If eating clean ranks on your list of 2017 goals, then breakfast is the best place to start. That means enjoying wholesome foods and cutting out artificial flavors, added sugars and preservatives from your diet. For the first meal of the day, it’s important to fill your bowl with nutritious foods. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are more likely to make healthy food choices throughout the day, are able to focus better at work or school and have better weight control.
Whether you like to start your morning with something sweet (like smoothies and acai bowls) or savory (scrambled eggs and whole grains), these superfood breakfast bowl recipes are packed with antioxidant-rich, filling foods. Mix them up to stay satisfied until mid-morning or lunch.
11 Superfood Breakfast Bowl Recipes
We’re predicting you’ll see more lucuma, a Peruvian fruit, popping up in dishes this year. The exterior looks very similar to an avocado, and it has a soft yellow flesh. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, zinc, iron and calcium. In this delicious acai smoothie bowl, lucuma powder lends a mild, sweet flavor and is an excellent alternative to sugar or other natural sweeteners. To boost the sweet factor even more, the recipe calls for mango, berries and a banana. Photo and recipe: Ksenia Avdulova / Breakfast Criminals
You don’t always have to resort to an omelet to sneak in some morning veggies. The surprise ingredient in this antioxidant-rich bowl: frozen zucchini. The dish also features spirulina, chia seeds, coconut milk and cashew butter to give it that creamy texture. Because zucchini is 70% water, it’s super hydrating and it’s packed with fiber to keep you full. Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae that many vegetarians and vegans eat for its plant-based protein, B vitamins, iron and selenium. Top your bowl with goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao nibs and fresh fruit for maximum nutrition and a touch of sweetness. Photo and recipe: McKel Hill / Nutrition Stripped
If you’re digging egg-and-cheese sandwiches in the morning, this deliciously satisfying egg bowl is sure to hit the spot. Garlicky kale and spicy sriracha beans provide fiber, while brown rice adds a grainy goodness. Feel free to swap the brown rice with quinoa and mix in pumpkin seeds for a nice crunch and a dose of zinc. Top with a fried egg and you’re good to go. Photo and recipe: Lee Hersh / Fit Foodie Finds
You’ll glow from the inside out with this juicy, ruby bowl. Made with frozen mangoes, peaches and raspberries, these low-sugar fruits will curb your sweet cravings. Coconut milk provides healthy fat, while flax meal and chia seeds give you heart-loving omega-3 fatty acids. Sprinkle on some granola, nuts and shredded unsweetened coconut for some crunch. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Ostrom / Pinch of Yum
Turmeric is definitely having a moment in the nutrition world. This super spice takes the gold for its anti-inflammatory benefits. If you prefer its bold flavor, zcut back on the maple syrup or honey. Then double down on the ground ginger, which enhances turmeric’s rich, spicy flavor. The pepita brittle is made with flavorful and nutritious ingredients, like pistachios, chia seeds, black sesame seeds, maple syrup and coconut oil. Aka the perfect way to add some flavorful texture. Photo and recipe: Phoebe Lapine / Feed Me Phoebe
A low-sugar alternative to the popular childhood cereal, this “puffed” chocolate granola is made with buckwheat — a seed from a plant related to rhubarb — cacao nibs, peanut butter, coconut and tahini. For the base, you can enjoy it with a chocolate-peanut butter smoothie or plain, Greek yogurt and fruit. We guarantee you’ll go coo coo for the crunchy topping. Photo and recipe: Karen McLean / Secret Squirrel Food
If you’re on the Whole 30 plan or decided to cut dairy and sugar from your diet, this vegan-friendly dish is for you. Cashews make a creamy base and offer healthy fats, while medjool dates provide a touch of sweetness. (Use the dates sparingly if you’re following Whole 30). A dash of cinnamon isn’t just a flavor booster, either — it can also help stabilize your blood-sugar levels. Photo: Ella Woodward / Deliciously Ella
Like having ice cream for breakfast! While food blogger, Kathy Patalsky, uses a vegan smoothie powder for the base, you can mix a handful of your favorite greens with unsweetened coconut yogurt, unsweetened almond milk, frozen watermelon and frozen bananas. The fruits make this dish frosty and smooth. Top with peach and banana slices, chia seeds, walnuts and goji berries for added anti-inflammatory benefits. Photo and recipe: Kathy Patalsky / Healthy Happy Life
Breakfast and brunch don’t have to center around eggs, grains or smoothies. Shredded golden potatoes and mixed greens fill this hearty bowl, smothered in a heavenly pesto. A health-boosting combination of herbs, including basil, parsley and cilantro, make the deliciously flavorful sauce. Instead of typical pork bacon, this recipe calls for coconut bacon, made with coconut flakes, extra-virgin olive oil, tamari, maple syrup and smoked paprika. Photo and recipe: Sarah / Well and Full
Soaking buckwheat overnight softens it up and turns it into a creamy morning treat. The proof is in this delicious pudding, which also features homemade blueberry puree. Simply blend two cups of blueberries with a tablespoon or two of maple syrup or honey until it becomes syrup. Mixing a banana with the buckwheat pudding makes it extra creamy and gooey. Squeeze some lemon juice to round out the sweetness. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn
Swapping quinoa for oatmeal gives this dish a plant-based protein boost and more fiber. Cherry tomatoes and avocado beef up the nutrition factor and add color to the dish, while fresh basil and Za’tar infuse robust flavor. If you hard-boil a batch of eggs ahead of time, you can assemble this dish within five minutes. Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn