Easy and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Shannon Quinn - November 13, 2020
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This breakfast sandwich is packed with protein. Credit: Shutterstock

13. Avocado and Poached Egg Sandwich

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.

Fruit salad is delicious, and packed with nutrients. Credit: Shutterstock

12. Fruit Salad

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.

It’s not too hard to make granola bars from scratch. Credit: Shutterstock

11. Homemade Granola Bars

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.

Banana pancakes are heavenly. Credit: Shutterstock

10. Vegan Banana Pancakes

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.

Matcha green tea latte. Credit: Shutterstock

9. Matcha Latte

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.

Make fruit fun by turning it into a little creature. Credit: Shutterstock

8. Turn Fruit Into Cute Animal Creatures

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.) 

Crepes are delicious, especially with fruit. Credit: Shutterstock

7. Crepes With Strawberries and Ricotta Cheese

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.

Do you want to build a snowman? Credit: Shutterstock

6. Build a Cottage Cheese Snowman

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.

This is a vegan alternative to your traditional yogurt parfait. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Vegan Quinoa Coconut Yogurt Parfait

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.)

Veggie sandwiches taste amazing. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Vegan Veggie Breakfast Sandwich

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. 

Let your kids decorate owl pancakes. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Owl Pancakes

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.

Going vegan? Try a tofu scramble. Credit: Shutterstock

2. Tofu Veggie Scramble

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.

Chia seeds expand after sitting in liquid for some time. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Chia Seed Pudding

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.

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