Trying to have a healthy start to your morning? Try these 25+ creative ways to eat vegetables for breakfast with all kinds of egg dishes, breads, & more!
I know everyone says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and, as someone who has lost 100 pounds, I finally see how true that statement is!
My breakfasts used to be things like cereal, a bagel, a chocolate chip granola bar, a muffin, or a donut.
I’d be starving an hour later and my junk food cravings were intense the rest of the day.
When I started focusing on higher protein breakfasts included vegetables, it was such a game-changer for my weight loss journey!
I was eating fewer calories, simply because the protein and veggies kept me full longer and I was actually giving my body the nutrients it so desperately craved.
And, as an amazing benefit, my cravings the whole rest of the day drastically decreased.
If you are looking for creative ways to add veggies to your breakfast, check out these ideas for motivation and inspiration to start your day on a healthier note!
Creative Ways To Eat Vegetables For Breakfast
1. Veggie Scrambled Eggs
Spinach is my favorite vegetable to add to scrambled eggs because it’s so easy to keep a bag of frozen spinach in the freezer and add to your eggs – no chopping required! You can see my recipe for Spinach Scrambled Eggs here.
But you can add so many other vegetables to scrambled eggs, too!
- minced broccoli
- riced cauliflower
- diced zucchini
- chopped bell pepper
2. Avocado Toast
Avocado itself is technically a fruit, so we won’t count that as the veggie on your toast, but there are all kinds of fun ways to use veggies to jazz up avocado toast!
- tomato slices (delicious with basil!)
- spinach scrambled eggs
- baby spinach
- radish slices
- green onion
- artichoke hearts
3. Green Smoothies
Green smoothies are a great way to get vegetables into your breakfast if you don’t want to feel like you’re eating veggies.
They include spinach, but just taste sweet and delicious, making it easier if you’re not a veggie-lover (yet).
This is the basic green smoothie recipe I use. It’s easy to modify (add protein powder, use kale or carrots instead, add blueberries, etc).
4. Egg Muffins
Egg muffins are basically scrambled eggs that you bake in muffin tins, making them great for healthy make-ahead breakfasts you can eat on-the-go.
They are really versatile and it’s super easy to add veggies.
Just whisk up a dozen eggs with some salt & pepper, grease a muffin tin & add your veggies of choice, then pour in the eggs and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
My favorites are:
- bell peppers
5. Egg Bites
Have you ever tried the sous vide egg bites at Starbucks? They are absolutely delicious!
There are a bunch of copycat recipes out there to make them at home, but these Instant Pot Egg Bites with baby spinach and roasted red peppers are my favorites!
6. Breakfast Casserole
If you’ve been around this website for a while, you know I love a good breakfast casserole!
They are so easy to throw together for healthy breakfast meal prep, they are hearty and filling, and it’s so easy to add veggies!
Frittatas are another great healthy breakfast choice, especially because you can cook everything in one pan!
Saute your veggies, add your eggs, then bake!
Here is a great frittata recipe that allows you to use the vegetables of your choice (asparagus, squash, and tomatoes are great options!).
If you’re trying to go for a low-calorie breakfast, there are lots of crustless quiche recipes out there.
Quiche is another egg dish that allows you to use just about any veggie you’d like! Try spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, or bell peppers.
SkinnyTaste has a delicious crustless broccoli cheddar quiche with only 174 calories a slice!
9. Sweet Potato Skillet or Hash
Cooking up shredded sweet potatoes with some spinach (or another veggie of your choice) is a delicious way to get vegetables into your breakfast.
I love the added sweetness of shredded apples, as well, and cracking eggs on top adds the protein that will help you stay on track with your healthy eating the rest of your day.
10. Breakfast Salads
I’m going to be honest. I scoffed the first time I saw a “breakfast salad” on a restaurant menu. It was such a ridiculous idea to me!
And then I started seeing them appear more and more often. I finally gave in and tried one….and I loved it.
I’ve seen arugula side salads offered alongside a quiche or slice of frittata, but I’ve also seen some fully loaded breakfast salads that have been delicious!
Gather the greens of your choice and choose whether you’d like to go sweet or savory. For a sweet breakfast salad, top with slices of fresh fruit with a light fruity vinaigrette or go savory and top with crumbled bacon, an egg, roasted sweet potato, avocado, butternut squash, and more!
11. Add Veggies On The Side
There was a season where I loved sauteeing a small diced zucchini almost every morning to go alongside my eggs (cooked any way!).
Most people don’t think of adding veggies to the side of your scrambled eggs, but don’t knock it until you try it!
You can saute squash, onion, or tomatoes or add some leftover roasted carrots, butternut squash, or sweet potatoes. You can keep the spices simple with just salt and pepper or add a fun seasoning mix like the Everything But The Bagel Seasoning (one of my favorites!).
12. Savory Oatmeal
This was another new one for me. I was pretty skeptical until I finally tried it, but oatmeal tastes amazing with savory ingredients!
This savory oatmeal recipe uses onion and bell pepper with steel-cut oats and an egg to make a delicious, veggie-packed breakfast.
13. Savory Quinoa
Just like with savory oatmeal, you can make a delicious veggie and egg breakfast quinoa to get vegetables into your morning meal, too!
This quinoa breakfast bowl recipe uses kale and cherry tomatoes, but the options are endless!
14. Baked Quinoa Bars
Kind of like the concept of baked oatmeal, these baked quinoa bars include spinach and green onions, but you could absolutely use the same base recipe and swap out the vegetables for any you’d like!
15. Hidden Veggie Pancakes (pumpkin, beet, spinach, butternut squash, etc)
My husband is a HUGE pancake lover, so this is something I make for him fairly often. He can’t taste the vegetables (they are pureed, so no veggie chunks in this one!), which makes him happy, but we’re still getting the nutrients in, which makes me happy.
I’ve made pancakes using pumpkin, beets, spinach, and I know there are all kinds of other options out there!
16. Baked Avocado Eggs
Did you know that you can crack an egg right into the hole of an avocado half and bake it for 15 minutes at 400 degrees for a protein-rich breakfast full of healthy fats?
I like to sprinkle on quartered cherry tomatoes before baking, as well, to get my veggies in.
17. Morning Glory Muffins
These muffins include shredded carrots for your veggies, along with a bunch of other wholesome ingredients for another sweet healthy breakfast option.
18. Breakfast Burritos/Breakfast Quesadillas/Breakfast Tacos
Breakfast burritos make a great grab-and-go make-ahead breakfast option (I like to keep a batch in my freezer for when I need them).
And don’t forget you can add veggies! Spinach is always my go-to vegetable for these, but I’ve also added bell peppers, onions, and shredded carrots, as well.
19. Breakfast Burrito Bowl
Are you trying to go low-carb? You can skip the tortilla and make your breakfast burrito into a bowl instead!
Scramble your egg, saute your veggies, add meat and cheese as desired, and you’re all set to go!
20. Breakfast Pizzas
Breakfast pizza is another creative way to get your veggies in first thing in the morning.
You can use your favorite pizza dough or a whole wheat pita topped with sauteed bell pepper, mushroom, spinach, cheese, and topped with an egg. Just bake it until the egg (and the dough) is done!
21. Breakfast Sandwiches
Most breakfast sandwiches are kept pretty simple with bread, egg, meat, and cheese, but it’s so easy to add some tomato slices or fresh baby spinach on there.
I like to make a batch of breakfast sandwiches to freeze, so I whisk my eggs together and bake them on a sheet pan with spinach or shredded zucchini to add veggies right into the egg mixture.
22. Breakfast Crepes
If you’re looking for something outside of the normal bread or tortilla, crepes are a delicious option, as well! They are kind of like a thin pancake, making them super versatile.
You can fill them with anything you’d like, but this summer vegetable crepes recipe uses zucchini, green beans, and corn.
23. Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Traditionally, baked potatoes are topped with things like butter and sour cream, but you can load a baked sweet potato (or normal potato, if you prefer!) up with breakfast goodies!
These are a great way to use leftover baked potatoes (if you don’t have leftovers, you can bake the potato at 400 degrees for about an hour, depending on the size).
Try loading them up with:
- turkey sausage with kale and bell pepper
- bacon, scrambled eggs, and spinach
- avocado, cherry tomatoes, and an over-easy egg
24. Zucchini Bread
Zucchini bread is another great sweet breakfast recipe for getting your green veggies in! If you are trying to lose weight and watching your calories, you will want to be careful about which zucchini bread recipe to use (some use lots of oil, packing a high-calorie punch!).
This whole wheat zucchini bread recipe uses applesauce instead of most of the oil as well as white whole wheat flour for a healthier option – and it’s just 155 calories per serving!
25. Microwave Eggs & Veggies In A Mug
Have you ever had scrambled eggs in a mug? They are great when you are in a hurry and still want a healthy breakfast.
Just grease a mug, whisk up an egg with a touch of water or milk (~1 Tbs), add your veggies (a little bit of chopped spinach or diced bell peppers work great here!), and microwave.
The exact time will depend on your microwave, but start with 30 seconds, stir, then add another 30 to 45 seconds or until the egg is set.
26. Add A Side Of Raw Vegetables
Just because it’s unconventional to see baby carrots served on the side of your omelet doesn’t mean it’s not delicious!
With your main breakfast dish, try adding a side of:
- baby carrots
- sliced cucumber
- bell pepper strips
- sugar snap peas
- cherry tomatoes
Again, eating leftovers might be unconventional, but there’s nothing wrong with eating some enchilada quinoa or butternut squash soup for breakfast! You can have a full-on dinner-for-breakfast or you can just use parts of your evening meal for breakfast the next morning.
Try roasting some extra broccoli for dinner to add to your scrambled eggs or sauteing some extra onions and peppers to have ready for a breakfast burrito.
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