9 Antioxidant-Rich Breakfasts We're Making Right Now
Whether you're a first-thing-in-the-morning breakfast person or more of a midmorning fast breaker, making sure that your first meal of the day is something nutrient-dense and delicious should be a priority. Some of our favorite nutrients to focus on in the mornings are antioxidants.
Finding antioxidant-rich foods to add to your diet starts with color—if you look for rainbow foods, you're likely going to find foods with antioxidants. According to Carly Knowles, M.S., RDN, L.D., you'll find vitamin C in red or orange foods (and some yellow or green ones too); while darker green foods (like leafy greens) have chlorophyll and isothiocyanates, and purple or blue foods offer anthocyanins. Stocking your fridge with a mix of fruits and veggies in these colors is an easy way to make sure your meals provide diverse nutrients.
There are so many tasty ways to enjoy antioxidants for breakfast—and yes, that includes those leafy greens. It's great to mix it up and find new favorites, but there's a few we love coming back to:
1. Buckwheat Breakfast Bowl
2. Blueberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats
3. Coconut Crêpes With Coconut Yogurt & Berries
Creamy yet dairy-free, these crêpes pack in antioxidants with their fruity toppings: blackberries, blueberries, and pomegranate. The simple crêpe batter itself requires only four ingredients plus some fat for greasing your pan.
4. Beet Pancakes
5. 2-Ingredient Green Juice
6. Kale Breakfast Salad
7. Red Berry Chia Pudding
Chia pudding is the perfect breakfast for anyone who isn't a morning person–you can make it ahead, so it's ready in the fridge when you wake up. This version uses frozen berries (blackberries are recommended, but it's totally adaptable) to flavor the mix. To make this fruity blend, the recipe calls for blitzing the berries into the liquid before adding the chia seeds, for an even flavor throughout.
8. Sangria Smoothie
9. Blackberry & Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Salad
Upgrade a simple fruit salad by adding a nutrient-dense grain like quinoa. This recipe also features a simple citrus dressing to add to the mix of berries, grains, and chia seeds.
However you're enjoying them, antioxidant-rich foods are an important part of the diet. Luckily, it's actually pretty simple to infuse them into your day, starting with a healthy breakfast and maybe even wrapping up with berries for dessert, too.