Mornings are hectic at my house. My husband is off to work and my oldest is off to school. All of the kids act like they haven’t eaten in days and descend on the kitchen as soon as their eyes have popped open. It is the hardest time of the day for healthy eating. Add in the fact that there are so many tasty yet not so nutritious breakfast foods. Pancakes slathered in syrup, toaster pastries, donuts, dairy soaked egg dishes… who wants to eat healthy when you have that?
The easiest way to avoid all that hassle and sugar is to have some great go-to healthy breakfast plans.
- Have a menu planned out ahead of time so know you have the ingredients and you are not scrambling for an idea in the morning.
- Get some make ahead breakfasts ready for the fridge or freezer. Then you can just pop them in to bake for the morning. Or choose a dish that can cook overnight.
- Cut up fruit or veggies the night before to be ready to go for the morning rush.
- If your kids or spouse tend to get up before you, have some food set out already. Fruit and muffins on the table or overnight oats in the fridge ready to eat.
- Try for a balanced breakfast. Make sure you have some healthy fat and protein like nuts and good fiber in your breakfast. Frequently my family focuses on fruit and grains for breakfast because they are easy but they can leave you feeling hungry later if you don’t balance it out. So don’t just grab a banana for breakfast, really make it a meal.
- Skip the juice and go for whole fruit. Fruit can give you a sweet boost in the morning with its natural sugars but fruit juice skips out on all the beneficial and filling fiber.
- Think outside the breakfast box. You do not have to eat the usual breakfast foods to have a great meal.
Quick and Easy
Smoothies – there are so many varieties! We have some great ones on the Pinterest board and you can make smoothie packs in advance to be even faster. They are also a great way to add some hidden veggies in the morning.
Apple Nachos – by Thinking Closet
On -the-go PB, fruit, and granola wraps by Babble
Toast with peanut butter and sliced bananas
Microwave Baked Cinnamon Apples (by Our Paleo Life) with low-sugar granola
Open Banana Sandwich – by Tales of a Kitchen
Vegan Breakfast Salad (by My Little Celebration) with spinach and fresh fruit
No Bake Apple Cobbler by Fork and Beans
Homemade Muesli by Summer Tomato – ditch the sugary cereals and eat this!
High Protein Quinoa Almond Berry Salad by Oh She Glows
Scrambled Eggs with added frozen vegetable mix and/or beans
Salsa Poached Eggs with polenta or grits by Budget Bytes
Egg Sandwich with Kale, Avocado, and Sun-dried Tomatoes by Bev Cooks
Veggie Breakfast Bakes by BBC Food – veggies baked with egg
Southwest Breakfast Scramble by Budget Bytes
Paleo Egg Muffins by Healthy Crush – individual egg muffins with a variety of veggies.
Hard boiled eggs
Eggs Baked in Portobello Mushrooms by Healthy Recipes
Longer Cooking But Totally Worth It
Brussels Sprout Hash with Sweet Potatoes and Bacon by Closet Cooking
Garden Vegetable Breakfast Hash by Cafe Johnsonia
Giant Hash Brown by Recipe Tin Eats – great for feeding a crowd and you could top it will all kind of healthy additions
Springtime Strawberry Lime Mango Crisp by Oh She Glows – gluten-free
Loaded Breakfast Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy by Vegan Insanity
Make Ahead Breakfasts
Easy Pumpkin Raisin Oatmeal – from yours truly!
Slow Cooker Whole Grain Porridge by Food Network
Healthy Morning Muffins by Martha Stewart
Gluten-free Pancakes with Fruit Topping – can make them in advance or put the batter together and cook in the morning
Banana Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding by Suburban Soapbox
Overnight Oats – so many varieties of this! Just mix it up the night before and it is ready when you wake up.
Banana Oatmeal Bars by La La Lunch
Spinach Muffins by The Green Forks
Muesli Scones by Elana’s Panty – gluten-free
Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies by Oh She Glows – gluten-free
Not the Usual Breakfast Food
Hummus with veggie sticks
Strawberry Avocado Honey Lime Salad by Running to the Kitchen
Minted Peach and Tomato Salad by Martha Stewart
Ricotta and Tomato Toast by Martha Stewart
Honey Ginger Broiled Grapefruit by Budget Bytes
Melon Mint and Feta Salad by Budget Bytes
Breakfast Sweet Potato with Quinoa Pumpkin Seed Granola by Hungry Healthy Girl – can make the granola ahead of time
Crispbread with Smoked Salmon by Ferdakost – has the recipe for crispbread which you can make in advance. The dl. in the recipe is deciliters so you may need some help converting that to your units.