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19 Nourishing and Balanced Breakfast Ideas

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What’s the key to a balanced breakfast? A meal that includes protein, fat, carbohydrates, and FLAVOR! Because if it doesn’t taste good, you’re probably not going to be excited to eat it and I want you to feel excited about your meals. So the breakfast recipes you’ll find here fit the criteria for being nutritious AND delicious.

Tomato Toast

Tomato toast topped with microgreens
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

This is the recipe to make when summer tomatoes are out in full force. Once you try this, you’ll never make tomato toast another way. Try it with sprouted bread for an extra nutrition and protein boost.

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California Breakfast Sandwich

Turkey sausage breakfast sandwich with berries.
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This is the perfect breakfast sandwich. Turkey sausage is topped with mildly spicy pepper jack cheese, ripe avocado and crunchy sprouts and sandwiched between pillowy soft brioche bun for a nutritious and super delicious meal. Serve with fresh berries.

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High Protein Breakfast Meal Prep

Meal prep breakfast box
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You’ll be so happy you have a few of these meal prep breakfast boxes ready to go for busy mornings. They are pre-portioned and include yogurt, berries, granola and chia seeds, and breakfast sausage that just needs a quick microwave. It’s filling and nutritious.

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Hummus Toast

Different hummus toast combinations
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Hummus toast is a great way to add a little boost of fiber to your breakfast and it pairs well with fresh veggies so it’s a great way to add some color and veggies to your first meal of the day. Pair with hard boiled eggs.

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Mini Banana Muffins

Close up of mini banana muffin on cooling rack.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Want something sweet and delicious to take on-the-go? These mini muffins are it. Reminiscent of banana bread, they are made with a great blend of oats, whole grain flour, Greek yogurt – but still keep a light and fluffy texture. Pair with some fresh fruit and milk or cottage cheese.

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Avocado Toast

Different avocado toast toppings.
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The ultimate savory breakfast! There are so many ways to top your avocado toast. I like to break it down by flavor, sprinkles, cheese/protein, and veggies. Pick a few from each category and you’ve got an upscale breakfast that tastes fantastic.

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Brown Sugar Oatmeal

Bowl of cinnamon and brown sugar oatmeal with nuts and berries.
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Just like the packets, but easily made at home and isn’t comparable flavor-wise. Stir an egg into the oats at the end of cooking for a bit of extra protein if you need it.

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Breakfast Charcuterie Board

Close up of a breakfast board brunch platter
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Truly the best way to feed a crowd or weekend guests. Put out a gorgeous spread that includes a variety of foods like breakfast pastries, hard boiled eggs, deli meats, and fresh fruit – all of your nutrition bases are covered!

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Acai Bowl

Acai bowl with granola, blueberries, and strawberries.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Sure, you can pay more than $10 to get this at a smoothie shop, but it’s also incredibly easy to make at home. Once you blend it up, don’t skimp on the filling toppings like nut butter, granola, and fresh fruit.

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Lox and Bagels

Lox and cream cheese bagel with cucumber slices
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

This lox and bagels recipe makes a fun and easy brunch or breakfast spread! Put out bagels with cream cheese, lox, and a variety of fresh veggies like sliced cucumber, sliced tomato, red onion, and capers and let everyone build their very own perfect bagel and lox.

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Greek Yogurt Parfait

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This Greek yogurt parfait is a quick and healthy, 5-minute breakfast that your kids will love making themselves! Make these parfaits with healthy layers of protein-rich Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, a drizzle of honey, and some crunchy granola.

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Anthony Bourdain Scrambled Eggs

Breakfast plate with sour cream scrambled eggs toast and bacon

Ready to try out the secret to Anthony Bourdain scrambled eggs? It’s made with an ingredient you probably already have and the end result? Perfectly creamy scrambled eggs – even if you overcook them.  

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Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

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This hearty smoothie is made with just 6 simple ingredients, takes less than 5 minutes to make, and I like to call it a strawberries and cream smoothie because it’s sweet and creamy! It’s incredibly filling thanks to the oats and cottage cheese which means it won’t leave you hungry a half hour later like some smoothies.

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Italian Frittata

Photo Credit: XOXO Bella.

An Italian vegetable frittata makes a great breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even a quick and simple supper. It’s a mouthwatering combination of eggs, vegetables, cream, garlic, and cheese. Frittata can be served chilled, but it’s especially good served warm. This Italian frittata recipe is similar to other egg-based dishes such as omelets and quiche, but it has its own charm and is just as delicious the next day.

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Peanut Butter Toast

Peanut butter toast topping ideas with different examples.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

You’ll love this list of creative and interesting peanut butter toast ideas! Toast with peanut butter is not only a nutritious breakfast but also endlessly customizable! Keep it classic with peanut butter banana toast or try a savory peanut butter toast!

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Shrimp Spinach Sunny Side Up Omelette

Shrimp spinach sunny side up omelet with eggs on top is simple to prepare but oh so tasty! What better way to start the day than this protein-rich shrimp omelet recipe that pairs succulent seafood with eggs and veggies?

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Ricotta Toast

Sweet and savory ricotta toast recipes
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

You’ll love this list of creative and interesting ricotta toast ideas! Ricotta on toast is not only a nutritious and balanced breakfast, but it’s also endlessly customizable! Keep it classic with honey ricotta toast or try a savory toast for something different.

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5-Minute Breakfast Board for Kids

Hand reaching over breakfast board with fork.
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

While I repeatedly tell parents that their worth has nothing to do with what their kids eat or don’t eat…this breakfast board will definitely make you feel like a rockstar. There’s something about taking the components and putting them out in a beautiful spread that really adds a special and fun touch to the meal and also puts kids in charge, which can help them eat new and different foods. 

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Mini Ham & Cheese Frittatas

Mini frittatas with ham and cheese on a plate
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Make this mini frittatas recipe and enjoy a quick protein bite all week! Each serving of my crustless ham and cheese quiche has 10 grams of protein making it a great addition to a nutritious breakfast, lunch, or snack.

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