The journey to eating healthy can seem confusing at the beginning!  You can always find new healthy recipes to try. For an easy way to incorporate healthy foods into your daily diet, try looking for ways to optimize your favorite recipes. With a few simple tweaks, there’s usually a way to sneak more protein, fiber, or vegetables into a dish. Here are some delicious breakfast recipes ideas featuring nutrient-rich foods for all the decadent brunch enthusiasts out there.

Smoked Salmon on Multigrain Toast

Salmon is a delicious source of protein, and pairing it with whole or multigrain toast and extra virgin olive oil creates a nutrient-rich meal. This combination of protein and fiber will help give you the boost you need to start your day off right.

healthy salmon on multigrain toast for breakfast

How to:

Start with your favorite smoked salmon and a few pieces of multigrain toast. Just pile the salmon high and then season with salt, pepper, and any desired spices. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and serve with slices of raw (or sautéed) bell pepper on the side.

Turkey Bacon Egg and Cheese

Turkey Bacon Egg and Cheese healthy breakfast sandwich

The bacon egg and cheese on a roll is a favorite New York City breakfast. You can find this oozing sandwich in bodegas across the city. Try these easy swaps to transform this breakfast staple into your a nutrient-packed breakfast.  First, swap regular bacon with turkey bacon, next “fry” your egg in a non-stick pan with a small amount of olive oil. Did you know an egg contains 8 grams of protein? Once they’re all cooked up, place these in between two slices of multigrain or whole wheat toast, and then serve with a side of veggies for your choice for a delicious and balanced meal.

How to:

Bake or fry the lean turkey bacon in a nonstick cooking pan. Fry an egg with a small amount of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Thinly slice your choice of cheese, and pile it all between 2 pieces of toasted multigrain bread. In the same frying pan you used for the egg, cook a handful of spinach and a few halved grape tomatoes in the fond & season with salt and pepper. Serve on the side.

Whole Grain Pancakes

Whole Grain Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes? This breakfast staple is the perfect way to set a cheery mood for the day. If you’re looking for healthy breakfast ideas, try making your favorite pancake recipe with whole wheat pastry flour instead of all purpose flour. Bonus: throw flaxseeds, flaxmeal, or chia seeds into the mix for some added omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. Then top these pancakes with your favorite nut butter, sliced fresh fruit, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

How to:

To put a healthy twist on this breakfast favorite, start with a recipe that you know you love. Replace between 50-100% of the flour with whole wheat pastry flour, and then go wild with toppings like nuts, seeds, and nut butters. All of these toppings are delicious and good for you. 

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