18 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

healthy breakfast ideas

I’m always trying to go beyond the boxed cereals and find delicious and healthy breakfast ideas to serve my family. I guess I’m not alone because this post still gets a lot of Google traffic, even though I wrote it 5 years ago. I’ve posted quite a few breakfast recipes since I originally wrote this post, so I thought it was high time to update and republish. I hope it gives you some new breakfast ideas to try!

18 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

1. Fried Eggs on Toast. This is my go-to breakfast. I have this at least 4 mornings a week because it’s so quick and easy, and it keeps me full till lunchtime. I fry an egg or two in butter with sea salt and pepper for flavor. I usually throw a piece of bread into the toaster at the same time (Udi’s Gluten Free for me!) They both take about 3 minutes and are ready at the same time. I like to put my egg right on top of my toast and eat them together.

2. Scrambled Eggs. Another way we eat eggs often is scrambled. I loving mixing veggies and cheese into my scrambled eggs to keep it interesting. I always save leftover dinner veggies for this purpose. One combo I like is grated zucchini, bacon and cheddar.

Scrambled Eggs with Grated Zucchini

3. Smoothies. The sky’s the limit when it come to ideas for smoothie recipes. Here’s a roundup of 10 healthy breakfast smoothies.

healthy breakfast smoothie recipes

4. Healthy AND Tasty Pancakes with real maple syrup. I’ll be honest. It took my kids a few days to come around to this hearty pancake recipe, but now they ask for them. I make a batch for Saturday mornings, and then I store the leftovers in the freezer in ZipLock gallon bags that we pop in the toaster oven and eat throughout the week.

5. Breakfast Pizza. Breakfast pizzas are easy to put together if you buy your dough. If you like to make your own, it is more time consuming, of course. This makes a great weekend breakfast, or a fun breakfast-for-dinner.

Bacon Egg and Asparagus Breakfast Pizza

6. French Toast with real maple syrup. You can’t go wrong with this traditional favorite. It whips up pretty quickly, and you get an extra bonus if you make it with homemade bread.

7. Gluten-Free Banana Bread. Of course, you can make your favorite gluten-full version, but banana bread (or any quick bread) can make a nice breakfast. I like to spread mine with cream cheese for some protein.


8. Egg & Cheese Sandwiches. This is a great way to get eggs into your kids if they don’t like them by themselves. For a super special gluten-free treat, try making my cornbread donuts instead of using English muffins.


9. Homemade Granola. I absolutely LOVE this recipe. So does my husband. My bigger kids prefer it without milk, as a snack. But my little one scarfs down a bowl of it in milk every morning. It’s also good in yogurt.


10. Broccoli Cheddar Egg Cups. These are like mini-quiches. They come together quickly, especially if you have leftover dinner veggies.


11. Creeping Crust Fruit Pie. This one’s always a hit. It’s really a dessert, but it’s healthy enough to serve for breakfast.

12. Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes. These are very thin, almost like crepes. But they are delicious with butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Gluten Free & Paleo Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

13. Traditional Stovetop Oatmeal. It’s a classic. I like to make mine with old fashioned rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind) and whole milk. Then I top it with brown sugar and berries. Delish.

classic stovetop oatmeal

14. Banana Blueberry Egg Mini Muffins. These are gluten free and grain-free for those eating Paleo. The recipe is super simple, and they’re great for breakfast or a snack at any time of day.


15. Baked Soaked Oatmeal. My kids aren’t as fond of this as I am, but I love the stuff. Your kids may like it, though. It’s sweet and yummy.

16. Crustless Chard Quiche. This delectable quiche is so rich and delicious you’ll never miss the crust!


17. Refrigerator Apple Bran Muffins. Don’t let the bran scare you off. These are super yummy.

18. Cinnamon Banana Belgian Waffles. Need I say more? I created these for my gluten-free breakfast and brunch cookbook, and they are delicious, whether you eat gluten-free or not.


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24 Responses

  1. Works for me! You should have seen the look on the barista’s face when I ordered a Grande Latte, whole milk, no whip. Snort.

  2. Our newest favorite is the wonderful 7-grain hot cereal that Whole Foods sells. It takes a little longer to cook than oatmeal, but it is loaded with whole grain goodness. I serve it with honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar, and I top it with milk.


  3. For a lighter on the go breakfast I always like an apple with a handful or so of raw almonds. You get some fruit, protein and fat. A banana with almond butter is always perfect too. 🙂

  4. We usually make a fruit smoothie for breakfast, but occasionally I’ll do an egg frittata style (saute onions and peppers in olive oil or butter, top with either slices of fresh tomato or a little crushed tomato, top with slices of cheese of choice. Whip up eggs with a little milk, salt and pepper and pour over veggies and cheese. Cook, lifting edges slightly to allow egg to go under. Cover and cook until desired doneness (is that a word?). YUM! I like my eggs “dead”, so I actually flip this over (not easy) to cook the underside. 🙂

  5. Kathy, I love frittatas! And I make smoothies for snack. Thanks for reminding me it’s a good breakfast option too.

    (I like my eggs dead too.)

  6. Thanks for the great ideas! Breakfast is one meal where I seem to get stuck in a rut, probably because it is the most rushed meal of the day, due to my packing lunches, fixing ponytails and hurrying everyone out the door.

  7. Those meals sound so good!!! How are you handling cooking more – as far as taking more time? Because as good as these sound, it also sounds like a lot of work…

  8. Mary, it is more work, but so far I’m enjoying it. Nothing I’m making takes a whole lot of time in and of itself. My nails are taking a beating from being in the water so much though. 😉

  9. Thank you! Breakfast is tough for me because I’ve never been a big “breakfast person”. Like you, we don’t do breakfast cereal, etc. anymore. Fried eggs are one of our favorites around here too, and that baked oatmeal recipe is SUPER similar to one I have typed up and ready to post, LOL. I am definitely trying the “Mom is Great” cake! Sounds like my kind of breakfast.

  10. Thank you for sharing all of these healthy ideas (breakfast and lunch). I hate planning meals and it is so helpful when someone passes along great ideas.

  11. I’m another one that struggles through breakfast. I’M the one that gets bored with the same old-same old. I have to admit though, since I’ve started using natural foods the boys are doing SO MUCH better at school. I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own eyes. Thrills this momma’s soul!

  12. Thank you SO much for posting these recipes! I’ve learned so much from you. It’s not always easy to eat healthy when you have a big family, but you’ve given me great ideas and taken away a lot of my excuses! Keep ’em coming!

  13. Thanks so much. I am printing them and putting them in my family recipe binder. I have been collecting recipe in my binder for about a year or so. It is almost time for a new one. One thing I do ~ I make color copies of recipes in my cookbooks (if they aren’t on line). I also have a section of “recipes” for all natural cleaning products.

    I thought I would share my family’s new favorite bfast item. It is the breakfast cookies from Heavenly Homemakers:

    I add flax meal and nuts (raw walnuts or almonds), as well as dried cranberries and a handful of chocolate chips. They are very good!

  14. I saw a post on pinterest to add cottage cheese to your scrambled eggs (while your scrambling them) — I tried it and it was so yummy. I also added a bit of salt and black pepper. If you don’t like cottage cheese, I am sure this sounds totally disgusting, lol.

    1. What does the cottage cheese add to the eggs? I do like cottage cheese, and any way to add extra protein is a plus.

      1. I do it because it adds more protein to the eggs. It also changes the texture of the eggs ever so slightly. You don’t really taste it once it’s added in and it makes 2 scrambled eggs into a pretty substantial meal.

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