40 Filling Recipes for a Healthier Brunch
Everyone loves brunch. Festive, but still casual, you can relax and really enjoy the meal. Here are 32 delicious and healthy brunch ideas that both look and taste great. Even better, these recipes are also incredibly easy to make. Whether you're looking for a quiche, frittata, French toast, muffins, eggs, or even yogurt, we've got what you need to impress your guests.
Winter Citrus Salad With Yogurt & Granola
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Brunch is great, but it can be heavy. Try this amazingly fresh citrus salad if you're in the mood for something lighter.
Ingredients: blood orange, navel orange, grapefruit, Greek yogurt, honey, granola, pistachios
Broccoli–Caramelized Onion Quiche With Quinoa Crust
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The benefits of broccoli hardly need repeating—crisp, delicious, full of antioxidants. Take your brunch to the next level by pairing it with quinoa and caramelized onions for a sweet and savory bite.
Ingredients: quinoa, eggs, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, broccoli, yellow onions, whole milk, fresh thyme, kosher salt, goat cheese
Try this recipe: Sausage & Kale Strata
Gruyère, sausage, and kale is a delightfully rich combo, making it a brunch all-star. Pro tip: put it all together the night before so the bread can absorb all the yummy liquids.
Ingredients: turkey sausage, yellow onion, kale, milk, dry mustard, kosher salt, black pepper, eggs, whole-grain bread, Gruyère cheese
Harissa Shakshuka With Spinach & Chickpeas
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This Israeli classic is as hearty as it is easy to make. And while you can enjoy a plate any time, the sunny-side up eggs make this a brunch go-to for sure.
Ingredients: olive oil, yellow onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, marinara sauce, harissa, oregano, kosher salt, chickpeas, spinach, eggs, feta cheese, lemon juice, parsley
Dragon Fruit, Pineapple & Chia Smoothie Bowl
Cinnamon Roll Muffins
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This healthier take on cinnamon rolls is lower in sugar and packs more fiber than the traditional pastry.
Ingredients: whole-wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, kosher salt, honey, canola oil, vanilla extract, egg, whole milk, cream cheese, powdered sugar
Sweet Potato Bowl with Blueberries
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Like a smoothie in a bowl, pureed sweet potatoes and fresh berries make this brunch fresh as well as hearty.
Ingredients: sweet potatoes, almond butter, almond milk, ground ginger, sea salt, fresh blueberries, flaked coconut, coconut cream
Try this recipe: Mediterranean Frittata
Frittatas are great for their ease and convenience, and with olives and feta, this one packs in the Mediterranean zest.
Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, potatoes, egg whole milk, sea salt, Dijon mustard, broccoli, garlic, roasted red bell pepper, kalamata olives, fresh dill, feta cheese, apple cider vinegar, shallot, crushed red pepper
Hazelnut Waffles with Blackberries
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A base of nut meal and oat flour puts a gluten-free spin on the breakfast classic.
Ingredients: hazelnut meal, oat flour, baking soda, sea salt, ground cardamom, almond milk, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup, Greek yogurt, lemon zest, fresh blackberries
Try this recipe: Cardamom-Vanilla Granola
Dig in: Nuts and seeds (use any you want) plus oats and fruit are transformed with fragrant cardamom.
Ingredients: Honey, ground cardamom, extra-virgin olive oil, vanilla extract, kosher salt, uncooked rolled oats, raw almonds, raw cashews, pumpkin seeds, unsweetened flaked coconut, cooking spray, cranberries
Butternut-Squash Kale Hash
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Put an egg on it: When you crave something savory, try superfood veggies topped with a crispy fried egg.
Ingredients: Unsalted butter, sweet onion, garlic, lacinto kale, kosher salt, black pepper, butternut squash, ground nutmeg, grapeseed oil, eggs
Pumpkin Dutch Baby with Pears
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Fall for pumpkin: Take the autumn staple beyond pies by whipping up a "Dutch baby"—a super-easy baked pancake.
Ingredients: Whole milk, all-purpose flour, white whole-wheat flour, eggs, canned pumpkin, coconut sugar, unsalted butter, Bosc pears, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, orange zest, fresh orange juice, kosher salt
Cornmeal-Bacon Waffles with Apple Compote
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Take a break: Bacon-stuffed waffles and warm fruit feel oh-so indulgent—but they're pack with healthy whole grains and fiber.
Ingredients: Buttermilk, olive oil, eggs, yellow cornmeal, all-purpose flour, white whole-wheat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, kosher salt, bacon, fresh chives, cooking spray, unsalted butter, red apples, fresh thyme, kosher salt, pure maple syrup, apple cider vinegar
Cauliflower "Grits" with Tomato-Mushroom Gravy
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Add a super sauce: Give your basic grits a nutritional upgrade with a power ingredient: mushrooms.
Ingredients: Cauliflower florets, low-sodium chicken broth, fine yellow cornmeal, Cheddar cheese, grape tomatoes, unsalted butter, cremini mushrooms, kosher salt, black pepper, hot brewed coffee, cornstarch, scallions
Horseradish Potatoes With Smoked Trout
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Go fish: It's never too early in the morning to get in your daily dose of disease-fighting omega-3s.
Ingredients: Baby new potatoes, white vinegar, eggs, olive oil, kosher salt, black pepper, baby spinach, horseradish, smoked trout, lemon wedges
Mini Smoked-Salmon Frittatas
Possibly the healthiest and most delicious brunch recipe ever created, these mini frittatas pack 17 grams of protein each, almost no carbs, and loads of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, thanks to the smoked salmon. They cook up in less than 30 minutes, so why not make them this weekend?
Try this recipe: Mini-Smoked Salmon Frittatas
White Peaches and Prosecco
For an irresistible, bubbly sipper, mix juicy peach slices with Prosecco in champagne flutes.
Maple-Cinnamon French Toast
Straight from New England, this recipe will be a hit at any brunch. Using vanilla extract and cinnamon will give you plenty of flavor without the added fat of butter.
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Granola Yogurt Parfait
Like Greek yogurt? Of course you do. This looks good enough to be a dessert, but is, in fact, super healthy and delivers the creamy taste of Greek yogurt you crave. (Plus it's easy to make.)
Just layer 6 ounces of plain fat-free Greek yogurt with 2/3 cup granola mixed with 1/2 cup puffed wheat cereal, and 1 sliced peach.
If you use plain yogurt instead of a sugary one, you can save up to 70 calories. But it's fine to use the flavored varieties too.
Related video: How to Make Greek Yogurt Fruit Parfait
Brie With Apple Slices
Just because you're having brunch, doesn't mean you have to spend ages in the kitchen whipping up eggs or flipping pancakes. This light breakfast couldn't be any simpler.
Just serve brie with apple slices (Granny Smith or other variety).
Potato-Crusted Spinach Quiche
Quiche crust is usually made from butter and flour. This version is made with shredded potatoes, which cuts fat and calories.
Try this recipe: Potato-Crusted Spinach Quiche
Braised Kale Frittata
Instead of your usual omelet, try this antioxidant-packed baked frittata that uses kale and tomatoes (both of which fight cancer!). This delicious recipe is a good source of iron as well as protein, with only 7 grams of carbs.
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Almond Ciabatta French toast
This slightly sweet version of French toast will win over breakfast enthusiasts everywhere. A dash of vanilla and almond extracts gives a hint of sweetness to the ciabatta bread, while maintaining its hearty taste. Using egg whites and low-fat milk keeps saturated fat low, while heart-healthy almonds add a boost of protein.
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These light, sweet muffins are perfect for breakfast, a snack, or an after-dinner treat. Developed by Health.com's blogger, Jenna Weber, they look good, taste good, and are good for you.
Make them at the end of summer to use up all of your extra zucchini. You can even make a double batch and save some in the freezer.
Try this recipe: Zucchini Muffins
Quiche With Leeks and Baby Potatoes
Here's how to make this tasty dish: Whisk 6 eggs seasoned with 1/3 cup grated fontina, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Saute 1/3 cup chopped leeks and 3 small baby potatoes (already boiled) in 1 tablespoon unsalted butter for 3-4 minutes.
Pour egg mixture over top and cook for 4 minutes until set. Place pan under the broiler to finish for 3 to 4 minutes. Makes 3 servings.
This tasty sip is perfect for brunch. Light and refreshing (and let's face it, pretty to look at), the ingredients include sugar, water, Earl Grey tea, whole coriander seeds and prosecco.
Try this recipe: Bergamot Sparkler
Yogurt With Pomegranate Seeds
This recipe couldn't be easier. Just top 6 ounces of plain low-fat yogurt with 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, 2 teaspoons ground flaxseed meal, and 1 teaspoon honey. Delish!
Zucchini and Rosemary Frittata With Parmesan
Meet the perfect zucchini dish for company—it's easy to make, full of flavor, and vegetarian.
And because it's a no-hassle recipe, you can spend time with your friends instead of in the kitchen.
Try this recipe: Zucchini and Rosemary Frittata with Parmesan
Easy French Toast Casserole
Crunchy Zucchini Rounds With Sun-dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
These bite-size snacks are little bursts of flavor for less than 30 calories per round. Zucchini is rich in fiber and provides a crisp base for the savory sun-dried tomatoes and tangy goat cheese. Fresh chives and a dab of extra-virgin olive oil add a rich quality to this light side dish.
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Asparagus With Poached Eggs and Parmesan
Mozzarella and Nectarine Skewers With Pesto
Juicy nectarines make a sweet complement to the rich mozzarella cheese and savory pesto. The combination of textures and tastes makes a great starter to put out as guests arrive. The calcium and protein in the cheese will fill them up without ruining their appetites for the delicious courses to come. And using fruit on the skewers, instead of bread, saves calories.
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We think you'll love the orange twister. Here are the ingredients: water, sugar, orange peels, fennel seeds and prosecco.
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Sun-Dried Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Basil Frittata
Savor the Mediterranean flavors of this veggie-filled frittata, packed with protein, antioxidants, and calcium. For a lower-cholesterol version, use egg substitute and fat-free cheese.
Try this recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Basil Frittata
Frittata With Ricotta and Mixed Greens
Protein, healthy fats, and greens make this delicious, low-calorie frittata as healthy as it is delicious. Dark, leafy greens like kale, Swiss chard, or mustard greens are about 30 calories a serving and among the healthiest foods you can put on your plate, with loads of vitamins A, C, and K, plus fiber. Don't skimp on the fresh herbs called for in this recipe; they deliver a healthy dose of antioxidants along with flavor.
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Crostini with Spinach, Poached Egg, and Creamy Mustard Sauce
Overnight Caramel French toast
Once used as a last attempt to save stale bread, French toast has evolved into an international breakfast staple. Whether you stick to the basics or top your toast with fruit and specialty syrups, it proves to be an easy way to please a hungry breakfast crowd. Enjoy our fresh takes on your old favorites.
This irresistible baked French toast is prepared the night before and goes straight from the fridge to the oven. Try using thick slices of whole-grain bread for a fiber boost.
Try this recipe: Overnight Caramel French Toast
Baked Brie with Cran-Apple Chutney
Creamy, warm Brie cheese and cran-apple chutney satisfies both a savory and sweet tooth. With only 57 calories per serving (one slice of bread and topping), it's easy to snack guilt-free.
Throw in some chopped walnuts for added protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
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Artichoke, Goat Cheese, and Potato Omelet
This wholesome omelet is quick to make and will keep you full all morning. Artichokes are rich in vitamin K and are a good source of dietary fiber. This meatless omelet has 20 grams of protein, nearly half of your daily recommendation.
Try this recipe: Artichoke, Goat Cheese, and Potato Omelet
Campanelle With Summer Vegetables
Got one medium zucchini? This recipe will eat it up. Add asparagus, broccoli florets, and green peas and you have a delightful dish that's quick and easy to make.
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