Eating vegetables makes sense for lunch and dinner but what about eating veggies for breakfast?
I hate to break the news to you but If your image of breakfast consists of sugary items sweeter than birthday cake, it’s only a matter of time until you’re paying a doctor or dentist thousands of dollars to fix you up!
I’ll admit that eating vegetables for breakfast sounds crazy at first. But but the time you reach the end of this article, you’ll realize it’s not as hard as you originally thought.
The Typical Household Breakfast
Eating veggies for breakfast is a must if you’re serious about improving your health.
Really think about.
At what point in your life did it become acceptable to eat dessert for breakfast?
Think about all the typical “on the go” breakfast food staples:
- French toast
- Toast w/ jam
- Cereal bars
- Breakfast bars
- Instant flavored oatmeal
Are you noticing a common theme with all those foods?
They all contain lots of sugar and unhealthy fats.
Sugar is something we treat as a reward. The problem is that most of us start our days off with a negative reward system that extends throughout the entire day. Bad choices often happen after eating lots of sugar and fats.
Enter Veggies For Breakfast
Now instead of eating those high sugar disease-producing foods, imagine if you started your day with healthy macronutrients & vitamins provided by eating vegetables.
Not only will you be getting some much needed nutrition in your diet but you’ll also decrease the amount of calories you take in each day.
I strongly believe that your first meal of the day dictates how you will feel throughout that day.
Start with a crappy meal and you’ll most likely make additional crappy food choices that day.
Start your day off with some veggies; it’ll become easier to keep making healthy decisions throughout the day due to the healthy mojo in your body.
12 Sneaky Veggie Eating Ideas
When thinking of eating veggies for breakfast, most people have no idea where to start. Sure, that occasional omelet may contain some onions and/or peppers, but that’s it.
Here are some sneaky ways to make eating vegetables for breakfast a normal part of your daily routine.
1. Prepare Your Veggies Ahead Of Time
The easiest way to make sure you have easily accessible vegetables at all time (not just for breakfast) is to make sure you have them stored and ready to go in your refrigerator.
Buy yourself some Ziploc bags and/or storage containers.
Spend one morning or afternoon chopping up the majority of your veggies for the week.
This action will make it easy to incorporate your vegetables into all the other methods we’ll be coming up with.
If you don’t think you have time to chop vegetables yourself, you can buy precut veggies from most grocery store.
We truly live in the age of convenience!
Note: If you’ve spent months and years struggling with your eating habits, stop wasting time and get some help!
2. Expand Your Veggies for Breakfast Taste Buds
Just to get your imagination going, here’s what most people think of breakfast veggies:
Traditional Breakfast Vegetables
- Green pepper
- Orange peppers
- Red peppers
Here are some creative delicious additions to expand your world:
Non-Traditional Breakfast Vegetables
- Swiss chard
- Green onions
- Plus any other veggies
3. Make Multiple Servings/Meals At Once
Save yourself a lot of time by cooking more than 1 meal at a time.
If you find yourself only cooking one meal at a time, you’re going to waste lots of time throughout the week and most likely experience burnout. Try to get in the habit of making 2-10 servings of vegetables at a time!
4. Steam Your Vegetables
The quickest way to eat a whole bunch of veggies while maintaining their nutrients is simply to steam your veggies.
Just get yourself a pot with some water and a steamer basket and you’re good to go!
All you have to do is dump your veggies in and let the water boil and start to steam for 3-10 minutes (depending on the vegetable you’re steaming).
Make a bunch at one time and spread it out throughout the week. Easy peazy.
5. Stir Fry
Now that you know how to prep your veggies ahead of time, grab a bunch of them and create a stir-fry in a large skillet or wok.
All you need is a tablespoon or less of oil (coconut oil preferred) in a high temperature skillet/wok.
This allows you to make several servings at one time. Having this as a side dish will make eating veggies for breakfast a breeze.
6. Cook Omelets
Now that you have your veggies already prepared ahead of time, making an omelet should be simple.
Just reach into your storage containers and pick 1-4 vegetables and create your own fancy creations.
By having all your ingredients already chopped up, you never have to have the same omelet every morning.
- Onion, peppers
- Spinach, mushrooms
- Asparagus, onion
- Tomatoes, peppers
- Mushrooms, onion, avocado, tomatoes
8. Eat Raw Veggies
You can be like the Ol’ Dirty Bastard and just eat some veggies raw!
A simple snack tray from your grocery store already has everything pre cut and prepared for you. Just reduce or ditch the fattening veggie dip and crunch on these veggies for breakfast:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sweet peppers
9. Make A Vegetable Frittata/ Casserole
As much as I love omelets I will admit that cooking them everyday can sometimes be annoying. That’s why you may want to consider making a big vegetable frittata or casserole.
Just incorporate eggs and your veggies in a casserole dish and bake in the oven.
If making a frittata, place all the ingredients inside an ovenproof skillet. Start off cooking in the skillet, and then finish it off in the oven.
This allows you to get several veggie filled breakfast meals in!
Here are some recipes to get started:
As bizarre as it sounds, this is a great way to make sure you eat your vegetables. By making yourself a big pot of veggie soup, you can always eat that throughout your week.
Just reheat for breakfast and you’re set. It’s the definition of fast food.
You can make an entire vegetable soup, or if you’re a person who get’s protein in with their meals (like you should) you can always include protein sources (turkey, chicken, lean beef, beans, etc.) in the soup as well.
11. Eat High Protein Zucchini Bread or Carrot Cake
For those that just can’t get over their sweet tooth, you can always go the bake route. But instead of using traditional sugar and flour, you can add some protein powder to the mix.
Yes, you can use protein powders and actually bake goodies for breakfast. Not only that, but your getting some zucchini and/or carrots into your meal.
Here’s’ a simple recipe from The Paleo Chef:
12. Drink A Breakfast Smoothie
For those that are truly always on the go, you can just as easily sneak vegetables into your breakfast smoothies.
A breakfast smoothie or Super Shake as I like to call them, consists of a protein source, a healthy fat, vegetables and/or fruit.
If you properly blend your ingredients together, the fact that you have veggies in this will be your little secret.
13. Use A Greens Supplement
Now I don’t preach supplements but I will admit that a good greens supplement can come in handy from time to time.
You can either drink it in water by itself or you can mix it into one of your breakfast smoothies. Here is my favorite flavor that I recommend you buy:
There you go!
13 sneaky ways to eat more veggies for breakfast. Not so hard huh?