24 Breakfast Recipes So Delicious, You'd Never Believe They're Actually Healthy, Too
The beauty of breakfast is that you can kickstart your day with a burst of flavor and energy that gets your day off to a solid start. But in reality, it's hard to find the time to eat a healthy breakfast that's good for you, as not everyone has a ton of time in the morning to devote to making healthy morning meals as they're rushing to get out the door. That's where our healthy breakfast recipes come in though, as they will help you stay on track with your health goals without taking a ton of time. They're all easy to whip up, we promise!
From pancakes to French toast to sandwiches to egg-based dishes, we rounded up 24 healthy breakfast recipes that will change how you view the morning meal. And although these are low-calorie breakfasts, they still taste just like all of your indulgent go-tos.
Caramelized Banana and Walnut-Topped Bourbon French Toast
Sweet carb-based breakfasts never pack the same nutritional punch as protein-driven dishes, but if you're going to indulge, you'll want to do it in a smart way. And these boozy, banana-topped French toast slices are about as good as it gets.
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Vanilla-Bourbon French Toast
While French toast actually has many dessert qualities to it, there's nothing wrong with having it as a sweet start to your day. It's much better than reaching for a donut, as long as you make your own! This version ditches cream for milk, and it nixes sugar, instead opting for vanilla and a slug of bourbon. It's still a pretty decadent French toast recipe to start your day, but it will satisfy your sweet craving in a much healthier way.
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Decadent French Toast Stuffed With Strawberries
Odds are, if the word "stuffed" is in the menu description, the dish is likely pretty dangerous. And stuffed French toast is the perfect example. But when done correctly, stuffing can actually be a nutritional bonus, and this low-calorie breakfast recipe is proof. Here, we add a dose of protein, fiber, and vitamins, thanks to the fresh strawberries and honey. This dish is easy to make and much lower in calories than any French toast you could order at IHOP.
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Protein-Packed Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
These pancakes call for yogurt and cottage cheese to not only bring extra protein to the breakfast table, but together, this combination of ingredients makes the lightest, moistest pancakes you will ever taste. Plus, after one bite of this healthy blueberry compote, you'll ditch basic syrup for good.
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Oatmeal Pancakes With Cinnamon Apples
Prepare to have your flapjacks game taken up a notch thanks to the oats, wheat flour, and the cinnamon apple topping that adds sweetness to this dish. These pancakes actually provide a fiber and protein boost, too, so they're a great healthy breakfast or brunch option for weekends when you want to indulge at home.
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Light and Fluffy Banana Pancakes
Again, that combo of yogurt and cottage cheese can't be beaten, and you're going to enjoy some truly light and moist pancakes. The addition of fresh slices of banana, which caramelize into golden-brown disks of sweetness once they hit the skillet, can never be a bad thing, but the secret here is in the batter recipe, which should become your go-to base for all pancakes moving forward.
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Greek Yogurt With Pineapple, Kiwi, Mango, and Ginger Syrup
Most flavored yogurts are basically just a small step away from ice cream in terms of nutrition—hello added sugar! So it's best to start your day with plain yogurt and then add flavor to it yourself. In this recipe, most of the sugar is naturally-occurring from the fruits, and paired with the spicy-sweet ginger syrup, you're in for a sweet, yet healthy, morning.
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Savory Waffle With Ham and Egg
This recipe is our own version of Denny's super-popular (and super caloric) Slam. Instead of a pancake, we take an open-faced sandwich and pair it with a toasted waffle as an alternative to a pancake. The ingredients may sound like a strange combination, but the flavors are nicely balanced, and the portion size is perfect.
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When you're looking for a truly filling breakfast that will hold you over, this is the recipe you need. It's the perfect balance of protein, fiber, and antioxidants, so you'll be full and focused.
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Scrambled Eggs With Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese
This healthy scrambled eggs recipe is a solid balance of butter, cheese, fresh vegetables, protein, and healthy fats for a low-calorie breakfast that's packed with protein. Serve it with a scoop of roasted potatoes and fresh fruit.
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10-Minute Baked Eggs With Mushroom and Spinach
It's time to break out the often-underused ramekin for this one! The little ceramic dishes are perfect for housing eggs, meat, cheese, and vegetables and then tossing in the oven. What emerges is a perfectly cooked egg—whites soft but firm, yolk runny—surrounded by a tasty and filling supporting cast in just 10 minutes.
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The classic diner omelet is often oversized and soaked in cheap oil. Paired with toast and hash browns, you'd easily eat more than 1,000 calories in just one meal. In our ode to the Denver omelet, we fill the eggs with good ingredients in reasonable portions so you get the same taste without the excess.
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Eggs in Purgatory
This dish offers layers of intense flavors built around some of the healthiest ingredients you have in your kitchen—tomatoes, garlic, whole grains, and, eggs.
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Ham and Cheese Omelet With Mushrooms
Overstuffed omelets are what makes eggs turn into highly caloric dishes very quickly, and this tends to happen when you order one of these at a restaurant. Instead, you can make this recipe at home that jazzes up eggs with ham, cheese, and mushrooms, all in a way that won't kill your waistline.
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Sausage and Mushroom Frittata
This frittata is stuffed with mushroom and sausage, so each bite you take is just bursting with good and hearty, savory flavor.
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Frittata With Arugula and Red Peppers
This frittata is a solid start to your day, and once it's made, you can just cut a slice and go, so you'll have a nutritious and delicious meal on hand all week long. This is an easy way to meal-prep a protein-packed breakfast in advance.
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Spinach and Ham Quiche
The quiche really is the ultimate culinary chameleon, as it can be made with dozens of different flavor combinations. Plus, it will last for the week, so it's great for those who are a fan of meal-prepping. Pair a slice of this in the morning with a cup of coffee!
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Artichoke Feta Quiche
Most quiches suffer the burden of excessive amounts of heavy cream and cheese, but here, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and chicken sausage provide the substance you need for a hearty dish.
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Sunrise Sandwich With Turkey, Cheddar, and Guacamole
For this sammy, we took some inspiration from McDonald's beloved Egg McMuffin, making necessary improvements. We sub in lean turkey for Canadian bacon, add in tomato, and crown it all with a spread of heart-healthy guacamole.
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Egg Sandwich With Pastrami and Swiss
Is there anything more satisfying than a good breakfast sandwich? We think not, and in this recipe, we make sure the ingredients not only taste great, but give you a much-needed energy boost, too. We combine soft scrambled eggs with pastrami and Swiss—especially because pastrami is a much better option than both sausage and bacon in the calorie department.
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Fiber-Filled Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast burritos are great for busy mornings, but it's easy to make them unhealthy very quickly. So here, we swap out white tortillas for whole wheat, fatty pork sausage is gone in favor of lean chicken, and we add fiber-rich beans and fresh avocado to slash calories but increase nutrition and flavor.
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Breakfast Tacos With Bacon and Spinach
Most of us have never thought of the tortilla as a breakfast food, but filling corn tortillas with eggs and veggies for some breakfast tacos is something you're going to realize you should've done sooner as soon as you taste the magic of this easy-to-make meal.
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Pizza for breakfast? Yes, please! Here, you start with the ultimate breakfast bread—a whole-wheat English muffin—as your base, use salsa as your sauce, and then add eggs, ham, and cheese for flavor.
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Breakfast Hash With Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage
Hash can be made many different ways, and with this recipe, we swap out the typical beef with lean chunks of chicken sausage and the greasy spuds with crispy sweet potato and bell pepper. Serve this with a Bloody Mary, and this is exactly the kind of meal you want for breakfast that will soak up anything lingering if you had a big night out beforehand.
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