50 Healthy Breakfast Ideas To Start The Day

Way more delicious than that protein bar.

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Erik bernstein

Whether or not it is the most important meal of the day, it makes sense that a healthy breakfast will help get your day off to a good start. Some protein and some fruit and veggies can make a huge difference, not just for your day but your overall health. This list has everything from creative uses for eggs to oatmeal, smoothies, pancakes, burritos, and more.

Need to make a healthy dinner, too? Try these lightened up comfort foods.

ham and cheese egg cups
Parker Feierbach
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Ham & Cheese Egg Cups

Want to sub in another kind of meat? Sliced deli turkey works in the recipe, as does salami.

Get the Ham & Cheese Egg Cups recipe.

easy applesauce muffins
Joel Goldberg
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Easy Applesauce Muffins

Applesauce is the secret to these super tender and moist muffins, which you don’t even need a mixer to make! Buckwheat flour is our secret ingredient; it adds nuttiness and depth that pairs perfectly with apples and cinnamon. Sprinkling the insides of the cups (and the tops!) with cinnamon sugar gives the muffins extra sweetness and a light crispy crunch you'll love.

Get the Easy Applesauce Muffins recipe.

yogurt toast
Joel Goldberg
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Yogurt Toast

This TikTok number has taken breakfasttables by storm, and for good reason. It involves topping bread with a shortcut egg-yogurt “custard” to create a slightly sweet, fancy-ish dessert with barely any effort. The choices of toppings are ripe for your imagination. (FYI, Team Delish favors a bit of chocolate in the custard.)

Get the Yogurt Toast recipe.

cowboy breakfast bowls
Andrew bui
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Cowboy Breakfast Bowls

Loaded with crispy potatoes, scrambled eggs, creamy avocado and crispy bacon, this bowl is a crowd-pleaser. For a customizable meal, prepare all your ingredients and any extras — salsa or black beans would be a great addition — and set them out so everyone can create their bowl as they please!

Get the Cowboy Breakfast Bowls recipe.

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Park Feierbach
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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Honey, Greek yogurt, and whole-wheat flour come together to make these "healthier", but they sure don't taste like it! We love them fresh from the oven, or days later toasted in a skillet with butter.

Get the Healthy Pumpkin Muffins recipe.

parfait with blueberry compote
Lucy Schaeffer
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Best-Ever Parfait

A compote might sound like a lot of work for breakfast, but it's actually pretty simple. Made with a mixture of fruit (fresh or frozen), water, and sugar, you can turn any fruit into a delicious, syrupy sauce in minutes. If you don't use up all your blueberry compote in your parfaits, it's really great on top of vanilla ice cream.

Get the Best-Ever Parfait recipe.

egg muffins
Chelsea Lupkin
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Best-Ever Egg Muffins

Whether you eat these as-is, or wrapped in a toasted English muffin, you'll be so glad you made a big batch of these egg muffins.

Get the Best-Ever Egg Muffins recipe.

brown butter bran muffins
June xie
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Brown Butter Bran Muffins

Due to the hearty nature of the bran and whole wheat flour here, we recommend letting the muffins cool completely before eating: this will give the grains a chance to absorb the moisture in the batter and soften to a more tender texture. Then you can toast and butter 'em, or just enjoy as is with a big bite through that crunchy turbinado sugar topping.

Get the Brown Butter Bran Muffins recipe.

banana bread
Parker Feierbach
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Paleo Banana Bread

Guys. This banana bread is amazing. Not just amazing-for-a-paleo-banana-bread. Amazing in general. It's slightly sweet, has a beautiful texture, and is jam-packed with banana flavor.

Get the Paleo Banana Bread recipe.

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Park Feierbach
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Best-Ever Migas

This traditional Mexican breakfast is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Fried tortillas meet scrambled eggs, creating that magical crispy-gone-soggy texture that's irresistibly satisfying.

Get the Best-Ever Migas recipe.

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Blended Baked Oats

The true genius behind this method is the blending of the oats to create a powder that resembles flour. This allows the baked result to feel more cake than breakfast, while still providing all the benefits of having a bowl of oats in the morning.

Get the Blended Baked Oats recipe.

cheesy cauliflower breakfast bake
Parker Feierbach
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Loaded Cauliflower Breakfast Bake

Swapping riced cauliflower in place of the traditional hash browns lightens up this savory, endlessly customizable bake.

Get the Loaded Cauliflower Breakfast Bake recipe.

coconut flour pancakes
Parker Feierbach
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Coconut Flour Pancakes

These pancakes are super soft and tender, with just a hint of sweetness, thanks to our new baking secret weapon: coconut flour.

Get the Coconut Flour Pancakes recipe.

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Park Feierbach
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Instant Pot Hash

Veggies, potatoes, and protein are the keys to a filling breakfast.

Get the Instant Pot Hash recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Crustless Quiche

This crustless quiche forgoes the pastry shell, and as a result the egg itself creates a satisfying crust on the edges. Tip: While we won't say no to practically any cheese, the ones that are great for quiches are cheddar, Swiss, goat cheese, parm, and even brie!

Get the Crustless Quiche recipe.

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Park Feierbach
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

We <3 steel cut oats, but we don't like standing over the stove stirring them all morning. Let your Instant Pot do all the work and you will be rewarded with creamy and pleasantly chewy oats.

Get the Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Easy Frittata

There is no limit to what you can add to a frittata. It's a versatile dish that can handle most things you throw at it, and our recipe has all the tips and tricks to getting a fluffy-centered, crispy-edged frittata every time.

Get the Easy Frittata recipe.

easiest ever shakshuka
Parker Feierbach
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Easiest-Ever Shakshuka

Shakshuka is one of our favorite ways to cook eggs. Partially because it is absolutely delicious, but also because it's so easy to scale up and cook for a crowd (this version has 8 eggs in a casserole dish!).

Get the Easiest-Ever Shakshuka recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Keto Blueberry Muffins

Protein, fruit, and sugar-free? We'll take these toasted with butter, please.

Get the Keto Blueberry Muffins recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Bunless Bacon, Egg, and Cheese

True genius move: Using the egg for the bun on this classic breakfast sandwich. We loaded ours up with bacon, cheddar, and avocado, but go for some of your favorite fillings! Sausage and Gruyère would be killer too.

Get the Bunless Bacon, Egg & Cheese recipe.

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Parker Feierbach
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Brussels Sprouts Hash

We already loved all the things we could do with Brussels sprouts, but then we fried them in bacon fat and then topped them with crispy bacon and over-easy eggs. We might never be the same?!

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Parker Feierbach
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Instant Pot Yogurt

Why in the world would you make homemade yogurt in an Instant Pot? Because it tastes extra-fresh, creamy, and smooth. And it earns you major bragging rights (shhh, no one needs to know how easy it is).

Get the Instant Pot Yogurt recipe.

cloud eggs
Parker Feierbach
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Cloud Eggs

Whipping the egg whites turns these eggs into 'grammable clouds of fluffy, cheesy heaven, topped with a runny yolk. This Internet trend is now a breakfast standard as far as we're concerned.

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triple berry smoothie
Parker Feierbach
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Triple Berry Smoothie

A smoothie is so much more than blended fruit. It's an art with all of its different elements blending perfectly together. We chose strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and bananas to be our base, but any combo of fruit is great.

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strawberries 'n' cream granola bars
Erik bernstein
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Strawberries 'n' Cream Granola Bars

These strawberries 'n' cream granola bars are so much better than the store-bought kind. Packed with rolled oats, coconut flakes, pepitas, and freeze-dried strawberries for a hit of tart flavor, these are perfect for breakfast or an on-the-go snack.

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healthy sweet potato hash
Kat Wirsing
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Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash

This easy bacon and sweet potato hash can upgrade any breakfast and comes together in one. single. pan. Yes, even the bacon! It's a savory favorite that'll have your potluck guests clamoring for more.

Get the Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash recipe.

healthy oatmeal cookies
Parker Feierbach
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Healthier Oatmeal Cookies

Like if a granola bar and a chewy oatmeal cookie had a very beautiful baby. These cookies are begging to be dunked in your morning coffee.

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bacon weave breakfast tacos
Park Feierbach
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Bacon Weave Breakfast Tacos

We looove whipping up our bacon weave breakfast sandwiches for a high-energy day, and this taco variation mixes it up in the best way possible.

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green shakshuka
Andrew bui
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Green Shakshuka

Originating in North Africa and now strongly associated with Israeli cuisine, shakshuka typically involves a sauce of tomatoes and red peppers. Our take on this simmered skillet breakfast spins the color wheel, thanks to roasted tomatillos and Swiss chard, and takes flavor inspiration from Mexico.

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Brandon Bales
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Magic Low-Carb Waffles

We realize that by calling these "magic" waffles they better really deliver—and they do. The bewitching batter is basically eggs, mashed bananas, almond butter, and a few tablespoons of your favorite gluten-free flour.

Get the Magic Low-Carb Waffles recipe.

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