The 17 Healthiest Breakfast Options from a Diner Menu

When I encourage my weight loss clients to eat breakfast, they usually respond with the answer “I don’t know what to eat.” This is a fair response since we’ve been overwhelmed with advertising for donuts, sugary cereals, and bacon….all of which aren’t conducive for a healthy living.

Fret no more! I’ve handpicked 17 breakfast items from the local diners, Eggsperience and Griddle 24 (with modifications). While I hope this list will guide your dining experience, you can certainly recreate these easy meals at home, too.

Please keep in mind that I always recommend a vegan meal as a first option. Ill repeat this again: You’re better off if all of the options below were a wonderful mix of vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, legumes, and beans. If you have your daily animal consumption in check, you may be able to get away with eggs in the morning though (be sure to leave the dairy, toast, and pancakes off the table). Good luck, be creative, and enjoy!

Granny's Berry Berry Oatmeal

Description: Blueberries, red raspberries, and strawberries stirred in, topped with all-natural granola and honey
Personal Trainer Modifications: Substitute the milk with almond milk. Add pecans instead of granola. Add a type of seeds (hemp, chia, etc.) too.

Mmm-Mushroom Spinach Skillet

Description: A great combination of flavors… fresh spinach, lots of mushrooms and onions (and potatoes)
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk. Add a side of vegetarian beans, seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), and avocado or nuts.

Tiny Tim's Farm Stand Frittata

Description: Fresh spinach and mushrooms accented with diced bacon and topped with jack and cheddar cheeses
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese. Replace the milk with broth if possible (otherwise move to the next menu item). Add a side of vegetarian beans, seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), and avocado or nuts.

Buenos Diaz Breakfast Chilaquiles

Description: Homemade corn tortilla chips cooked with green salsa, topped with mozzarella cheese and two eggs any-style. Garnished with refried beans, lettuce, tomato and sour cream
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or sour cream. Add a side of vegetarian beans, seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), and avocado or nuts.

Banana Oat Pancakes

Description: Fresh diced bananas in an oat batter, perfectly griddled and topped with more fresh bananas
Personal Trainer Modifications: If you must have your pancakes, a banana, oat, and almond milk batter will be your best bet hands down. Top with pecans to add healthy fat and protein and limit the syrup (1 teaspoon as a generous treat to a meal that already has a lot sugar from the bananas).

Egg Scramblers

Description: Scrambled with three grade AA farm fresh eggs, served with hash browns and choice of toast or pancakes. Pick your three favorites for a custom scrambler! Green Peppers, Mushrooms, Spinach, Tomato, Onions, Broccoli, or Scallions
Personal Trainer Modifications: I’ve left off the other meat and cheese options that will get you in trouble. Add a side of vegetarian beans, seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), and avocado or nuts.

Breakfast Tacos

Description: Eggs Scrambled with Chorizo, jalapenos and onions stuffed in three corn tortilla accented with green salsa and cilantro. Garnished with refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or sour cream. Substitute the chorizo with Green Peppers, Mushrooms, Spinach, Tomato, Onions, Broccoli, or Scallions. Add a side of seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.) and avocado or nuts.

Elena’s Egg White Scrambler

Description: Spinach, mushrooms, roasted red peppers and low fat Mozzarella. Served with fresh fruit instead of hash browns.
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk. Add a side of vegetarian beans, seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), and avocado or nuts.

Eleni's Egg White Delight

Description: Talk about guilt-free indulgence! Feast on fresh spinach, mushrooms, roasted red peppers and low fat mozzarella. Served with fresh fruit instead of hash browns
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk. Add a side of vegetarian beans, seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), and avocado or nuts.

The Mediterranean

Description: A sunny omelette of fresh spinach, tomatoes, kalamata olives, oregano, and imported feta cheese
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk. Add a side of vegetarian beans, seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), and avocado or nuts.

The Bannockburn Green

Description: For the veggie lover! Fresh broccoli florets, tomatoes, green peppers and onions mixed with Swiss and cheddar
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk. Add a side of vegetarian beans, seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), and avocado or nuts.

Griddle 24 Egg White Omelette

Description: Baby spinach, avocado, tomato salsa, turkey bacon
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk. Add a side of vegetarian beans, seeds (hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, etc.), and avocado or nuts.

Steel Cut Oats

Description: Steel cut oatmeal with 2% milk served with a side of brown sugar
Personal Trainer Modifications: Substitute the milk with almond milk and add blueberries, strawberries, or bananas as well as pecans and a type of seeds (hemp, chia, etc.).

Espanola (3 Egg Skillet)

Description: Jalapeno peppers, avocado, onions, mushrooms, jack cheese, potatoes, and tortillas
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk.

Veggie Garden Delight (3 Egg Skillet)

Description: Green peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk. Choose a side of fruit.

Acapulco Scrambler (3 Egg Scrambler)

Description: Diced chicken, jalapenos, tomatoes, avocado, jack cheese
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk. Choose a side of fruit.

Veggies (3 Egg Scrambler)

Description: Green peppers, mushrooms, onions, broccoli, avocado, spinach, tomatoes, jalapenos, Kalamata olives
Personal Trainer Modifications: No cheese or milk. Choose a side of fruit.

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness
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