16 Healthy Breakfast Foods You Probably Didn’t Eat This Morning

Ready for a fresh spin on healthy breakfast? Try thinking beyond traditional ingredients like oats or fruit.

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Healthy breakfast food, Stuffed egg omelette with vegetable, dark concrete background
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Low in fat and high in protein, tuna packs the kind of nutritional punch to carry you through to lunchtime. It’s even high in Omega-3 fatty acids and essential amino acids! To start your day with this ingredient, try a tuna cheese omelet, which features a quarter cup of tuna alongside eggs, mushrooms, olives and green onion.

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Breakfast Bruschetta
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High in vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K, tomatoes are also the main dietary source of heart-healthy lycopene. Add them to scrambled eggs, omelets or your favorite quiche! You could also give a classic appetizer a morning spin in breakfast bruschetta, featuring chopped tomatoes atop English muffin halves.

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Loaded Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
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Increasingly popular in health communities, quinoa is a nutrient-dense seed that’s high in protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium and more. Eat it like oatmeal in this loaded quinoa breakfast bowl or this tropical quinoa breakfast bowl, and feel satisfied all morning!

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Turns out there’s a lot more to artichokes than cheesy dips or tasty side dishes. For a bold breakfast spin, try incorporating this antioxidant-rich vegetable into creative dishes like this artichoke egg casserole.

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Garden veggie egg bake
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It may not be the most traditional breakfast vegetable, but broccoli makes a smart choice thanks to its rich supply of vitamins K and C, folate, potassium and fiber. Use it in a comforting, cheesy dish like this garden veggie egg bake, and you’ve got another great reason to get up tomorrow.

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Fresh organic homemade sandwich smorrebrod with cereals dark rye grain bread toasts, salted salmon and black coffee mug on wooden board.
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Ever tried starting your day with salmon? This nutrient-dense fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and B vitamins, as well as associated with a lowered risk of heart disease. Bring it to the breakfast table in elegant smoked salmon strata or fun and fancy salmon and artichoke quiche squares.

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Veggie omelet with goat cheese
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Zucchini is a nutritious vegetable that offers vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber and folate. Even better, when it comes to breakfast, is there anything it can’t do? From skillets and pancakes to quick breads and quiche, zucchini’s a star. Get inspired with this roundup of 15 zucchini recipes to make for breakfast.

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Southwestern breakfast slow cooker casserole
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Black beans

High in fiber and protein, black beans have the power to keep you feeling full for hours. To add them to your breakfast routine, try creative dishes such as this Southwestern breakfast slow cooker casserole or this comforting black bean and white cheddar frittata.

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Portobello mushrooms florentine
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With their hefty fiber and protein content, mushrooms can be the firm foundation of many a morning meal. Plus, they’re loaded with nutrients such as B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper and vitamin D. Try using them in spinach-mushroom scrambled eggs or mushrooms Florentine for example!

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Breakfast sweet potatoes
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Sweet potatoes

If you think baked potatoes are only for dinnertime, think again. Make breakfast sweet potatoes to begin the day and you’ll enjoy soft, slow-roasted vegetables topped by Greek yogurt, chopped apples, maple syrup and coconut flakes. Or, take your sweet potato meal savory with a filling sausage and sweet potato hash!

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Cucumber melon smoothies


As hydrating as they are rich in nutrients, cucumbers make a lot more than salad. Add these low-calorie foods to a fruit plate or mix them into a morning drink. You can’t beat the refreshment of these cucumber melon smoothies, for example, especially in the hot summer months.

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Swift strawberry salad
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High in nutrients and healthy fats, cashews can make the first meal of the day last a lot longer—so you’re still going strong come lunch. What’s more, these nutrient-dense nuts have been linked with lowered risks for heart disease, cancer and obesity. Try them paired with strawberries.

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Breakfast taco with guacamole, sunny side up egg, soy meat and kidney beans
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Kidney beans

Another dark bean high in nutrients, the kidney bean is a heart-healthy ingredient that’s rich in fiber, B vitamins and minerals. If you’ve never had it for breakfast, why not try a bean-filled egg dish such as this chili bean cheese omelet?

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Cranberry walnut oatmeal
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If you’re going to make traditional breakfast foods, why not spice them up with non-traditional walnuts? Instead of almond butter on your toast, consider whipping up some homemade walnut butter, for example. Instead of your usual oatmeal, try this cranberry-walnut variety, which is at once tart and comforting!

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Grapefruit, Lime & Mint Yogurt Parfait
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It’s all too easy to relegate mint to after-dinner treats and holiday desserts. This calming, soothing herb has been used for years to soothe digestion, however, and it works great in morning smoothies or granola bowls.

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Creamy berry smoothies


Ready to give your usual smoothie a nutrition boost? Try making one with tofu, the versatile ingredient that’s a great source of protein, minerals and amino acids. When it’s blended with fruit and yogurt, you won’t even taste it. For inspiration, check out this creamy berry smoothie or blueberry orange blast.

Shanna Mallon
Shanna Mallon is an experienced copywriter and food blogger with a master's degree in Writing. She likes tested recipes, organized refrigerators and the pleasure of a good bite.