As a Culinary Arts teacher, you would think that I eat elaborate meals at lunchtime but this has been a struggle of mine since I first started.
My first year teaching, culinary was the eighth period and this year, culinary is the third period. This means coffee when I walk in and start working our student ran coffee shop and nothing until the third period. I might get something and two hours later when lunch finally rolls around I eat with the art teacher.
And by eat I mean I do one of two things: I devour food because I haven't eaten all day or I don't eat because I consumed too much during the third period.
The balance, I am seeing, lies not with lunchtime but in breakfast. Instead of rushing as soon as I get up, I need to find a time to sit down and eat something healthy. So here are some recipes I now want to dig into. Breakfast recipes that are healthy and will save time.
Ideas for a Healthy Breakfast
1. Healthy Brown Rice Pudding
My grandmother taught me something very important as a child. She taught me that you could eat rice pudding for breakfast and get away with it.
But adding fruit, switching cow's milk out with almond milk, and making your rice whole wheat, you are set to go for a healthy meal. To make it better, the author made enough for eight servings, meaning you could eat this several times a week. Even if you divided the recipe in half, you could make enough to almost get you through the week. Have someone else you are sharing with? Perfect! You each have enough for a few days in the week.
Check out ifoodreal for the full recipe, which I plan to make before next week.
2. Healthy Breakfast Smoothie
Living in Texas I know the seasons all too well and before I can bat an eyelash we will be sweating at six in the morning. Therefore, it's important for us to have a good blender and a smoothie recipe that will keep us coming back for more.
This is one of those recipes, and don't be scared by the spinach, you won't even taste it. My other suggestion is if you, like me, get stomach aches from whey protein, then opt for soy protein instead. Your tummy will thank you.
Get the recipe at Eat. Drink, and Be Skinny.
3. Omelette in a Mug
This recipe won my students over last year and I think it will you too. What makes it so great is that it is totally customizable. I had two groups that got to pick out what they wanted in their omelets (I had the options laid out for them when they came in). Each group picked, put it in with two eggs and microwaved it until finished.
Then they put it on a plate and ate some of their creation. Several of them even shared with one another, getting to try the other group's creation. It was a great experience for everyone involved.
And you can make it too. Just have the ingredients ready to go, crack the eggs, put it in a mug for about two minutes and then take your cup and a fork and head out the door. Wa-la!
Full recipe over at Coffee, Love, Travel.
4. Country Breakfast Bowl
This country breakfast bowl is super easy to make and one that you can make ahead of time and reheat. You know how I know that? Because you can purchase it at the grocery store in the frozen aisle.
Anything you see in the frozen aisle, you can make at home and freeze yourself.
For all the good details on this delicious egg and potato dish, head over to Budget Bytes.
5. Healthy Banana Bread
This banana bread is a great idea for breakfast because it has whole grains in it and bananas. If you want to add some protein, as many of us do, simply put a tablespoon of butter on the honey-sweetened bread and enjoy as you are heading out the door.
To make the recipe, head over to Real Simple.
6. Magical Breakfast Cream
One of the best books I will ever recommend if you are trying to lose weight or even if you are a foodie like me, is French Women Don't Get Fat. Mireille Guiliano tells the story so beautifully that you might never look at food the same way again.
Take this recipe, for example, it has yogurt in it. When I think of yogurt I go back to the part of her book where she lives in Italy with a lady who ate nothing but yogurt for breakfast and lunch while dinner consisted of a small fish or piece of chicken. While that may sound boring to most, she spoke of it in such a manner that your mouth would water.
So, try the recipe and definitely pick up the book!
7. Blueberry-Ricotta Pancakes
Before I was a teacher, I worked in a restaurant. I hated working weekends and holidays but I did make sure to have the luxury to start after the girls were in school, meaning that I was there to get them ready, make their breakfast, and drive them to school even being able to kiss them good-bye.
In those days I would get up at six am, pour my coffee, drink my coffee and make their breakfasts and lunches. This would be a recipe similar to what I made.
I love the softness of the ricotta cheese after mixing it with the other ingredients and pan frying it in butter. It was like a little bit of heaven. Take some time for yourself and make these Ricotta Pancakes one morning, you won't regret it!
8. Healthy Sticky Cinnamon Roll Baked Oatmeal
Baked Oatmeal is a great way to get the goodness in without having to make the same thing day in and day out. The author does a great job of giving you options with his recipes as well. He makes sure to tell you to use “nut butter of your choice” and “sweetener of your choice” which I really like.
To see this full recipe and get yourself feeling full of deliciousness, head over to see Arman's post at The Big Man's World and see for yourself. And if you are really into Oatmeal recipes, we have a great list here for you!
9. Blueberry Croissant Puff
This is a recipe I would consider to be “normal” and not necessarily healthy. It does look delicious though and is still pretty quick to whip up and can be eaten over time. Two out of three ain't bad, right?
It's as if you are taking the croissants and making a baked french toast out of them and adding the fruit and cream cheese into the mix.
Yes, I'm drooling. Yes, I will be making this one soon too.
Enjoy this occasional overnight treat by getting the full recipe over at The Girl Who Ate Everything.
10. Healthier Hearty Omelet
I love a good hearty breakfast. Add in the fact that it has potatoes for your starch and this would be any meat man's go-to meal. I would throw in a few bell peppers with the onions to give it some vegetables, making it much more well rounded in my opinion.
The fact that Barbara Chernetz over at Delish was able to cut the calories in half is great.
11. Honey Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad
My suggestion with this one is to make everything in advance and assemble the day you want it. Cut up your fruit, make your quinoa, and store it in the refrigerator. In the morning just assemble, warm up the quinoa if you want to and enjoy on your way out the door.
Delicious, fresh, and ready to go! To see the full recipe, check out Alyssa's post over at The Recipe Critic.
12. Mexi-Egg Wrap
Another one to make ahead of time but instead of being a breakfast for those with a sweet tooth, this one caters to the savory crowd. With veggies, beans, and eggs this will handle protein needs and give you a leg up on your vegetable supply, something most Americans are lacking.
Added bonus- this recipe was created for Popsugar's post on breakfast recipes to help you lose weight. Sounds delicious and boosts weight loss while making sure you stay full until lunch. Win-win-win!
13. Grab and Go
I love the idea for lunch to put each of the categories together in an area so that your children can grab the sandwich, snack, dessert(ish) food, and drink and assemble it themselves.
Much in the same way, cut up an apple and cheese then reach into your refrigerator, grab the items, and head out the door with a bottle of water. Between the apple and the cheese, you're looking at ten grams of calcium, seven grams of fiber, and three grams of protein.
To see all the details and get more great ideas, head over to Reader's Digest.
14. Sausage, Gravy, and Egg Breakfast Sandwich
The use of turkey sausage and whole grain English Muffins makes this recipe lighter than what you would get at a restaurant.
The author gives tips on freezing it as well, such as freezing the gravy in ice cube trays and saran wrapping the sandwiches. There are also instructions on how to reheat the meal in the microwave.
As I have said before, any recipe you can get out of the freezer section you can remake for yourself and freeze it just like the companies do. This recipe lasts up to three months in the freezer.
To see the full recipe, check out My Recipes.
15. Cranberry Oat Scones
I do believe I will be making these today. A big reason why is because I have crystallized ginger in my cabinet and I didn't know how to use it until now.
This recipe was on a post of kid-friendly, healthy breakfast ideas. The theory behind this one is that they won't notice the healthy aspect because they enjoy the sweet tartness of the scones.
To see the full recipe, check out the Women's Day post.
16. Megan's Granola Recipe
This recipe looks delicious to me simply because it has several different types of nuts in it as well as maple syrup and dried cranberries. Naturally, it also has oatmeal and even wheat germ. This will give you fiber and sweetness and would be perfect on top of a cup of homemade yogurt.
To view the full recipe and try it out for yourself, head over to allrecipes.
17. Healthy Chocolate and Banana Quesadilla
If you are wanting to use some of the tortilla leftovers from the Mexi wrap, then this is the way to do it. The author over at The Creative Bite uses Justin's Chocolate Almond Butter and explains why in the post.
18. Make Ahead Smoothie Packs
Early I gave you a specific recipe for a smoothie, this one is a bit different because you get to choose what to put in your smoothie.
I know I got your ear perked now!
Anyways, I like making banana and light fruit smoothies with spinach in it because it's green which grosses people out and tastes delicious all at the same time.
I highly recommend it. Here's the recipe.
19. Another Healthy Banana Bread
My mom has always made the best banana bread, and I used to love it when she would make a loaf for me to take back to university with me.
There is something about it that just feels homely to me, and I think it is a much-loved favorite of many people. This recipe, in particular, is, I imagine, far more healthier than my mom's, with honey working as a natural sweetener alongside the brown sugar. The scent of this baking would be divine, and one loaf would last for breakfast all week.
20. Savory Oatmeal with Cheddar and Fried Egg
I have never thought to make oatmeal savory before, usually topping it with berries or fruit, but now that I have been introduced to the idea I am intrigued by it.
Cheddar is one of my favorite kinds of cheeses, purely because of its taste and versatility. I can imagine it being delicious melted in this Savory Oatmeal with Cheddar and Fried Egg. The method looks relatively easy to follow, and that yellow yolk of the fried egg on top seems like the perfect spot for dipping a nice forkful of cheesy oatmeal and peppers.
21. Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Anything that makes me able to eat chocolate for breakfast at the same time as being considered healthy, instantly get a big thumbs up from me. This Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl does both of those things perfectly.
I haven't eaten much quinoa in my time, but I am open to trying it out more, and this recipe seems like a definite way to make me love it from the get-go. This is a cool alternative to regular porridge, and I think the addition of the fresh fruit on top balance out the bowl just perfectly. It's also naturally sweetened by the maple syrup, so you get that sweet fix without heaps of sugar.
22. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Breakfast Burritos
I love Mexican food, and although I have never had it for breakfast, I would never turn it down. I can imagine this Sweet Potato and Black Bean Breakfast Burrito is the perfect mix of hearty but refreshing, with that cool avocado scattered throughout.
These would be delicious dipped in some sour cream and would give you the perfect amount of energy to carry you through whatever you had planned for the morning. I sometimes host brunches for my friends, and I can imagine these going down an absolute treat at one of them, with everyone begging for the incredibly simple recipe at the end.
23. Kale, Red Pepper and Goats Cheese Frittata
Perfect for two to share, this Kale, Red Pepper and Goats Cheese Frittata look far fancier than it is, which is never a bad thing in my eyes. The combination of the ingredients sounds perfect to me, with the salty goats' cheese against the slight sweetness of the peppers.
It's incredibly easy to make, almost like an omelet but baked afterward. There aren't many ingredients at all, so it would be easy to have these few things in the house so that you could whip this up on any morning you fancy it.
24. Smoky Red Pepper Crispy Egg Toast
Fried egg on toast is always a go-to choice for me on the rare days when I decide to make a bit more of an effort with the most important meal of the day. That is why this recipe instantly jumped out at me.
This Smoky Red Pepper Crispy Egg Toast is pretty much just as easy to make as a regular fried egg on toast, with two extra steps which make it so much more tasty and exciting. I love the flavor of smoked paprika, I use it in a lot of my cooking, and I feel that a little kick of that in the morning, would wake me right up in the best of ways. I reckon you could even experiment with different hummus and spice combinations too.
25. Banana and Almond Butter Pancakes
My flatmate at university used to make banana pancakes, and I never understood how so few ingredients could make something which looked exactly like the pancakes I used triple the ingredients to make.
There are no secret ingredients in this Banana and Almond Butter Pancake recipe, and all the method requires is a little bit of mashing up and frying. The sliced banana on top is a nice touch to add a fresh banana flavor, especially with that sweet honey drizzled over it all. I can imagine that these would be best eaten warm and straight from the pan, but could probably be kept as a little snack for throughout the day too.
26. Homemade Muesli with Oats, Dates & Berries
It may not be the most exciting of breakfasts, and I did want to veer away from cereals, but muesli is a great way to start the day, and there are so many amazing ways to make your own as opposed to buying from a store.
Trying out different yogurts is a great way to change up muesli, so you can make a pretty basic base then use flavored yogurts to spice it up a bit. This Homemade Muesli with Oats, Dates & Berries is so easily customized, with different nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. I like the recipe's suggestion of adding some cinnamon to the bowl, which I think would give it a lovely warming flavor.
27. Middle-Eastern Baked Eggs
I am a big fan of cooked red peppers, especially when they're paired with yummy spices and herbs like they are in this Middle-Eastern Baked Eggs recipe.
This is so far from anything I would usually have for breakfast that it would be a real treat and welcome change. The idea of serving this up with some toasted pitta bread sounds like a good one to me, as I think a heavy vegetable dish like this needs some carbs to give it substance. Pitta bread would give you just that without being overly heavy.
28. Poached Eggs with Mushrooms and Tomatoes
I have never actually attempted a poached egg, mostly because it looks too fancy and tricky for my limited cooking ability. I do love them though, especially on toast so that you can do that whole popping and oozing thing.
The recipe for these Poached Eggs with Mushrooms and Tomatoes doesn't look too tricky at all however, and the different components can all be cooked together, removing the need for complex multi-tasking. This would be the perfect breakfast if you want something filling but that won't leave you entirely stuffed.
29. Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast has become somewhat of a trend over that past couple of years, and it is a trend that I most definitely got right behind. There was a time that I would honestly eat it at least twice a day; I was obsessed.
I have calmed a bit since then, but I do still love it and would be perfectly happy to have it as my healthy start to the day. I understand that everyone is perfectly capable of smashing up some avocado with a fork and spreading it onto a bit of toast, but this link has 11 other great ideas of how to spice it up a bit with extra toppings, which I really like.
30. Mushroom and Goats Cheese Omelette with Spinach and Avocado
I must admit that I have never been the biggest fan of omelets. I have only begun to get into any form of eggs in recent years, and this is one that I haven't mastered yet. Because of how healthy and natural they are for breakfast or lunch though, I am determined to try out different recipes and flavor combinations until I find one that I love.
This Mushroom and Goats Cheese Omelette with Spinach and Avocado sounds like a great place to start because I already love all of the ingredients enclosed within it. Other than cooking the mushrooms, all the ingredients just need to be thrown together, which sounds like exactly what I'm looking for on a fuss-free morning.
31. Banana and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Cups
I love the sound of this recipe; it's like the nutritious value of oatmeal and banana, disguised as a muffin and spruced up a bit with some chocolate chips.
Believe it or not, which I didn't at first, but these Banana and Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal Cups have no added sugar in them and are naturally sweetened with the maple syrup and ripe bananas. I love baking with overly ripe bananas, because they give the best possible banana flavor, and the most amazingly moist texture too. You could leave the chocolate out if you wanted to, and even maybe replace it with some dried fruit like raisins.
32. Peach Pie Smoothie Bowl
I see smoothie bowls all over social media, and you get them in a lot of restaurants and cafes as breakfast options now too. I have never actually tried one, but I like the idea of them, and this Peach Pie Smoothie Bowl recipe caught my eye.
Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, and you could add the word ‘pie' onto the end of anything, and I'd instantly be a fan before even tasting it. This particular recipe includes protein powder, which would make it perfect for before or after a morning workout. There are hundreds of different smoothie bowl recipes out there, so if this exact one doesn't take your fancy then get experimenting.
33. Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars
As a big fan of flapjacks and any other kind of sweet traybake really, I like the look of these Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Bars rather a lot.
Although I like eating blueberries at any time of the day, they do scream breakfast to me, probably because my mom has topped her morning porridge with them for as long as I can remember. For someone like me who doesn't always have the biggest of appetites in the morning, these would be perfect to have in the house so that I am still getting something nutritious to begin my day with.
34. Breakfast Egg Muffins
For anyone who has eggs for breakfast every morning, and I know a lot of people who do, this would be an enjoyable recipe to try and change things up a bit while still getting the protein you're used to.
These Breakfast Egg Muffins are packed full of cheddar cheese and bacon, which is bound to make them an instant hit across the board. Something I like about these is they can be stored in the refrigerator and heated up whenever needed. As a firm believer in the benefits of meal prep, I will be making a batch or maybe even two batches of these on a Sunday night and going to bed knowing that breakfast is sorted for the whole week ahead.
35. Wholewheat Waffles
Waffles were a Sunday treat when I was younger, and I remember piling them high with syrup and strawberries until you pretty much couldn't see the waffle itself. I do have a waffle machine of my own now, but I can't say that I get it out as often as I would like to.
I love it when someone comes up with a recipe that provides a healthy alternative to an unhealthy favorite, especially when it looks and tastes so similar that you can't tell the difference. These Wholewheat Waffles are a perfect example of that, with no added sugar or hidden ingredients. The recipe has a whole lot of nutritional facts and figures along with it, so any calorie counters among you can keep track of exactly what's going on.
36. Boiled Eggs and Asparagus Soldiers
Whenever my Granny came to stay, or we were staying at her house, breakfast was always a boiled egg and soldiers. I say that as if it is in the past, it's still the same now.
That said, I can't say that I have ever been offered anything other than bread to dip into the egg yolk, so these Boiled Eggs and Asparagus Soldiers seem a little bit alien to my childhood memories. I would however really like to try them and can imagine it being delicious. That pancetta wrapped around the asparagus would give the perfect salty, bacon-like flavor, without all the fat.
37. Baked Egg and Avocado Tostadas
These Baked Egg and Avocado Tostadas look like a breakfast appropriate, and far healthier, version of pizzas to me, and that is not something that you will ever find me saying no to.
Egg and avocado is a delicious flavor combination, and the addition of the goats' cheese sprinkled on top would add a salty element. I like that they have used tomato salsa as a sort of base for the tostada, as I think that it will elevate the meal to something a bit more complicated than an egg on a tortilla wrap. This would be an excellent recipe to develop and adjust, trying different vegetables and cheeses along with the egg.
38. Baked Eggs on Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
I can imagine this being put down in front of me at some fancy brunch cafe and my mouth dropping open. I don't know what it is about it, maybe the colors of the bright red tomatoes and bright white eggs, but these Baked Eggs on Roasted Cherry Tomatoes just look so inviting.
I was surprised by how simple it is to make, and by how few ingredients go into making something that looks so delicious. This would be deliciously devoured with some thick, crusty toast and would work just as well for a quick and healthy breakfast as it would for a more elaborate morning meal.
39. Overnight Chia
I've seen quite a few recipes for things like overnight oats and chai floating around, and I honestly think they are such a smart idea. Especially for anyone who works, or just has busy days in general, it would be so reassuring resting your head on the pillow at night and knowing that your breakfast would be ready to eat as soon as you open your eyes in the morning.
The variety of flavor options in this Overnight Chia recipe is far better than I had ever imagined, with a simple milk and honey option through to a yummy sounding brownie batter one. I am definitely going to be giving every single one of them a try.
40. Smashed Avocado on Sweet Potato Toast
Swapping out bread for slices of sweet potato and using it as toast is something that I have been desperate to try since first laying eyes on this recipe.
I like that they've got some ricotta running through the avocado in this Smashed Avocado on Sweet Potato Toast recipe, as I think it would just give it that little extra bit of flavor. As much as I love avocado, it's not the best when used alone, so that boost just helps it along. If you aren't a fan of eggs then the poached egg here would be easy to omit, and likewise, you could cook it differently if you preferred.
41. Kale and Butternut Squash Quiche
I feel like this Kale and Butternut Squash Quiche could be my entryway into liking omelets, as it's kind of halfway there.
Without the pastry crust, this quiche is far healthier than most you would buy at the store, and more breakfast suitable. I love butternut squash, especially in the colder months. The amount of sweetness that it gives is perfect for my preferences, almost somewhere int he middle of a sweet and regular potato. The sprinkling of cheese is optional, but it would most definitely be making it into my version.
42. Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados
Smoked salmon usually disappears before even making it to the refrigerator in my house, so I would most probably have to hide some to have it available to make these Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados.
These look so simple and yet so incredibly effective, and the fact that they are baked as opposed to fried, as many cooked breakfasts are, gives them a big thumbs up on the healthy scale. I can't fault the choice of any of these ingredients, and they are very convenient to eat considering they're all contained within an avocado half. The sprinkling of chili flakes adds a little bit of fire to the dish, which is something I like.
43. Breakfast Donuts
Here we go again with the dessert for breakfast, and I can hear my tummy rumbling just looking at this one.
Surprisingly enough, there is no added sugar in these Breakfast Doughnuts; all the sweetness comes from the honey and dates. You could experiment by using different fruits in this recipe, I think other berries like raspberries or strawberries would work particularly well. I can't imagine many spoonfuls more pleasant than a chunk of that fluffy doughnut, drowned in a delicious blueberry sauce and a refreshing topping of greek yogurt.
44. One-Pan English Breakfast Frittata
I am no stranger to the traditional English breakfast. Everyone has their favorite bits, and mine are the potatoes, bacon, and sausages. Luckily for me, all those things feature in this One-Pan English Breakfast Frittata.
The beauty of this dish is that you could easily swap out the ingredients for others, or pick your favorite variety of each. I think it could be quite cool to try with some chorizo sausage for example. This screams Sunday breakfast for me, and I can imagine all the family sitting around the table and tucking in. The ease comes with the fact that you can make it all in one frying pan, and you could even save some for the rest of the week if there's any left that is.
45. Smoky Beans on Toast
I am not a big fan of shop-bought baked beans, but this is a whole different story. This looks delicious, and such a warming plate to start off the day on a high.
You can't say no to a single dish which counts for 4 of your 5-a-day, which also means it will fill you right up with energy. The method for making these Smoky Beans on Toast is simple but still includes many yummy spices and flavors. I can imagine that this is something that would go down well with all the family, and what I'd do is make a big pot of the beans one night and consider breakfast sorted for at least a few days.
46. Cheddar, Bacon and Spinach Egg Casserole
This is the perfect example of a dish that can either be shared among many people or kept to last multiple days worth of breakfasts. The method involves merely mixing all the ingredients together and then cooking them in a dish, so whether you're making in advance or on the spot, it will take no time at all. You can easily remove the bacon to make it meat-free if you have any vegetarians in the house.
I would serve this Cheddar, Bacon and Spinach Egg Casserole with some lovely warm slices of toast and tall glasses of fresh orange juice to wash it all down with.
47. Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes
Baked potatoes are one of my favorite meals, and I am not going to admit how many times in a typical week I will make them for a quick dinner. I have never tried twice baking my potatoes, but I can imagine it can only make them even more dreamily fluffy.
These Twice Baked Breakfast Sweet Potatoes would be something different to anything I have had for breakfast before, and I like that. The eggs and bacon give the more out-there sweet potatoes more of a classic breakfast twist. This will push you outside of your comfort zone, but not too far.
48. Banana Porridge with Warm Berries
I know what you're thinking, porridge isn't exactly the most exciting of breakfasts, nor is it something new, but I have included this recipe here to prove you wrong.
The author of this Banana Porridge with Warm Berries recipe claims that it only takes 10 minutes to make, and that is a good enough claim for me. The addition of the banana in the porridge itself as opposed to simply being sliced on top gives far more flavor in every mouthful. I love the fact that the berries on top are warm, and have created their own kind of sauce to cover the porridge with. There are even a couple of suggestions for extra things you could add on top as well as the berries, like granola for some added crunch, or some chia seeds.
49. Whole Egg, Bacon and Avocado Quesadillas
These Whole Egg, Bacon and Avocado Quesadillas are pretty much a combination of my favorite breakfast related ingredients popped into a tortilla wrap, and I am automatically sold on the idea.
Although the look of it doesn't matter when it's going to be crammed into your mouth anyway, I think these look appealing when cut. Of course, you could adjust it to your preferences, but the way the egg is cooked in this example looks perfect to me, not running all over the place but not bone dry either. The cheddar cheese is a must when you're making any form of quesadilla in my opinion, and I couldn't go without that melty goodness.
Its a new year. Heck, it's a new day! Enjoy the opportunity to eat something delicious and not starve yourself before lunch. Now's the time to enjoy what's going in your mouth, instead of shoveling something in from a fast food restaurant.
I have given you some tools, get out there, cook, and show me what you're made of!