20 Easy and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

We’ve all heard it: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And while that may be true, sometimes there just isn’t enough time. For whatever reason, your alarm didn’t go off or it’s proving damn near impossible to get your kids out the door, getting in those morning calories just isn’t happening for you. The opportunities for healthy, quick, and easy breakfast eats are endless–but here are 20 to get you started!

It’s essential to get a few hundred calories in the morning for clarity of mind and basic functioning purposes. So don’t skip it! Besides being the most important meal of the day, breakfast truly is the best meal of the day.

1. Bagel Berry Bruschetta

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole grain bagel
  • 2 oz Greek yogurt
  • handful of berries

Directions:

Slice bagel and toast. Spread Greek yogurt over bagel. Top with berries.

2. Breakfast Parfait

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz yogurt of choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • 1/3 cup granola

Directions:

In a 8 oz glass, layer 3 oz of yogurt, half of granola, and 1/4 cup berries. Repeat. Consume.

3. Veggie Frittata

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • salt and pepper, to taste
    Optional ingredients: avocado, salsa, or Greek yogurt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Dice vegetables and saute in skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil until tender. Whisk 4 eggs and pour over veggies. Allow the frittata to set slightly on stovetop (~2 minutes). Place pan in oven and bake for ~5 minutes. Slice into wedges and serve with optional toppings. Save remaining and reheat leftovers.

4. Paleo Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 4 Tbsp Earth Balance, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 2 Tbsp flax meal
  • 1 tsp of each: baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon

Optional ingredients: 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a bread loaf pan or muffin tin. In a large bowl, mash bananas. Whisk in butter, eggs and vanilla, combining thoroughly. In a medium bowl, sift together remaining dry ingredients (except walnuts). Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients, mixing until combined. Stir in the walnuts. Pour batter into the muffin tin and bake for ~25 minutes or until golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out clean.

5. Muesli with Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp nuts of choice
  • 1 Tbsp dried fruit of choice (raisins, cherries, cranberries, etc)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or milk

Optional ingredients: fresh fruit

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with milk or yogurt.

6. Whole Grain French Toast with Honey and Fresh Fruit

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 slices whole grain bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh fruit of choice

Directions:

In a small bowl whisk eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Coat bread slices in egg mixture and place on skillet. Cook on both sides until light brown. Drizzle French toast in honey and top with fresh fruit.

Other Breakfast Ideas

  1. Hard-boiled Eggs
  2. Green Smoothie
  3. Overnight Oats
  4. Whole Grain Toast and Nut Butter
  5. Protein Shake
  6. Egg, Tomato, and Avo Breakfast Sandwich
  7. Fruit and Cheese
  8. Egg, Bell Pepper, and Onion Breakfast Burritos
  9. Homemade Energy Bars
  10. ​Baked Oatmeal
  11. ​Smoothies
  12. ​Homemade Granola and Milk
  13. Banana and Nut Butter Wrap
  14. Dried Fruit and Nut Mix

What is your favorite quick and healthy breakfast?

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Carly Sippel is a registered yoga teacher, certified life coach, and nutrition nut. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She turns her passion into practice, promoting healthy bodies in both her personal and professional life.