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7 Delicious & Easy Breakfasts for Healthy Aging

These healthy aging breakfasts are packed with nutrients that support overall health.

Starting your morning with a nutritious breakfast is a key ingredient for maintaining vitality.

Dive into these health-conscious breakfast options designed to support healthy aging!

1. Wholesome Cereal

Cereal is a quick and easy breakfast option! Whole grain cereals contain fiber and are fortified with vitamins and minerals.

A fortified food has extra nutrients added to it or has nutrients added that are not normally there.

High-fiber foods lower cholesterol and improve gut health.

Healthy Cereal Options

  • Cheerios
  • All Bran
  • Kashi 7 Whole Grain Nuggets 
  • Banana Nut Crunch Great Grains

Suggested Portion & Pairing

1 cup cereal with your choice of milk and a cup of fresh fruit

Healthy Aging Breakfast-Cereal & Milk
Cereal & Milk

2. Nourishing Oatmeal

On chilly mornings, embrace the comfort of oats.

Rich in fiber, protein, and a myriad of nutrients, oats offer benefits such as improved digestion, lowered blood sugar, and a healthy weight.

Types of Oatmeal

  • Rolled; rolled flat removing bran. They have less fiber and cook faster.
  • Quick; rolled thinner. These cook even faster than rolled oats.
  • Instant; come in packets and are typically flavored. They cook the fastest but contain less fiber and added sugar.
  • Steel Cut; least processed with the highest fiber content. These take the longest to cook and may be prepared in a slow cooker.

Suggested Oatmeal Portions & Pairings

1 cup of oatmeal is a healthy serving size. Add flavor and textures with fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, and/or nut butter.

Bowl of oatmeal topped with nuts & blueberries
Embrace the comfort of oats!

3. Protein-Packed Yogurt

Yogurt provides protein, calcium, vitamins, and Probiotics.

Greek yogurt contains more protein than traditional yogurt which can leave you feeling more satisfied throughout the morning.

Healthy Aging Benefits of Yogurt

  • Protects bones and teeth
  • Prevents digestive issues
  • May boost immunity through Probiotics

Suggested Yogurt Portions & Pairings

A healthy portion of yogurt is about a cup. Individually portioned yogurts come in 6-8 ounce portion cups.

Check the added sugar on the food label when choosing yogurt. Limit added sugar to 4 grams or less when choosing yogurt.

Yogurt Mix-Ins

  • Fresh fruits
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Granola
  • Nut butter
Bowl of vanilla yogurt topped with raspberries and strawberries
A perfect pairing of Greek yogurt & fresh, juicy berries!

4. Versatile Eggs

Contrary to past beliefs, eggs are a nutritious choice for a protein-rich breakfast.

They provide vitamins B6, B12, and D while aiding heart health and supporting weight management.

Healthy Aging Benefits of Eggs

  • Reduces risk of heart disease
  • Promotes eye health
  • Aids in weight management

Suggested Portion for Eggs

A healthy portion is two eggs.

Eggcellent options: Hard-boiled on toast, in an omelet with veggies, or simply your way with a side of turkey bacon and fresh fruit.

The American Heart Association recommends limiting eggs to one per day (or two egg whites) for individuals with high cholesterol and diabetes.

Eggs prepared in varied ways.
Eggs are versatile!

5. Fiber-Packed Toaster Waffles

Mix up your breakfast routine with a convenient toaster waffle!

Choose a high-fiber waffle with minimal added sugars.

High-fiber waffles can help lower cholesterol and improve digestive health.

Healthy Waffle Options

  • Kodiak Cakes Power Waffles Cinnamon
  • Nature’s Path Flax Plus Waffles
  • Kashi Golden Goodness Waffles

Suggested Toaster Waffle Portions & Pairings

A typical serving of toaster waffles is two waffles.

Top with nut butter, cream cheese, whipped butter, or yogurt.

A favorite toaster waffle topping of mine is peanut butter with sliced bananas!

Waffles topped with strawberries-a healthy aging breakfast
Choose a high-fiber waffle!

6. Overnight Oats

As the name indicates, you make them ahead of time and they make for a great “grab & go” healthy aging breakfast!

Overnight oats are packed with nutrient-dense foods like oatmeal, strawberries, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds.

You can also add protein powder to your overnight oats. Check out our protein-packed “Proats Recipes to Start Your Day“!

Overnight oats in a jar topped with fruit and granola
Overnight Oats

7. Protein Shake

Protein powders and ready-to-drink protein shakes are another convenient, grab-and-go breakfast option!

Healthy Aging Benefits of Protein Shakes

  • Support weight loss
  • Helps maintain lean muscle mass
  • Maintains bone mass
  • Promotes muscle growth

Check out this peanut butter & banana protein drink from the Age-Defying Dietitian!

Ready to Drink Protein Shake Options

Protein powders can be mixed with water, milk, smoothies, and food.

Woman making a protein shake
Protein shakes are a convenient breakfast option!

Almond butter toast is another nutrient-dense breakfast option. Check out this Age-Defying Dietitian blog post – “Almond Butter Toast: An Easy Protein-Packed Recipe“.

Takeaways from Healthy Aging Breakfasts

Consistency is key to reaping the benefits of a nutritious breakfast routine.

These morning options, brimming with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, offer sustained energy, and improved focus.

Make breakfast a daily ritual and savor the advantages of a wholesome start to your day!

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