When it comes to your morning breakfast bowl, oats get all the love. But other grains, which we often relegate to salads and lunchtime, can also get you going. One that’s worth adding to your a.m. rotation: millet, a gluten-free ancient grain with a slightly-sweet, nutty flavor. It’s fiber-rich, a good source of iron and protein, and it’s loaded with minerals, including copper, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium.

Magnesium is a super-important mineral that supports many functions in the body. It’s crucial for bone and heart health, it helps regulate blood sugar and boost metabolism, it may relieve migraine headaches and PMS symptoms, and it can also help the body to have a healthier stress response. Who couldn’t use that in the morning?

How to Make a Millet Breakfast Bowl

Making millet is super-simple. You’ll want 2-3 cups of water per 1 cup of millet; use less water for more of a pilaf-style bowl and more water to make it more porridge-like. Bring to a boil with a pinch of salt, reduce heat, and cover. Simmer until the millet is cooked, about 15 minutes, then let it cool another 10 minutes.

Top it with eggs, apples, and bright fresh herbs and you’ll be ready to tackle the day.

Millet Breakfast Bowl with Eggs, Apples & Herbs




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1 cup millet

2 cups water

1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 large organic eggs

1 large apple, diced

2 cups arugula

1 large scallion, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. cashews

2 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion

2 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley

Juice of 1 large lemon

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the millet according to package directions.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the two eggs and cover. Cook for 5 minutes or until the eggs are no longer runny.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the millet, eggs, apple, arugula, scallion, cashews, red onion and parsley.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Mix to combine then drizzle over the millet mixture and serve immediately.

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