Doughnuts, and eggs, and quinoa bakes, oh my! At breakfast time, it’s essential to fuel up with nutrient-packed ingredients to give you energy throughout the day (and may even prevent overeating and help with weight regulation).
A healthy dose of fiber (think whole-grains and fruits and veggies) and protein (eggs, Greek yogurt, lean meat) is generally a good way to start the day, since both help to keep you full for a longer period of time (compared to things like simple carbs—hello, bagels!). Here, we’ve split these meal ideas into our favorite sweet and savory options.
A Healthy Mix of Sweet n’ Savory
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so don’t waste it on sugary junk! Instead, rise and shine with these healthier versions of common breakfast foods.
On the Sweet Side
Indulge a healthier way with these whole-wheat baked doughnuts for breakfast!
While you’re waiting for summer to roll around, try this tropical-scented granola.
Not a fan of sugar-laden boxed cereals? Try this fruit-filled alternative!
Bake up a pan of this healthy quinoa casserole for an easy hot breakfast on-the-go throughout the week.
These muffins earn some major healthy points by embracing the glory of fruit- and vegetable-based ingredients. Zucchini is relatively tame—it’s not outrageously flavorful, so it works well in muffins because it provides the serving of vegetables and extra moisture without tasting like “health food.”
Try this warm breakfast treat in place of classic oatmeal. It’s easy to prepare and sure to start your day off right.
Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please! This sweet quinoa dish makes a perfect breakfast for a rainy day or when your inner chocoholic comes out in the morning.
Love green juice but not sure how to tackle it on your own? Here’s an easy guide to juicing at home!
Peaches, plums, and cherries, oh my! This sophisticated summer fruit salad gets kicked up a notch with a lemon-lavender syrup, making it the perfect addition to any picnic or party.
These eight-ingredient bars are the perfect way to fit in that daily dose of nuts and satisfy that sweet tooth at the same time. Plus, they go from pantry to plate in less than an hour!
With six core ingredients and only 15 minutes of active prep time, this pumpkin spiced oatmeal is the prefect choice for any fall morning!
This easy and flavorful granola can bring crunch to any healthy breakfast, from Greek yogurt to the top of pancakes!
No breakfast is complete without some red, white, and blue. Get a healthy dose of color with this patriotic berry parfait!
Want to spice up your breakfast bread? This French toast is stuffed to the brim with delicious options.
These fruits may be fuzzy, but kiwis clearly offer up a variety of essential vitamins and minerals.
When hunger strikes, skip greasy snacks. Protein, fat, and fiber make almonds a filling and energy-packed Greatist superfood.
These light, fluffy handhelds are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack. The best part: They only require four ingredients!
On the Savory Side
Celebrate St. Patty’s day with this fun and festive take on a healthier green eggs and ham.
For a slightly healthier take on classic breakfast potatoes, try this recipe for low-carb hash browns alongside any omelet or scrambled eggs.
Try this super-simple oven-roasted entree for your next weekend brunch: Brussels sprouts and eggs, served with toast.
Try this healthier take on the classic French indulgence for a festive holiday brunch.
The perfect veggie-filled healthy meal appropriate for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
This garlic relative shares some of the same benefits. Don’t be intimidated by its appearance, this more mild alternative to onions is a great healthy veggie option.