Healthy Breakfasts (And Dairy-Free!!)

It's easy to cheat yourself nutritionally at breakfast; from processed baked goods and cereals to fattening diner-style egg and meat dishes, unhealthy choices surround us. Cutting out dairy (or if you're not allergic, cutting back) is one way that you can cut back on unnecessary saturated fats and cholesterol in your diet, and it's probably easier than you think, especially at breakfast. Below are 10 healthy breakfast ideas that everyone, dairy-free or just health-conscious, will...MORE love.

NOTE: most of these recipes are versatile, so feel free to use your favorite Dairy-Free Milk and your favorite fruits and spices.

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    Breakfast Quinoa. © 2010 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    In addition to reducing your intake of saturated fats and cholesterol, adding complex carbohydrates to your diet while reducing the amount of unnecessary sugars (like those found in sugary cereals) is another way to make your breakfast a little bit healthier. This Breakfast Quinoa is a simple, healthy, delicious morning meal that even kids like. Prepared with protein-rich quinoa, dairy-free milk, bananas, dried fruits and nuts and just a dash of a sweetener of your choice (I prefer agave), this...MORE meal tastes and feels good to eat.

    For breakfasters that prefer savory starts, this Baked Quinoa is a protein-rich, savory treat prepared with quinoa, eggs, broccoli, and soy milk or almond milk.

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    Dairy-Free Muffins

    Vegan Zucchini Muffins. © 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Muffins aren't something we usually think of as health food; most muffin recipes call for butter, eggs, and lots of sugar. But, we all deserve a treat sometimes, so here are a few healthier ways to enjoy a muffin:

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    Dairy-Free Tomato and Basil Quiche. © 2011 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Quiches, savory breakfast quiches of French origin, are typically prepared with cream, cheese, and butter, which, needless to say, is not the healthiest choice for everyday breakfasts. This collection of Dairy-Free Quiches contains eight healthier favorites, all of which are prepared without any dairy but with lots of flavor.

    This Dairy-Free Tomato and Basil Quiche is just one delicious example of an unhealthy breakfast gone nutritious. Prepared with dairy-free soy milk or almond milk, cherry...MORE tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, onions, and Dairy-Free Cheese of your choice, this quiche is good for you without tasting like it!

    For more ways to cook eggs without dairy, check out 10 of my favorite Ways to Cook Eggs Without Dairy.

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    Granola Recipes

    Coconut Granola with Medjool Dates. © 2010 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Homemade granola makes a delightful dairy-free breakfast when coupled with dairy-free soy yogurt, coconut milk-based kefir, or dairy-free soy milk and fruit. It takes only a few minutes to mix together and then an hour or two in the oven, and it keeps for weeks in an airtight container for healthy breakfast and snacks. (And it will make your home smell wonderful while it bakes!)

    Here are a few simple homemade granola recipes prepared with tasty nuts, dried fruits, whole grains and no dairy:

    And, for breakfasts on-the-go, try a few of these homemade granola bar recipes:

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    A healthier, vegan baked oatmeal. © 2009 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    If you've never baked oatmeal before, you should! Baked oatmeal is a classic Amish dish that is traditionally prepared with butter, milk, and eggs. This baked oatmeal recipe is a healthier version of the comforting breakfast classic, prepared with almonds, healthier sweeteners, almond milk, and fruits. And it is incredibly versatile; add nuts or dried fruits of your choice, and use whatever fresh fruits and berries are in season.

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    Healthy Apple Bread Recipe. © 2009 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Quick breads are perfect for breakfasts because, well, they're quick and easy to prepare. Although most quick bread recipes call for butter, eggs, and other unhealthy ingredients, there are ways to make them healthier without making them taste like it! Here are just a few favorites:

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    Kids' Breakfast Bars

    Whether you use your own homemade muesli or a store-bought variety, these healthy, easy-to make bars are an excellent snack or quick breakfast treat. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    As any parent will tell you, kids love foods in bar-form, especially if they're older and prefer their morning meals on-the-go. Most store-bought breakfast bars and traditional breakfast bar recipes are prepared with dairy ingredients and a lot of sugar, but here are a few healthier recipes that both kids and adults will love:

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    This basic muesli recipe takes moments to prepare but keeps well in an airtight container for and easy, healthy, homemade breakfast. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This basic Muesli Recipe takes only moments to prepare but keeps well in an airtight container for an easy, healthy homemade breakfast that's lower in fat that granola and prepared with healthy ingredients like dried fruits, almonds, flax seeds, and wheat germ. Enjoy with dairy-free almond milk, soy milk, soy yogurt or coconut-based kefir for a simple, tasty breakfast. (Homemade muesli is also great for making these Muesli Bars for on-the-go breakfasts and after school snacks!)

    Here are a few...MORE more Muesli recipes:

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    This smoothie is refreshing, cleansing and beautiful. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Making a tasty smoothie isn't difficult; fruits and juices are delicious and naturally healthy, so the combinations are endless. Add a few spoonfuls of your favorite dairy-free soy yogurt or dairy-free kefir for some extra protein and healthy bacteria, like in this Strawberry-Carrot Smoothie Recipe. Prepared with strawberries, mango, carrot juice, soy yogurt, and just a touch of honey, this recipe is an easy, refreshing way to start the day. Feel free to experiment with different fruits and...MORE juices to find the smoothie for you!

    Here are a few more dairy-free smoothie recipes:

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    Easy to make, healthy and vegan, this scramble is a tasty, inexpensive breakfast, lunch or dinner!. © 2008 Ashley Skabar, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Tofu, for breakfast? You might not believe it, but tofu is actually a wonderful ingredient in healthy breakfast dishes like this Tofu Scramble. Not only is it a great dairy-free source of calcium, but it's loaded with other great nutrients like protein and healthy fats. And, prepared with ingredients like garlic, onion, jalapeno peppers, red bell pepper, spices and B-vitamin-rich nutritional yeast, it makes a flavorful, nutritious dish that even kids will love.

    Here are just a few more fun...MORE ways to prepare tofu for breakfast:

    To read about how good tofu actually is for you, check out this piece on Tofu Nutrition.