12 Ways to Treat Your Heart to Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but some a.m. meals are better for your heart than others. We've rounded up this list of breakfasts that fall within the heart-healthy guidelines of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Heart Association, so you can have a good-for-you breakfast for every day of the week (and then some!).

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Mini Veggie Frittatas

These tiny egg muffins pack a mean protein punch. They can even be eaten cold for a quick bite on the go!

Whole-Wheat Waffles

Never buy store-bought waffles again! Whip up a batch of these and keep in the freezer to toast in the morning.

Better Breakfast Casserole
Pop this cheesy comfort food in the oven the next time you have company for brunch. They won't even know it's good for them!

Low-Sodium Sausage
You don't have to say "sayonara" to sausage when you're taking care of your heart! This version has 90% less sodium with all of the flavor you crave.

High-Protein Blueberry Muffins
These sweet muffins get extra staying power with the help of protein powder.

Crustless Spinach, Feta & Onion Quiche

This easy quiche is a delicious way to get some greens in at breakfast.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Yes, you can eat cookies for breakfast! This wholesome recipe really does taste like dessert.

Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes

Fluffy pancakes studded with sweet, juicy blueberries--what's not to love? Top with your favorite nut butter for a boost of healthy fats.

Huevos Rancheros
Eggs go south of the border in this classic, flavorful brunch meal.

Apple-Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Slow-cook this breakfast overnight and wake up to the fragrance of warm apples and cinnamon!

Apple-Bran Muffins
Portable, tasty and healthy to boot, you have no reason to skip breakfast with these muffins in the house! Make a batch over the weekend to munch on all week long.

Light Lemon Blueberry Donuts
You'll feel like you're cheating when you eat one of these decadent donuts, but they're only 100 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving!

Hungry for more? Be good to your heart with these six bonus recipes!

Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Zucchini Bread

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Pumpkin & Apple Waffles

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal

Oatmeal Pancakes

Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
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What are bad breakfasts if all these carbs and dairy are healthy? Report
If sausage, cheese and eggs are the healthy breakfast, what on Earth are the unhealthy ideas? These are all pretty much recipes for a heart attack. Report
Now I need a personal chef to do those delicious dishes. Report
Great ideas! Report
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Who knew breakfast could have such variation, yet be so tasty! Report
Can;t wait to make these..thank you Report
Great recipes. Thanks. Report
So many great ideas! I usually can't think of anything I want for breakfast, now I have a bunch of options! Report
Breakfast is a great way to start the day, SparkFriends. Report


About The Author

Melinda Hershey
Melinda Hershey
Melinda has a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education and is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer. Before working as an editor for SparkPeople, she developed and taught health programs for several non-profit organizations. She enjoys writing, interval training, yoga, and cooking with friends.