What's the best part of waking up? Get up and warm up with our favorite delicious and nutritious breakfast recipes.
1. molasses quinoa waffles
Serves 10 / Make-ahead tip: This batter keeps nicely in the fridge and is great to have on hand in the morning, or even to make a waffle sundae after dinner. Serving tip: Top with apple butter and softened butter, plus a drizzle of honey. A good ratio of apple butter to whole butter is about 1 tablespoon of apple butter to 1 pat of butter. View recipe.
2. vegetable frittata with dill
Serves 6 / This flavorful meal is supereasy and nutritious. Accompany the colorful egg dish with quinoa pilaf and a mixed green salad. View recipe.
3. baked eggs with smoked salmon and leeks
These creamy eggs have a rich flavor and soufflélike texture. Put it in the oven when the sweet potatoes have 30 minutes left to cook. For a delicious vegetarian dish, omit the salmon. Serving tip: Delightful accompanied with grilled bread. View recipe.
4. cherry-cinnamon baked oatmeal
Although similar in flavor to stove-top oatmeal, this baked version has a mix of textures: a slightly firm, almost crusty top and a meltingly soft interior. View recipe.
5. Carrot Breakfast Muffins
Serves 12 / Pack with: a small tub of yogurt. Drink: orange juice. Storage tip: These keep well in the freezer. View recipe.
6. banana hazelnut muffins
Makes 12 / Prepare a batch and then freeze some for an easy grab-and-go breakfast. Bananas provide potassium, magnesium, and niacin, all energy enhancers. Added protein powder balances the carbohydrates and allows for lasting energy. View recipe.
7. orange-buttermilk pancakes
Serves 2 / Substituting rich-tasting, low-fat buttermilk for whole milk and butter is an easy way to reduce cholesterol and fat intake. This recipe also uses whole-grain pastry flour, which adds fiber and protein. Make and refrigerate the batter the night before to save time during the morning rush. View recipe.
8. sprouted-wheat breakfast sandwich
Serves 1 / Do you think eating a bagel for breakfast means too many carbs and calories? Nutritious sprouted-grain bagels contain complex carbs, essential for brain function. Long-lasting carbs also help prevent dips in blood sugar, averting cravings and hunger pangs. If you can’t find prosciutto, substitute shaved Canadian bacon or soy bacon. View recipe.
9. coconut almond crunch granola
Makes 11 cups / Keep extra granola in zip-top bags in the cupboard. Serving tip: I love to top this granola with plain yogurt, fresh fruit, and maybe a drizzle of maple syrup. View recipe.