Eating vegetables for breakfast is easier than you might think. You can incorporate fresh or cooked vegetables into smoothies, juices, egg recipes or muffins for a delicious as well as healthy breakfast.
This collection includes 30 easy vegetable breakfast recipes perfect for busy adults and fussy children alike.
Eating vegetables for breakfast is a great way of ensuring you get your 5-a-day. Yes, we can eat salads, soups and casseroles for lunch and dinner but that may not always be enough. There are also different groups of vegetables to consider, such as dark green, red, orange or starchy.
In short we should eat a variety of vegetables every day so it makes perfect sense to start with your first meal of the day.
What vegetables can be eaten for breakfast
The short answer is: any. Ultimately, however, this depends on what you want to do with them. If you want a vegetable juice, for example, choose cabbage, carrot or beet, but not avocado.
To make a vegetable omelette you can use tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, onion or asparagus. Popular vegetables for smoothies include spinach, broccoli, avocado or sweet potato but you can use others too.
How to eat more vegetables for breakfast
- Use seasonal vegetables:
Vegetables are at their best when they are in season. For example enjoy savoury vegetable breakfast in late spring with asparagus scones and egg muffins. You can make scrambled eggs and omelettes with delicious tomatoes throughout summer months. Pumpkin, the quintessential fall vegetable, can be used to make muffins and pancakes.
- Make sweet breakfast recipes using vegetables:
Many of us crave sugar in the morning but adding vegetables to sweet breakfasts can make them more nutritious. For example you can make muffins with a variety of veggies including beets, pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato and others.
Breakfast vegetable smoothies
Smoothies are a fantastic way of including vegetables in your breakfast routine. They are super quick and easy to make and can use both fruit as well as vegetables. The fruity ones tend to be more popular as they simply taste better.
But you can sneak veggies into your fruit smoothies and no one will ever know!
1.Raspberry Avocado Smoothie.
This 5-ingredient raspberry avocado smoothie with lime is light, creamy and super refreshing. The smoothie contains lime pulp rather than just the juice and is sweetened with a little maple syrup. Perfect for breakfast or as a snack anytime.
Another recipe where I've used avocado with lime you might like is avocado cheesecake pie.
2. Beet Smoothie with Cherries.
This delicious 4-ingredient beet smoothie contains raw beets, nutritious, tangy kefir, cherries and prunes for more natural sweetness and creaminess. Enjoy as part of a healthy breakfast or snack anytime.
3. Sweet Potato Smoothie.
This dairy free sweet potato smoothie is creamy, naturally sweet and citrussy, perfect for breakfast and beyond!
Sweet potato makes a great pairing with mango and I've also used it to make this delicious mousse. It's not too sweet and you could also have it for breakfast!
4. Spinach Berry Smoothies.
These spinach berry smoothie recipes are naturally sweetened with fruit and can be enjoyed with or without dairy. Both are refreshing, delicious and made with a handful of ingredients. Perfect if you are trying to eat more veg for breakfast!
5. Broccoli Smoothies (with Berry and Melon).
These broccoli smoothie recipes are not only nutritious but also quite delicious. One contains pear and melon, which contribute sweetness creating a light and refreshing smoothie. The other recipe is packed full of delicious berries, which together with a handful of prunes create a rich and creamy smoothie.
Muffins with vegetables
Muffins can be made with a huge range of ingredients, which can absolutely include vegetables (and still be sweet!).
6. Avocado Raspberry Muffins.
These dairy free avocado muffins with raspberries and lime are full of flavour and colour. They are low in sugar and easy to make. The avocado flavour in these zesty, delicious muffins is very subtle. You'll hardly notice it!
7. Carrot Date Muffins.
These healthy carrot date muffins are naturally sweetened by a combination of dates and apple juice. They are moist, fluffy and delicious, perfect as a healthy breakfast or snack both children and adults will love. Ready in just over 30 minutes!
8. Beet Chocolate Muffins.
Beet chocolate muffins make a delicious breakfast or healthy snack. They are moist, full of fibre and veggie goodness, low in sugar and super easy to make.
9. Sweet Potato Chocolate Muffins.
These sweet potato muffins with chocolate chips are a delicious way to enjoy more vegetables for breakfast. Made with raw sweet potato (for added moisture), a moderate amount of sugar and lots of nutritious cocoa.
I paired sweet potato and chocolate in this healthy pudding recipe, which you might also like!
10. Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins
These pumpkin chocolate muffins with a hint of spice are a delicious autumnal treat. Full of flavour and veggie goodness these muffins are made using buttermilk as well as cacao and chocolate chips for an extra chocolatey finish. Light and fluffy, ready in just over 30 minutes!
Savoury vegetable muffins
11. Cauliflower Muffins.
These savoury, fluffy cauliflower muffins are made using cauliflower rice, a moderate amount of cheese, nutritious kefir and fresh chives. They make a delicious snack, lunchbox idea or savoury veggie breakfast.
12. Savoury Cornmeal Muffins with Sweet Corn.
Egg recipes with vegetables
13. Sweet Potato Egg Muffins with Cauliflower.
These delicious sweet potato egg cups with cauliflower are made using raw vegetables. Packed full of protein and veggie goodness they are perfect for breakfast, brunch or as a healthy snack. Preparation takes minutes!
14. Breakfast Egg Muffins (Vegetarian).
These healthy egg muffins are made using raw potatoes, asparagus and halloumi cheese. Enjoy for breakfast, brunch or as a healthy snack.
15. Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes Polish-Style.
Polish-style scrambled eggs with tomatoes are made using fresh tomatoes and served with chives. They are moist and fluffy, made using a handful of ingredients and easy to cook.
4. Crepes and pancakes with vegetables
If you enjoy savoury breakfasts, such as eggs or sausages, they can be served with fried mushrooms or tomatoes (i.e. English breakfast). So that's easy. But there are other ways of adding vegetables to a savoury breakfast.
16. Crepes with Spinach and Cheese Filling.
These crepes with spinach and cheese filling are a delicious vegetarian brunch idea, easy to make and full of goodness. Prepare the filling in advance and enjoy these crepes pancakes either hot or cold. The post includes tips for making great crepes!
17. Polish Crepes with Mushrooms (Krokiety).
Polish style crepes with mushrooms are breaded and shallow fried so they are crispy on the outside and deliciously soft on the inside. This recipe is made using pantry staples and comes together in under 30 minutes!
18. Healthy Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes.
Lightly spiced healthy pumpkin pancakes are made using whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree and buttermilk for an extra fluffy consistency. Full of flavour, colour and goodness they make a delicious autumnal breakfast or brunch. Ready in minutes!
Vegetable juice for breakfast
Juicing is a fantastic way of adding more vegetables to your diet. It's vegan, gluten free so everyone can enjoy it. For me the best flavour combinations involve combining vegetables with fruit for added natural sweetness.
19. Beetroot and Carrot Juice 3 Ways.
Combine carrots and beets with other vegetables as well as fruit and create tasty flavour combinations that are packed full of goodness. There is more than one way to enjoy carrot and beetroot juice!
20. Red Cabbage Juice 3 Ways.
When it comes to juicing red cabbage is quite versatile and can be combined with a range of ingredients for a delicious and nutritious beverage.
21. Cabbage Juice 3 Ways.
Making your own cabbage juice is a great way to include more vegetables in your diet, especially those we don't eat enough of. This post includes 3 delicious, simple flavour combinations you can make using everyday ingredients.
Scones are typically made using 'sweet' ingredients, such as dried fruit. But semi-sweet or savoury scones are just as delicious!
22. Carrot Scones.
These nutritious carrot scones with walnuts are made with yogurt and a moderate amount of sugar. They are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, and perfect to pair with either sweet or savoury ingredients.
23. Cauliflower Cheese Scones.
These savoury, easy cheese scones with cauliflower rice make a delicious breakfast idea or healthy snack you can pop in your picnic basket or your child's lunchbox. These simple, nutritious scones are ready from start to finish in under 30 minutes!
Vegetables on toast
You can enjoy your morning toast with butter or jam but you can also have it with a vegetable, such as avocado!
24. Avocado Ricotta Cheese on Toast.
This delicious avocado cheese toast with ricotta is a simple and nutritious savoury breakfast or snack that comes together in under 10 minutes. It's high in protein so will keep you full for longer! Serve with your favourite bread.
Other vegetables perfect as toppings for toast include sliced tomatoes, radishes and cucumber (a popular Polish breakfast idea).
Quick bread with vegetables
Similarly to scones and muffins making a no-yeast bread with vegetables is another effective and easy way of getting your family to eat more veggies for breakfast.
25. Fresh Spinach Bread with Buttermilk.
This no-yeast, no-knead spinach bread is made using fresh spinach, buttermilk for a light, fluffy texture and a moderate amount of cheese for a savoury finish. Perfect for breakfast/brunch, with soup/stew or as a snack.
26. Beetroot Bread with Walnuts.
This quick and easy beetroot bread with walnuts is nutritious, dairy free, and can be enjoyed for breakfast/brunch as well as a healthy snack. It is made without yeast so doesn't require kneading. It's also pretty uncomplicated and you don't need to be an experienced baker to produce a gorgeous loaf!
27. Sun Dried Tomato Soda Bread.
Other vegetable breakfast recipes you might like
28. Healthy Easy Baked Beans.
29. Sweet Potato Overnight Oats.
30. Quinoa Egg Salad Wrap.
31. Quinoa Spinach Breakfast Bowl.
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Keep in touch!
If you love veggies for breakfast and have made any of these recipes I'd love to know how they turned out for you. Let me know in the comments below, thanks:)