10 Heart-Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

updated Jun 29, 2023
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We’ve all been told it’s wise to start our day off with breakfast. I say it’s even more wise to start the day off with a heart-healthy breakfast, regardless of whether you have heart concerns or not. What does that mean? It means eating something that’s high in good-for-you fats, fiber, and protein. So things like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds are a must. These 10 recipes include all these great heart-healthy attributes and also happen to be easy to make ahead or whip up in just a few moments.

10 Heart-Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

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Honey-Yogurt Avocado Toast

This twist on avocado toast adds Greek yogurt to the situation, which is not only a creamy, tangy base for the toasted whole-grain bread, but also adds a bit of protein to the situation to keep you satisfied through the morning.

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Morning Glory Overnight Oats
Inspired by the hearty muffins of the same name, tender soaked oats are mixed with apple, carrot, and walnuts for a wholesome, make-ahead breakfast.
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Herbed Egg Whites & Feta on English Muffins

This is another wholesome big-batch recipe you can lean on. Make these when you have a little time over the weekend, then tuck them into the freezer for fast breakfasts.

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Banana-Date Smoothie

Dates add enough sweetness to this smoothie that there is no need for any additional sweeteners — plus they lend lots of heart-healthy fiber to the drink.

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Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups
An easy recipe for yogurt cups layered with fruit, jam, and granola that make for simple, on-the-go breakfasts.
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No-Bake Sunflower-Oat Bars

These easy no-bake bars are bound together with sunflower butter. The seed butter is a fun alternative to peanut or almond butter and is full of heart-healthy fats.

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Breakfast Grain Salad with Blueberries, Hazelnuts & Lemon

This unique breakfast salad, made with quinoa, steel-cut oats, and millet, actually improves overnight in the refrigerator, as all the flavors have time to meld, so definitely make this on Sunday to eat throughout the week.

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Olive Oil Carrot Muffins

Using olive oil and applesauce in these whole-grain muffins, instead of butter, makes them incredibly moist and tender, which means they’ll last for up to four days at room temperature.

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Banana Split with Yogurt and Jam
This quick, easy breakfast takes a dessert classic and lightens it up for the morning with yogurt and jam.
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Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Honey & Fruit

Quinoa joins steel-cut oats in this super-simple oatmeal that simmers away in your slow cooker overnight while you sleep. Feel free to swap out the dried apricots and hazelnuts for any of your favorite dried fruit and nuts here.

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