Not only will these unique dishes spice up your usual morning routine, they'll leave you feeling refreshed, nourished, and energized for the day ahead. By Julia Marino, REDBOOK.
Amaranth Breakfast Bowl with Seeds and Warm Maple Apples
An ancient grain, amaranth is similar to quinoa nutrient-wise, but is much smaller and less crunchy, giving it a lighter texture and an airy quality. This recipe pairs the trendy seed with warm apples - lovely on those cooler summer mornings.
Light Berry Kefir Muffin
We'd devour these oozing muffins without asking what was in them, so imagine our delight at finding out they're made with probiotic-rich kefir. The low-dairy, yogurt-like liquid keeps these blueberry treats super-moist for days - meaning they'll be your breakfast all week.
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Chia Seed Breakfast Bow
Dubbed the "it" food of 2013 by food experts, chia seeds are both easy to prepare and incredibly nutritious. They're rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and expand in your stomach to make you feel fuller. Make this chia-centric, dairy-free recipe the night before, and serve to your brood in the a.m. for a stress-free morning meal.
Crispy Cardamom Sugared Bacon
Just the name of this recipe is sure to get your taste buds tingling. The sweet brown sugar and citrusy zest of cardamom pack the meaty goodness full of flavor.
Buckwheat & Spelt Crepe
Ooh la la! The traditional French wrap goes well with just about anything, and is a wonderfully light alternative to pancakes. Add eggs and vegetables to this whole-grain version for a savory breakfast, or lather on Nutella and powdered sugar if you're in the mood for something sweeter.
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Kimchi Breakfast Bowl
Turn up the heat on your summer breakfasts. Kimchi, a tangy, fermented Korean staple, is just beginning to gain popularity in the U.S. A healthy dose of veggies, protein, vitamins, and spice has the international flair to impress your snootiest guests.
Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cake
Indulge your morning sweet tooth with a delicious breakfast treat. As it turns out, this cake's not too bad for you either - it uses gluten-free ingredients and creamy, probiotic, protein-laden Greek yogurt. Sold!
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Peach, Kale & Coconut Smoothie
With its energy-boosting potassium and minerals, coconut water gives this drink a tropical zing that complements the sweet peaches and honey, and every foodie's favorite green, kale.
Supergrain quinoa is one of the hottest ingredients out there right now - and thanks to heaps of protein and fiber, it's as filling as it is delicious. Combine it with tons of different toppings - anything from nuts to applesauce - and this breakfast will never get boring.
Soft-Boiled Duck Eggs
Eggs, again? Hold up: duck eggs are larger and richer than chicken eggs, so just one is often filling enough for breakfast. This simple recipe will allow you to truly taste the difference.
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