Making green juice and smoothies is one of the best things you can do for your health. Eating a lot of fruit and vegetables can be difficult, but consuming them becomes much easier if you blend it up in a smoothie form. Making smoothies is actually very easy. You just need a blender, frozen fruit, and a liquid base. You can choose almond milk, water, or orange juice as your liquid. Just don’t use real milk, because it will curdle when mixed with fruit. Add your favorite frozen fruit and greens before blending. Voila, you have a green smoothie. If you want to know more about the benefits of green juice, I recommend watching a documentary called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. They go over a lot of the health benefits, and the website has tons of recipes.
Eating granola is so healthy, it’s basically a cliche at this point. Granola tastes delicious when you sprinkle it on top of a yogurt parfait, or a smoothie bowl. Buying granola from the store is easy and affordable, but in a pinch, it’s actually very easy to make granola from home with ingredients you may already have in your pantry. You just need oats, nuts, honey, and a conventional oven. For the full recipe and step-by-step tutorial, check out this blog called Cookie and Katie, where they reveal all of the steps. According to people who try it, they say that the homemade version tastes a lot better, and it’s a more affordable and sustainable habit to get into. Once they get started making granola from home, they never go back.
Eating chia seeds is great for your health, because they give you so much nutritional value for next-to-no calories. Two tablespoons of chia seeds are 100 calories, but they give you tons of fiber, protein, magnesium, calcium, and omega-3’s. Soaking the seeds in liquid makes them less crunchy, but it still gives some chew and interest to an otherwise plain yogurt. To make this parfait, Blend together yogurt, fresh fruit, and chia seeds. Depending on the portion size, you can easily make this into a 300 calorie breakfast that provides you with tons of macronutrients. And if you’re trying to go vegan, this is easy to make with coconut yogurt. (If you keep scrolling, I’ll mention the vegan version later in the list.)
One of the top go-to healthy breakfasts we make in my house are veggie omelettes. Having vegetables in your eggs actually enhances the flavor, and it’s a sneaky way to get in extra nutrients. If you’re trying to cut down on cholesterol, I recommend using egg whites, instead. Or, mix in one regular egg with egg whites out of a carton. My favorite combination is the “southwest” style omelette. Fry up some bell peppers, onions, and even shredded carrots. Mix the scrambled eggs in a separate bowl, and pour them into the skillet along with the eggs. The only downside is that this can get messy. So, you might want to do what is shown in the photo above, where veggies and eggs are cooked separately.
When most Americans think about breakfast served on Sunday morning from your local diner, they might imagine a huge plate of eggs, bacon, toast, hash browns, and a cup of coffee. I’m not going to lie. This is incredibly delicious. It’s actually one of my biggest vices when I’m trying to go on a diet. But it’s actually terrible for your cholesterol levels, saturated fat, and calories. If you ever feel like you must have this type of breakfast, a burrito is a slightly healthier option. Simply take a flour tortilla, and fill it with scrambled eggs and meat of your choice. It’s also possible to use vegan meat as a substitute to cut back on the cholesterol. This might only save you 100 to 300 calories compared to the traditional breakfast, but when you’re on a diet, every bit counts.
Yes, eating avocado toast is a huge stereotype for Millennials. But this is for good reason. Avocado toast is delicious, and it’s a great way to get some healthy fat into your diet. Avocados also contain magnesium, potassium, vitamin c, niacin, and a whole host of B vitamins. This breakfast is especially great for anyone who is trying to cut back on eating me to lower their cholesterol, or if they’re trying to go vegan. Lastly, it’s a simple way to make a healthy, filling breakfast. All you need to do is slice up some avocado, and put it on toasted bread. Some people like to add “everything bagel seasoning” on top for that extra crunch. Avocado is also delicious on a toasted bagel. However, this is obviously healthier if you choose wheat bread.
If you’ve never tried an acai bowl before, get ready to have your mind blown. Eating one of these is like having ice cream, except everything is made out of fruit. Acai bowls are very popular in Hawaii and Asian countries, but they have become trendy here in the mainland United States. You might even find an acai bowl restaurant in your local area to try this out beforehand. Once you know that you like the taste, you should be able to find frozen acai berries at Walmart. Blend it together with almond milk and other fruits until it’s the consistency of a parfait. This is great with fresh strawberries, coconut flakes, and granola.
Baking banana bread is easy, and there are lots of options to make it either vegan or gluten free. Nearly everyone has a family recipe for banana bread that was passed down through the generations. But if you need a recipe online, we recommend checking out this recipe from The Minimalist Baker. Once you find a recipe you enjoy, make a loaf the night before, and keep it in the fridge until the next day. Slice it up, add butter to taste, and have it beside your cup of coffee. This is much healthier than having a piece of white toast, or dare I say it- left over birthday cake.
Out of all the ways you can cook eggs, poached are considered to be one of the healthiest ways to do it. During the frying process, you’re adding extra calories and fat from the butter or oil on the bottom of the pan. So that’s why a lot of people choose to combine a poached egg on top of avocado toast and turn it into a healthy breakfast sandwich. This is going to give you a lot of protein, healthy fat, and nutrients first thing in the morning. The texture might not be everyone’s cup of tea, though.
Eating fruit and vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your health. So, obviously, eating a fruit salad is an amazing breakfast option. I once babysat for a family where the mother had a rule that her kids must eat at least one piece of fruit with their breakfast. It was okay to eat waffles, toast, cereal, or anything else they wanted, so long as they had that fruit. In the future, I want to do the same thing. Fruit salad gives a lot of delicious variety to breakfast fruit, and it’s already cut ahead of time. it’s an easy thing to say “yes” to first thing in the morning.
Busy moms use granola bars as their go-to snack for kids who want breakfast on the run. However, not all granola bars are created equal. In fact, a lot of them have so many preservatives and sugar that you might as well be eating a cookie. There are a lot of granola bar recipes out there. Most of them involve using figs, granola, nuts, and oats blended up in a food processor. Depending on the flavor you’re looking for, you might add peanut butter, chocolate, raisins, or honey. Then, you spread it out onto a baking sheet that has been covered in parchment paper. Bake, and cut them up into bars. For more in-depth granola bar recipes, check out The Minimalist Baker.
Earlier on this list, we already mentioned making healthy protein pancakes. But a lot of pre-made pancakes mixes require you to use milk and eggs to make them, or the mix contains traces of dairy. If you’re trying to go vegan, banana pancakes can be a great alternative. Honestly, I love banana pancakes, because they have so much more flavor than the ones you make out of the box. And, obviously, if you’re a parent, this is a great way to sneak fruit into breakfast without your kids even noticing. Check out this post by Loving it Vegan for the step-by-step recipe on how to make vegan pancakes.
Green tea powder, also known as “matcha” is delicious either iced or cold. Matcha is known for having powerful antioxidants, improves brain function, prevents cancer, as well as giving you a healthy dose of caffeine. While this isn’t a replacement for breakfast, a matcha latte can be a great healthy addition to your morning. Making a matcha latte is easy. All you need to do is get some matcha powder, and whisk it with a small amount of water. Then add the almond milk and ice. Obviously, if you want it hot, leave out the ice. This can be far more filling and nutritional than a cup of coffee.
Earlier on this list, I mentioned how important it is to get your kids to eat fruit in the morning with their breakfast, even if they eat something else, too. As silly as it sounds, there is a huge difference between getting kids to eat a whole apple versus cutting it up into cute shaped animal creatures. Food is always more appealing if it looks incredibly tasty. If you’ve already created a fruit salad, encourage your kids to play with their food. Once it’s all done, they’ll gladly eat it up. (Plus it will look cute on your Instagram stories.)
French crepes are basically very thin pancakes that are filled with other foods, and then rolled up. They can be either sweet or savory. One of the most popular ways to serve crepes is with nutella and bananas. Or, you can use strawberries and sprinkle it with powdered sugar. A much healthier alternative for breakfast would be stuffing it with strawberries and ricotta cheese. If you’ve never made crepes before, be sure to watch a full YouTube video on how to make them properly. Once you know the tricks to it, they’re a quick and easy breakfast or brunch.
If you’re eating dairy, one of the best types you can consume is cottage cheese. It’s got a ton of nutrients like protein, B vitamins, and calcium. Cottage cheese is especially popular among people who are trying to lose weight. However, it’s not the most appetizing thing in the world. So if you’re trying to encourage your kids to eat cottage cheese, consider turning it into something fun, like this adorable snowman. In the photo above, they used cranberries and corn flakes to help make it a more well-rounded breakfast.
We have already mentioned yogurt parfaits on this list. A lot of people already to consider the traditional parfait to be healthy, but it’s not as good as it could be, because of the sugar, cholesterol, and fat. What if you want to quit dairy, or go totally vegan? The good news is that coconut yogurt is a thing that exists in the world, and it’s delicious. This parfait takes health to the next level. Instead of granola, add quinoa for that bit of added protein and crunch. And, of course, adding as much fruit as humanly possible will pack in the nutrients. (Just remember to take the stems off first.)
When you go vegan for the first time, it’s really difficult to figure out what to eat. Unfortunately, a lot of the hot meals take more time and preparation than simply making something with meat and dairy. Whenever I need something that’s a lazy vegan meal, I just go for a veggie breakfast sandwich. Sure, this can be eaten for lunch, too. But when most of your diet consists of vegetables, does it really make a difference? My favorite combination is avocado, cucumber, sweet peppers, lettuce, and tomato. The tangy kick of the peppers helps balance out the flavor, and the various textures make it a juicy, delicious sandwich.
Earlier on this list, we mentioned making protein pancakes with fruit instead of sugary syrup. If you have kids, they might resist cutting out their sugary topping. Once you introduce something unhealthy to a kid’s life, it’s almost impossible to go back. So a great way to get them excited about fruit is to build little faces and animals on the pancakes. These owls are made with strawberries, almonds, blueberries, and bananas. Even if you’re still allowing them to put syrup on top, this is a great way to sort of trick them into eating fruit. The more they enjoy it, the more likely they will to want to eat it again.
If you’re trying to go vegan, you might miss the taste of having eggs for breakfast. Personally, this is one of the most challenging things I face whenever I go vegan. Tofu veggie scramble might not taste the same, but it sure does look like scrambled eggs with vegetables mixed in. It tastes delicious in its own right, and you can rest easy knowing that you’re eating a meal that is far more nutritious, and contains zero cholesterol. Add a piece of toast with vegan butter, and you’re good to go. If you want to try this out, check out the recipe by The Minimalist Baker.
If you like rice pudding, you should consider making chia seed pudding, instead. White rice is a starch, and it doesn’t hold a lot of nutritional value. Chia seeds, on the other hand, are amazing, because they’re a plant based source of protein. They also have a lot of fiber, omega 3’s, and antioxidants. The cool thing about chia seeds is that they expand when they get wet, just like dry rice. These end up having a chewy texture, whereas the dry seeds are nice and crunchy, and can be used as a topping. Would you eat pudding for breakfast? Maybe. Breakfast, dessert, whenever. It’s always good.