What Are The Best Healthy Breakfast Ideas?
We’ve probably all heard at some point that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But so many breakfast foods are super processed and full of sugar & fat: think, waffles and syrup, pancakes, bagels with cream cheese.
Even when you want to keep in shape and eat healthy, if you’ve got no alternative to what’s out there, it becomes more tempting to just grab a croissant and go in the morning.
So, we’ve put together a few ideas from the team at BuiltLean that will hopefully give you some tasty – and healthy – options for breakfast ideas that will keep you energized as you start the day!
Best Healthy Breakfast Ideas #1 – Whole & Unprocessed
If you like a savory breakfast, eggs and sautéed veggies provide protein, healthy fats, healthy carbs, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals.
For an on-the-go breakfast, a quick green shake is an excellent option, and a great way to sneak in veggies. Blend a frozen banana, some spinach or kale, and water or unsweetened non-dairy milk (optional ingredients: your favorite protein supplement, a scoop of nut butter, berries or other fruit). For more, see: Best Protein Shake Recipes.
Whatever your breakfast preference may be, opt for whole, unprocessed, unpackaged foods to get the most nutrients and energy to start your day.
– Kristin Rooke, CPT
Best Healthy Breakfast Ideas #2 – Eggs With Extras
My favorite breakfast is a couple whole eggs and a couple egg whites scrambled with onions, peppers, a little cheese, and a grapefruit. It’s only about 400-500 calories, but hits the spot. If I want a bigger meal, I’ll have a bowl of oatmeal.
I love eggs for breakfast because they are easy to digest, have a solid nutritional profile with ample protein. It’s the best way to start my day. The other option if I’m having a lazy Saturday morning is a simple strawberry/banana protein shake (See: Best Protein Shake Recipes).
– Marc Perry, CSCS, CPT
Best Healthy Breakfast Ideas #3 – Over-Easy Eggs & Avocado
Considering what most people eat for breakfast is not healthy, I would suggest no breakfast over some of the high glycemic carb bombs people eat. No breakfast is also, coincidentally, my favorite breakfast. I feel that if you don’t workout in the morning and you’re not trying to put on muscle, no breakfast can be ideal for a good number of people, once you get used to it.
If I do eat breakfast though it’s usually 4 over-easy eggs made with organic, grass-fed butter with ½ an avocado. This breakfast is high in protein, fiber and healthy fats that keep me full for a long time.
– John Leyva, CSCS, CPT
Best Healthy Breakfast Ideas #4 – Low Carb
I‘ve found that you can’t go wrong with eggs, meat, and vegetables in any combination. Veggie omelets, hardboiled eggs, or just meat and veggies, have always been my go-to meals for breakfast. If you noticed, I didn’t include any type of grain. There is a reason.
Popular belief has always been that your body needs carbohydrates when you wake up to provide you with sustainable energy. The fact is that your body typically has more than enough energy stored from what you ate yesterday.
Personally, I consume most of my carbohydrate for the day post workout or later in the day when I am more apt to indulge. Instead of limiting myself when I am out with friends or family, I find it easier to avoid carbs in the morning and instead opt for high protein/moderate fat meals that most people need more of anyways. I have found that eating like this has provided me with more energy throughout the day as well as making food choices easier when I am out and about.
– Stephen Bergeron, CSCS, CPT
Best Healthy Breakfast Ideas #5 – Hard Boiled Eggs & Whey
Unless I’m exercising early in the morning, I’m not a breakfast person. I tend to eat based on hunger signals, and they don’t usually kick in until lunchtime. But for the purpose of nutritional optimization, my pre-workout breakfasts are generally rather austere (no complicated fruit smoothies or 8-ingredient omelets). They usually consist of a few hard-boiled eggs, some meat and veggie-based leftovers, and a scoop of whey protein
in kefir for the road. Occasionally, the protein shake is substituted or supplemented with a protein bar depending on availability and hunger. In general, it’s an attempt to balance convenience and with nutritional optimization.
– William Lagakos, Ph.D.
What are your favorite healthy breakfast ideas?