38 Quick & Easy Breakfast Ideas
Either you view breakfast as the most important meal that you take the time to cook up something delicious each day, or you're just a grab something quick to kickstart your day, no one really wants to spend a ton of time in the kitchen in the morning. But you can still stay on course with your weight-loss goals and enjoy a breakfast that is not only good for you, but doesn't take a ton of time to whip up. Can't beat that, right?
Whether you're always in a hurry or don't like spending more than 15 minutes preparing your breakfast in the morning, we've compiled these quick and easy breakfast ideas that will fuel and energize you. And if you're really looking to step up your cooking game, here are 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make.
Oatmeal With Peanut Butter and Banana
We love this oatmeal with peanut butter and banana recipe for its good-for-you ingredients. It makes a healthy morning meal you can have ready in minutes.
Get our recipe for Oatmeal With Peanut Butter and Banana.
Egg Sandwich With Pastrami and Swiss
The combination of pastrami and Swiss has long been confined to the realm of the lunchtime deli counter, but we think it works beautifully with soft scrambled eggs—especially because pastrami trounces both sausage and bacon in the calorie department.
Get our recipe for Egg Sandwich With Pastrami and Swiss.
By swapping out worthless white tortillas for whole wheat, swapping fatty pork sausage for the lean chicken variety, and adding fiber-rich beans and some fresh avocado, we've slashed the calories in half while increasing the overall nutrition (and deliciousness).
Get our recipe for Breakfast Burrito.
Raspberry-Peach Swirled Smoothie
Besides the frozen raspberries and peaches, we combine a banana, orange juice, and Greek yogurt—along with some honey and ginger, too—to create a satisfying sweet way to kickstart your day with one of our healthiest easy breakfast ideas.
Get our recipe for Raspberry-Peach Swirled Smoothie.
We spoke with a New York City chef to learn how to cook (and flip) the perfect omelet at home. Here's what we learned when cooking up this easy breakfast idea.
Get our recipe for an Omelet.
Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
This peanut butter overnight oats recipe is bound to become one of your go-to easy breakfast ideas! Simply prep it the night before and you're good to go in the morning.
Get our recipe for Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.
Sunrise Sandwich With Turkey, Cheddar, and Guacamole
Not all handheld breakfast bites are so virtuous, because many of them are flooded with excess carbs and fat. In this recipe, we sub in lean turkey for Canadian bacon, adding lycopene-rich tomato, and crowning it all with a spread of heart-healthy guacamole.
Get our recipe for Sunrise Sandwich With Turkey, Cheddar, and Guacamole.
10-Minute Baked Eggs With Mushroom and Spinach
The little ceramic vessels are perfect for housing eggs, meat, cheese, and vegetables and then tossing in the oven. What emerges 10 minutes later is a perfectly cooked egg—whites soft but firm, yolk gloriously runny—surrounded by a tasty and filling supporting cast.
Get our recipe for 10-Minute Baked Eggs With Mushroom and Spinach.
Start with the ultimate breakfast bread—the fiber-dense whole-wheat English muffin—as your base and salsa as your sauce, then add eggs, ham, and cheese for flavor, substance, and plenty of protein.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Pizzas.
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Greek Yogurt With Pineapple, Kiwi, Mango, and Ginger Syrup
This refreshing concoction pairs tropical fruit with a spicy-sweet blast of ginger syrup for a sweet treat that'll taste like you're on vacation—even if you're just on your couch.
Get our recipe for Greek Yogurt With Pineapple, Kiwi, Mango, and Ginger Syrup.
Spicy Pumpkin Parfaits
This spicy fall-inspired parfait smells like pumpkin pie and holiday spices, and it'll brighten up any breakfast spread or snack time during the cooler months.
Get our recipe for Spicy Pumpkin Parfaits.
Blackberry Cashew Chia Pudding
Fresh blackberries add a tart-sweet element to the pudding, but you can swap in any other fruit you like, or even omit it altogether.
Get our recipe for Blackberry Cashew Chia Pudding.
Broccoli-Cheese Eggs in a Mug
If you want to eat a nutritious breakfast but don't want to deal with the hassle of washing a bunch of cooking pans, this eggs in a mug recipe is perfect for you. It's for one serving, making it a great option for those easy breakfast ideas when you just want to eat something and get on with your day.
Get our recipe for Broccoli-Cheese Eggs in a Mug.
Mango-Ginger Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are perfect for busy mornings when you don't want to prepare breakfast. However, if you eat them every day, you might be bored of the standard cinnamon and blueberry topping routine. If your go-to overnight oats recipe could use some help, spice things up with this mango-ginger overnight oats version.
Get our recipe for Mango-Ginger Overnight Oats.
Red and Green Breakfast Salad
Who says you can't have salad for breakfast? With this red and green breakfast salad recipe, you can enjoy a crunchy bowl of veggies any time of day.
Get our recipe for Red and Green Breakfast Salad.
Peaches and Kale Smoothie Bowls.
You've heard of peaches and cream desserts. But what about "peaches and green?" OK, fine, that might not technically be a thing, but we're willing to make it one, thanks to this easy peaches and kale smoothie bowl recipe.
Get our recipe for Peaches and Kale Smoothie Bowls.
Icelandic Yogurt With Granola & Fresh Berries
One of the simplest easy breakfast ideas to throw together is a good-old yogurt and granola. We recommend a yogurt like siggi's Icelandic skyr, which has between 15 and 17 grams of protein per 5.3-ounce container. Simply top with a handful of fresh berries of your choice, sprinkle on some low-sugar, whole-grain, nutty granola and you're ready to go!
Make your own granola with our Healthy Honey-Pecan-Cherry Granola Recipe.
Whole Wheat Bread and Lox
For your anti-inflammatory dose of omega-3 fatty acids, serve up some smoked salmon for your morning meal. Smear toasted whole-grain bread with whipped cream cheese or goat cheese and top with smoked salmon, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, and capers.
Get our recipe for a Smoked Salmon Sandwich.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Waffle
Pop two high-quality waffles in the toaster—we recommend either a high-protein brand like Buttermilk & Vanilla Power Waffles from Kodiak Cakes or a high-fiber serving such as Kashi's 7-Grain Waffles. Top one side with our favorite no-sugar-added peanut butter, like Maranatha Creamy, the other with either jelly or fresh berries, and breakfast is served.
Or make your own nut butter! Here's How to Make Nut Butter at Home With the Easiest Recipe.
Scrambled Eggs with Toast
If you're looking for a warm breakfast with at least 12 grams of protein and whole grains, scrambled eggs on toast is a sure-fire way to get it. If you're feeling fancy, add some calcium-rich cheddar or goat cheese.
Get our recipe for Veggie Scramble With Mushrooms, Spinach and Goat Cheese.
No sugary smoothies here! Berries have a good reputation in the fruit category because they are one of the few fruits that we haven't genetically modified to be larger and sweeter over the years. They are actually much lower in sugar content than other fruits and fall on the low-carb side of the fruit scale.
Get our recipe for Avocado-Berry Smoothie.
Fig & Goat Cheese Toast
Toast up some bread, slab on some goat cheese, sprinkle some cinnamon, layer with sliced figs, and top it all off with spiced honey.
Breakfast tacos! Scramble eggs with spinach and hunks of chorizo sausage or mushrooms. Serve in warm tortillas topped with black beans, sliced avocado, cheese, and salsa.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Tacos With Bacon and Spinach.
Spinach and Mushroom Omelet
For a veggie-filled breakfast, scramble two eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. In a non-stick pan, add a pat of butter and saute mushrooms until lightly browned. Add spinach and cook until wilted, about 1 minute. Pour in the scrambled eggs, top with feta or goat cheese, and cook until your preferred doneness.
Quinoa with Raisins and Walnuts
Combine cooked quinoa in a pan with a half cup of milk, golden raisins, a touch of brown sugar, and toasted walnuts. Heat until hot and creamy.
Mango Banana Smoothie
For a tropical treat, blend together half a cup of coconut water, half a cup of unsweetened almond milk, half a cup of Icelandic or Greek yogurt, half a banana, half a cup of frozen mango cubes, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Waffle with Honeyed Yogurt and Bananas
Toast a whole-grain, high-protein waffle until crispy. (We like KNOW Better Waffles that come with a whopping 18 grams of protein per serving.) Top with honeyed yogurt, sliced bananas, and slivered almonds.
Hash Brown Avocado Toast
Grab a bag of frozen hash browns—we like Alexia Organic Hashed Browns—and fry them up. Top with freshly cubed avocado and an over-easy fried egg. To up the greens, you can even grate some fresh zucchini and mix together with the potatoes before frying.
Stir a spoonful of peanut butter into a bowl of plain instant oatmeal. Top with diced apples, crushed walnuts, and cinnamon.
Pancakes are probably one of the simplest easy breakfast ideas you can make, but they're usually carb-heavy and don't provide a ton of protein for a satisfying and filling morning meal (sorry, just relaying facts here). Adding protein powder can totally help though!
Get our recipe for Protein Pancakes.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
If you're a chocoholic, you'll love this smoothie. It has all of the smooth and delicious flavors of a chocolate peanut butter cup, without all of the fat and sugar. Blend together chocolate protein powder, a cup of almond milk, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a frozen banana, a small handful of walnuts, and a dash of cinnamon.
Ricotta Toast and Berries
Have some leftover ricotta from that lasagna or baked ziti you made the other night? Smear some on some whole grain toast, top with berries and chia seeds, and you're good to go.
Omelet with Leftover Broccoli, Ham, and Cheddar Cheese
When you have leftover broccoli from last night's dinner, you might as well throw it into an omelet with cheddar cheese and cubed Canadian bacon.
A classic quick breakfast. Spread a toasted whole-wheat slice of bread with peanut or almond butter. Top with sliced bananas, a drizzle of honey, and chia seeds.
For even more clever toast recipes, try these 15 Toast Recipe Ideas That Go Beyond Basic Avocado.
Granola with Berries
When in doubt, just throw some low-sugar granola in a bowl with a high-protein milk like dairy or pea protein milk. Looking for a healthy milk alternative? Try the 12-gram per serving pea protein milk from Bolthouse Farms.
Egg and Avocado BLT
Instead of saving that Sunday bacon for Monday's lunch, why not doubling down and having it for breakfast again? But on a BLEAT. (That's an acronym for bacon, lettuce, egg, avocado, and tomato.)
Ham, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
Pop an English muffin in the toaster. Fry an egg in a pan alongside a couple slices of Canadian bacon. Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese melts and bubbles.
Instant Oats with Protein Powder
For a high-protein take on typically carb-centric oatmeal, throw a scoop of your favorite flavored protein powder in with your oats, milk, and then top with your favorite fruit and flax seeds for some extra fiber.