For too long, breakfast in the United States has meant cereal, muffins, pancakes, or toast.
That means that a lot of the time, we may not eat a single fruit or vegetable until (hopefully) lunch! No wonder most of us struggle to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Not only that, but our traditional breakfasts are high in carbohydrates but low in protein and fat, meaning they can cause our blood sugar to spike and won’t fill us up or satisfy us like a properly balanced meal with healthy fats and proteins would. Enough is enough, we say!
- Soup for breakfast – let’s just start with the craziest one, shall we? A warm bowl of soup is a great way to start your day – whether it is breakfast themed like this Vegetarian Breakfast Posole or just warm and comforting, like this simple seven ingredient Cauliflower Soup that you can sip straight from a mug (and by the way, three of those ingredients are water, salt, and pepper). Soup is a great breakfast because you can make it ahead and then simply reheat in the morning – I’ve even been known to sip mine from a thermos while taking the bus to work. It’s convenient, healthy, and delicious.
- Breakfast quinoa with fruit– The first time I tried eating quinoa for breakfast I had it cold, with milk, topped with fruits and nuts – and every bite reminded me of that perfect bite of cereal when it is saturated with milk but still just a little bit crunchy. Now it is one of my go-tos. If you cook the quinoa in advance it is almost as easy as pouring yourself a bowl of cereal in the morning, you just have to take an additional 10 seconds to add some cinnamon, cardamom (if you’re me), nuts, and a handful of blueberries (or whatever spices and fruit you’d like to add). I love this recipe for Breakfast Quinoa because the author shows you how she changes it up over the course of one week.
- Breakfast hash – The most obvious way to eat vegetables for breakfast is to just… eat vegetables for breakfast (okay fine, you can add an egg on top). If you roast a big batch of veggies, you can simply throw some straight from the fridge into a pan, add an egg, sprinkle with some Parmesan, and in a matter of minutes you’ve got a gourmet breakfast. Learn How To Make Breakfast Hash Out Of (Almost) Anything, or if you want some actual recipes try this Chorizo Breakfast Hash or this Radish and Turnip Hash (de-fuss the recipe: skip the boiling and slice the veggies thinner, and for Pete’s sake just use a plain old garlic clove).
- Five minute omelets – Do you know how easy it is to make an omelet? It is incredibly simple as long as you aren’t afraid to get your pan good and hot and use plenty of butter. I prefer using 2 eggs and an 8 inch enamel nonstick pan. The nice thing about an omelet is that you can fill it with just about anything – spinach, avocado, peppers, kimchi, herbs, you know the drill. Or you can get crazy and use whatever leftovers you have kicking around your fridge (chop up some leftover hamburger and toppings, or fill it with veggie stir fry). It is also a great way to get kids involved as an 8 year old is perfectly capable of making an omelet, and younger kids can help beat the eggs, sprinkle in fillings, and fold it in half. This How To Make An Omelet video covers the basics nicely. And should your first few omelet attempts fail, you’ve just made yourself a rustic egg scramble.
- Naturally sweet breakfasts for those of you with a sweet tooth – If you wake up in the morning craving a big bowl of sugary cereal, drinking some cauliflower soup might not do the trick (we get it). If you are looking to wean yourself off the super sweet stuff, consider one of these naturally sweet breakfasts instead. You can make a Tropical Yogurt Parfait, or embrace the Morning Sweet Potato. Or, for our most decadent breakfast on the list, have you ever tried a broiled grapefruit? It is practically a desert, but hey at least you are getting two servings of fruit!