Vegetables for breakfast help us increase the required amount we need each day. According to the US Dietary Guidelines, most adults should eat between 1 ½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 2 ½ cups of vegetables a day. But, most people do not think of eating vegetables first thing in the morning. A carrot for breakfast? Grapefruit or orange juice or maybe some melon, sure. But broccoli?
Vegetables are high in fiber, which will make you feel full longer. Plus, you can get your body a nice dose of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients with the addition of vegetables into your first meal.
Most Americans would balk at the thought of vegetables for breakfast first thing in the morning. I know I would. But some would enjoy that, and they are welcome to it.
For the rest of us, here are a few other ways to incorporate more vegetables into your morning meal.
Vegetables for Breakfast – Juices and Smoothies
A handful of dark leafy greens, a carrot, maybe a little fruit, and you have a healthy smoothie or juice with minimal effort. TIP: go easy on the fruit and try for a bit more vegetables. A few suggestions:
Mix with Eggs
Sauté some vegetables and mix with eggs to create a fabulous quiche, frittata, or omelet. I enjoy a simple egg scramble with onions and chopped greens at least once a week.
- Vegetable Frittata
- Huevos Rancheros (use homemade Pico de Gallo or try Eggplant Salsa or Radish Avocado Salsa)
- Carrot Puff Casserole
- Cauliflower Fritters (you can use just about any vegetable in place of the cauliflower)
Vegetables for Breakfast – Hash it Up
Take your own hash browns to new heights by tossing in some extra vegetables. Mix it up a bit with sweet potatoes or cauliflower if you prefer.
- Sausage and Pepper Sheet Pan Hash
- Apple, Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout Hash
- Low Carb Breakfast Hash
Vegetables for Breakfast – Baked Goods
Yes, I “hide” vegetables in baked goods. My family knows they are there, so it isn’t technically hiding, but it is a great way to ease them into this whole veggies for breakfast idea.
- Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies (sweetened with maple syrup or honey!)
- Whole Grain Carrot Bread
- Beet and Ricotta Pancakes
- Lemon Zucchini Bread (gluten-free)
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- Grapefruit Sorbet – A Refreshing Creamy Frozen Treat
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- Sausage and Pepper Hash – An Easy Sheet Pan Dinner
- Carmen’s Blood Orange Grapefruit Lemon Ginger Morning Boost Juice
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- Broccoli Potato Soup