Eggs are considered one of nature’s most complete foods. They’re filled with protein while free of carbs and sugar. But when it comes to whipping up healthy egg recipes, some folks fear the calories that come from the yolk and opt to use only the egg whites. Our recommendation? Stick to the whole egg to get the complete nutritional benefit!
Egg yolks once had a bad rap for raising cholesterol, but recent research shows that the cholesterol in eggs won’t raise cholesterol in the way we originally thought it did. Plus, yolks are rich in choline, a fat-fighting nutrient that also promotes cell activity, liver function, and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body.
When you’re trying to eat healthy, eggs are an awesome go-to for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as just a snack. The key is to use the eggs in a variety of different ways by adding spices or seasonings and pairing them with loads of wholesome vegetables and grains.
Try these healthy egg breakfast recipes to turn that average breakfast into some not-so-basic egg dishes that you can eat any time of the day. And then for more proteins that pack a slimming punch, scope out these best-ever proteins for weight loss.
These Italian open-faced omelets are lighter than their American cousins since they’re less likely to be loaded with cheese and more likely to be stuffed with vegetables. You’re going to want to make this mushroom and sausage frittata recipe all the time.
Get our recipe for Sausage and Mushroom Frittata.
If you want to eat a nutritious breakfast but don’t want to deal with the hassle of washing a bunch of cooking pans, this eggs in a mug recipe is perfect for you. It’s for one serving, making it a great option for those weekday breakfasts when you just want to eat something and get out the door.
Get our recipe for Broccoli-Cheese Eggs in a Mug.
By swapping out worthless white tortillas for whole wheat, swapping fatty pork sausage for the lean chicken variety, and adding fiber-rich beans and some fresh avocado, we’ve slashed the calories in half while increasing the overall nutrition (and deliciousness).
Get our recipe for Breakfast Burritos.
Most quiches suffer the burden of excessive amounts of heavy cream and cheese—and often a trans-fat-laden crust. This quiche dispenses with the heavy dose of dairy fat and instead gets its flavor and substance from antioxidant-dense sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and lean chicken sausage.
Get our recipe for Savory Artichoke Feta Quiche.
Infectiously delicious, to be sure, but also a perfectly healthy start to your day, assuming you stick to corn tortillas, which have half the calories and twice the fiber of their flour counterparts.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Tacos With Bacon and Spinach.
Sure, you’ve used your muffin tin to make blueberry muffins, or maybe some pumpkin muffins when fall rolls around. But if all you’re doing with a muffin tin is baking muffins, you’re seriously missing out. These muffin tin quiches are so easy to make, and they put that muffin pan to good use.
Get our recipe for Muffin-Tin Quiches With Smoked Gouda and Ham.
The little ceramic vessels are perfect for housing eggs, meat, cheese, and vegetables and then tossing in the oven. What emerges 10 minutes later is a perfectly cooked egg—whites soft but firm, yolk gloriously runny—surrounded by a tasty and filling supporting cast.
Get our recipe for 10-Minute Baked Eggs With Mushroom and Spinach.
In this recipe, the slices are topped with sunny-side-up eggs, leeks, garlic, prosciutto, and both Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. This recipe isn’t for those who are craving a typical slice, but if you’re in the mood for something different that brings all the flavor, this is the pizza for you.
Get our recipe for Sunny-Side Up Egg Pizza.
Instead of being slathered in a sea of sauce, we chose to crown our BLT with a soft, oozing fried egg—the only condiment you need. It adds gooey goodness and a punch of protein you’ll be glad to have.
Get our recipe for Ultimate BLT Sandwich.
For years now, hash has carried a certain negative connotation, conjuring up images of either murky, over-salted slop eaten from a can or a group of hippies. The former can be made from any combination of protein and vegetables, and by replacing the beef with lean chunks of chicken sausage and the greasy spuds with crispy sweet potato nuggets and bell pepper, you end up with a whole that is far greater than the sum of its parts.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Hash With Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage.
Why shell out your hard-earned dollars for an overpriced gut bomb when you can make something better, healthier, and cheaper at home in 10 minutes flat? And nowhere is that question more relevant than with omelets.
Get our recipe for Black Bean Omelet.
How do you make French toast? You dip it in eggs, of course! Use up your leftover eggs and make this bourbon french toast, with a boozy banana and walnut topping.
Get our recipe for Caramelized Banana and Walnut-Topped Bourbon French Toast.
For soft, extra-creamy scrambled eggs, make sure to turn the heat down and stir the eggs constantly and on a low heat so as to make sure they don’t burn. This veggie scramble is a great meal, so healthy and filling that you could even make it as a side for a dinner dish as well.
Get our recipe for Veggie Scramble With Mushrooms, Spinach and Goat Cheese.
Eggs are nutritional powerhouses, plain and simple. But if you’re getting bored of your typical hard-boiled eggs, this frittata recipe will help you spice things up. It’s loaded with bacon and all kinds of veggies, plus a little cheese, salt, and pepper for maximum flavor.
Get our recipe for Loaded Vegetable Frittata.
In this hot ham and cheese open-face sandwich, we add chipotle mayo and eggs to give you extra protein with a kick. You won’t even miss that other piece of bread!
Get our recipe for Open-Face Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich With Chipotle Mayo.
We are firm believers in the splendors of the original Egg McMuffin, along with many of the other ready-to-eat breakfast sandwiches that have followed in its wake. But even the McMuffin can be greatly improved upon, which is exactly what we do here, subbing in lean turkey for Canadian bacon, adding lycopene-rich tomato, and crowning it all with a spread of heart-healthy guacamole.
Get our recipe for Sunrise Sandwich With Turkey, Cheddar, and Guacamole.
Start with the ultimate breakfast bread—the fiber-dense whole-wheat English muffin—as your base and salsa as your sauce, then add eggs, ham, and cheese for flavor, substance, and plenty of protein. It beats an 800-calorie breakfast sandwich any day, and you get to tell everyone you know that you had pizza for breakfast.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Pizza.
Is there anything more satisfying than a hearty breakfast hash? With crispy potatoes, fresh vegetables, and a nice fried egg, you can’t go wrong with this filling morning meal. But this Italian hash takes things to the next level, with chicken sausage, banana peppers, kale, and Asiago cheese. And, of course, that picture-perfect fried egg really makes this dish.
Get our recipe for Italian Hash With Eggs.
Sure, you could make hard-boiled or scrambled eggs for breakfast, but if you really want to kick things up a notch, why not try this recipe for eggs diablo? With crushed red pepper and fire-roasted tomatoes, along with green peppers and onions, this dish is bursting with flavor and nutrition.
Get our recipe for Eggs Diablo.
The quiche is the ultimate culinary chameleon, not just because it can be made with dozens of different flavor combinations, but also because it is as good for breakfast with a cup of coffee as it is for dinner with a glass of red wine.
Get our recipe for Spinach and Ham Quiche.
The combination of pastrami and Swiss has long been confined to the realm of the lunchtime deli counter, but we think it works beautifully with soft scrambled eggs—especially because pastrami trounces both sausage and bacon in the calorie department. Give it a try.
Get our recipe for Egg Sandwich With Pastrami and Swiss.
In this recipe, you’ll find the egg pancakes stuffed with spinach, green onions, radish, garlic, and some rice vinegar, all sitting atop a bed of microgreens. It may seem like it’s complicated, but trust us when we say it’s not that difficult to cook up this very impressive vegetarian meal.
Get our recipe for Japanese-Inspired Egg Pancakes With Spinach and Green Onions.
At most places, the kitchen’s stuffing technique takes a few pieces of thick bread and some fruit, and turns them into a dish with more than half your day’s caloric allotment. But what if you stuffed your French Toast with some better for you, well…stuff? Done correctly, stuffing can actually be a nutritional boon: In this recipe, it adds a dose of low-cal protein, fiber, and all the energy-boosting vitamins from fresh strawberries and honey. Plus, it’s simple enough to pull off, even on a weekday morning.
Get our recipe for French Toast Stuffed With Strawberries.
In terms of snacks and finger food and satisfying cravings in between meals, this Southern specialty is one of the healthier choices you can make. And as you know (or as you will see once you make this amazing deviled eggs recipe), the dish is hard to beat!
Get our recipe for Deviled Eggs With Bacon.
The ingredients may sound like a strange combination, but stick with us! We know what we’re doing. The flavors are nicely balanced and the portion size is perfect, if we do say so ourselves. Plus, most importantly, the nutritional profile of this savory waffle is just what you want for the most important meal of the day.
Get our recipe for Savory Waffle With Ham and Egg.
Asparagus is high in potassium, and it’s a high-nutrient, low-calorie addition to this frittata. The recipe also calls for four cups of fresh spinach, which comes out to one cup in each frittata serving. That’ll give you a hefty dose of calcium and magnesium, as well as a little fiber. Combined with the protein of the eggs—you’ll get two per frittata serving—this is one dish that will keep you full and give you plenty of energy. Dig in!
Get our recipe for Vegetable Frittata.
Who says you can’t have salad for breakfast? With this red and green breakfast salad recipe, you can enjoy a crunchy bowl of veggies any time of day.
Get our recipe for Red and Green Breakfast Salad.
With 15 grams of protein, this recipe is a great option if you’re looking for a filling, healthy lunch idea. And there’s no stove or oven required—all you have to do is mix the ingredients together.
Get our recipe for Curried Egg Salad.
The classic diner omelet is an oversize envelope of eggs soaked in cheap oil and bulging with fatty fillers. The damage, with toast and hash browns: about 1,400 calories and 70 grams of fat. Our ode to Denver doesn’t cut the cheese or the meat or even turn to Egg Beaters. No, this is just honest cooking with good ingredients in reasonable portions, exactly what an omelet should be.
Get our recipe for Denver Omelet.
This can be a warm-up to dinner (especially if you have guests over), or a light meal on its own. Better yet, double the recipe and freeze some for a busy week. Enjoy!
Get our recipe for Asparagus Salad With a Fried Egg and Prosciutto.
This recipe is not only easy to make and ready in just a few minutes, but it really is a way to not only change up how you cook eggs, but also allow you to step outside a basic frittata dish, too, with the creative addition of the salmon and Boursin cheese.
Get our recipe for Healthy Smoked Salmon and Boursin Cheese Frittata.
Don’t let the grill have all the excitement! These chef’s salad-style eggs on a stick have all the fun of grilled kabobs, without the need to actually fire up the grill. In fact, there’s no heat required for this easy recipe—just build the skewers, and you’re good to go.
Get our recipe for Chef’s Salad-Style Eggs on a Stick.
This steak and eggs meal works as well at 11:30 a.m., as a cure for a hangover or post-workout hunger pangs, as it does at 8 p.m., as a remedy for a long day at work.
Get our recipe for Steak and Eggs With Chimichurri.
Eggs are normally scrambled directly into the rice, where they get lost in the jumble of grains and soy. We prefer a single, just-cooked egg on top of our vegetable fried rice, so you can break the yolk and dig in.
Get our recipe for Takeout-Level Vegetable Fried Rice.
These eggs in purgatory offer layers of intense flavors built around some of the healthiest ingredients in the pantry (tomatoes, garlic, whole grains, and, of course, eggs).
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If you’re looking for an easy way to add more vegetables into your breakfast routine, this sweet potato hash recipe is a perfect place to start. Packed with protein and fiber, this hash features sweet potato and green bell peppers, along with protein-boosting eggs and turkey sausage.
Get our recipe for Turkey-Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash.
Breakfast burritos (or breakfast tacos) tend to have the same types of ingredients in it. Scrambled eggs, maybe some small bits of potato, and typically a few slices of bacon. But you know what takes that burrito to the next level? Swapping out the bacon with chorizo.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Burritos.
At its core, a frittata is a crustless quiche that’s both considerably easier to make and substantially healthier to eat. A win-win! A great breakfast item, this frittata is an absolutely perfect start to your day because once it’s made, it’s a nutritious and delicious ready-made meal ready and waiting for you right when you need it most.
Get our recipe for Frittata With Arugula and Red Peppers.
A big bowl of ramen sounds like the perfect meal for a cold, rainy night, right? Well, if you’re paleo, ordering a bowl of ramen isn’t always an option. Nevertheless, a simple swap from noodles to zucchini noodles (also known as zoodles!) can easily solve that salty ramen craving.
Get our recipe for Paleo Chicken Ramen With Shiitake Mushrooms and Spinach.
While shakshuka is already a protein-rich breakfast thanks to the eggs, if you want a bit of extra protein, ground lamb—or really, any ground meat you prefer—blends into the sauce seamlessly, adding a bit of extra oomph to this paleo casserole without changing up the overall flavor of the dish.
Get our recipe for Shakshuka.
This healthy scrambled eggs recipe has all the makings of hearty breakfast fare—butter, cheese, protein—but with healthy fats, fresh vegetables, and a light caloric toll. Serve it with a scoop of roasted potatoes and fresh fruit.
Get our recipe for Scrambled Eggs With Salmon, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese.
When carbs reign king in terms of easy breakfast options, finding filling breakfasts that fit a keto diet can be rather difficult, which is why this particular keto eggs recipe is the perfect plate to have you feeling full and ready for your day! It’s full of protein and healthy nutrients that will have you feeling satisfied until lunch—or even beyond!
Get our recipe for Frizzled Eggs and Sausage With Sauteed Greens.
This dish features butter, heavy cream, cheese, eggs, and prosciutto. Can you think of anything more appropriate for a keto breakfast? Plus, eggs are a staple of any healthy breakfast, especially if you’re trying to make more health-conscious meal choices.
Get our recipe for Eggs Baked in Cream With Prosciutto, Parmesan, and Basil.
Overstuffed omelets like those at IHOP are eggs at their worst, harboring more calories than a half-dozen doughnuts. Why not spend the five minutes at home for a healthier, tastier version you can whip up yourself?
Get our recipe for Ham and Cheese Omelet With Mushrooms.
This Whole30 veggie casserole is the perfect recipe to feed a hungry crowd in the morning without too much fuss, and gives you all the satisfaction of quiche in a lighter package.
Get our recipe for the Green Machine Veggie Casserole.
This keto recipe gives us major pasta-for-breakfast vibes (which is something you can definitely do). Creamy from the poached egg, peppery from the radish slivers, and bacony from the, well, bacon, it’s a symphony of flavors similar to those in spaghetti carbonara.
Get our recipe for Zucchini Noodles With Bacon Vinaigrette.
We spoke with a New York City chef to learn how to make the best omelet out there—and the results did not disappoint! Here’s how to flip the best omelet ever.
Get our recipe for an Omelet.
These breakfast tacos are incredibly easy to throw together when you need dinner in a pinch.
Get our recipe for Eggs and Bacon Breakfast Tacos.
Here, we swap out the tortilla for collard greens, using them to wrap a savory, hot filling of potatoes, peppers, and scrambled eggs. With so many filling vegetables and eggs inside this Whole30 breakfast burrito, you won’t even miss having the tortilla.
Get our recipe for Whole30 Breakfast Burritos.
This breakfast salad has a crispy texture thanks to snap peas, radishes, and cucumbers, and adding walnuts is a great way to add healthy fats to your breakfast and curb cravings later in the day.
Get our recipe for Crunchy Breakfast Salad With Eggs.
Tater tots are a childhood favorite, and luckily there’s been a proliferation of other types of veggie puffs on the market that are just as delicious as the original. We’ve used these new veggie tots as inspiration to build a healthier, plant-based casserole, one that can be enjoyed for breakfast. It includes lentils, eggs, a layer of gooey cheddar, and perfectly spiced onions.
Get our recipe for Plant-Based Lentil and Kale Tots Casserole.
This brightly-colored frittata is based on the Persian dish Kuku Sabzi, which literally means whipped eggs and herbs. Though Kuku Sabzi are traditionally served during the Persian New Year celebration Nowruz, there’s nothing stopping you from making one for breakfast today.
Get our recipe for Egg & Herb Frittata.
This cleaner burrito version uses a ground plant-based faux meat mix instead of real meat, black beans, eggs, and a cassava flour tortilla.
Get our recipe for Plant-Based, Grain-Free Breakfast Burritos.
When it comes to summer barbecues or large backyard gatherings, there are a few staple side dishes that are a must: Potato salad, corn-on-the-cob, and of course, deviled eggs. Those beautiful little eggs are always a crowd-pleaser. But instead of mixing egg yolks and mayonnaise for the filling, why not get creative with some fun deviled eggs recipe combinations for your next party?
Get our recipe for Deviled Eggs 12 Ways.
These twice-baked sweet potatoes are sure to fill you up in the morning. They’re filled with hearty sausage and cheese to make your taste buds go wild! If you’re looking to cut back on the calories, switch to nut milk and substitute sausage for ground turkey. These sweet potatoes are just as tasty and these swaps increase your nutrient intake.
Get the recipe from Homemade Hooplah.
A savory breakfast is made to keep you full all morning. If you’re a breakfast potatoes lover, this healthy egg recipe is sure to get your appetite’s attention. You’ll enjoy every bite of a crispy potato combined with creamy goat cheese and spicy sauce. Potatoes are often seen as a comfort food, but they are also packed with potassium, fiber, and Vitamin B6, which is known to help build cells, increase brain cell and nervous system activity, and is necessary for the breakdown of glycogen.
Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.
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If you are someone who loves their Mexican food and can bury their plate in hot sauce (and I am!) this taco is no joke. The added touch of the fresh cilantro seasoning makes for the ideal meal to keep you feeling nice and light. Plus, there is avocado, which has monounsaturated fat to help reduce bad cholesterol levels and can lower your risk of heart disease.
Get the recipe from Camille Styles.
Lose the crust and lose the pounds! This crustless quiche is one of our favorite egg recipes because it is loaded with veggies and spices for a lightened-up version of the breakfast classic. The addition of cheese to nearly anything and everything is also an easy way to enhance flavors and stave off hunger. The option to swap out the dairy milk with almond milk will lower the sugar intake and increase protein even more!
Get the recipe from Sallys Baking Addiction.
Beets are usually a deep pinkish purple color and can really brighten up a plate. Often, the beet greens are forgotten about when cooking, but they add an earthy flavor to any of your go-to egg recipes and have a similar crunch to kale. Beets are low in calories and high in fiber that helps in digestion. As for the beet greens, they are filled with tons of vitamins and nutrients with beneficial health properties—vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese—just to name a few. A little disclaimer, though: Beets are #21 on our list of foods that kill your sex drive.
Get the recipe from Love and Olive Oil.
You may have seen a spinach-artichoke dip with its usual pairing of pita chips or pumpernickel bread, but why not ditch the extra carbs and up the wholesome ingredients? Here’s a low-calorie, high in fiber and protein spin on the normally useless dip. These quiche cups are like savory muffins that are fun and easy to grab on the go or pack as a midday snack! If you’re all about egg recipes, you might want to know what happens to your body when you eat eggs!
Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
Sofrito is a simple Latin sauce that typically consists of a variety of flavorful, aromatic ingredients and adds tang to any dish! There’s something about the blend of spices that come together so perfectly to make this meal feel like more than just your average scrambled eggs. Layered on a piece of whole wheat or Ezekiel bread with a few slices of avocado, these eggs will have you bikini ready in no time!
Get the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.
Skip the usual ketchup topping and check out one of our easiest egg recipes yet! All of the ingredients are in the name. The salsa and chicken can both be store-bought (unless you’re the overachiever type and want to make some delicious homemade salsa) and divided into four bowls and baked. At only 133 calories per bowl, the chicken and eggs—both loaded with protein—sit alongside a fresh salsa that brings out a vibrant flavor.
Get the recipe from Real Food by Dad.
Okay, yes, avocado toast is amazing and how could it get any better? How about poaching an egg to top the toast? There is nothing quite like when the yolk of a poached egg breaks open and drips down the side of the bread. Fun fact: Poaching an egg has also been found to be one of the healthiest ways to cook an egg. Why not pair it with a slimming, antioxidant-rich cup of green tea to boost your metabolism, too?
Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.
Here’s an amped-up version of your basic side dish of hash browns (talk about boring egg recipes!). Switch out the plain potato for their distant relative sweet potato to get the extra sweetness and added health benefits. Sweet potatoes have calcium, potassium, and vitamins C. They are also extremely rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is effective in raising blood levels of vitamin A. Go ahead and make enough for leftovers and you’ll be all set for a few days.
Get the recipe from Sallys Baking Addiction.
Egg salad can typically seem like a heavy dish, usually using loads of mayonnaise that contains a high amount of sugar. We recommend following this recipe, but swap out the excessive mayo for some protein-rich Greek yogurt. Without losing any of that original flavor, this version of the classic egg salad won’t have you feeling like you need to loosen your belt buckle.
Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.
Forget the mayo and try out this almond-basil chimichurri! This earthy dish is one of our favorite egg recipes because it’s filled with crunchy, crispy potatoes, asparagus, and topped with savory seasonings. The creamy dressing adds for the final touch you’ll be looking for.
Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
This low- sugar, high-fiber breakfast burrito is ideal for freezing and reheating at any time of the day. It’s a great way to replace a fast food joint burrito with something wholesome and nutritious! Using whole wheat or Ezekiel tostadas lower the sugar intake and add some amazing flavor.
Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate.
Here, you can cut back on the fat by using a more lean meat like turkey bacon. Make sure you check the label, though; many brands still load their turkey bacon with additives. Try something like Applegate Farms Natural Turkey Bacon. Kale can sometimes taste bitter if it hasn’t had enough added to it or massaged first, but here it’s cooked and seasoned with enough tasty ingredients to make you forget you’re eating kale. Also, ditch the toast completely if you are looking to cut the carbs or switch to something like an Ezekiel bread with no sugar and all-natural ingredients.
Get the recipe from Inspired Taste.
The traditional Cobb salad is served at almost every deli and restaurant there is, but this is not your traditional cobb salad. This meatless salad included garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) that are cooked in liquid smoke to taste like bacon. Okay, now we’re talkin’! The garbanzo beans, while tasting delicious, also add a good amount of nutrients and are low in saturated fat, deeming this one of our healthiest egg recipes.
Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.
Kale is in high demand. Why? This green superfood is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there. Pairing kale with the creamy, tangy feta neutralizes the bitter flavor and results in a luxurious tasting meal. The drippy egg yolk then adds loads of flavor and texture that you just can’t beat.
Get the recipe from Well Plated.
This may seem like an average breakfast, but if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get your protein in the morning, this is it! This recipe is only three ingredients and ready in under five minutes from start to finish. Swap the cheese for some Italian seasoning to give it that extra kick!
Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.
Stuffing peppers are an easy and efficient way to add in more veggies to your diet while making the dish even tastier (and fancier!). This is an inventive way to serve eggs that proves eating healthy can taste good, too.
Get the recipe from A Foodie Crush.