“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”
I love sayings. Especially ones that come to a clear inference without complicated wordings. With this one, the healthiest approach to dieting and the importance of breakfast are all summed up in a sentence of less than 15 words.
We all love breakfast, don’t we? Not just because science and nutrition specialists have been supporting its importance, but as human we have this urge to have something tasty to start our day off. A simple, flavorful bite can do just that (mentally, at least.)
Now things are even better. As food science advances, recipes are created not to be just tasty but also nutritious. There are so many options we can choose, that knowing only a few should be a crime. I mean they are everywhere.
So I thought a collection of 20 or so breakfast recipes would be a good idea to share.
Why We Eat Breakfast and Should Never Skip It
Okay, breakfast is great. Everybody knows that. But do you know why it’s great?
Breakfast has long been considered “the most important meal of the day” not solely because it’s the first meal of the day, but also because its benefits have been observed and discussed for years.
At the beginning of the day, it’s the nutritious (and yummy) treats that set our brain into its stable functional path. Without a bite in the morning, our brain will relentlessly send signals to warn that the body is in need of energy intake. Therefore, we are less likely to focus when our stomach is empty, when the brain concentrates on something else far more crucial.
After the long hours of a night’s sleep, in which time our bodies continuously consume calories, they crave for food every single morning. If you skip over that hunger, it will build up and affect your decision on the next meal. Study has shown that not only the stacked-up crave of food will cloud our judgements on how much to eat, it will also mess with our metabolism and lead to higher risk of obesity.
Just have some breakfast, even if it’s a light one.
21 Healthy Recipes for Breakfast
Here’s the list. I took the liberty of categorizing it into different diet groups. There are recipes for people following omnivore diet and recipes for vegetarians and vegans. Hope this helps in some way.
If it does, please let me know so I can smile about this when I get old.
Omnivore breakfast recipes
Don’t have much time for a big breakfast? Have a light one then.
This one is explicitly simple and can be made faster than you can say its name. An egg-based burrito wrap topped with bacon, avocado and cheddar is all you need for a hasty morning run.
Don’t forget to chew first. Its tender texture might suggest otherwise, but you never know what would happen in a hurry.
With a bit of time spent, you can make this with ease.
The recipe holds true to its name. There’s no need for discussions over eggs’ nutritious nature. In combination with ham, parsley, low fat cheese, and the support of seared onion in taste, the plate is served with nothing but heartiness for a busy morning.
This is for the avocado lovers everywhere.
A straightforward recipe made up with egg, avocado and a pinch of your creativity. Get started with two halves of one stoned avocado; next, fill the open holes with two eggs and sprinkle on some seasoning to your taste. Top them with bacon, basils, chives, tomatoes,… whatever you fancy to finish.
I once had dinner at a Vietnamese friend’s home and was obsessed with this recipe. I enjoyed it so much, plus the making is super easy and fast, that I thought it would be a shame not to consider it as a worthy breakfast candidate.
Feel free to substitute the sausages with different ingredients like shrimp, bacon, or ham. While you’re at it, toss in some of your favorite herbs as well.
Riddle me this: what is better than bacon and eggs?
It’s bacon and vEGGies. Okay that’s not a good riddle. Please, don’t judge me…
Anyway, adding a twist of salad to the legendary duo is anything but bad. Especially a well-dressed spinach, cherry tomatoes and feta salad. Man, I can taste what I’m writing. Is that weird?
A recipe with bell peppers, spinach, green onion, eggs, ham and cheese provides all the nutrients one might need in the morning.
These breakfast stuffed goodies take a bit more time to cook compared to the earlier recipes. Then again, a trade of time for deliciousness and wholesomeness is a good trade.
Another simplistic candidate for a healthy, happy breakfast is the zucchini scallion frittata.
All you need to do with this mini frittata is get your mixture of egg, zucchini, green onion and cheese all well combined and ready in the muffin cups, and set your timer for the cooking in the oven. It’s a 30 to 35-minute wait, but it’s totally worth it.
Vegetarian & Vegan Breakfast Recipes
Let’s start this off with one of the simplest forms of a meal: a milkshake.
To a large number of people, eating something is nothing more than a mean of charging energy into your system. As long as it’s balanced, an easy shake for a morning boost is no poor choice at all. Containing mostly water, protein supplement and fat-free cheese, plus the simplicity in making, one can rarely go wrong with this recipe.
A sophisticated, yet uncomplicated, input of Greek goodness takes the iconic American/ Canadian breakfast to a new level, but still keeps the making a piece of cake.
Get it? Because it’s panCAKE (why am I like this?)
After you’ve done questioning the existence of myself and my bad puns, you should really consider this spin-off to the traditional pancakes. It’s much better than my jokes, most fortunately.
This one reminds me once again of that dinner at my Vietnamese friend’s home. Asian food really is something else.
The usual Vietnamese scrambled eggs are cooked in the same method as such of this plate. To prep, instead with just seasoning (i.e salt and pepper), the eggs are beaten in incorporation with vegetables and herbs, namely yellow onion, green bell pepper, mushroom and spinach. Serve with sauce to your own liking.
Sooner or later, we are bound to mention this ever-delicious treat from the French.
This easy French toast recipe is not at all special or distinctive from your usuals. In fact, this is the exact way my grandma used to make them when I was no taller than the old kitchen counter back in the days. But it still deserves a shout-out as it is a warm token of many happy childhoods.
Egg salad for the avocado crazes, anyone?
There’s nothing wrong with the egg salad recipe we already have. It’s just that some would like to have it more like an actual salad. And the avocado egg salad looks just that with the avocado, celery and herbs. The flavor is also fashioned more interestingly with a pinch of fresh lime.
Oh broccoli… why did I so blindly hate your guts when I was young? But that’s for another post.
What makes frittata an all time favorite is the explicit cooking method and the freedom in ingredient selection (in case you don’t know what it is, it’s basically fried and baked eggs.) In this recipe, garlic, broccoli, red pepper and cheese come together as the main texturizing and flavorizing elements.
So, the normal hash browns… but with cauliflower as a substitute for potato.
The cauliflower hash browns and the regular hash browns are pretty much twins. One is more starchy and the other is more of the fiber-y texture. It’s a decent substitution and is low-carb. Definitely worth a try if you’ve had too much potato of late.
Tofu is no doubt one of the top choices for a vegan diet. To my knowledge, it only has one problem: the bland taste.
However, with tofu in the form and flavor resembling scrambled eggs, blandness will be a problem no longer. Onion, bell pepper, coriander, cilantro, ground cumin, turmeric and black bean are all tossed together with smashed tofu in this recipe for the sake of an explosive bite.
For vegan diet, salad is too good of a food to be looked past.
In this recipe of quinoa, walnut, carrot, green beans and broccoli, one would hardly ever need to glance at meat. Indeed, the flavor of a well-balanced recipe and the nutrients offered will most likely triumph over the regular taste of pork, beef or poultry.
Elegant and timeless – those are the two words I would choose to build my description around.
Having been about for a long time, yet oatmeal has never failed to charm the health-conscious minds. Joined by the all-too-familiar blueberries and sunflower seeds – one of the super dietary seeds which is ridiculously packed with minerals, fiber, good fat and vitamins, this plate is even more empowered.
Bearing the resemblance of a BLT burger, it’s a wonder how this sandwich is made of nothing related to animal.
I cannot say much about its flavor. But, at least, to a non-vegan like me, it tastes delightful. I won’t go as far as saying that the sausage taste the same as real meat. However, it has its own effects on the taste buds. If you’re already a fan of the soy sausage, then this should be a good bite.
Pancake without egg and milk does sound unusual but it works nevertheless with chickpea flour and baking powder.
Nutrient wise, chickpea takes care of it all. I was genuinely amazed when I first read its nutrition facts. Good fat, fiber, protein, vitamins and mineral, it has them all. Overall, this version of pancake really exceeds expectation.
Waffles remind me of my childhood time. I love their tender and fluffy texture, and I’m sure a lot of people do too.
Oatmeal waffles promise the same thing with lower sugar and fat contents. For those that enjoy these treats but are on a strict diet or of sorts, this should be a wonderful addition.
The good old banana bread is now introduced in a vegan version.
To be frank, it’s not that much different from the original recipe. You take out the eggs and switch the common butter with vegan butter – which tastes the same but is much leaner. Personally, if I’m to make banana bread again, I’d positively go with this recipe.