Set Your Day Off Right! 8 Healthy Breakfast Sandwich Ideas

August 25, 2019

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How many times did your mom tell you to never skip breakfast because it’s the most important meal? It turns out almost 25% of Americans don’t listen to that advice, instead skipping breakfast.

If you’re a chronic breakfast skipper, trying some fresh breakfast ideas may get you excited about your morning meal. A breakfast sandwich is an easy way to get the benefits of eating breakfast.

Forget the soggy English muffin sandwiches you can get at fast-food restaurants. Getting creating with the bread and fillings means every morning is a new culinary adventure. Packing the sandwich with proteins and veggies loads them up with nutrients to start your day in a healthy way.

Check out these breakfast recipes for inspiration. Then get creative and experiment with your own combinations.

1. Egg and Bagel Thin Sandwiches

An egg breakfast sandwich with or without meat is a classic option. A large egg has just 70 calories, but it provides your body with 6 grams of protein. If you want a lighter version, use only the egg whites on your sandwich.

Make it lighter by using thin bagels instead of full-sized bagels to cut the carb count and lower the calories. You can also use light English muffins as your base. Using only one half of the bread to eat the sandwich open-face style cuts calories even more.

Cook an egg any style you like. Add your choice of breakfast meats and cheese. Turkey bacon or chicken sausage is a healthier option for your sandwich.

If you don’t have time to eat your sandwich at home, wrap it up in foil and take it to work. Grab your favorite type of coffee on the way to complete the meal.

2. Veggie Egg Scramble Pitas

Keep it light and simple by mixing egg whites and veggies to make a healthy pita filling. Spinach, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes are good choices.

Add veggies like onions and peppers to the skillet first so they soften. Add spinach toward the end of the egg cooking time to wilt it just a little. Add tomatoes after the eggs are fully cooked.

If you want a little extra flavor, sprinkle shredded cheese into the eggs when they’re done cooking. Season the mix with salt, pepper, and other favorite herbs or spices.

Scoop the veggie egg scramble into a pita pocket and serve.

3. Ham and Egg Wrap

Skip the carbs by using the ham as the wrap on this handheld sandwich. The ham holds the eggs and other fillings inside the wrap.

Scramble eggs with spinach or other favorite veggies. Stir in a little cheese just until it melts. Season the egg scramble with salt and pepper plus other seasonings you enjoy.

Layer two slices of ham on a plate to give the “wrap” extra stability. Scoop some of the egg mixture onto the ham, and roll it up like a wrap.

If you want a crispy outside, place the ham roll-ups in a baking dish. Broil them for a few minutes until they get crispy. Always watch broiling food closely as it can turn from perfectly browned to burnt quickly.

4. Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

This classic Mexican breakfast dish is served traditionally on tortillas. In this version, you can use a light English muffin or thin bagel to hold the ingredients.

Toast the English muffin to give it a crispy texture. Top the base with heated refried beans, mashed avocado, eggs cooked your favorite way, and salsa. Finish the sandwich with the top of the English muffin.

5. Whole Wheat Waffle Sandwiches

Start your morning with a healthy dose of grains when you use whole wheat waffles as an alternative bread for your sandwich. If you’re really hungry, use two waffles for a top and bottom. Make it a lower calorie and lower carb sandwich by folding a single waffle in half with the fillings in the middle taco style.

What you put inside your waffle is up to you. Scrambled eggs with veggies and turkey bacon or sausage. Sprinkle a little cheese on top for extra flavor and protein.

6. Open-Face Portobello Mushroom Sandwich

Replace the traditional bread on your breakfast sandwich with a robust portobello mushroom cap. The thin, flat shape makes it a good stand-in for a bagel or English muffin.

Soften the mushroom cap by drizzling it with a little olive oil and broiling it for 10 minutes or until it’s soft. Saute your choice of vegetables and some chicken or turkey sausage. Fry an egg to the doneness that you like.

Assemble the open-faced sandwich by scooping the cooked veggies inside the mushroom cap. Add the egg on top.

7. Avocado Toast Sandwich

Sure, avocado toast is a bit of a cliche, especially among the millennial set. But the benefits of avocados make this a serious contender for a healthy morning sandwich. They’re packed with vitamins and good fats.

Start with two pieces of your choice of bread or a light English muffin and toast it. Mash an avocado and spread it over both sides. Salt and pepper the avocado.

Now you can get creative with other toppings. Add eggs, other vegetables, bacon, or any other toppings that sound good. With the variety of filling options, you can have avocado toast every morning with variety each day.

Put the two slices of toast together like a sandwich, or eat them separately open-face style.

8. Breakfast Burrito

It may not technically fall under the sandwich category, but a morning burrito is a savory handheld dish that you can make healthier depending on what you add. Choosing corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas starts off the burrito on a lighter note.

Inside, stuff eggs cooked in your favorite style with veggies, cheese, and salsa. Add a little light sour cream to balance out the flavors.

Enjoy a Breakfast Sandwich

Which breakfast sandwich recipe are you ready to try? No matter how you make it, a sandwich is a healthy and filling way to start your day.

On busy mornings, let us take care of the breakfast sandwiches, or stop by for a cup of coffee to go along with your homemade breakfast sandwich. Check out our menu to plan your morning stop to make sure you’re fueled for your day.