Healthy Breakfast Recipes

 

Start your day off right with energizing, healthy breakfast recipes like blueberry pancakes, veggie frittatas, yogurt-based muffins and more.

 

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Healthy Breakfast Sandwich

Skip the fast food and make your own breakfast sandwich, with whole-wheat English muffins, Canadian bacon, tomatoes, chives and egg whites.

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Protein Bars

Soy protein powder and silken tofu give Alton Brown's hearty bars a double dose of protein, but all you'll taste are the bars' tender peanut butter topping, chewy raisins and tart dried berries.

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Eggs in Purgatory: Shakshuka

This popular Middle Eastern breakfast dish calls for eggs to be poached atop a fresh, fragrant sauce of onions, tomato paste, harissa and garlic.

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Green Smoothie

Get a green start to the day by drinking this vibrant smoothie that blends kale, cucumber and green grapes together with parsley for a refreshing and restorative morning sip. 

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Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Steel-cut oats are the least-processed type of oat cereal and actually become creamier and more delicious with time, making them a great make-ahead breakfast. Alton flavors his morning bowl with tangy low-fat buttermilk, brown sugar and cinnamon.

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Kale and Bacon Frittata

Bobby Deen's colorful frittata is chock-full of everyone's favorite fringed salad green, which gives the dish hearty texture. Swapping in egg whites for half of the eggs lightens up the recipe a bit, while shredded Jarlsberg cheese adds bold flavor.

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Whole-Wheat Pancakes with Nutty Topping

Whole-wheat pancakes — made with low-fat buttermilk and nonstick cooking spray instead of oil — gain protein power and crunch from an almond, pumpkin seed, sunflower seed and sesame seed topping.

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Breakfast Burrito

Ellie Krieger's healthy breakfast burrito — a whole-wheat tortilla packed with healthy ingredients like peppers, black beans, tomatoes, avocados and cheese — will keep you full all day.

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Granola Bars

On your way out the door, grab one of Alton's homemade bars, which are packed with a filling combo of old-fashioned rolled oats, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. Toss in dark brown sugar and your favorite dried fruit to add a hint of sweetness to your morning commute.

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Southwestern Hash

Take your breakfast potatoes south of the border with this ancho chile-spiced hash. Diced tomatoes and canned black beans add color and heft to this filling plate, and don't forget a few dashes of hot sauce when serving.

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Ricotta Pancakes

Airy, moist ricotta pancakes will wake up your senses with plenty of lemon zest.

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Ellie Krieger's Apple Muffins

At only 200 calories a muffin, Ellie's apple, pecan and cinnamon muffins are a less sinful but still sweet start to your morning.

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Healthy French Toast

This weekend brunch favorite is made with low-fat milk and egg whites, so even when it's topped with berries and syrup, it still has less than 400 calories per serving — half the amount of traditional French toast.

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Kelsey's Garden Vegetable Frittata

Kelsey Nixon's vegetable frittata, filled with fresh seasonal veggies, stalks of green onions and a sprinkling of basil, brings the garden to your breakfast plate.

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Ham, Egg & Cheddar Breakfast Strudel

Bobby Deen takes a traditionally indulgent breakfast strudel and lightens it up with a thin layer of phyllo dough, reduced-fat cheese, a measured amount of ham and an eye toward portion size.

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Bobby Deen's Blueberry-Almond Griddle Cakes

Whole-wheat flour and toasted sliced almonds add nutty flavor and substance to these blueberry-packed griddle cakes. Fluffy, browned and nutritious? Sounds like brunch to us.

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Pomegranate-Berry Smoothie

Blend low-fat vanilla yogurt with pomegranate juice and mixed berries for a filling on-the-go breakfast that's chock-full of antioxidants.

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Yum Yum Brownie Muffins

Part breakfast, part dessert, this quick muffin cheat relies on devil's food cake mix, pure pumpkin and a berry garnish.

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Maple Berry Parfait

Syrup-drenched berries taste delicious when layered with zesty, spiced ricotta in this parfait that works well as a sweet breakfast or a simple dessert.

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Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast might sound nutritionally irresponsible, but these hearty breakfast cookies are made with whole-wheat flour, rolled oats and bran cereal, so they're actually a quick and wholesome option for those on-the-go mornings.

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Energy Bars

Get an on-the-go morning boost with Ellie's nutty whole-wheat energy bars. Flavored with maple syrup and cinnamon, the fruit- and seed-flecked squares are a healthy (and hand-held) replacement for a stack of pancakes.

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Grapefruit Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing

While notably healthy, grapefruit can sometimes be a bit tart. Top the strong citrus with honey and mint and it becomes a sweet, refreshing breakfast.

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Apple Oat Muffin

Oats and grated fresh apples are hearty and healthful additions to these cinnamon-scented muffins that are great to grab on the go.

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Mean Green Smoothie

With six green ingredients in total, Kelsey's smoothie combines all the healthiest food groups in one delicious glass, with fresh baby spinach, sweet ripe kiwi and more.

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Egg White, Onion + Fig Jam Sandwich

Nadia G. whips up a wicked sandwich that's easy on your taste buds and your figure. Homemade fig jam and caramelized onions provide so much sweet flavor that you won't miss the yolks in this recipe one little bit.

Get the Recipe: Egg White with Caramelized Onions and Homemade Fig Jam Sandwich with Salad and Maple Balsamic Dressing

Granola Bars

Made with less sugar and loaded with dried cranberries, old-fashioned oats, chopped walnuts, wheat germ and honey, these granola bars are a healthy, super-tasty snack or fortifying breakfast.

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Red Pepper, Potato and Onion Frittata

David Rocco’s frittata is packed with potatoes, red peppers and onions, but you should feel free to fill yours with any ol' ingredients lying around in your fridge.

Get the Recipe: Frittata Di Verdura: 'Clean Out the Fridge' Frittata

Quick Multigrain Cereal

This quick and easy stovetop cereal recipe tastes like oatmeal raisin cookies, but it's full of nutritious whole grains, which make it high in fiber and protein. (Or, try the microwave version of this recipe.)

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Frosty Cappuccino

Wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Whip up one of these frothy and frosty cappuccinos. It takes just five minutes to make, has only 105 calories and satisfies your cravings for both caffeine and chocolate — sure to put you back on the sunny side.

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Sausage, Egg and Cheese Strata

Bobby Deen lightens up this breakfast casserole with fat-free milk, egg whites, reduced-fat cheese, whole-wheat bread and turkey sausage patties.

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Szechuan-Peppercorn Salmon on Toast

While Swedish-style gravlax is usually served as an appetizer, spicy Szechuan peppercorn-cured salmon tastes great atop toast or bagels for breakfast.

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Asparagus and Jack Cheese Frittata

Aida Mollenkamp's simple frittata calls for two strong ingredients: asparagus and Jack cheese.

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Hungry Girl-nola

Hungry Girl makes granola a lean breakfast option by eliminating oil and dousing her oats, rice and wheat with a sugar-free pancake syrup before baking.

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Laura Calder's Savory French Toast

One way to have your French toast and eat it, too: Try Laura Calder's savory spin that tops the eggy bread with a little bit of tomato jam — far healthier than sugary syrup.

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Nigella's Antioxidant Fruit Salad

Nigella Lawson's fresh fruit salad gets an extra citrus kick from a sprinkling of lime juice.

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Homemade Mango-Agave Granola with Greek Yogurt

Bobby Flay's homemade granola gains sweetness from agave syrup, substance from sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, and chewiness from dried sweetened mango pieces.

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Vegetable & Egg Salad Wrap

Chopped hard-boiled eggs and veggies make for a hearty, delicious breakfast or lunch when wrapped in a whole-wheat tortilla.

Get the Recipe: L.O.V.E. Wrap Sandwich (Lettuce, Onion, Vegetable, Egg Salad)

It's a Good Morning Muffins

What makes for a good morning? According to Emeril Lagasse, it's a hearty muffin packed with grated carrots and parsnips, raisins, pecans, apples and even coconut.

Peach French Toast Bake

Though this breakfast casserole seems utterly indulgent, a serving of this sweet peach French toast bake has only 250 calories.

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