The Tastiest Ways to Eat Vegetables at Breakfast
Go-Green Smoothie Bowls
Highlighting fruits (mango, apple, tangerine) and veggies (spinach, kale), this Greek yogurt- and milk-based smoothie bowl is the ultimate eye candy breakfast. Unlike real candy, though, it features only natural sugars so you won’t crash an hour later.
Egg, bacon, bagel, Greek yogurt, berries—this leafy green-based breakfast features many of your a.m. faves in a new format. The highlight: An everything bagel-seasoned homemade dressing you can whip up in about 60 seconds.
Huevos en Salsa
Perhaps you’ve had shakshuka (eggs cooked in tomato sauce), but have you tried its spicier and speedier cousin, Huevos en Salsa? Just like it sounds, this 15-minute meal involves simmering eggs in a pool of salsa. Warm up a few corn tortillas to serve on the side for dunking and scooping.
While this may look like a traditional spice bread or pumpkin bread, it's actually hiding 2½ cups of shredded zucchini. No need to tell the kids—they'll be too focused on the sweet honey flavor, salty walnuts, and crunchy granola topping.
Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
Pan-fried zucchini makes a remarkably delicious and beautiful crown for this vegetarian egg breakfast. The olive oil in the mix and drizzled on top increases the body's ability to absorb the nutrients, so don't be shy!
Greens and Bacon Omelet Wraps
Skip the fast food drive-through and make your own breakfast burrito. Toss in a big sweet pepper and a lot of kale for vitamins and a scoop of cottage cheese for extra protein. We call for turkey bacon, but feel free to trade in pork if you prefer.
Bagel and Lox Skillet Strata
Done in less than an hour, this deli-inspired skillet recipe is ideal for a flavorful weekend brunch. Leeks and asparagus are easily disguised by the traditional bagel toppings (smoked salmon, capers, dill), so you’ll barely even notice the veggies.
Pumpkin-Gingerbread Coffee Cake
Pass on the donut or pastry today. If you're in the mood for a breakfast recipe that tastes like dessert, try this warmly spiced coffee cake that incorporates a whole can of pumpkin puree. The leftovers are just as good to dig into after dinner.
This 25-minute breakfast will have even picky eaters saying, “Peas, please!” Bacon, Asian chili sauce, and a bit of cheese team up to make this serves-two recipe full of spice and savory notes. Since each serving is just 194 calories, add a slice of whole wheat toast for more staying power.
Avocado-Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Beat the clock with this well-balanced 10-minute breakfast sandwich. Simply steam the asparagus spears the night before and you'll just need to assemble come morning.
Tip: If you're a runny yolk-lover, swap a sunny-side up egg for the slices of hard-cooked egg.
Pumpkin Waffles with Maple-Pecan Cream
With all that decadent Maple-Pecan Cream melting on top, you might just forget that pumpkin is a vegetable. This sweet breakfast recipe features a full can of squash puree and is fall comfort food at its best.
Egg and Veggie Casserole
Toss together the casserole ingredients (minus the eggs) the night before and roast for 15 minutes. Chill overnight, bake 5 minutes more, then crack eggs atop the broccoli, potatoes, and onions. Pop the dish back in the oven, and about 10 minutes later, breakfast is done! Casseroles are rarely this quick and easy—and nutritious.
Spinach Pancetta Quiche
Sun-dried tomatoes and four heaping cups of spinach add color and nutrition to this flaky-crust quiche. To make this breakfast even more of a health powerhouse, combine the eggs with two cups of protein-rich plain Greek yogurt.
Sweet Potato Hash
Diner potato hashes can be carb- and grease-fests, but not this simple skillet recipe. Featuring healthy fats from an avocado, a bit of protein via beans and corn, and plenty of vitamins by way of sweet potatoes, this is a breakfast you don't need to feel one ounce of guilt about eating.
Tip: To please bigger appetites, follow the adage and put an egg on it.
Quinoa and Butternut Bowl
A feel-good blend of kale, quinoa, and roasted butternut squash is the base for this vegetarian breakfast. Top with a poached egg and a homemade herb vinaigrette, and you’ll have a meal that’s packed with healthy fats and enough nutrition to fuel you through whatever the morning has in store.
Carrot and Zucchini Bars
Two-and-a-half cups of shredded veggies help make these spice bars super moist. For a dessert-like treat, top with Citrus-Cream Cheese Frosting, or spread with a scoop of Greek yogurt to stay on the healthy train.
Greens, Eggs, and Ham Frittata
Dr. Seuss would surely approve of serving this leafy green-loaded frittata for a nutritious breakfast. Two types of cheese and a bit of ham team up with the veggies to give each slice the perfect balance of flavor and nutrition.
Ginger-Berry Smoothie Bowl
You won’t be able to guess by the name or the looks of this berry bowl, but it’s hiding a whole beet! A splash of OJ is blended in, too, so you get your meal and your juice all in one spoonable package.
Breakfast Ham and Egg Cups
Tomatoes get a moment in the spotlight in these low-calorie egg cups. While they're delicious eaten with a fork and knife, we love sandwiching one between English muffin halves.
Broccoli Cornmeal Cakes
Broccoli, bacon, and goat cheese might sound like odd johnnycake ingredients, but trust us: This is one magical flavor combination. Instead of syrup, top with a drizzle of honey to play up the natural sweetness of the cornmeal.
Harvest Spice Smoothies
Skip the pumpkin latte and sip on a better-for-you beverage that includes squash, bananas, yogurt, and tropical fruit juice. This makes an ideal breakfast or afternoon snack.
Bloody Mary Mix
Vegetable juice counts—even if it's mixed with vodka! Pair your healthy weekend breakfast with a boozy tomato-base cocktail for a fun way to squeeze in even more produce.