Start the day on a nutritious note with one of these healthy breakfast ideas. Ingredients like whole wheat flour, oats, fruit, Greek yogurt, and eggs shine in a variety of recipes from easy breakfast casserole to 1-bowl baked oatmeal. Bonus: many of these recipes are convenient make-ahead options to get you through the week!
Healthy Breakfast Ideas & Recipes
While it would be *sweet bliss* to start each day with a stack of birthday cake pancakes or a warm batch of cinnamon rolls, I like to reserve those recipes for special occasions. When it comes to everyday breakfast, healthier cereal, yogurt, and fruit are a top choice. But I also like to make something at least one weekday morning, and I depend on recipes with nutritious, wholesome ingredients. And, of course, it’s extra lovely if that healthy breakfast recipe is quick, easy, and delicious!
I’m happy to share 30+ of my go-to healthy breakfast ideas. Even though the following recipes are made with better-for-you ingredients, I developed and tested them to ensure they still, well, taste good! I promise you, the recipes on this page are anything but boring and bland. And they are a bit more exciting than a bowl of cereal! 😉
Like my breakfast cookies—one of the most beloved healthy breakfast recipes. They’re packed with hearty oats, creamy almond butter, and flavorful add-ins like cranberries, pepitas, and raisins. This recipe is highly customizable, not to mention naturally gluten free, vegan, and low in sugar. Best of all, they freeze wonderfully and are my first choice for a quick breakfast or even snack. They taste fantastic cold—I always have a batch stashed in my freezer.
And when I’m looking for some protein, my easy make-ahead breakfast casserole is top of the list. Also my first choice when serving a crowd at holiday brunches! That or my easy frittata recipe. Can’t go wrong with either.
What Makes a Recipe “Healthy”?
When labeling a recipe as “healthy,” remember that the term is relative. Like my bran muffins or whole wheat pancakes, many of the following recipes are made with healthier alternatives to traditional baking ingredients but still include some sugar (refined or unrefined). When it comes to labeling recipes as healthy, use the best judgment for YOU.
And scroll to the bottom of the page to find my updated cheesy chicken sausage and pepper frittata recipe.
30+ Healthy Breakfast Ideas
Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Chicken Sausage and Pepper Frittata
Finally, here is one my favorite variations of my easy frittata recipe. I sub some of the whole eggs for egg whites, to keep it a bit lighter. The chicken sausage adds incredible flavor and some extra protein, making this an extra satisfying meal. Top with some fresh arugula for a veggie boost, and serve alongside fresh fruit. Delicious and nutritious!Print
This chicken sausage and pepper frittata is a protein-packed nutritious breakfast, and certainly a tasty way to squeeze in some extra vegetables! It all comes together in 1 pan, and reheats wonderfully for quick breakfasts throughout the week. Use your favorite cooked chicken sausage.
- 4 large eggs
- 4 large egg whites
- 1/2 cup (120ml) whole milk*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup (75g) shredded sharp white cheddar cheese*
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup (65g) chopped yellow onion
- 1 cup (about 130g) chopped green bell pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 ounces (170g) cooked chicken sausage, sliced (I use 3 2-ounce links)
- optional for garnish: fresh arugula
- Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C).
- In a medium bowl, preferably one with a pour spout, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the cheese. Set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a 2-inch-deep, 10- to 12-inch-diameter oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions and peppers begin to soften. Add sliced chicken sausage and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Pour the egg-and-cheese mixture over the vegetables and sausage and cook for 5 minutes, without stirring, until bubbling/starting to set around the edges.
- Carefully transfer the skillet to the center rack of the oven, and bake for 22–26 minutes, or until the frittata is puffy and the center no longer wobbles/looks wet.
- Transfer the skillet to a wire rack, and let it cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Frittata will continue to set as it cools. Top with fresh arugula for serving, if desired.
- Storage Instructions: Cover leftover frittata and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Microwave individual slices to reheat or place slices on a lined baking sheet and bake, covered, in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 5–10 minutes, or until warmed throughout.
- Freezing & Reheating Instructions: It’s best to freeze the fully baked and cooled frittata (unless you want to freeze the partially cooked egg mixture in your skillet, which—for best results—I do not recommend). Cool baked frittata completely, cut into slices, transfer slices to a freezer-friendly container, and cover tightly. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator, and microwave individual slice to reheat or place slices on a lined baking sheet and bake, covered, in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 5–10 minutes, or until warmed throughout.
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- Using Whole Eggs: If you want to use all whole eggs (no extra egg whites), use 7 whole eggs and skip the additional egg whites.
- Milk: Whole milk provides the best taste and texture, but you can substitute lower-fat or nondairy milk in a pinch. Using heavy cream or half-and-half will make for a creamier texture.
- Sausage: Use cooked chicken, turkey, or pork sausage. The pre-cooked links are wonderful here, and you’ll need 6 ounces total. If the sausage isn’t cooked, add it with the onions and peppers to cook it. You can also skip the sausage and substitute 1 cup (120g) of chopped mushrooms. Add them with onions and peppers.
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 182
- Sugar: 1.9 g
- Sodium: 465.8 mg
- Fat: 11.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 3.6 g
- Protein: 16.2 g
- Cholesterol: 135.9 mg
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