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Members Share Their Favorite Breakfasts

Healthy Ideas from SparkPeople's Message Boards

Think you've seen it all when it comes to healthy breakfasts? Think again! If your mornings are filled with oatmeal and cold cereal because you're short on time, try some of these breakfast ideas from SparkPeople members like you. They're simple, quick and healthy—breakfast will never be boring again!
  • "I enjoy cottage cheese with fresh fruit and some kind of whole-wheat bread. I also like to make a parfait with yogurt, fresh/dried fruit, granola and honey."
  • "I like plain fat-free yogurt (Greek Style from Trader Joe's), sugar-free jam and 1/4 cup of grape nuts. It has only around 170-190 calories and it keeps me full until lunchtime."
  • "I eat sandwiches for breakfast with a glass of fat free milk. I always pack it and eat it when I get to work. I use sprouted grain bread and any of the following combos: 1) Peanut butter, honey and banana, 2) Sprouts, avocado and tomato, 3) Bacon, egg and tomato, 4) Hummus, turkey, lettuce and tomato, 5) Tomato sauce, part skim mozzarella cheese and veggies, 6) Roasted veggies and mozzarella, or 7) Avocado, lettuce, Parmesan cheese and chicken breast."
  • "Egg beaters and fresh veggies! Put 1/2 a cup of Egg Beaters in the microwave (directions are on the container) and about halfway through, when you're told to stir, just add some fresh veggies and low-fat cheese. The great thing about it is that you can add different things to it every day. Since I started eating it in the mornings, I am not hungry until lunchtime! It takes about 3 minutes max to make."
  • "Here is an odd one I eat: two Kavali 5-grain crackers and one tablespoon Saba roasted eggplant. I also like one Babybel cheese on two of those Kavali crackers."
  • "If you like smoothies, you can try making one with protein powder (or soy milk), skim milk and frozen strawberries/blueberries. Only takes a few seconds to blend one up."
  • "I like having soup for breakfast in the winter."
  • "My personal favorite: banana milk. I am not sure if you can make it ahead of time, I guess you could try that, but it takes me less than a minute to make: use a mixer to blend half a cup of milk and a banana, and ta-da!"
  • "Not sure if this works for you, but around here we eat sandwiches for breakfast often. My boys LOVE peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast. You could try that. Whole grain bread, lean meat, maybe some tomato & lettuce, cheese, etc."
  • "I'm kind of a fruit and yogurt with a handful of granola gal right now. I also like Luna bars and a piece of fruit."
  • "There is no rule saying that you have to eat 'breakfast' foods for breakfast. Soups are good, sandwiches, even salads. If it's a matter of just wanting something quick and easy, try a couple of pieces of fruit with some peanut butter or other nut butter or maybe a peanut butter and banana/apple sandwich."
  • "I'm not vegetarian but I love a BLT made with Morningstar veggie bacon strips, a large spinach leaf, sliced tomato on a toasted light Thomas' English muffin. You could add a little hummus or light mayonnaise to that as well, or more vegetables, onion, etc. Also both Trader Joe's and Morningstar make veggie corn dogs that I could eat for any meal including breakfast!"
  • "A bowl of fresh berries topped with yogurt and slivered almonds and a half a toasted whole wheat bagel with fat-free cream cheese or goat cheese."
  • "Make your favorite quiche filling (use veggies, meats or cheeses, in any combo you like—I like broccoli and onion or ham and broccoli) and grease a mini muffin pan. Fill the cups 3/4 full of the filling and bake until done. Pop them out into a Tupperware or put into Ziploc bags to grab on-the-go. You can heat them in the microwave for a few seconds or I even enjoy them cold!"
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  • I make a breakfast sandwich that I am addicted to and it's only 234 calories! I put two egg whites in a small bowl, cover and microwave for 1 minute. put it on top of a 100 calorie English muffin. Add two microwaveable Jimmy Dean turkey sausage patties which are 100 calories. That's it. Doesn't need cheese. But you could do a low fat slice if you needed it. More filling and, in my opinion, better tasting than an Egg McMuffin. - 5/17/2014 8:51:45 AM
  • I've always enjoyed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast with 2% milk and it's a wrap! It reminds me so much of home! I've also included veggies in my breakfast as well. Maybe a veggie quiche and fresh or stewed tomatoes. Who woudl have thunk it! - 11/17/2013 4:19:37 AM
  • For a quick breakfast when I'm pressed for time I have my go to breakfast of Jimmy Dean D-Light Breakfast Sandwich, Turkey Sausage, egg and cheese... and a cup of coffee - 11/7/2013 12:47:35 PM
  • I make oatmeal with cinnamon and truvia, add 1 Tablespoon of wheat germ, and a dollop of low fat vanilla yogurt on top. I have 1/2 of a banana and either hot green tea or coffee. I t keeps me full until lunch time - 11/7/2013 12:41:41 PM
  • I eat oatmeal with banana and peanut butter every day and I'm not bored yet. - 10/22/2013 6:51:46 PM
    McD Egg White Delight....250 calories and the perfect protein/carb combo. I add fruit from home for a mid morning snack and I am good to go till lunch at 1 pm. - 10/22/2013 10:52:34 AM
  • Breakfast for me is usually an egg cooked in Pam, either scrambled (with cheese) or fried, a slice of whole-wheat toast, and either juice or some fruit. It's quick, not much clean-up, and gets me through the morning. - 10/22/2013 10:39:02 AM
  • Smoothies take longer to make than some people suggest, since cleaning up the blender is part of the process. So instead of having a smoothie made with milk and a banana, why not just have a banana and a glass of milk? Usually I have a banana for breakfast without the milk, along with a handful of vitamins and supplements (ginko, turmeric, palmetto, ginseng, etc.). And an energy drink, which I know is non-kosher, but I enjoy it and it wakes me up. As long as I'm busy, I don't feel hungry, until I stop being busy. - 10/22/2013 9:56:47 AM
  • Over time I have developed my favorite: I start with 1/4 cup of a dry mix of quick oats, milled flax seed, and cinnamon and then add a banana and a half cup of water. Zap it for 2 minutes in the microwave and it's done. I love it. It is sweet enough and does not need milk, butter or sugar. Lots of Fiber and Omega 3's. - 10/22/2013 9:39:09 AM
  • I too, enjoy the plain greek yogurt, however I use honey and Kashi granola cereal. I eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast or for dinner with milk, a childhood memory. I've recently discovered the breakfast veggie quiche and will again try the BLT with turkey bacon! I had been looking for a breakfast to sustain me as my worst snacking period is between breakfast and lunch! Yeah and thanx! - 10/22/2013 12:56:18 AM
  • crustless quiche. 6 serving recipe does me 4 servings, 4 days. Alternatively better breakfast casserole. Occasionally soup, e.g. borscht or 5 ingredient soup, with 3 or 4 meatballs to up the protein. These heat up while I'm drinking my coffee and reading. Reading probably stops me getting hungry, as it makes me eat my meals slowly!! - 4/8/2013 9:59:13 AM
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 slice 50 calorie bread and a medium banana. cup of skim milk and lets not forget Lots of coffee. - 2/8/2013 7:51:26 AM
  • I enjoy my homemade muesli (rolled oats, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, wheat germ, flax seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and from time to time I add fresh berries or some other dried fruit with cold, unsweetened almond milk). The unsweetened version is enough for me with all the fruit. I add a tiny bit of brown sugar for my little one.

    My other fave is the quick crustless quiche i make. I use egg beaters with 2% cheese, veges, 1-2 tbsp of flour, pepper and just a little salt. I eat a couple slices with some chunky pasta sauce or salsa. - 1/5/2013 10:09:55 PM
  • I love breakfast ... except a lot of the breakfast ideas on SparkPeople are like 200 - 300 calories max. The thing with me ... I need a whole lot more calories to stay full till lunch time. I need almost 600 calories for breakfast. Breakfast: Steel Cut Oatmeal w/ Agave and 1/2 c blue berries/Chobani Greek Yogurt Vanilla 6oz-8oz/ 1/2 Grapefruit/ 1oz of Almonds (24 almonds). Of course ... I need to alot almost an hour to eating it, so on days when I wake up late ... my whole meal schedule is messed up and I don't get in the needed calories :(

    But I'm thinking of switching to Cardio in the morning because exercising in the evening is killing my mornings. So starting Monday ... we will see if this new plan works! - 12/28/2012 3:20:00 PM
  • Breakfast Parfait:

    .5 c Kashi GoLean twigs/soy grahams/puffs (240 mg potassium, 6.5 g protein, 70 cal) OR .25 c Bear Naked Protein Granola (6 g protein, 140 cal)

    .5 c fresh blueberries (about 40 cal)

    1 3.5-oz (kid size) Chobani Champions Very Berry yogurt (100 cal)

    Layer or just mix it all up.
    210 cal if made with Kashi cereal
    280 cal if made with Bear Naked granola cereal - 12/14/2012 7:27:14 AM

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