Scrumptious (and Energizing!) Breakfast Recipes

  • Scrumptious (and Energizing!) Breakfast Recipes
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  • Scrumptious (and Energizing!) Breakfast Recipes
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  • Scrumptious (and Energizing!) Breakfast Recipes
    Photo: Sang An
  • Scrumptious (and Energizing!) Breakfast Recipes
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  • Scrumptious (and Energizing!) Breakfast Recipes
    Photo: Sang An
  • Scrumptious (and Energizing!) Breakfast Recipes
    Photo: Sang An
  • Scrumptious (and Energizing!) Breakfast Recipes
    Photo: Sang An
  • The Hot Cereal You Never Saw Coming

    The wonder seed quinoa may have found a place on lunch and dinner plates, but the economical, versatile and protein-rich food is also fantastic for breakfast. Buttery-tasting pistachios, a tiny dash of vanilla extract, sweet honey and tangy low-fat yogurt make this dish almost dessert-like.

    Per serving: 260 calories, 11 grams protein, 7 grams fat, 11 grams fiber.

      Get the recipe: Hot Pistachio Cereal with Greek Yogurt and Honey

  • Lazy-Day Eggs

    On mornings when you leap out of bed only to settle down in front of a computer screen, a high-protein breakfast is best (too many carbs would make you sluggish, says dietitian Wendy Bazilian). This egg on a bed of sautéed chard has classic Caesar salad ingredients—anchovies, capers and Parmesan melted on a slice of toast.

    Per serving: 304 calories, 16 grams protein, 4 grams saturated fat, 3 grams fiber. Plus more than 130 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamins A and C.

      Get the recipe: Sunny Side Up Eggs

  • Get-Going Bread

    Facing a frenzied week? Set aside some time on Sunday to bake this moist, fruit-filled bread (each loaf contains four pears)—then toast a slice on your way out the door each morning. Thanks to whole wheat flour, it's high in good-for-you carbs—the kind that give you the sustained energy you need to motor through until lunch.

    Per one-inch slice: 355 calories, 6 grams protein, 2 grams saturated fat, 6 grams fiber.

      Get the recipe: Lemon-Pear Breakfast Bread

  • Low-Cal Grits a Southerner Could Love

    Lighten up classic Southern grits by cooking them in low-sodium chicken broth instead of cream or whole milk (this trick also adds savory depth). Traditional pork sausage is replaced with turkey kielbasa, which is lower in calories and saturated fat but still delivers smoky and meaty flavor.

    Per serving: 170 calories, 13 grams protein, 9 grams fat, 2 grams fiber.

      Get the recipe: Tomato Grits and Sausage

  • Weekend Waffles

    Sometimes the Saturday-morning marathon—cleaning, laundry, market, gym—can leave you longing for the relative calm of Monday. To help you tackle your to-do list, make a batch of these delicious, healthy-carb pumpkin waffles and top with fruit, nuts and high-protein Greek yogurt.

    Per waffle: 288 calories, 10 grams protein, 6 grams saturated fat, 3 grams fiber. Plus 29 percent DV of vitamin A, 14 percent iron and 27 percent calcium.

      Get the recipe: Pumpkin Waffles

  • Warming Porridge

    Cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper play a dual role in this multigrain porridge, made here with oats, millet, spelt and flaxseed. They not only provide a lovely, exotic flavor but actually help your body generate warmth—a godsend on a bone-chilling day.

    Per serving: 222 calories, 9 grams protein, 1 gram saturated fat, 6 grams fiber. Plus 13 percent DV iron.

      Get the recipe: Mixed-Grain Cereal with Chai Spice

  • Better Sips

    Your waking body needs energy even if you don't have time to eat in the morning—so drink your breakfast instead. From right: The kiwi-pineapple smoothie is an antioxidant powerhouse that's high in vitamin C and fiber. The watermelon smoothie features coconut water—a natural source of electrolytes, which bodies require. And the espresso version has coffee, cashew butter and soy milk, for caffeine and protein (6 grams).

      Get the recipe: Antioxidant Smoothie

      Get the recipe: Rehydration Smoothie

      Get the recipe: Get-Up-and-Go Protein Smoothie