Start your day like a Greek islander.

By Rebecca Snow
Updated: December 17, 2018

Stuck in a breakfast rut? Nutritionist Stella Metsovas has the perfect way out: Go Greek!

Her new cookbook, Wild Mediterranean ($27, amazon.com), is brimming with recipes inspired by the food traditions in one of the world’s healthiest regions. And her Mediterranean breakfast recipes are sure to help start your day off right: Think sprouted cinnamon-maple French toast; a nut butter with the flavors of Baklava; and a twist on Greek salad, topped with a savory egg. Scroll down to check out these three nutrient-rich Mediterranean diet breakfast recipes that require just a few steps each.

Sprouted Cinnamon-Maple French Toast

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Who doesn’t love French toast? You’ll particularly like this adaptation, which has the same classic flavors while getting in some fiber with the sprouted wheat and protein from the egg.

Serves: 2

2 eggs

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp. ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 slices sprouted cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Maple syrup, for serving

Bonus: You have a microbiome in your mouth—it’s part of the digestive system, after all!—and studies have shown that cinnamon helps support it, and prevent dental cavities.

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Baklava Butter

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Yes, you read that right: The nutty, honey-sweetened decadence of Greece’s most famous dessert—without all the layers of buttered phyllo dough and heavy syrup. By folding all the ingredients into softened “butter,” you get a spreadable guilty pleasure to enjoy on sprouted-grain toast, stirred into yogurt, or stuffed into dates. After all, it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while. It’s all about balance! This makes quite a bit and should be used within 10 days, so consider sharing some as a gift!

Makes: 1½ cups (about 12 servings)

1¼ cups walnuts

½ cup roasted almonds

⅓ cups pistachios

½ cup almond meal

¼ cup organic honey

1 Tbsp. coconut sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Pinch of sea salt

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Bonus: Healthy fats plus nut-derived fiber are essential building blocks for balanced gut health.

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Not-Your-Typical Greek Salad

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I thought long and hard about how to put my own spin on this one. The classic version is absolutely perfect—especially when tomatoes are in season. But I wanted to do something with a little bit of a twist, creating a sort of salad parfait by layering rice with traditional Greek salad ingredients and topping them with a savory egg. This is hearty enough to be a main dish.

Serves: 2

2 cups cooked Arborio or long-grain rice

½ cup walnuts, crushed

Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

10 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

1 medium cucumber, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces

1 small red onion, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

3 Tbsp. crumbled feta cheese

2 eggs, fried

Cracked black pepper

1 tsp. dried oregano

Bonus: Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake is the best way to load up on antioxidants, which help your body detoxify.

Reprinted from WILD MEDITERRANEAN by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books/Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2017, Stella Metsovas

All images by Hugh Forte

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