If you’re looking for ideas for a healthy breakfast, you’ve come to the right place.
Good news: A healthy breakfast doesn’t mean plain oatmeal or egg whites every morning.
There’s a happy middle ground filled with easy, flavorful breakfasts that will make your stomach and taste buds happy.
What Is a Healthy Breakfast?
A healthy breakfast is a balanced breakfast. According to 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 drink like Shakeology 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, Shakeology, meat, 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
Raise your hand if you want the best cheesy, eggy, healthy breakfast sandwich! For even more melty cheesy goodness, pop it in the toaster oven or microwave.
A freshly baked cinnamon roll from a bakery will set you back around 500 calories. Mostly of fat and sugar.
Avoid the sugar high and get the taste of a cinnamon roll in this healthy smoothie that has 18 grams of protein.
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.
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.
Blend ice, raspberries, and almond milk together for a healthy, simple Shakeology smoothie that adds 19 grams of protein to your breakfast.
Whether you call these egg bites or egg cups, these portable healthy breakfasts are easy to make ahead of time — bake 12 at once in a muffin pan and grab in the morning on your way out the door.
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.
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.
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.
Oatmeal cups are a great grab-and-go breakfast and the carb-forward cousin of the Super Green Egg Cups above.
Like with those, make a dozen ahead of time and heat up in the morning before going to work.
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.
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.
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.
It might sound bananas to make muffins in a blender, but it works! We added a little Greek yogurt to the recipe to up the protein content of this healthy breakfast.