10 Low-Sugar Breakfast Ideas for Busy Weekdays

Low-sugar breakfast
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April 28, 2020

By Sheela Prakash

Busy mornings often result in gravitating towards one of two breakfast options: Either no breakfast at all or something sugary and quick like a packaged granola bar, muffin, or other sweet pastry. Sugar, however, is something many of us are trying to consume less of, whether it’s because of a preexisting condition such as diabetes or simply because we know that eating too much of it, no matter how healthy we are, may put us at increased risk for chronic illnesses such as heart disease. Not to mention, a high-sugar breakfast may lack the nutrients that keep us fueled and focused, leading to an energy crash by mid-morning.

Rather than skip breakfast completely, how about opting for a low-sugar choice that’s just as easy to grab and eat as that granola bar? These 10 ideas are healthy options that will have you feeling your best as your head out the door without any worry of a grumbling stomach or sugar crash a few hours later.

Healthy Breakfast Tacos from Cook Nourish Bliss

You can assemble all the components for these breakfast tacos ahead of time and freeze them for even easier eating in the morning. For best results, though, leave off the avocado and add it after rewarming.

Savory yogurt bowl
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Savory Yogurt Bowl from Kitchn

Yogurt doesn’t always have to be sprinkled with fresh fruit and drizzled with honey. Here it’s made savory with lots of crisp, refreshing veggies and a sprinkling of spicy mustard seeds.

Asiago Arugula Eggs from My Life Cookbook

Feel free to use whatever greens and cheese you have on hand for this quick omelet-like breakfast. Spinach or kale are great substitutes for the arugula and Parmesan or even a soft cheese like feta can replace the Asiago.

Sweet potato pancakes
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Easy 2-Ingredient Sweet Potato Pancakes from SkinnyMs.

Bake a couple of extra sweet potatoes for dinner and save them to make these incredibly fast pancakes. The mashed flesh is combined with eggs to make a naturally sweet and fluffy pancake batter. To keep your stack low-sugar, skip the maple syrup and opt for a dollop of plain yogurt instead.

Warm Almond Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl from A Lady Goes West

These oats are simmered in a mixture of water and coconut milk, which gives them a mellow, nutty sweetness without the need for any added brown sugar or maple syrup. A finishing dollop of almond butter makes a bowl extra satisfying.

Breakfast grilled cheese sandwich
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Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Dad With a Pan

This morning twist on a grilled cheese sandwich is infinitely customizable. Slip greens like arugula or baby spinach inside, opt for your favorite sliced or shredded cheese, and choose your favorite sliced sandwich bread.

3-Ingredient Egg Breakfast Skillet from Tbsp.

Keep a bag or two of frozen hash browns on hand and you’ll always have the ingredients to make this fast egg skillet. If you have leftover roasted veggies or cooked meat, feel free to toss them in, too.

Tahini breakfast toast
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Tahini Breakfast Toast from Jamie Geller

This fast and fancy breakfast toast is also totally feel-good thanks to nutrient-rich tahini, crunchy pistachios, and naturally sweet date syrup. Opt for whole grain bread to make it an even healthier choice.

Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl from The Worktop

Yogurt gets all the attention when it comes to creamy breakfast options but don’t forget about cottage cheese. It’s loaded with protein and makes for an arguably even more delicious breakfast bowl.

Tomato avocado pita
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Avocado Tomato Pita from Oh So Delicioso

This grab-and-go take on avocado toast is the perfect choice for busy mornings. To add some protein, feel free to slip a fried or sliced hard boiled egg inside each pita.


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