Quick, Healthy Breakfasts

Wild Mushroom Toasts with Ham and Fried Eggs
Photo: © William Meppem

From a sweet breakfast quinoa to a breakfast burrito with turkey bacon, here are quick, healthy breakfasts.

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Oatmeal with Strawberries, Toasted Walnuts and Skyr

Oatmeal with Strawberries, Toasted Walnuts, and Skyr
© Tara Fisher

This lovely berry porridge, made with rolled oats, is especially good because it's not too sweet: There's no added sugar.

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Sweet Breakfast Quinoa

Day 12: Sweet Breakfast Quinoa

“This breakfast will make your day so productive,” says Jill Donenfeld about her maple syrup-sweetened quinoa. Quinoa is naturally loaded with protein and fiber.

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Breakfast Burrito

Breakfast Burrito

“How many lunchrooms have disgusting Taco Tuesdays?” asks chef Spike Mendelsohn. As an alternative, he stuffs burritos with scrambled eggs (lightened with egg whites), feta, turkey bacon and spinach.

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Apple Sandwiches

Apple Sandwiches

This is a quick and satisfying little “sandwich” of apples that’s great to wrap up and take on the go.

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Eggs Baked Over Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach

Eggs Baked Over Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach

Drinking wine with eggs at lunch always feels so French to Kristin Donnelly, likely thanks to Elizabeth David’s famous essay, “An Omelette and a Glass of Wine.”

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Souffléed Apple Pancake

Souffleed Apple Pancake
© William Meppem

One serving of this recipe contains 457 calories and 19.6 gm total fat.

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Scrambled Egg and Swiss Chard Tacos

Scrambled Egg and Swiss Chard Tacos

These delicious vegetarian tacos are packed with scrambled eggs, sautéed Swiss chard and tomatoes, then topped with salsa verde and sour cream.

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Strawberry, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie

Strawberry, Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie

Chef Nate Appleman lost lots of weight by running. After a morning workout, he often makes this smoothie, which gets a dose of protein from almond butter.

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Baked Eggs en Cocotte with Basil

Baked Eggs en Cocotte with Basil
© Fredrika Stjärne

These baked eggs topped with melted butter are Piero Incisa della Rocchetta’s go-to breakfast. The dish was also a favorite of his grandfather Mario, the founder of Italy’s world-famous Sassicaia winery in Tuscany.

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Mexican Eggs in Purgatory


For the Italian breakfast dish Eggs in Purgatory, eggs are baked in a spicy tomato sauce. In this Mexican-inspired take, Grace Parisi substitutes a vibrant, fresh green sauce made with tomatillos, cilantro and scallions.

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Spiced Yogurt Muffins

Spiced Yogurt Muffins

These ingeniously moist muffins from Fraîche baker Jennifer Musty are rich in calcium and low in fat.

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Cinnamon Polenta Pancakes

Jan. 15: Cinnamon Polenta Pancakes

Using polenta (cornmeal) in addition to white flour in these pancakes makes them especially satisfying, as the ground whole grain delivers lots of fiber and a good amount of protein.

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Mustard Green and Sweet Onion Frittata

Mustard Green-and-Sweet Onion Frittata

Although high in cholesterol, eggs are a terrific source of bone-building vitamins D and K. Gabe Thompson combines them with nutrient-rich mustard greens in this healthy frittata.

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Light and Fluffy Baked Apple Pancake

baked apple pancake
© Michael Turek

Golden Delicious apples hold their shape after they are caramelized with sugar and maple syrup, making them a perfect choice for this clever, giant one-pan pancake.

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Citrus Salad with Candied Ginger

Citrus Salad with Candied Ginger

The key to making this simple fruit salad with candied ginger: Use a sharp knife to cut the citrus. “The better your knife, the better this dish will look,” says chef Jason Travi.

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Moroccan-Date Bonbons

Wyoming: Energy Bite

Elizabeth Falkner loves eating these energy-boosting, cardamom-spiced date bites made with almonds, walnuts and pistachios. “Eat two of these as a snackor with some juice for breakfast, and you’re satisfied,” she says.

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Spiced Chickpeas with Yogurt and Pine Nuts

Spiced Chickpeas with Yogurt and Pine Nuts

More people should eat chickpeas at breakfast: The legumes have lots of folate, essential minerals and fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar. The chefs at Marisa May’s restaurant, SD26, sometimes make these stewy, savory chickpeas for her when she hasn’t had a chance to eat something filling at home.

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Souffléed Strawberry Jam Omelets

Souffléd Strawberry Jam Omelets

These ethereal free-form soufflés—filled with strawberry jam—are equally good for brunch or dessert.

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Açai Super Smoothie

Acai Super Smoothie
© Antonis Achilleos

Brazilian surfers first popularized this freakishly nutritious Amazonian berry. Now it has gone mainstream. The smoothie here, by F&W’s Grace Parisi, boosts açai's healthfulness with pomegranate juice.

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Grilled Asparagus Salad with Fried Eggs

Grilled Asparagus Salad with Fried Egg
© Tina Rupp

Chef Mark Broadbent upgrades the standard lemony arugula salad by topping it with grilled asparagus, butter-fried eggs—duck eggs, when available—and freshly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Almond-Milk Rice Pudding

Almond-Milk Rice Pudding

Sushi rice makes this dairy-free rice pudding—made with unsweetened almond milk—pleasantly chewy and creamy.

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Wild Mushroom Toasts with Ham and Fried Eggs

Wild Mushroom Toasts with Ham and Fried Eggs
© William Meppem

In the Basque part of Rioja, tapas-like appetizers, such as this dish, are referred to as pintxo (PEEN-show). These toasts topped with runny eggs are perfect for breakfast or brunch.

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