjoyed today as a filling, healthy breakfast.

If dry granola or hot porridge don’t sound exciting to you, turn muesli into healthy scones with this recipe. The dough starts with almond flour, plus a mix of seeds, dried fruit, and pistachios. Add an egg and a little agave syrup, and they’re ready to shape and bake in the oven.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

121

Calories

4 g

Protein

7 g

Carbs

9 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped

1 large egg

2 Tbsp. agave nectar (or honey)

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Customizable Breakfast Oatmeal Cups

Serves 6

Make these oatmeal cups, and you can fill them with a different amazing ingredient every morning. They make a delicious edible bowl for yogurt. Or, they can be filled with fresh fruit salad.

Turn them into an appetizer for a special occasion by making 16 mini granola nests instead of 6 large ones. The only difference is to use a mini muffin pan rather than the standard size.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

79

Calories

1 g

Protein

18 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/4 cup applesauce (or mashed banana)

1/4 cup agave syrup (or honey)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats

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Sausage & Zucchini Frittata

Serves 4

Egg breakfasts are hard to beat. Actually, they’re easy to beat and pour into a pan, which is why eggs are such a popular way to start the day.

They also offer great nutrition any time of day because of the protein in eggs has high bioavailability, meaning the body can actually use a large percentage of it. And this recipe couldn’t be easier to prepare for.

Roll through the produce section for some basics, grab a dozen eggs, and pick up your breakfast sausage of choice.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

317

Calories

23 g

Protein

9 g

Carbs

22 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

3 pork breakfast sausages

2 zucchini, shredded

2 carrots, shredded

1/2 onion, thinly sliced

10 large eggs, beaten

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

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Broccoli Cauliflower Quinoa Bites

Serves 7

No matter what kind of breakfast you’re planning, there’s room for these broccoli egg bites on the menu. They are easy enough to throw together in the middle of a busy morning. Yet, they’re also an awesome and innovative way to serve eggs for a brunch buffet.

Of course they’ve got a lot of vitamins and nutrients from broccoli, cauliflower, and quinoa. But these breakfast bites are also loaded with protein – and have better macros than you’ll find in a protein bar.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

110

Calories

9 g

Protein

5 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

16 oz. frozen chopped broccoli florets

12 oz. frozen cauliflower florets

3 large eggs, beaten

1/2 cup grated mozzarella

2/3 cup grated Parmesan

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

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Peanut Butter Banana Mug Cake

Serves 1

There are countless ways to make microwaveable cake in a mug, but most of them are as unhealthy and unappetizing as that sounds.

This mug cake recipe is an exception, using a banana instead of flour, peanut butter instead of oil, and an egg. You’ll also need baking soda so that it rises, plus a little cinnamon and other spices if you have them.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

365

Calories

16 g

Protein

34 g

Carbs

22 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 very ripe banana, mashed

2 Tbsp. peanut butter (or almond butter)

1 large egg

1/4 tsp. baking soda

Dash of cinnamon

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  • Nicholas Sgherzi

    None of the nutrition facts on any of these recipes specify how much a serving is. How are you suppose to fit this in your macros when you have no idea how much is in a single serving?

    • Right under the recipe name it says “Serves X.” X is the number of servings 🙂

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