Healthy Breakfast Ideas That Are Good for Your Heart
Spinach Banana Waffles
"Nearly all of the ingredients in these waffles are packed with fiber, which may help improve blood cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease," says Kristen Smith, R.D. Unlike most waffle recipes, this recipe is naturally sweetened with fruit and omits any bad-for-your-heart added sugar, she adds. While you're at it, try these other healthy waffle recipe ideas for breakfast.
Get the recipe: Spinach Banana Waffles
Turmeric Egg Sandwich
This recipe calls for Dave's Killer Bread 21 Whole Grains and Seeds. Two slices deliver a whopping 10 grams of fiber (or 40 percent of your daily value), 10 grams of protein, 500 milligrams of omega-3s, and 44 grams of whole grains. That's 91 percent of the USDA Dietary Guideline's recommended daily serving of whole grains and a ton of other heart-healthy nutrients for only 240 calories! Plus, the turmeric is loaded with antioxidants and has been associated with fighting cancer and treating arthritis and Alzheimer's disease.
Get the recipe: Turmeric Egg Sandwich
Vegan Mandarin Orange Creamy Coconut Smoothie Bowl
"This smoothie bowl offers 14 grams of cholesterol-helping fiber, which is 56 percent of your daily value," says Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N. Plus, it's made and topped with Wonderful Halos, seedless mandarin oranges that are an excellent source of vitamin C. The pistachios and chia seeds provide protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
Get the recipe: Vegan Mandarin Orange Creamy Coconut Smoothie Bowl
KIND Plus Bar
When I don't have time for breakfast, I throw a KIND Plus bar in my bag. KIND Plus bars live up to their name, giving you the same good-for-you ingredients as a KIND bar plus extra antioxidants and fiber. Each bar contains 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, and 3 grams of fiber.
Try it: Cranberry Almond KIND Bar
Baked Salmon Cakes
"Packed with flavorful vegetables and baked instead of fried, these salmon cakes are a good source protein and omega-3 fatty acids that nourish the heart and help reduce the risk of heart disease," says Marisa Moore, M.B.A., R.D.N., L.D. Plus, research has shown that eating more protein at breakfast keeps you feeling fuller longer and can help with weight management.
Get the recipe: Baked Salmon Cakes
Blueberry Walnut Overnight Oats
"This easy blueberry-walnut overnight oats recipe is packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants," says Amber Ketchum, M.D.S., R.D. And it only takes five minutes to prep! Check out these 20 overnight oats recipes that'll change mornings forever.
Get the recipe: Blueberry Walnut Overnight Oats
Sweet Potato Egg Skillet with Spinach and Mushrooms
"This heart-healthy breakfast skillet serves up plenty of fiber and antioxidants thanks to the sweet potatoes, spinach, and mushrooms," says Christy Brissette, M.Sc., R.D. "Keep the skin on your sweet potatoes for extra fiber." For more options, try these 20 easy ways to cook eggs.
Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Egg Skillet with Spinach and Mushrooms
Peanut Butter Parfait with Amaranth
"Puffed amaranth is an ancient grain that delivers 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of filling fiber for only 100 calories a serving," says Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T.
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Parfait with Amaranth
Tropical Breakfast Bowl
Mini Spinach and Sweet Potato Fritatta
"Sweet potatoes contain vitamins C and B6, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and manganese," says Jodi Danen, R.D. "They're also a great source of fiber and beta-carotene and have anti-inflammatory properties, which may decrease the risk of chronic disease." Next up: Try this sweet potato hash you can make in the microwave.
Get the recipe: Mini Spinach and Sweet Potato Frittata