The journey to eating healthy can seem confusing and overwhelming at the beginning. A great way to start eating healthier is to not only try new healthy recipes, but to also find ways to make recipes that you know and love healthier. Here are some healthy breakfast ideas for all the decadent brunch enthusiasts out there.
Smoked Salmon on Multigrain Toast
Salmon is an amazing source of omega 3 fatty acids, and pairing it with whole or multigrain toast and extra virgin olive oil creates a Mediterranean Diet-friendly combination that will give you a boost of energy to start your day. This won’t replace the need for bagels and lox, but it is a delicious option for lighter days.
Start with your favorite smoked salmon and a few pieces of multigrain toast. Just pile the salmon high, season with salt, pepper, and spices of your choice. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and serve with slices of raw (or sauteed) bell pepper on the side.
Turkey Bacon Egg and Cheese
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. To make it a little healthier, try using lean turkey bacon and cooking your eggs in olive oil. 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 balanced meal.
Bake or fry the lean turkey bacon. Fry an egg in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Thinly slice the cheese of choice, 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
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 or flaxmeal into the mix for some omega 3 fatty acids and extra fiber. Then top these pancakes with some nut butter, sliced fresh fruit, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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 the healthful toppings. Nuts, seeds, and nut butters are all delicious and good for you.