Better Breakfasts: Ideas for Every Type of Diet
September is Better Breakfast Month and it’s a good time to reevaluate your morning meal. Does chugging a large coffee while starting your work day count as “breakfast?" Or do you think it needs to be bacon, eggs, toast, and juice in order to hold you over til lunch? Chances are, no matter what you’re eating for breakfast, there’s room for improvement! The right breakfast fuels you through your day, amping up brainpower, kick-starting metabolism, and letting your body know it’s “all systems go!”
Think you should bypass this article because you follow an intermittent fasting type of plan and usually skip breakfast? Research14 shows that people who skipped breakfast or lunch tended to have poorer diets the rest of the day. Other recent study results published in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics of nearly 10,000 people showed that there was an association between skipping breakfast and cardiovascular mortality in individuals with metabolic dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease.15 Needless to say, your morning meal is a great opportunity to work in more good-for-you foods.
Different people might target different macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) for their meals depending on their goals. If you're trying to lose weight, you might want a low-carb breakfast or low-calorie breakfast. Someone who is training for an endurance event will probably want a high-energy breakfast and maybe a high-fat breakfast. Feeling sluggish and need to get your digestive system moving? A high-fiber breakfast is a good solution. Depending on your health concerns, you might want an immune-boosting breakfast, a low-inflammation morning meal, or a gluten-free breakfast if you’re following that type of diet.
Already starting the day with a morning meal that’s aligned with your goals? Kudos to you! But we’re willing to bet you probably could use some fresh ideas to shake things up. (Your tastebuds are begging for it!)
Experiment with these breakfast ideas to beat food boredom and fuel your body.
International breakfast ideas
In Norway, they eat a dense grain bread for breakfast, or some cheese or butter on Wasa crackers
In Middle Eastern countries, they eat shakshuka, which is eggs cooked in a tomato-based sauce
In Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, they eat arepa, a fried corn cake, and it can be plain or filled with things like beans, eggs, avocado, cheese, or meat.1
In Vietnam, Pho (clear broth made with noodles, meats, and herbs) is a popular breakfast food.
Lower-carb breakfast ideas
Frittata muffins (made with eggs with veggies, cheese, meat options)2
Crustless quiche (make this quiche recipe without the sweet potatoes)
High-carb breakfast ideas
French toast with bananas
Granola with yogurt, nuts, and fruit
High-protein breakfast ideas
Greek yogurt with nuts
Steak and eggs
High-fat breakfast ideas
Scooped bagel with cream cheese, lox, veggies, and avocado
Protein shake made with whole milk and nut butter
Gluten-free breakfast ideas
Cottage cheese and fruit5
High-energy breakfast ideas
Nut butter on toast with bananas and hemp seeds
Homemade breakfast sandwich with eggs, meat, cheese, vegetables on whole wheat bread or an English muffin4
Vegetarian breakfast ideas
Bean and vegetable breakfast burritos
Fruit and yogurt parfaits
Low-Inflammation breakfast ideas
Quesadillas made with sweet potatoes, beans, and avocado9
Eggs sprinkled with turmeric
Grain bowls topped with vegetables and egg.
Immune-boosting breakfast ideas
Smoothie bowl blended from frozen fruit and almond butter, topped with chia seeds, flax meal, and cacao nibs or powder10
Vegetable omelet made with peppers and broccoli
Citrus fruits, kiwi, and yogurt paired with green tea.
High-fiber breakfast ideas
High-fiber, whole grain cereal (at least 5 grams per serving) with milk and a sliced pear12
Chia pudding; avocado on whole-grain/high fiber toast; sweet breakfast quinoa; yogurt with ground flax, granola, and berries
Low-calorie breakfast ideas
Berry fruit smoothie made with skim milk
Low-fat cottage cheese with fruit
Scrambled egg and veggies on a whole wheat English muffin13
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“Breakfast Recipes.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/recipes/breakfast-recipes/rcs-20076564.
“Easy Rice Pudding.” Nutrition.gov, https://www.nutrition.gov/recipes/easy-rice-pudding.
Murphy, Camille, et al. “Quick and Easy High Protein Breakfast Ideas.” Intermountainhealthcare.org, 23 Jan. 2019, https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/live-well/2019/01/quick-and-easy-high-protein-breakfast-ideas/.
“Gluten-Free Meal Ideas, Breakfast - Celiac Disease - Stanford Medicine Children's Health.” Gluten-Free Meal Ideas, Breakfast - Celiac Disease - Stanford Medicine Children's Health, https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/service/celiac-disease/gluten-free-breakfast
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Daily, Dora. “Sweet Potato and Tofu Scramble Mega Breakfast Burritos [Vegan].” One Green Planet, One Green Planet, 22 Jan. 2016, https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/sweet-potato-and-tofu-scramble-mega-breakfast-burritos/.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. “Anti-Inflammatory Diet Recipes.” Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 14 Feb. 2019, https://www.chop.edu/news/health-tip/anti-inflammatory-diet-recipes.
Arbital, Jacoby, Sheri. “Breakfast Foods to Boost Your Immune System.” The Well by Northwell, The Well by Northwell, 12 Nov. 2020, https://thewell.northwell.edu/healthy-living-fitness/breakfast-foods-boost-your-immune-system.
“Increasing Fiber Intake.” University of California San Francisco. https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/increasing-fiber-intake#:~:text=Choose%20cereals%20with%20at%20least,hand%20for%20an%20easy%20snack.
“Smart Tips to Power Up with Breakfast.” Maryland Department of Aging. https://aging.maryland.gov/SiteAssets/Pages/NutritionMonth/Smart%20Tips%20to%20Power%20Up%20with%20Breakfast_NNM22_English.pdf
E. Zeballos, J. E.Todd. “Skipping Breakfast or Lunch Has a Larger Impact on Diet Quality Than Skipping Dinner.” usda.gov, 6 July 2020, https://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2020/july/skipping-breakfast-or-lunch-has-a-larger-impact-on-diet-quality-than-skipping-dinner/
J. Xie, H. Huang, Y. Chen, L. Xu, C.Xu. “Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased long-term cardiovascular mortality in metabolic dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD) but not MAFLD-free individuals.” Jan 2022. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34877669/