Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is what WebMD says.
Despite claims by some publications that it may not be, I’m a firm believer that a healthy breakfast which includes a warm glass of lemon water (or green juice) in the morning will help you jumpstart your day and will prevent you from having binges that often lead to unnecessary weight gain.
Having a good breakfast gives will give you the energy you need in most critical part of the day when you are most likely at your peak.
They key here is to eat healthy food and avoid the greasy, fatty stuff that can lead to low energy and high weight gain.
Don’t forget to keep your body hydrated throughout the day as this helps in increasing metabolism and flushing out toxins from the body.
If you are stumped for ideas about healthy breakfast recipes, I’ve got you covered with 48 of the healthiest ideas I found online.
These ideas are a mix of pancakes, smoothies, soups, etc. so there is a lot of variety here.
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What makes these recipes healthy?
Three main points here:
First, since all of these are homemade you won’t see any chemical preservatives in there.
Second, most of these use agave, raw honey or maple syrup as a sweetener. Some of the recipes don’t even use sweeteners but only relies on sugars found inside fruits but since all the fiber is included it gets absorbed by the bloodstream slower.
Third, most of these use dairy free milk like soy, almond or hemp milk which is way better nutrition wise to cow’s milk – read this to know about its negative effects.
This recipe combines the fibrous and filling qualities of whole grain cereal plus the health benefits of pumpkin minus the dairy found in milk. Instead of cow’s milk, you can use almond, soy, hemp or rice milk (depending on your preference). It also does not use white sugar (you can if you wanted to but it makes it less healthy). Instead the author recommends using vanilla stevia liquid, agave nectar or honey.
The basil in this smoothie adds a contrasting peppery flavor to the sweet tartness of apple. Basil also adds a lot of nutrition to this drink. Also it adds a sweet aroma that smells like menthol, soothing if you ask me.
Why a smoothie for breakfast? Unlike juices, smoothies retain all the fiber thus it won’t be a surprise that a big cup of smoothie for breakfast would make you full. Take note that this recipe also has milk in it (non-diary) – vanilla almond or coconut milk so it really fills you up.
This would be a great drink for hot summer mornings or afternoons. It combines the contrasting flavors of granny smith apples, nutmeg, Greek yogurt, apple cider, cinnamon and maple syrup. Oh it is best served with crushed ice. This is a healthy nutritious breakfast minus the dairy and artificial sugar.
Earlier in this roundup I talked about pumpkin porridge, this time feast your eyes on this sweet and spicy pumpkin smoothie. Dates were used to add sweetness so there is no need to add any other sweetener which makes this drink even healthier. Ginger and cloves add a touch of spiciness that contrasts the sweetness of dates and pumpkin.
If there’s one thing I remember from my childhood, it’s my love for cookies – Mrs. Fields to be exact. Well this recipe might not be as sweet but it’s still as yummy in a banana flavored type of way plus it has some chocolate chunks in it that I occasionally crave for. Here’s the best part, it’s filling because it uses rolled oats which makes this a great breakfast meal. Your tummy and taste buds will be happy with this treat.
If you’re tired of eating plain oatmeal then this Berry Blast Oatmeal recipe from the Gluten Free Cat is a great change-up since it mixes the contrasting flavors (and textures) of chia seeds, raspberries, salt, oatmeal and veggie blast protein powder. You’ll notice that Heather didn’t add any sugar in here, the vanilla flavor from the protein powder and raspberries cover that so it is really healthy.
I’ve always love berries, my personal favorites are strawberries and blackberries which is why this recipe makes it to this list. Blackberries and chia seeds are nutritional powerhouses that also taste great. So why not combine them and that’s what Dephine did with this recipe. She recommends using the frozen variety and cold semi-skimmed milk so that it comes up frothy.
This is a popular Asian dessert that can also be a healthy and filling breakfast. The beauty of this is that you can serve it hot or cold depending on the weather. The star of this recipe is black rice which has a thick and gooey consistency that nicely contrasts with the strawberry, milk and mango. If you don’t like mango or strawberry you can use different fruits.
This recipe uses white sugar so if you are concerned about that, you can use less or use “healthier” options like coconut sugar or muscovado.
Here’s the nutrition you’ll get…
Here’s another cookie recipe that uses banana but this time instead of chocolate, the author used walnuts and dried cranberries so this will have a crunchy texture that nicely contrasts the rolled oats and banana base.
This is Juliet’s healthy version of a chocolate mousse. What makes it healthy? Instead of using dark chocolate she used raw organic cacao powder and she used raw avocado instead of cream. This filling and yummy breakfast treat combines different flavors and textures of chocolate, honey, strawberry, avocado, cereal and coconut flakes – crunchy and smooth, sweet and sour.
If your kids love drinking chocolate milk for breakfast, this non-dairy alternative could be a healthier choice for them. For this recipe you’ll need to soak the almonds overnight, crush them in a blender then use a nut milk bag to filter out the liquid. Raw cocoa powder gives it is chocolate flavor.
Eating chocolate pudding can be healthy thanks to this recipe (again) from the Gluten Free Cat. Two things that makes it healthier, first it uses non-dairy almond milk (you can also use soy milk) and second, it uses raw cacao powder instead of chocolate that has been known to have antioxidant benefits good for our immune system.
Cherry Clafoutis is a traditional French dessert that uses cherries to cover a pancake like batter. What make this a healthy breakfast recipe are all the cherries that you’ll eat. This little red fruit is rich in antioxidants that boost your immune system and help prevent cancer. It can be served hot off the oven or cold.
Cranberry juice has been known as a natural home remedy and prevention of UTI because of its high level of proanthocyanidins. A cranberry smoothie is a nice alternative because you’ll also get the benefit of cranberry fiber. This recipe has lots of protein in it – fresh almonds, sesame seeds, protein powder, almond milk (or soy or hemp), plus fresh ginger so expect a little kick at the end. Liquid stevia is used as a sweetener.
Lentil wraps are one of the greatest inventions out there because you can wrap it in practically anything out there like beef or vegetables. It makes a great breakfast meal because it fills you up enough to last a busy morning.
Make no mistake, there’s nothing wrong with a store bought lentil wrap like Trader Joe’s spicy wrap but they contain a more calories, carbs and fat (according to this article every piece contains around 550 calories, 75 carbs and 22 grams of fat). If you don’t mind investing in a bit of time making your own then this recipe from Nourishing Joy is a good alternative without making you feeling bloated.
A hot creamy squash soup is a great meal to have in a cold winter morning. Don’t worry it won’t be bland because it combines the minty flavor of dried thyme, the pungent flavor of rosemary, the sweet spiciness of cinnamon and nutmeg, the intense flavor of Dash garlic and the innate sweetness of squash that marry into one delicious and healthy meal.
If you think all burgers are greasy and fatty, think again this vegetarian burger will change the way you think about them. Instead of using a beef patty, it uses roasted eggplants! If you’re vegan and want to indulge in a burger – this is the recipe to try.
French toast is one of my all-time favorite breakfast dishes but there’s one problem, one of the places I go to have my French toast fix adds a lot of butter to it which makes it really unhealthy. So I’ve set off and looked for healthier alternatives to butter and found one here at All She Cooks. Instead of using gobs of butter, Jessica used eggs and soft Italian bread with cinnamon, strawberries and blueberries.
Plain pancakes are a hearty and delicious breakfast meal. Kristen Michaelis takes it a step further by adding apples to the mix. This adds a tartness to the mix, a nice contrast to the sweetness of the pancake batter. Not only is this a delicious meal, it is a healthier than a normal batter because the author used coconut milk, coconut flour, honey, sea salt and cinnamon, grain and dairy free.
This protein packed breakfast is the concoction of the Gluten Free Cat. She wanted something vegetarian but still with a lot of protein to start her day right. A lot of the protein for this recipe comes from the Growing Naturals Yellow Pea Protein Powder, this protein powder tastes great even though it’s a vegetarian meal and it only contains 3 grams of sugar. The Quinoa flakes give it a crunchy cereal like texture.
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth for breakfast, there’s no better way that to indulge in a berry infused smoothie. The first recipe has strawberries, blueberries and blackberries while the second has peaches and blueberries. Both of these use almond milk so this is dairy free.
These tiny bite sized pizza rolls are great breakfast meals for both young and old. You can make a big batch of these because it’s so easy to make. Put a two or three pieces of pepperoni and mozzarella cheese on crescent dough then put it in the oven for 10 minutes. Before you chomp on it, dip in pizza sauce, heavenly.
Jams are great fillings for any type of slice bread but store bought varieties are loaded with sugar and preservatives. This honey sweetened jam created by Jenni does not have any of those but instead it just uses honey. You can use raspberry or peach depending on the mood of your taste buds.
If you’re in the mood for some Italian cuisine, try this vegetable quinoa dish. This is a meal that is nutritious, filling and packed with flavor. Quinoa is a great alternative for rice because packed with more nutrients like potassium, vitamin A, calcium and dietary fiber. Takes around an hour to make but the results will be worth it.
Frittatas are a great alternative to omelets because it isn’t as hard to cook. All you need is a skillet, a gas stove and an oven. This particular recipe is healthy because there is no meat in it. Instead it uses mushroom, onion and kale – you get protein plus vegetables in one meal.
Kombucha for those who don’t know is a fermented drink that is packed with probiotics and vitamins that is said to be very good for the gut. If you’re wondering what a fermented drink has to do with waffles, Vanessa Pruitt used a strawberry flavored kombucha instead of milk in making her waffles. Don’t like strawberry flavor? Well you can add any piece of frozen fruit and store it in the fridge.
One of the healthiest breakfasts you can have minus the calories is a green smoothie. This one in particular is packed with potassium, vitamin A, C and K, and antioxidants thanks to the banana and arugula included in this recipe. There are no artificial sweeteners added because it uses one green apple, 2 kiwis and pineapple chunks to sweeten it. And since all the fibers are intact, your blood sugar levels won’t spike after gulping this down.
Avocado is one of the healthiest fruits available right now and according to the EWG it is also one of the cleanest. One of the best ways to eat this is by blending it with some spinach, strawberry, yogurt and mango. Ice cubes are optional.
Doughnuts and healthy meal aren’t normally associated with one another but this pumpkin based doughnut is an exception. This recipe calls for pumpkin puree, honey, applesauce, brown rice flour, potato starch, allspice, etc. As you can see, it does not have any processed white sugar in it but kids (both young and old) will still love it.
On the outside granola looks healthy but when you closely investigate this food “has more sugar than a glass of coke” with very little fiber. This no grain breakfast grumble recipe by Katie of Girl Meets Nourishment is a healthy alternative using only maple syrup and vanilla extract as sweeteners.
This recipe is perfect for on the go families that need a healthy and yet filling meal that has a lot of fiber and protein that will meet their nutritional needs for the first part of the day. Fiber comes from the 1-1/2 cups of rolled oats while protein comes from the mixed nuts.
This cake is uses rolled oats and einkorn flour as the main ingredients which makes it rich in fiber and has more 30% protein than ordinary cake. It has more protein because it uses einkorn flour instead of wheat flour. The result is a more intensely flavorful and nutritious blueberry cake.
Oats and dairy milk with some fruits is already a healthy meal but if you want to take it a notch higher this oat parfait recipe from Rock My Vegan Socks is worth a try. Instead of using dairy milk, it uses dairy free unsweetened yogurt. For added texture cashew, almonds, pecans and walnuts are added. To sweeten this meal, a teaspoon of maple syrup is used. Honey is another option.\
This is more of a dessert than a breakfast meal. It uses unsweetened gelatin and the flavor comes organic oranges, organic lemon juice and raw honey. This would be great for kids looking for a sweet breakfast dessert.
Craving for a chocolate mousse? Well, here’s one that will satisfy your chocolate cravings minus nasty ingredients like Propylene Glycol found in store bought chocolate mousse. If you look at the ingredients – unsweetened gelatin, coconut milk, cacao powder, sea salt and maple syrup, you won’t see any nasty preservatives or processed sugar.
For mom’s in a hurry but still want to prep something healthy for their family this package recipe takes only 2 minutes to make and you don’t need to buy packaged pancake mixes. All you need is 3 eggs, nut butter and a piece of banana. You’ll still get a filling breakfast but minus the grain and gluten.
This cool drink is a great start for hot summer mornings because it tastes great and filled with nutrients thanks to the frozen raspberries. Another benefit is it is dairy-free, great for people who are lactose intolerant. To sweeten, Del used agave syrup which makes this suitable for people with diabetes because of its low glycemic index. The pinch of cardamom adds a slick.
This is a slight variation of the first quinoa recipe I featured here. It uses fewer ingredients so it will take less time to prepare. You’ll need half a cup of cooked quinoa, some tomatoes and eggs. This meal will give you 310 calories, 16 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugar, 217mg of sodium and 19 grams of protein so thank you Julie for sharing even the nutritional value of this dish.
You normally wouldn’t think of salmon as a burger filing but Nicola from Pink Recipe Box has broken the mold with this salmon and egg breakfast sandwich. Try this recipe if you’re craving for seafood as your first meal, easy to prepare but still nutritious, make sure to use whole wheat rustic bread.
When I was young I’d always order a strawberry shake for a breakfast drink but I can’t do that anymore because these drinks are filled with sugar. A healthier alternative would this strawberry dream smoothie. This drink is packed with antioxidants from strawberries and protein thanks to the whey protein powder.
This green smoothie is a mix of fruit and vegetable goodness – banana, kiwi, kale, strawberries and grapes. The fruits alone give it the sweetness it needs so you don’t need to add any sugar. Since this is a smoothie, sugar absorption is slowed down by the fiber. Protein comes from the chia seeds and flexseed meal.
What do you get when you mix in spinach, strawberry, chia seeds, cashew butter banana and almond milk in a blender? You’ll get this green nutrition packed green milk shake. This is the go-to smoothie recipe of Suzanne from Hello Veggie and I think it should be yours too.
Here’s a dairy-free, berry-filled protein shake created by Allison Murray from Om Nom Ally. This antioxidant-rich drink is a full meal by itself thanks to the whey protein powder included in the drink.
There are many ways to make a casserole, you can do a casserole dessert or make it a main dish like this one. This recipe uses sweet potatoes and ground pork as the main ingredients. Sweet potatoes not only make great desserts, it also makes a great base for a casserole as Deanna Michaels shares in this breakfast casserole recipe.
This cookie recipe is a great alternative for chocolate chip cookies that kid’s love and the best part? It is grain, gluten and dairy free. With the rising percentage of young adults having diabetes and all sorts of ailments, you’ve got to start them eating heathy at a young age and this recipe will help you do that.
This probably is one of the healthiest breakfast recipes in this list just look at the ingredients in it – tofu, onion, garlic, green pepper, kale and tomatoes (it actually has more but these are the main ones). This is an all-veggie dish. Despite being a vegan meal, it still has some protein in it because of the tofu.
It’s no secret that pumpkin is nutritious food that is rich in potassium, vitamin A and C, and dietary fiber plus it virtually has no fat in it. One of best ways to eat it is making soup out of it. Pumpkin soup is one of my favorite comfort foods because it is a marriage of flavors, the sweetness of pumpkin that contrasts with the flavors of onion and rosemary. I’d have one on a cold rainy morning.
If you’re looking to lose weight and cut down on carbohydrates after a long holiday, this low carb meal help you have your fill but not having to worry about the calories because it uses eggplant as the main filling. Every cup of eggplant you have will supply you with 2.5 grams of dietary fiber plus it has phytonutrients – these have antioxidant properties.
There you have it, 48 breakfast recipes that will help you get right back on track health wise. If you have a recipe to share, please post them in the comments section below or contact me.