12 Breakfasts Under 250 Calories

Start your day off right with a healthy breakfast recipe that fills you up but still lets you fit into your skinny jeans.

  • Southwestern Omelet
    By Anne Cain, RD, Randy Mayor

    Southwestern Omelet

    Combine eggs, cheese, beans, and salsa in this hearty omelet that's basically a breakfast one-dish meal. This recipe is a little higher in fiber than many other omelets because of the salsa and the beans.
  • Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
    By Anne Cain, RD, Oxmoor House

    Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

    Assemble this low-fat breakfast casserole the night before and let it bake while you're getting everybody out of bed and ready to head out the door for school and work. Turkey sausage, reduced-fat cheese and milk, and egg substitute keep the fat at 6.8 grams per serving and the calories at 184.
  • Breakfast Tortilla
    By Anne Cain, RD, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Breakfast Tortilla

    In Spain, a tortilla is a thin omelet made with potatoes, and served either warm or at room temperature. In this recipe, thin slices of potato are pressed into a pan to make a "crust" that holds the egg mixture, cheese, and tomatoes.
  • Breakfast Pizza
    By Anne Cain, RD, Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Breakfast Pizza

    While leftover pizza from the night before often stands in for breakfast, this pizza features traditional breakfast items such as sausage, hash browns, and eggs. Using turkey sausage, fat-free cheese, and egg substitute keeps the calories and the fat low.
  • Quick Breakfast Burritos
    By Anne Cain, RD, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Quick Breakfast Burritos

    Top corn tortillas with spicy scrambled eggs and top with shredded cheese and fresh pico de gallo. Serving eggs with a tomato-based pico de gallo is a great way to add some veggies to your day.
  • Jalapeño, Sausage, Jack, and Egg Breakfast Braid
    By Anne Cain, RD, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Jalapeño, Sausage, Jack, and Egg Breakfast Braid

    Start with a can of refrigerated pizza dough to make this savory breakfast bread that's filled with chicken sausage, eggs, and cheese. Balance your meal by serving the bread with a fresh fruit salad.
  • Quick Breakfast Tostada
    By Anne Cain, RD, Randy Mayor

    Quick Breakfast Tostada

    Cooking eggs in the microwave is a quick and easy way to add protein to your breakfast. Serve the egg mixture on top of corn tortillas and top with reduced-fat cheese, salsa, black beans, and fat-free sour cream for a Tex-Mex style morning meal.
  • Sunny Frittata
    By Anne Cain, RD

    Sunny Frittata

    Bright orange bell pepper adds color to this egg dish, but you can use green peppers if that's what you have on hand. Both provide a healthy dose of vitamin C.
  • Three-Grain Breakfast Cereal with Walnuts and Dried Fruit
    By Anne Cain, RD, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Three-Grain Breakfast Cereal with Walnuts and Dried Fruit

    It's easy to add whole grains to your diet when you spoon into this sweet, crunchy breakfast cereal. The nuts add even more fiber as well as heart-healthy fat, and if you eat the cereal with low-fat milk, you'll get calcium as well.
  • Leek-and-Bacon Tart
    By Anne Cain, RD

    Leek-and-Bacon Tart

    This lighter version of a quiche Lorraine features a reduced-fat pie crust, egg substitute, and fat-free milk. Like the traditional recipe, it still contains bacon, and it calls for milder-flavored leeks instead of onions.
  • Spanish Omelets
    By Anne Cain, RD, HOWARD L. PUCKETT

    Spanish Omelets

    Adding potato, onion, and bell pepper is a great way to make an omelet hearty and filling without adding much fat. The egg mixture is a combination of whole eggs and egg whites, and the cheese is part-skim mozzarella.
  • mushroom-spinach-frittata
    By Anne Cain, RD, Yunhee Kim

    Mushroom and Spinach Frittata With Smoked Gouda

    Stir chopped fresh greens and mushrooms into the egg mixture for a frittata that's a nutrition superstar. Smoked gouda is a high-flavor cheese, so you need only a small amount for maximum impact.
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