After the champagne toast and midnight kiss, many people toss out the leftover cookies, hit the gym, and vow to get their health back on track for the New Year. But it’s easier to indulge than it is to instantly revamp your lifestyle so start small. Instead of overhauling your entire diet, focus on making the first meal of the day a nutritious one. Chances are, if you start on a healthy note, you’re more likely to make smart choices throughout the rest of the day.
Take the guesswork out of breakfast with these calorie-conscious recipes filled with healthful ingredients – they’re so delicious, your taste buds won’t know you’re making a healthy choice!
Healthified Bacon, Cheese and Tomato Strata
Yes, you can still have bacon, bread, and cheese and stick to a healthy eating plan. With just 160 calories and 12 grams of filling protein per serving, this easy recipe will help ease you into a healthy eating routine, without leaving you feeling deprived. Make a large batch and store it in the fridge so it’s ready to heat and serve in the morning!
Give this popular morning meal a unique twist by using quinoa instead of oats. The trick (thanks to Chef Vikki of Recipe Rehab) keeps all of the filling fiber of traditional oatmeal and gives an added protein boost for even more staying power. Plus, the superfood offers up an interesting texture, while the mild flavor blends well with common oatmeal add-ins like honey, cinnamon, and bananas.
Mini Mushroom and Sausage Quiches
These perfectly-portioned bites pack the yummy flavor of a quiche into a portable egg muffin. Lean turkey sausage, earthy mushrooms, and a sprinkle of Swiss cheese make for a flavor-packed meal with just 90 calories each!
Strawberry-Apple Breakfast Fool
Swap low-calorie flavored yogurts, which are typically filled with artificial sugars, for this delicious breakfast made with a fresh fruit puree and high-protein Greek yogurt. For less than 200 calories you have a naturally sweet treat with 20 grams of filling protein that will hold you over until lunch.
Mexican Rolled Omelet
If you find yourself picking up a breakfast wrap from the drive-thru a few times a week, keep this recipe in your arsenal. Using eggs as your “wrap” is a smart way to shave calories off your meal, while still enjoying the flavors you crave. A combination of cumin, oregano, and chipotle powder give the meal a south-of-the-border kick.
Homemade Energy Bars
For hectic mornings when you need something to grab and go, have a batch of these homemade energy bars on hand. The bars have a natural sweetness thanks to dates and figs – unlike processed versions that are loaded with artificial ingredients – plus protein-rich cashews and flaxseeds rich in omega-3s.