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21 Healthier Breakfasts You'll Want To Wake Up With

Nobody should have to start the day with deprivation.

1. French Toast With Berries

Looks and tastes decadent, but the whole grain bread, cottage cheese, and fresh berries mean you're doing more than just your taste buds a favor. (Pro tip: Using freshly baked bread instead of the processed, packaged kind makes all the difference.) Recipe here.

2. Quinoa Hash Browns

Adding quinoa to your hash browns means you get a whole extra dose of protein. Not a bad way to start the day. Recipe here.

3. Better Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich

Tastes better AND feels better than what they'll sell you at the deli. (Once again, fresh bread changes everything.) Recipe here.

4. Kale and Ricotta Breakfast Pizza

Thin crust > thick crust

Hard-boiled eggs > fried-in-butter eggs

Ricotta > mozzarella, cheddar, or parmesan

Turkey bacon > Bacon bacon

Kale > no kale

Pizza > everything

Recipe here.

5. Skinny Banana Blueberry Muffins

Nonfat yogurt, honey, and whole wheat flour make these blueberry muffins just as tasty as the regular version, but without all the overprocessed, high-fat ingredients. Recipe here.

6. Huevos Rancheros

Don't muck up your huevos with unnecessary chorizo, sour cream, or refried beans. Recipe here.

7. Vegan Braided Blueberry Danish

Making this one takes a serious level of commitment, BUT in the end, you'll have a beautiful, homemade, vegan blueberry danish. Skip the glaze if you want to cut the sugar. Recipe here.

8. Open-Faced Egg and Tomato Sandwich

Satisfy your breakfast sandwich craving with a whole wheat English muffin, fresh tomatoes, eggs, and just the right amount of cheddar cheese. Recipe here.

9. Paleo Strawberry Doughnuts

A Paleo breakfast everyone can get behind. Recipe here.

10. Vegan Breakfast Burrito

Try subbing out regular eggs for a tofu scramble to get the flavor without the cholesterol. Add nutrition and bulk with sautéed spinach and peppers. Recipe here.

11. Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

You will not miss the processed white flour, which, unlike the whole wheat version, has lost most of its nutritional value. And, you know, bananas are delicious. Recipe here.

12. Paleo Sausage Egg McMuffin

Even if you're not Paleo, without the nutrient poor, white flour English muffin and highly processed cheese, this recipe is a way healthier alternative to anything you can get at a drive thru window. Recipe here.

13. Healthy Banana Oat Waffles

Light and fluffy with no reason to feel guilty later. Recipe here.

14. Vegan Chocolate Chip Almond Bar

No processed sugar and lots of natural protein makes these bars about a gajillion times better than anything that comes in a wrapper. Recipe here.

15. Cauliflower Hash

Replace your potatoes with cauliflower for a low-carb, nutrition-packed breakfast. Recipe here.

16. Kale and Tomato Eggs Benedict

How to make anything healthier: Add kale. (The whole wheat English muffins and lighter Hollandaise help too.) Recipe here.

17. Skinny Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole!+Mail

Turkey sausage, a potato crust, cheddar cheese... I'm sorry, what were we talking about? Recipe here.

18. Skinny Biscuits and Gravy

Whole wheat flour for the biscuits + turkey sausage for the gravy = A satisfying breakfast for everyone. Recipe here.

19. Balsamic Onion and Potato Frittata

You don't need a recipe to make a frittata, but this one proves you also don't need cheese. (BTW, dsp stands for "dessertspoon" and 1 is the equivalent of 2 teaspoons.) If you want something cheesy but still healthy, try a goat cheese frittata — goat cheese is delicious and creamy but not as high in calories or fat as hard cheeses.

20. One-Minute, Single Serving Coffee Cake

This recipe uses oil or applesauce instead of butter and just a little bit of sugar, but what really makes it healthy is that you make only one serving at a time. Built-in binge barrier. Recipe here.

21. Light, Crustless Quiche

This recipe is so light and lovely, you can use regular cheese instead of the low-fat kind and still consider it a healthy choice. Recipe here.