When we hear the word “diet,” we think restricted calories, hunger pangs and way too many carrot sticks. But the Mediterranean diet is the anti-diet—it’s all about filling your plate with whole grains, vegetables, fruit, beans, low-fat dairy, nuts, fish, lean red meat and olive oil. Not only is it a heart-healthy way of eating, it’s even been scientifically proven to boost your mood. Here are 31 Mediterranean diet breakfast recipes to start your day deliciously. (Wait until you try the morning soft serve.)
31 Mediterranean Diet Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Right
2. Overnight Oats With Blueberries And Almonds
You wake up late and realize there’s no time for a morning meal. No worries, friend. It’s already in the fridge waiting for you.
3. Slow-cooker Mediterranean Frittata
The best breakfasts are the ones that practically make themselves. (It doesn’t hurt when they’re packed with fiber and protein, too.)
4. Green Shakshuka
You’ve had the tomato-based version of this Middle Eastern dish; now try it with spinach and jalapeño.
5. Squash And Squash Blossom Frittata
It’s ready in 25 minutes and looks super impressive. How’s that for a healthy brunch recipe?
6. Cranberry Walnut Grain-free Granola
Expensive store-bought granola better watch out. This grain-free version—made with all sorts of seeds and nuts—is tastier and healthier, and not just sugar cereal masquerading as hippie food.
7. Egg And Veggie Breakfast Bowl
Brussels sprouts for breakfast: It’s a thing (and it’s delicious).
8. Baked Eggs In Avocado
If you thought breakfast was either healthy and boring or secretly dessert, think again. These baked eggs in avocado are packed with healthy fats and protein and they happen to taste amazing.
9. Sweet Potato Rösti With Fried Eggs And Greens
Rösti are like the Swiss version of potato pancakes or latkes. Here, they’re made with sweet potatoes for extra flavor, color and nutrition. (Gotta get that beta carotene!)
11. Coffee Oatmeal With Buckwheat Honey, Blueberries And Yogurt
When you can get your caffeine buzz and your breakfast in one bite, you’ve mastered the art of multitasking.
13. Breakfast Caprese
Salad for breakfast isn’t so out-there when it’s a gorgeous and melt-in-your-mouth tender caprese dish. It’s almost like we’re in Italy.
14. Salmon And Smashed Cucumber Grain Bowls
This one goes out to our savory breakfast lovers. It’s basically lunch, but you can make it ahead and eat it any time of day.
16. Shrimp With Cauliflower ‘grits’ And Arugula
With this healthy swap, you can lose some of the carbs but keep the flavor. Swap in low-fat milk if you want to make things even more virtuous.
18. Red Shakshuka
Steamed, poached and fried have nothing on this spicy, saucy hit. Serve it with a crusty baguette if you want to gild the lily.
19. Overnight Oats With Chocolate And Strawberries
It’s basically dessert for breakfast (except totally healthy).
20. Morning Soft Serve
It turns out frozen bananas are pretty much magical.
21. One-pan Eggs With Asparagus And Tomatoes
Eggs for a crowd? We’re not short-order cooks—which is why we’re relying on our trusty sheet pan to handle the job.
23. Blueberry-ginger Smoothie
If green drinks really aren’t your thing, try this spicy-sweet smoothie instead. It’s made with coconut milk and coconut yogurt, so it’s totally dairy-free.
24. Savory Breakfast Salad
Sweet potatoes, hummus and…blueberries? Try it, you’ll like it.
27. 15-minute Spinach Burrata Omelet With Avocado Salad
You could skip the burrata, or swap it for low-fat feta or Parm, but why would you?
29. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie
Wait, there’s cauliflower in this smoothie? You’ve got to be kidding, Gwyneth.