Healthy Breakfast Ideas Recipe

Quick, clever, healthy breakfast ideas are something I'm always excited to discover. I landed on what I think of as new healthy breakfast favorite this week, and instead of simply sharing that recipe, I thought I'd list it off with a handful of other feel-good day starters.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Quick, clever, healthy breakfast ideas are something I'm always excited to discover. I'm talking about preparations you can make at home, in the morning, when you're often crunched for time. Nobody loves a leisurely brunch more than I do, but most mornings that's just not in the cards for me, nor, I suspect, for many of you. I landed on what I think of as a new healthy breakfast favorite this week, and instead of simply sharing that recipe, I thought I'd list it off with a handful of other feel-good day starters that are in regular rotation here - with an emphasis on the quick ones. I really love a savory breakfast, but savory or not, I try to make sure whatever I make has a good amount of protein, fresh ingredients, and some fruit or vegetables, and/or greens if possible. For example:

Five-minute Breakfast Tacos: If you plan ahead just a bit, these come together in minutes. This is what I've been eating for breakfast most of this week. Peel a hard-boiled egg*, smash it in a small bowl with a bit of yogurt or drizzle of olive oil. Heat a tortilla by throwing it down directly on a very low burner or gas flame. Flip it once or twice, until it is hot, and blistered a bit. Remove and top with the smashed egg, shredded greens, sprouts, guacamole, micro greens, or chopped herbs. Add a drizzle of hot sauce or salsa. Done. Pictured above and below.

*I hard-boil eggs once or twice a week 6-12 at a time, and then place them back in the carton, so they're ready first thing in the morning.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Miso Soup: It's a traditional way to start the day in Japan, and I love how it makes me feel - warm, calm, cozy. Also, it can be as quick to make as a cup of tea. I put a dollop of good miso in the bottom of a cup or mason jar along with anything else I want, pour a splash of just-shy-of-boiling water in, stir to break up the miso, then add more and more water until the taste is the strength I'm after. I tend to add whatever is in the refrigerator to make it a bit more substantial and filling - a scoop of cooked barley grains, tiny cubes of tofu, cooked mung beans, etc. I did a post on miso soup a while back as well.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Crepes: Don't roll your eyes yet ;) I know it sounds time intensive, but crepes really aren't if you have the batter ready. I sometimes make a jar of crepe batter on a Sunday, and it's good until Thursday or Friday. Just give it a good stir, and into the pan it goes. A favorite version is as follows: make the crepe, when it is nearly done, pour one well-beaten egg on top of the crepe while it is still in the pan (less if you're using a small pan), allowing it to form a thin coating, then cook until the egg is set. Add whatever else you like after that - herbs, a little swirl of sauce or pesto, some chopped spinach, or a bit of cheese, or avocado. Fold and go. Here's the rye crepe recipe I use often.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Yogurt Bowls: (photo above) I think the key with yogurt bowls is to start with the best, plain yogurt you can get your hands on. Then add other ingredients. I'm always shocked at just how much sugar is in some of the pre-flavored yogurts out there. I had a vanilla yogurt the other day that was like melted ice cream - delicious, but not the best way to start my morning. I decide if I'm going to take a yogurt bowl sweet or savory and go from there. Some favorite combinations:

- Plain Yogurt + seasonal fruit + honey + something crunchy - for example: this Pluot & Poppy Yogurt Bowl,

- Plain Yogurt + pinch of salt + brown rice or barley + lots of chopped herbs + a pinch of turmeric + olive oil drizzle

- Plain yogurt + toasted walnuts + some crumbled toasted seaweed +and a bit of granola that is on the spicy/un-sweet side of the spectrum.

That's just a quick brainstorm - if nothing else, try the tacos. Curious about what your go-to healthy breakfast ideas are as well! -h

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Love the breakfast ideas! You used to have a post of your favorite places/restaurants in San Francisco. Do you still have that posted anywhere on your site?

HS: Hi Amy, yes! I'm doing some work on the site nav, the travel links will be reintroduced soon - in the meantime here's the link. Also need to update that page!


I usually eat oatmeal toped with flax seeds, homemade granola, honey etc. for breakfast or plain yogurt with the same toppings. Heidi, I was wondering how much sugar in a plain yogurt is still considered healthy? Lately I've been eating this organic sheeps milk yogurt that has 3,5 g sugar in 190 g total, that's not so bad is it?


The last bit about yogurt is really great. I didn't get started on plain yogurt until moving to Germany and now I am hooked. Some other nice tips to mix it up: mix plain yogurt and milk for more liquid (e.g. when you want to add drier cereals on top), buttermilk is also a really yummy kick! My boyfriend loves a big bowl of Müsli and sliced apples and bananas with buttermilk. For the toppings, I like to make my own Müsli. I use high-quality, freshly rolled oats or grains (if it's not fresh it doesn't taste!) and nuts and seeds and dried and/or fresh fruits. And then sometimes I also throw a few cornflakes in for a crunch and a bit of honey if I want it a bit sweeter. Granola is also OK, but I prefer getting my fat from seeds and nuts (and the yogurt!), and the sugar from fruit rather than the oil+sugar mix that is the base for almost all granola.


Mmmm you turn all of these dishes into something that could be rattled up in no time, and they look completely gourmet :D Mum would always boil a good few eggs at a time and store them in the fridge as well, such an easy go-to meal when you're in a hurry! :D Thanks for the inspiration always :) x

Jules @ WolfItDown

Know what you mean about reassuring quick but yummy savoury breakfast ideas. Thanks for the idea for the crepes, I will definitely try that. My go-to is a whole meal tortilla wrapped around cottage cheese, fresh pineapple and lashings of sriracha...super quick, fairly healthy and I never tire of it.


Every morning I take healthy food and every time I like to try some new things. This time, sure I will try your recipe and the ingredient, which you mentioned in the post can I add some more things to make it more tasty.


My current favourite is rolled oats cooked with water, until creamy, then topped with about 2tsps of tahini, and about the same of soy. Would be even better with some toasted sesame seeds on top or a little spring onion, but I eat at work so I usually keep it at it's most basic.


Heidi do try chickpea batter crepes , once you have a batch they taste great with any pesto drizzled on or a simple mint salsa. They taste even more awesome when stuffed with scallions , micro greens etc and the best part they keep well. Make a large batch and reheat the next day like a tortilla still delicious.

HS: Hi Niketa - I LOVE chickpea crepes. I make them a lot - there's a recipe for them (also a quinoa flour version) in my next book.


I pre-make the crepes and store between squares of wax paper. Heat in a pan briefly and fill with cottage cheese, fresh fruit or smashed egg, something green and savory. Fast and delicious!

jan canyon

PBJ homemade or a good store bought peanut butter; homemade or good organic preserves and homemade or good store bought artisean multi grain bread. Toast and eat. Yummy.

Donna Johnson

I love reading about what you eat for breakfast! I'm so with you on plain yogurt. The sugar in vanilla yogurt is crazy. I'll eat it for dessert sometimes, but not breakfast! My go-to breakfast is always homemade bread with nut butter or avocado. So boring. But my absolute favorite breakfast is leftover white beans with salsa. Oh! Wait! I love leftover brown rice with a fried egg + cilantro + scallions.


as I'm in the midst of grad school finals week, I've been trying to practice that habit you mentioned of being nice to my future self, even though it feels inconvenient. breakfast is one of those. thanks for these, as always.


I love to cook your recipe of an egg with a tortilla on top. I also frequently have a bowl of rice with some type of dal and either cilantro or scallions.


Love the ideas- especially for my 10 yr old girl, who loves to vary and re-invent favourites. Thanks Heidi! Dosas are a long-time fav as long as there is some batter in the fridge :). We love cherry tomatoes and mashed avocado on lovely pumpkin seed and chia brown toast...we usually skip the butter for this one. Going to try your ideas for the remainder of the week - it's Wednesday now in NZ.


I really like unsweetened whole fat Greek yogurt mixed with chopped toasted almonds and unsweetened applesauce. Other days I'll have cottage cheese with assorted fruits and nuts. Or the usual toasted whole wheat with peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon. Always looking for new ideas though!


I exercise early in the morning so I make grab-n-go breakfast bowls ahead of time twice a week - pull one from the fridge in the morning and eat. There are 2 on high rotation: (1) baked beans, boiled egg, greens and tomato; (2) oats, nuts and seeds, chia, fruit, honey, coconut water and yogurt. Good warm or cold. So easy and quick.

Saucy 7

LOVE breakfast - quick ones and long ones. I get black coffee from the same place every day on the way to the train. At home, I usually have a variation of toast (I love bread so so much but I try to limit it to once a day): with salted butter and an egg on top, almond butter and honey and a sprinkle of sea salt, cheese and jam (does anyone else do that?) and for a special treat...mascarpone and lemon curd. If I can break my toast addiction, I'll try some of your ideas! Thanks!


I love the idea of the breakfast tacos! I wouldn't have thought of anything like that! Honestly, my go-to breakfast is a smoothie, if I have ingredients in the house. I don't do any one smoothie in particular; I'll just throw together what sounds good, adding spinach & yogurt for protein and other good things... then blend it all together. I tend to do this at night so that I can take it on my way to the bus stop in the morning. I usually won't drink it until I'm at work. Such is life. I've been having fun doing smoothies; it has allowed me to be creative and discover new flavor combinations. Loved this post! Breakfast is one of my favourite meals!


Taco breakfast is my favourite too! Nice idea with the microgreens will have to try that :) I usually have hampseeds on my scrambled egg taco, adds a nutty flavour.


I love, love the taco idea! I also like the miso soup idea (it is still cold here in NYC, even in late April!) but due to celiac, am not sure what types or brands of miso are safe to use. Heidi, would you have any suggestions? PS--my Rancho Gordo Corona beans are waiting to be made into a pot of your veggie soup! :)

HS: Hi Susan, I buy a lot of Aedan miso here in SF, also like the South River organic chickpea miso. I'd just read labels carefully or talk to producers if you have the opportunity (of check their sites).


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