Healthy breakfast recipes that'll actually keep you full

Fit Foodie Finds

It's perhaps the most important meal of the day, but are you doing it right? 

Sure, a bowl of cereal — even organic cereal with hormone-free milk — may seem simple and easy, but when your stomach starts grumbling at your desk just hours after your last spoonful of granola, it can feel like eating breakfast was pointless. In December 2016, researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark concluded that eating plant-based protein for the first meal of the day is key to staying full longer

Legumes such as beans and chickpeas, which are high in both protein and fiber — and low in calories and fat! — will satiate savory cravings in the morning and keep your stomach happy until lunchtime. Ready to make a breakfast that will actually keep you full? Check out the recipes below. 

Chickpea, yogurt and egg

Chickpea, yogurt and egg as one delicious breakfastSource: Marta Greber/What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today
Chickpea, yogurt and egg as one delicious breakfast  Marta Greber/What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today

This incredibly simple-to-make and savory breakfast parfait is loaded with protein — try adding whole wheat toast on the side for some extra fiber. Get the recipe here

Chickpea avocado breakfast enchiladas

Chickpea avocado breakfast enchiladasSource: Alissa Saenz/Connoisseurus Veg
Chickpea avocado breakfast enchiladas  Alissa Saenz/Connoisseurus Veg

Bye, avocado toast. These avocado-and-chickpea-stuffed tortillas may make a repeat appearance at lunch if you're hungry — they're that good. Get the recipe here

Make-ahead breakfast quesadilla with cheese, spinach and white beans

Make-ahead breakfast quesadillaSource: Erin Clarke/Well Plated
Make-ahead breakfast quesadilla  Erin Clarke/Well Plated

Make a big batch of these bean-filled quesadillas and keep them in your freezer for busy mornings when you need a filling breakfast in minutes. Plus, they're easy to eat on the go! Get the recipe here

White-bean breakfast hash

White-bean breakfast hashSource: Jessica Merchant/How Sweet Eats
White-bean breakfast hash  Jessica Merchant/How Sweet Eats

Sub out potatoes for fiber-and-protein-filled white beans that still have some good starchiness. Get the recipe here

Jumbo chickpea pancake

Jumbo chickpea pancakeSource: Angela Liddon/Oh She Glows
Jumbo chickpea pancake  Angela Liddon/Oh She Glows

If pancakes get you going in the morning, switch it up with these vegan, protein-packed chickpea flour pancakes that can be made both savory and sweet. Get the recipe here

One-pot chickpea shakshuka

Chickpea shakshukaSource: Dana Shultz/Minimalist Baker
Chickpea shakshuka  Dana Shultz/Minimalist Baker

Sub out the traditional baked-egg shakshuka for some chickpea-and-bean-packed vegan shakshuka you can make in a single skillet. Get the recipe here

Mushroom and garbanzo-bean toast

Mushrooms and garbanzos on toast with cider and thymeSource: Rebecca Fallihee/food52
Mushrooms and garbanzos on toast with cider and thyme  Rebecca Fallihee/food52

Sub out avocado and cheese for veggies to start off your morning on a healthy, fiber-filled note. Get the recipe here

Chipotle black bean and rice skillet

Chipotle black bean and rice skilletSource: Erin Alderson/Naturally Ella
Chipotle black bean and rice skillet  Erin Alderson/Naturally Ella

Rice for breakfast?! This hot skillet isn't your average Rice Krispie bowl — it's savory and easily serves a crowd. Get the recipe here

Black bean breakfast bowls

Black bean breakfast bowlSource: Lee Hersh/Fit Foodie Finds
Black bean breakfast bowl  Lee Hersh/Fit Foodie Finds

If you're a bowl lover, this black-bean-based bowl with kale and a fried egg will seriously start your morning on the sunny side. Get the recipe here

Slow-cooked pesto chickpeas over toast with smoked salmon and egg

Slow-cooked pesto chickpeas over toast with smoked salmon and eggSource: Christine Fischer Hewit/food52
Slow-cooked pesto chickpeas over toast with smoked salmon and egg  Christine Fischer Hewit/food52

Switch out the bagel and cream cheese for tender, flavorful chickpeas served on toast and adorned with smoked salmon and an egg. The breakfast sandwich finally has on open-faced, filling competitor! Get the recipe here

10-minute white bean artichoke basil toasts

White bean artichoke basil toastSource: Lindsay Ostrum/Pinch of Yum
White bean artichoke basil toast  Lindsay Ostrum/Pinch of Yum

Up your game with this easy breakfast toast, covered in white beans and greens to fill you up tastily. Get the recipe here