Easy and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Shannon Quinn - November 13, 2020
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.