Many people have a love-hate relationship with breakfast. You may love eating delicious food in the morning but find it challenging to have the time or energy to cook something for yourself. Or, you may not enjoy breakfast all that much but know deep down that you need to eat it to help your metabolism. Either way, breakfast is a crucial part of your day, and eating a healthy breakfast is important for losing belly fat or meeting other similar health goals.
To find more inspiration for healthy, fat-burning breakfast recipes, we asked our medical experts Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, and Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT, aka The Nutrition Twins, to choose a few meal options that are not only healthy, but easy to make as well.
Here are some of the best recipes for burning belly fat, and for more healthy eating tips, check out Breakfast Recipes to Slow Aging.
"While most breakfasts are packed with carbs and sugar, which spike your insulin, cause energy highs and dips, and are also low in satisfying protein, these Protein-Packed Waffles are anything but a carb-loaded, waistline-expanding breakfast. Surprisingly light on the carbs, these contain wholesome ingredients, most of which are rich in protein, including eggs, Greek yogurt, milk, and protein powder," say The Nutrition Twins.
"This is good news if you're looking to reduce belly fat, as research has shown a high-protein breakfast helps to promote weight loss by regulating appetite hormones and keeping you satisfied so that you eat less later. Add a touch of wholesome, fiber-packed carbohydrates from oats, which have been shown to help control blood sugar, blood lipids, and reduce weight. These waffles give you the carbs you crave, while providing your belly with the lean advantage you're hoping for!"
Get our recipe for Protein Waffles.
Plant-Based Matcha Mint Smoothie
"This refreshing morning smoothie is just what your flat belly ordered. While most breakfasts miss the mark when it comes to getting greens, this one packs in spinach and mint leaves to start your day off on the right lean foot, as increasing veggie consumption means greater weight loss and greater hunger prevention," say The Nutrition Twins.
"The antioxidant-rich matcha has been shown to increase fat loss by reducing food intake, increasing fat burning, and suppressing the formation of fat cells. And if all this fat burning isn't making your flat-belly happy, wheat grass delivers low-calorie, antioxidant-packed goodness to help prevent oxidative damage that leads to the chronic inflammation that is linked to obesity."
"Be sure to pair this smoothie with a source of protein like Greek yogurt, or an egg or tofu scramble for extra staying power and to extend the energy boost of this minty smoothie," say The Nutrition Twins.
Get our recipe for Matcha Mint Smoothie.
Mouthwatering Huevos Rancheros
"This belly-fat-taming breakfast has the perfect balance of protein and fiber to keep you satisfied and lean, as well as ample antioxidants to fend off free radical damage to help prevent the chronic inflammation that is linked to weight gain. The corn tortillas pack blood-sugar-stabilizing whole grains and lack the processed grains found in most breakfast wraps that cause inflammation and increase body fat," say The Nutrition Twins.
"Topped with eggs and black beans that help with weight loss, as well as tomatoes, lime, and cilantro to protect against the oxidative stress that leads to inflammation, this huevos recipes may become your flat-belly bestie breakfast."
Get our recipe for Huevos Rancheros.
Easy and Healthy Acai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl
"This antioxidant-packed smoothie bowl contains delicious fat-busting superstars: berries. Berries can assist with weight loss because they contain the phytochemical C3G that has been shown to increase production of adiponectin, which may enhance fat metabolism, as well as leptin, which suppresses appetite," say The Nutrition Twins.
"The chia seeds also help with satiety so you're not hungry and looking to eat again soon after breakfast. Use skim milk instead of whole milk to slash artery-clogging saturated fat and calories, and add a couple tablespoons of hemp protein powder to boost the bowl's protein and satiety."
Get our recipe for Acai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl.
Protein-Packed Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
"You may be surprised that decadent pancakes can be good for fighting belly fat, but these pancakes pull out all the weight loss stops. Not that you have to count calories, but at only 310 calories, this breakfast clocks in at just the right amount of calories for a weight loss breakfast, while racking up the satiating protein with eggs, low-fat ricotta cheese, and Greek yogurt," say The Nutrition Twins.
"Getting adequate protein is also critical for having a speedy metabolism and burning more fat, since protein is essential for building metabolism-revving lean muscle tissue. The yogurt provides good-for-your-gut probiotics and having a healthy gut microbiome is associated with less body fat. The wild blueberries and lemon are packed with antioxidants that improve blood flow so you can also get more oxygen to your muscles and work out harder."
Get our recipe for Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes.
Healthy Loaded Vegetable Frittata
"This breakfast is so low in calories (only 250 for the calorie counters out there) that you can even add a piece of fruit to this belly fat burning recipe and it will still fit in a weight loss diet plan. With twenty grams of protein, this frittata has enough to keep you satisfied, to maintain lean muscle mass, and to keep your metabolism humming," say The Nutrition Twins.
"Eggs are a great source of choline, and researchers have found that choline shuts off the genes that are responsible for visceral fat gain and that eating eggs for breakfast can promote weight loss. The mushrooms, onion, red pepper, squash, broccoli, and basil add fiber to fill you up with very few calories, so you can stay satisfied while also packing in anti-inflammatory compounds. Lowering inflammation is big when it comes to losing belly fat, since inflammation is linked with increased body fat as well as having a harder time losing weight."
Get our recipe for Vegetable Frittata.