Scrambled, fried, over-easy, or hard-boiled, eggs are an iconic breakfast staple. They are served at diners and fast-food restaurants either alongside bacon, home fries, and toast, or on a roll draped with a slice of cheese. But aside from their versatility and universal appeal, eggs are good for you — very good for you. One egg is less than 80 calories, contains six grams of protein, and is a source of important vitamins and minerals.
Despite their impressive nutritional profile, eggs don’t have all the answers. As more people adopt a plant-based diet and become more aware of the dubious rearing conditions of egg-laying hens, a healthy, egg-less breakfast alternative grows increasingly appealing.
Cast aside all preconceived notions of what you think breakfast is or should be. When considering the first meal of the day, the goal is to fill up on protein- and fiber-rich foods that keep you feeling full and satisfied throughout the day. Cottage cheese, chia-seed pudding, and congee are just a handful of breakfast options that may not be your traditional first choice for breakfast but are (arguably) better for you than an overcooked plate of lifeless scrambled eggs.
Here are 10 breakfast options better for you than eggs.