13 healthy breakfasts with 5 ingredients or fewer


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Using just five key ingredients (no, we didn’t count salt, pepper, oil, ice water or sweeteners here), you can whip up breakfast that’s worth waking up for. Don’t believe us? Put some of these simple and tasty recipes to the test, and see for yourself.


Sweet Breakfasts


1. Make-Ahead Instant Oatmeal Jars | MyFitnessPal Original Recipes


Instant oatmeal packets are a godsend for busy mornings, and you can create your own version using 5-ingredients or less. Buy oatmeal, dried fruit and nuts in bulk, then portion out your ingredients into adorable mason jars or light Ziploc bags. Add hot water and enjoy! Recipe makes 1 oatmeal jar, but you can always double, triple, quadruple and beyond to serve your needs.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 229; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 152mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 6g


2. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies | Skinnytaste


Can you eat cookies with no added sugar and none of the artificial stuff? Sure you can! Just 3 ingredients are needed to whip together these chewy chocolate chip breakfast cookies. Make a batch the night before, and watch them disappear at the breakfast table. Recipe makes 8 servings at 2 cookies each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 96; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 2g


3. 4-Ingredient Berry Smoothie | Dietitian Debbie Dishes

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Beets in a smoothie? Why not? Besides being delicious, beets are high in many beneficial nutrients, most notably potassium, iron, folate and fiber. One of these beet-berry smoothies uses less than 5 ingredients to provide 11 grams of protein and over 5 grams of fiber, making it a quick breakfast option or mid-afternoon snack. Recipe makes 1 serving at 1 smoothie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 234; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Sodium: 391mg; Carbohydrate: 42g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 33g; Protein: 11g


4. Mango-Pineapple Yogurt | MyFitnessPal Original Recipes


Just 5 ingredients are needed to pull off this easy breezy mango-pineapple yogurt bowl, and 3 of them are already in the recipe title! Plain yogurt is an excellent breakfast choice because it’s a probiotic (i.e., a source of good bacteria) and it contains a good dose of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Recipe makes 1 serving at 1 yogurt bowl each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 334; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Sodium: 172mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 32g; Protein: 16g


5. Avocado Coconut Smoothie | Chew Out Loud

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Smoothies are so much more satisfying, especially if they’re full of healthy fats instead of just sugar. Buttery avocado blends beautifully with yogurt, honey, coconut milk and spinach. If you’re sugar-conscious, look for unsweetened coconut milk and pare down on the added honey. We suggest making the smoothie with 3 tablespoons honey instead of 6; nutrition information reflects this. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 345; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Sodium: 67mg; Carbohydrate: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 32g; Protein: 14g


6. Peanut Butter Banana Grilled Cheese | Clean Eating

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This 4-ingredient grilled cheese has a sweet and creamy twist: peanut butter and ripe banana chunks! It’s an overlooked combination that turns this sandwich into a winner since it bumps up protein and fiber. Recipe makes 1 serving at 1 sandwich each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 363; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 3mg; Sodium: 352mg; Carbohydrate: 54g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 16g


Savory Breakfasts


7. Simple Egg Sandwiches| MyFitnessPal Original Recipes


Slap together a simple breakfast sandwich using just 4 ingredients: English muffin, egg, avocado and cheese. Make the eggs ahead of time so that all you have to do in the morning is put your sandwich together. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 sandwich each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 369; Total Fat: 21g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 241mg; Sodium: 464mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 18g


8. Spinach and Cheese Omelet | Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook

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For a hot and savory breakfast, it doesn’t get that much simpler than omelets! Omelets are a versatile way to enjoy eggs — you can add as many or as little ingredients to it as you want. This recipe uses tomatoes, spinach and cheese, but you can sub in your favorite veggies. Recipe makes 1 serving.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 190; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 432mg; Sodium: 319mg; Carbohydrate: 2g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein 15g


9. Italian-Style Baked Eggs | Flat Belly Diet Cookbook

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A runny, sunny egg yolk over toast is one reason you should get out of bed! These simple baked eggs require few ingredients but plenty of lovin’ from your oven. The dish calls for a delicious sauce made with bell peppers, onions and tomatoes, a wonderful thing for those of us who like to dip our toast. Dress it up on a mini-casserole dish, and it’ll make the perfect breakfast for houseguests. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 toast plus 1 egg each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 305; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 187mg; Sodium: 336mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 3g; Protein 10g


10. Simple Egg Breakfast Quesadilla | Taste of Home

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These tasty breakfast quesadillas blanket fluffy eggs and gooey cheese in a crispy tortilla shell. The recipe sprinkles in bacon for a savory kick, but you can omit or replace with black beans to be vegetarian-friendly. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 401; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 9g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 357mg; Sodium: 728mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 24g


11. Omelet in a Cup | Once a Month Meals

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So you forgot to boil eggs last night, and you can’t muster up the morning energy to turn on the stove. We get it — it’s one of those days! Our suggestion is to load up your cup with simple omelet-esque ingredients and then pop it into the microwave. If you still don’t believe us, try out this recipe. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 246; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 373mg; Sodium: 275mg; Carbohydrate: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 18g


12. Poached Egg + Crispy Prosciutto Avocado Toast | Elle Penner, MyFitnessPal Registered Dietitian

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It’s easy to get into a sugar crash after breakfast. Between the coffee, banana, bagel and other quick fixes we grab in the morning, where else can we squeeze in the fat and protein that add balance to the meal? Thank goodness the solution is less than 5-ingredients and 7-minutes away: poached egg and prosciutto avocado toast! Recipe makes 1 serving.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 273; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 195mg; Sodium: 661mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 15g


13. Egg Muffins with Ham, Kale & Cauliflower | Food Faith Fitness

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Egg muffins are a portable and popular low-carb breakfast, and with good reason. Whip up a batch of egg muffins loaded with ham, kale, cheese and cauliflower — so few ingredients, but so much flavor! Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 muffin each. At under 100 calories per muffin, you can enjoy more than 1 serving for your morning meal.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 63; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 101mg; Sodium: 208mg; Carbohydrate: 2g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 7g