Vegetables for Breakfast

Depending on your age, daily calorie intake, size, gender and level of daily physical activity, Cooking Light recommends people eat between 2.5 and 4 cups of vegetables a day.  It may be difficult to squeeze in that many vegetables every day, especially if they are not your favorite foods. But there are some ways you can add more veggies to your diet and make them taste delicious. One way, is to add vegetables to your breakfast. Eating breakfast is a healthy habit, and a good way to get in extra servings of fruit and vegetables. The following are a few surprising recipes, as well as old breakfast ideas you may have overlooked.

Carrot Pancakes

Carrots make great cakes, so it makes sense that they would also make great pancakes. These pancakes taste delicious with a cream cheese topping or simply with maple syrup. This is also a great way to sneak vegetables into kid’s meals without them noticing. The pancakes are so good they will have no idea they are getting a serving of vegetables with breakfast. This recipe can be found at The Food Network. 


If you love eggs, they are a great platform for vegetables. Try stuffing an omelet with sautéed eggplant, and peppers. Add diced tomatoes or feta and spinach to your scrambled eggs. Many people already eat eggs for breakfast, it is an easy next step to add a serving a vegetables.


Pumpkin is an excellent addition to the classic breakfast scone. The aromatic spices and mildly sweet flavors in the scone make it an excellent compliment to a morning cup of coffee. This recipe, from the Joy of Baking, suggests adding raisins, but dried cranberries also work well.

Zucchini Bread

Quick breads are another great breakfast item. They can easily be prepared ahead of time and then eaten throughout the week. Zucchini is a great alternative to the traditional banana bread and will help make a green vegetable very easy to swallow. Zucchini bread is particularly helpful when summer gardens overflow with the squash and you are out of ideas for preparing it. This recipe from the Food Network makes two loaves, so you can eat one now and freeze one for later.

Eating more vegetables, especially vegetables fro breakfast will help you have more energy throughout the entire day. This is just one healthy habit that can help you feel better both physically and mentally.  Do you have a favorite breakfast vegetable recipe to share?


Photo “Mmm… omelet” courtesy of jefereyw

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