Healthy Breakfast Recipes That Will Convince You to Upgrade from Cold Cereal

Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Jump-start your day and your metabolism with one of our healthy breakfast recipes. One of these protein-loaded healthy breakfast options will help you stay energized all morning. Our easy, healthy breakfast menu ideas include waffles, eggs, breakfast casseroles and more—and all clock in at less than 350 calories per serving.

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Broccoli-Cheddar Egg Sandwiches

sheet pan and plates of broccoli cheddar egg squares
Jacob Fox

Invest just 35 minutes to whip up this healthy filling breakfast sandwich recipe on a weekend when you have a bit more time. Then you'll have 12 entrées ready to freeze (for up to a month), so you can microwave, grab, and go. Broccoli florets, roasted red bell pepper, and basil pesto turn up the volume on the vitamins, flavor and color of the easy egg bakes. Tuck inside an English muffin, bagel, or a couple slices of toast to make this a meal.

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Bagel and Lox Skillet Strata

Bagel & Lox Skillet Strata
Andy Lyons

We've combined everything you love about bagels and lox (where are my smoked salmon fans?) and turned it into an easy, healthy breakfast idea with eggs. At just 279 calories per serving, this strata will be the talk of your weekend brunch. Except for toasting the bagel bites on a sheet pan, the entire meal comes together in a single skillet.

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Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches

Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches
Jason Donnelly

Mediterranean diet recipes don't have to take all day. Consider this 20-minute meal featuring fresh tomato slices, baby spinach leaves, reduced-fat feta cheese, and eggs all tucked between multigrain sandwich thins. The protein-rich sandwich makes a remarkably healthy, filling breakfast idea.

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Basic Chia Pudding

Basic Chia Pudding bowls with sliced fruit and nuts
Jacob Fox

Often part of a healthy breakfast menu at fancy bistros or pricey coffee shops, chia pudding totally can be DIYed. That way, you can customize the flavors and nutrients to your preferences. We like dressing up the omega-3-rich seeds with Greek yogurt for protein, honey for natural sweetness, and a mix of cinnamon and cocoa powder for zing. But feel free to use this make-the-night-before recipe as a guide for your own chia creations.

Buy It: Good & Gather Organic Chia Seeds ($4, Target)

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Pink Power Smoothies

Pink Power Smoothies
Scott Little

This delicious five-ingredient breakfast smoothie recipe has a secret. At first sip, you'll notice its one-two punch of watermelon-strawberry goodness, but it's hiding nearly a cup of vitamin-rich cauliflower too. Prep the healthy breakfast option and freeze ahead of time to enjoy any day you want to start right.

Buy It: KitchenAid Blender with Tamper ($234, KitchenAid)

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Spiced Apple and Chickpea Muffins

Spiced Apple and Chickpea Muffins
Karla Conrad

Yes, you read that right. Chickpeas ... in muffins. Be the first on your block to try out this tasty healthy breakfast recipe. We won't tell the kids there's a sneaky source of protein hiding inside the muffin tin treats if you don't.

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Cornmeal Cakes with Berry-Fig Chutney

Cornmeal Cakes with Berry-Fig Chutney
Andy Lyons

Hosting brunch for a crowd or looking to perk up your family's weekend morning meal? Serve up a DIY breakfast bar featuring this healthy breakfast dish. Individual cornmeal cakes ensure portion control. Make them ahead of time and simply heat before serving. Then all that's left to do is prep the 10-minute berry-fig jam and set them out with mint, fresh blueberries or blackberries, and a trio of spreadable cheeses. (We love goat, Brie and ricotta here.)

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Shakshuka

Shakshuka
Andy Lyons

When you're in the mood for a healthy breakfast idea with eggs that goes beyond a standard scramble or omelet (although we love those, too), turn to this Mediterranean breakfast recipe. Start with the nicely spiced homemade marinara sauce, then once that simmers down a bit, form wells to crack the eggs into. Cook the yolks to your liking and garnish with fresh herbs, cheese or bonus spices.

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Strawberries and Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches

Strawberries and Cream Waffle Sandwiches with honey
Jason Donnelly

Searching for healthy things to eat for breakfast that are satisfyingly sweet and good for you? These waffle sandwiches filled with fresh fruit and light cream cheese definitely fit the bill. By using whole grain bread, low-fat granola and honey, you get a healthier alternative to a classic diner breakfast at just 274 calories per serving.

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Overnight Blueberry Coffee Cake

Overnight Blueberry Coffee Cake

With filling fiber from whole wheat flour, antioxidants from blueberries, and protein from yogurt, this moist coffee cake recipe will help get any morning off to a healthful start. Plus, the healthy, filling breakfast calls for unsweetened applesauce instead of some of the oil, so each square has just 201 calories.

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Strawberries-and-Cream Quinoa

Strawberries and Cream Quinoa
Jacob Fox

Oats aren't the only whole grains that are good to nosh on before noon. Protein-packed quinoa makes a stellar substitute for your usual morning cereal. And when topped with berries and cream, it's a delicious healthy breakfast meal everyone in the family will love.

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Almond Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Ring

Almond Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Ring
Jason Donnelly

Yes, carbs can be part of a healthy breakfast menu. A stunner of a bread, this cinnamon roll ring is made with whole wheat flour and topped with a reduced-fat cream cheese drizzle and almond slices. It's (almost) as beautiful as it is delicious, making this brunch bread an ideal addition for any special-occasion a.m. meal. The kicker: Each slice has only 197 calories.

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Hearty Breakfast Tacos

Hearty Breakfast Tacos with salsa and limes
Jason Donnelly

This is one taco recipe that's far too tasty to save for Tuesdays alone! A savory mixture of eggs, black beans, potatoes, and salsa fills corn tortilla shells to make a flavorful healthy breakfast recipe packed with protein and a Southwestern kick to satisfy any crowd. For an extra dose of good-for-you fats, top each serving with a spoonful of guacamole or a few slices of avocado.

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Fried Egg Toast with Tomatoes

Fried Egg Toast Tomatoes
Jason Donnelly

Upgrade a childhood favorite with this elegant and healthful version of egg-in-a-hole. Topped with tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and green onions, the beautiful finish and balance of flavors make this one of the best healthy breakfasts to share with guests—or to make any day feel a little more special. Use a cookie cutter to quickly make even wells to hold each egg.

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Greens and Bacon Omelet Wraps

Greens Bacon Omelet Wraps
Jason Donnelly

Fill a whole grain wrap with an antioxidant-loaded omelet and you have a healthy breakfast idea with eggs that deserves to be bookmarked. Feeling ravenous? Just stir in some cooked bacon or sausage to make each handheld meal even heartier.

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Crunchy Oat Squares

Crunchy Oat Squares
Jason Donnelly

If boxed cereal is your usual morning meal, try these homemade oat squares with a splash of milk. (Or try them as part of a parfait with fruit and Greek yogurt.) Made from rolled oats, whole wheat flour, almond butter, and honey, this healthy breakfast meal idea is both nutritious and tasty enough for young eaters.

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Eggs and Canadian Bacon Pita

Eggs and Canadian Bacon in Pita Pockets
Peter Krumhardt

Skip the fast-food breakfast sandwich and whip up this 15-minute meal instead. Stuffed with eggs, Canadian bacon, and just enough cheese to satisfy, this healthy breakfast option is packed with protein and fiber to guarantee that you are ready to take on your day. Try it with a drizzle of hot sauce or sriracha.

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Energizing Mocha-Almond Smoothie

Energizing Mocha-Almond Smoothies
Jason Donnelly

Believe it—this healthy breakfast option is chock-full of rutabaga and eggplant but tastes like a mocha frappé. Make this smoothie recipe ahead and portion it out for the week so you can grab and go in the morning. You're welcome.

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Easy Breakfast Pizza

Easy Breakfast Pizza

Pizza is simply irresistible any time of day, and this healthy breakfast idea is no exception. Peppers, eggs, onion, basil, and tomatoes top a golden brown crust to create a satisfying and nutritious savory pie your family will gobble up. It's like an omelet piled atop a pizza crust—and who could be mad about that?!

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Fruity Kale Smoothie

Fruity Kale Smoothie with straw

Late to the kale party? If the words "green smoothie" make you skittish, we suggest you try this healthy breakfast option. Yes, it's loaded with plenty of vitamin-rich fresh kale, but you'll taste only a medley of pineapple and refreshing green grapes. It just might make you a kale believer.

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