Mornings are when I crave carbs — potatoes, toast, and congee, please — but I would love to find a way to incorporate more vegetables into my first meal of the day. It turns out, though, that breakfast can actually be one of the easiest meals for adding vegetables (since you're probably cooking and eating it at home).
And while avocado toast is an obvious and delicious choice, there are way more vegetables out there that should get some attention in the morning. Here are five easy ways to fill up on veggies before you even leave the house!
1. Embrace other root vegetables besides potatoes.
While hash browns are one of my favorite things to eat in the morning, there are so many other flavorful root vegetables than can be baked, shredded, fried, or hashed instead. Try sweet potato, turnips, or even beets and get some extra vitamin boosts from these colorful root veggies.
- Vegetable Breakfast Hash
- Radish and Turnip Hash with Fried Eggs
- Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage & Eggs
- Red Flannel Hash
- Sweet Morning Potato with Yogurt, Maple Syrup & Nuts
- Slow-Cooker Maple-Glazed Squash
2. Move your lunch salad or grain bowl to breakfast instead.
There's no reason why salads and grain bowls can't be eaten for breakfast — especially when the weather's warm or your crisper drawer is overflowing with vegetables you need to eat up. Serve with soft-boiled or poached eggs to make it more breakfast-like, and don't forget that you can top scrambled eggs with vegetable mixtures like chunky salsa!
- Breakfast Grain Bowl Mix
- Summer Breakfast Salad
- Southwest Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- Scrambled Eggs with Lazy Salsa
- Breakfast Salad with Pizza Crust Waffle
3. Skip the toast and serve your eggs with sautéed greens instead.
It's a great feeling to start off a busy day knowing you've already had a serving or two of greens, and the easiest way to do that is to just sauté some up and serve with eggs. Whether you cream them, simply cook them with garlic, or flavor them with bacon is up to you, but it'll probably take the same amount of time as toasting bread if your greens are washed and ready to go. To make things even easier, just cook up a big bunch of greens for dinner and use the leftovers for breakfast!
- Crispy White Beans with Greens and Poached Egg
- Green Shakshuka
- Creamed Spinach with Baked Eggs
- Fried Eggs & Collard Greens over Polenta
4. Load your pancake or waffle batter with vegetables.
Have a basic pancake or waffle batter that you like? Instead of blueberries, shred up vegetables and stir them right into the batter for satisfying, savory pancakes. Plus, savory pancakes mean that you can skip the maple syrup and dip them in yogurt instead for an extra protein boost. Or keep them sweet by reaching for sweet potatoes.
5. Drink your vegetables.
Don't like to eat a lot in the morning? Just blend up greens or vegetables into your morning smoothie and you've got a quick, healthy, on-the-go breakfast without turning on the stove.
- Lemony Yogurt Smoothie
- Homemade V8 Juice
- Super-Power Morning Smoothie
- Green Smoothie with Spinach, Pear, and Ginger
How do you squeeze more vegetables into breakfast?