Sure, "breakfast salads" might sound incredibly strange at first. However, when you think about it, they make perfect sense: salads have everything an adult body needs, thanks to all those vegetables. So it's no wonder that breakfast salads have become quite popular lately!
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Sadly, far too many adults prefer to skip breakfast. In case you didn't know, skipping breakfast can lead to grumpiness and tiredness, as one's body does not have the nutrients it needs to perform at its best. There goes another workday! However, eating breakfast is not enough! You can't simply slurp down some sugary coffee and donuts and expect to have the vitamins and nutrients you need.
"Often, breakfast is missing veggies," said Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDCES, FAND, a Los Angeles–based registered dietitian. "A good breakfast includes protein (to allow for a sustained level of energy), some carbs (for a quick burst of energy), veggies (vitamins, minerals, fiber), and a little heart-healthy fat for taste and satisfaction." Of course, this will lead to hunger, usually leading to a pre-lunch binge of snacks and more sugary drinks.
So what can one do differently? Well, try adding some veggies to your breakfast in the form of a breakfast salad. It's easy! "Start with a generous base of colorful veggies (leafy greens, carrots, cucumbers, radish, peppers)—at least two heaping cups worth," said Sheth. "Add around three ounces of lean protein (beans, lentils, edamame, chicken, fish, eggs); top with one to two tablespoons of heart healthy-fat from avocados, nuts, or seeds; and toss with an extra virgin oil and vinegar dressing." Of course, this is just one type of breakfast salad you can enjoy...
Breakfast Salad Recipes
The best part of all? Whether you're a meat-eater, pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan, or somewhere in between, there's a breakfast salad recipe for you!
Those that love meat should try making their favorite breakfast burrito ingredients over a bed of fresh greens. Try swapping out the ground meat or sausage for chicken or turkey sausage if you're really looking to start the day off right. Only eat fish? How about smoked salmon and fresh dill over a salad with cream cheese dressing? Then season with any spices you like on your savory bagels!
Meanwhile, vegans and vegetarians can replace animal protein options with mushrooms, kale, legumes, or even plant-based "meats." Even those with a sweet tooth can make themselves a breakfast salad! Ditch the donut or pastry for a spinach-quinoa salad with granola, berries, and maybe-syrup-yogurt dressing. See? Breakfast salads make it easier than every to introduce some needed veggies into your morning routine!
Sources: Byrdie, The Chef Pick, Eating Bird Food