5 Ways to Eat Veggies for Breakfast

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2018

As someone who has never been overly concerned with “super healthy eating” and as someone who has never loved to exercise, I’ve made it a point to develop 1 or 2 small healthier habits every single year for the past 8 years. (You can read all about my different healthier habits in this post).

This past year, I focused on packing low-waste lunches and eating as many veggies as I could.

The veggie challenge began because I wanted my kids to tolerate raw veggies… and I wanted to “train” myself to snack on raw veggies instead of cookies or brownies.

Once we had that taken care of, I pursued several others ways of incorporating more vegetables into every single meal — yes, even breakfast!

It was a little strange at first, but now, a year later, I can honestly say I LOVE eating vegetables for breakfast! Of course, it helps that I’ve been a fan of veggies for my entire life (even as a young child) but breakfast is currently my most favorite meal of the day as I have so much fun experimenting with new and different ways to enjoy vegetables for my morning meal.

Since I’ve gotten quite a few questions about how I recommend cooking and preparing veggies for breakfast, I thought it might be a fun blog post topic.

If you’d like to try incorporating a few more vegetables into your daily meal plan, here are 5 ideas to get you started!

1. Omelettes or Quiche (the Safe way)

This is a pretty “safe” and traditional way to incorporate many different veggies into your breakfast without a lot of whining or complaining from others.

It’s considered “normal” to eat vegetables with eggs — and if you throw a few pancakes or slices of toast on the plate, no one should be too alarmed.

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2. Smoothies (the Sneaky way)

If you (or your family members) are so thrown off by the idea of eating vegetables for breakfast, a fruit and veggie smoothie might be the best way to start.

It’s a “sneaky” way that, when done correctly, makes it virtually impossible to notice any vegetable taste or texture.

I always  make sure to include at least 1 over-ripe banana (frozen), and blueberries as the banana flavor will over-power other tastes and the dark blue of the blue berries will mask any dark green color of the veggies.

Start by dumping in a bunch of fresh or frozen spinach and/or kale and see if anyone notices… I doubt they will!

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3. Roasted or sautéed with bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, etc. (the Substantial way)

Have you ever eaten Steak and Eggs for breakfast? I have — and it’s really good! However, it’s even better if you add a bunch of roasted or sautéed veggies (and maybe some sweet potato hash browns) along with it!

Seriously, any type of meat + fried eggs + roasted veggie combo has been my go-to breakfast for the past year, and I have no intention of switching this up any time soon.

Want toast or a muffin along with your meat, eggs, and veggies? Go for it!

This meal will FILL YOU UP until lunch — hopefully eliminating your mid-morning snack cravings.

NOTE: in the morning, I simply reheat (either in the microwave or in a frying pan) veggies I already roasted a day or two before. They taste just fine to me and are not mushy or overdone at all.

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4. Leftovers from the night before (the “Strange” way)

I know, this might sound extremely strange, but even way back in high school, I loved eating leftovers for breakfast (pasta was my preferred leftover back then!)

Now days, if the fridge is feeling a little too full, I’ll just eat a handful of various leftovers for breakfast and call it good.

Sometimes that’s spaghetti squash, sometimes it’s a casserole, soup, or stew, sometimes it’s a burger (topped with a fried egg) or leftover salmon and sweet potatoes — whatever the case, there are almost always a variety of leftover veggies I eat along with the other leftovers for a very filling morning meal.

And yes, for the 10th time, I DO realize this is not considered “normal” breakfast food — but our family regularly has “breakfast for dinner” so I really don’t see why I can’t have “dinner for breakfast”!

If you think about it, there’s really no reason why we shouldn’t eat veggies for breakfast, especially if we have them with both lunch and dinner!

5. Raw and/or in a salad (the Simple way)

If you’re not a morning person and don’t allow much time for breakfast, why not have a bunch of raw veggies with hummus, ranch, guacamole, or even salsa?

Or better yet, have a salad ready to go in the night before (along with whatever you’re packing for lunch) and take it with you for “breakfast” when you get to work.

There is no rule against having salads for breakfast, you know!

I personally enjoy topping my leafy greens with roasted sweet potatoes, fried bacon, a fried egg or 2, feta cheese, and cherry tomatoes. It tastes like a BLT (which I love) and, served with a side of fruit or piece of toast, is an excellent way to increase the number of veggies you eat each day.

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I fully understand that many of you might think I’m crazy — I probably would have said the same thing 18 months ago!

It took time for me to get onboard with veggies for breakfast — and even more time for my family to stop thinking I was completely crazy — but now breakfast is honestly my favorite meal of the day. I love coming up with new and different ways to work more veggies into our morning meal.

Since Dave and I wake up very early, I have tons of extra time to try out new recipes or make a somewhat “gourmet” breakfast for Dave and myself before the kids wake up.

No one bugs me or needs me while I’m cooking, and best of all, I get to eat my food piping hot!

In case you can’t tell by the pictures in this post, I eat a massive amount of food for breakfast — often, my plate is so full I have to pile things up in order to fit everything on.

However, I eat breakfast fairly early (usually between 5:30 and 6am) and I want my breakfast to hold me over until lunch. By including so many vegetables, I get quite a bit of fiber — which definitely helps keep me fuller longer.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of adding more veggies to your diet, breakfast is a great place to start.

But please, START SMALL!

Make a veggie omelette or put some spinach in your smoothie — then try a few roasted vegetables with your eggs, bacon, and toast. Once you get used to incorporating veggies into your morning meal, it won’t seem as strange (I promise!)

What are your favorite ways to sneak more veggies into your daily diet?

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  1. Karen

    11/29/2018

    I love salad for breakfast! And now that it’s cold outside – I happily eat veggie soup for breakfast. If I don’t have veggies in my breakfast I feel like I missed out.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes! Soup and salad for breakfast! no one would think anything of this for lunch or dinner — why do people think it’s strange for breakfast? 🙂

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  2. Bonnie'sMama

    11/29/2018

    I was inspired by this post to give my children smoothies for breakfast, and I added a few chunks of okra and cauliflower. My children are pretty picky, but they drank it down. The flavor is hidden by the cold and the blackberries in the smoothies.

    Often I add a couple drops of orange essential oil, which is really good with strawberries, and I usually add some stevia. I put in cottage cheese for protein, too.

    The BLT salad for breakfast sounds really good! I’m putting it on the menu plan. Since we’re out of the garden season (with all those lovely fresh vegetables), it’s been harder to eat vegetables lately. Thanks for the good ideas.

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    Andrea Reply:

    wow, that’s amazing! I honestly would never have thought to put okra or cauliflower into a smoothie. Was it just raw? Do you need a high power blender for that?

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  3. calliope

    11/29/2018

    Basically every agricultural country/place I’ve been to, serves breakfasts like these. Esp leftover dinner! Nothing goes to waste when you work hard to produce it!
    In Greece, where summer lives 8 months per year, such heavy breakfasts are not a good idea but we eat lighter versions of them. Like feta or yellow cheese with olives, raw tomatos and cucumbers, hardboiled eggs and a slice of toast. Many days it’s just greek yogurt with nuts and honey and a green smoothie. In the summer people often will eat watermelon slices sprinkled with feta cheese(!)
    In the winter I very often make your veggie in the oven omelette.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yum, it all sounds delicious! And yes, we LOVE that veggie quiche (or oven omelette as you call it!!)

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  4. Luba @ Healthy with Luba

    11/28/2018

    Andrea,

    Vegetables are my favorite breakfast food. An avocado with salsa will fill me up for a long time.

    Also, my husband eats a salad every morning for breakfast before his buckwheat. 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I honestly LOVE having a plate full of veggie for breakfast. I feel so great all morning long!

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  5. Jennifer

    11/28/2018

    We all need more veggies! Great breakfast ideas.

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  6. Jenny

    11/28/2018

    Good ideas and I will keep them in mind. I don’t really like any breakfast- my stomach doesn’t want to eat (especially veggies) until later, but I know it is healthy to eat the way you do! You are a real testimonial with your energy and slenderness! I like oatmeal! I also drink a glass of low-sodium V-8 every day, which is better than nothing!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I’m sure the v-8 and oatmeal are better than nothing. We had oatmeal this morning too!

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  7. Georgia

    11/28/2018

    My favorite is leftovers for breakfast.

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  8. Avia

    11/28/2018

    I very regularly throw left over roasted veggie and maybe some rice in quinoa in a skillet and crack and egg in the middle. I usually do this for lunch but I need to start remembering to do it for dinner. Our culture is so weird about what we’re “supposed” to eat for breakfast and most of it is not the healthiest way to start the day.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yup… we LOVE this!

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  9. Diana

    11/28/2018

    Your breakfast plates look beautiful 🙂

    On your cut veggie box, how often do you find you need to rinse the containers? Do you wait to refill until they are empty, or just add more whenever you get the chance?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Diana 🙂
    For the raw veggies — I just rinse our each compartment as they become empty. Then I refill that veggie and put it back into the larger box. This seems to work well.

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  10. Julie

    11/28/2018

    I love this and have been eating this way for years. My kids think I am crazy and won’t eat most of my meals with a few exceptions. One of our favorites is sauteeing onions, mushrooms, breakfast sausage(either ground or links or patties), finely chopped kale with out the center stem and then fry and egg or two and put on top. This is a go to meal for me if I am going to be very busy and want/need to be full for the majority of the day. Love these ideas. I think eating like this stabilizes my blood sugar too and I feel best all day when I eat breakfasts like this.

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    Andrea Reply:

    that’s basically what I ate this morning — with the addition of some asparagus that needed to be cooked before it went bad!

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  11. Samantha Treutel

    11/28/2018

    I love this idea – practical, small-step, ways to make healthy choices (not total diet overhauls) seem to work best for me! You have inspired me. Monday I had raw carrots with spinach dip and Tuesday morning I had your broccoli, bacon and cheese salad. YUM!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, definitely! Practical, SMALL steps! We LOVE that broccoli bacon salad!! Lately, I’ve been adding Brussels sprouts to it too!

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