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 decrease unnecessary saturated fats and cholesterol in your diet--and it's probably easier than you think, especially at breakfast. Here are 10 healthy breakfast ideas that everyone--dairy-free or just health-conscious--will love.
Mos...t 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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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 the kids will like.
Prepared with protein-rich quinoa, dairy-free milk, bananas, dried fruits and nuts and just a dash of a sweetener of your choice (such as... agave), this meal tastes good and feels good to eat.
For breakfast eaters that prefer savory starts, try a baked quinoa prepared with quinoa, eggs, broccoli and soy milk or almond milk.
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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 four healthier favorites, all of which are prepared without any dairy--but contain lots of flavor. The basic recipes--both with crusts and without--are provided so you can add your favorite meats, vegetables and herbs.
If you find most egg recipes you like contain dairy, check... out these ten ways to cook eggs without dairy. You will suddenly have a whole new slew of breakfast dishes!
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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!)
Make this simple homemade granola recipe prepared with tasty nuts, dried fruits, whole grains and no dairy. Then feel... free to add blueberries, cherries, coconut or cranberry and almonds.
And, for breakfasts on-the-go, try chewy granola bars or walnut granola bars.
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If you've never baked oatmeal before, you should try it! 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.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Quick breads are perfect for breakfast 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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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:
- Apricot Oat Bars
- Blueberry Oatmeal Bars
- Healthy Fig Bars
- Muesli Bars
- Oatmeal Raisin Squares
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This basic muesli recipe takes only moments to prepare but keeps well in an airtight container for an easy, healthy homemade breakfast. Muesli is lower in fat than 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 muesli bars for on-the-go breakfasts and after school snacks!)
Here are a few more... muesli recipes:
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Making a tasty smoothie isn't difficult and fruits and juices are delicious and naturally healthy, creating endless combinations. Add a few spoonfuls of your favorite dairy-free soy yogurt or dairy-free kefir for some extra protein and healthy bacteria, like in the 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... juices to find the smoothie for you!
Here are a few more dairy-free smoothie recipes:
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- Blueberry Tofu Smoothie
- Fat-Free Vegan Fruit Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Soy Smoothie
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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 also loaded with other great nutrients like protein and healthy fats. And, prepared with ingredients like garlic, onion, jalapeno peppers, red bell pepper and spices, it makes a flavorful, nutritious dish that even kids will love.
Here are just a few more fun ways to prepare tofu for... breakfast:
- Vegan Broccoli Mushroom Tofu Quiche
- Vegan Crustless Quiche with Grilled Asparagus
- Vegan Quiche with Veggie Bacon and Broccoli
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Muffins aren't something we usually think of as health food; most muffin recipes call for butter and lots of sugar. But we all deserve a treat sometimes, so here are a few healthier ways to enjoy a muffin: