Thanksgiving Approved Breakfast Ideas

Thanksgiving Approved Breakfast Ideas

Thanksgiving is essentially the Super Bowl of food. The weeks leading up to it are filled with intense preparation, from selecting recipes to securing important ingredients. Then there’s a day or two of serious brining, cooking and baking. Come Thanksgiving Day, it’s all about putting the finishing touches on the food and decorations, then tucking into a delicious, once-a-year feast. However, the biggest mistake you can make in prepping for the main event is skipping breakfast that morning.

Eating breakfast can really make a difference for how the rest of the holiday goes. If you skip breakfast, you may be so hungry by the time the big meal rolls around that you end up overeating or eating foods you don’t actually enjoy. Plus, the holidays can be draining, so keeping yourself well-fueled is important.

To make the most of your morning meal, focus on getting a balance of protein, fiber-rich carbohydrates, and colorful fruits or veggies. This combination gives you enough energy to power through last-minute preparations — and keeping portions reasonable ensures you’re comfortably hungry when it’s time to sit down for the main event.

To take the guesswork out of a healthy Thanksgiving breakfast, here are my go-to top picks.

1. Veggie and Egg Scramble on Pumpkin Toast

Make a simple, balanced breakfast feel festive by adding a handful of thanksgiving veggies to a scramble. Brussels sprouts, spinach, green beans or whatever else you have on hand are amazing together.  Top a piece of whole-grain toast with a thin layer of pure pumpkin puree and you have yourself a feast that is filled with fiber, healthy fat and protein that will tide you over until the big meal.

2. Veggie Packed Frittata

You can’t go wrong with a frittata. Pack yours with veggies and fresh herbs for tons of flavor and not too many calories. I suggest serving of fruit on the side, for extra fiber to keep you satisfied.

3. Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Protein-packed pancakes are festive and fun, but also provide more protein to prevent too much snacking between breakfast and the big meal. Top with a thin layer of real cranberry sauce for a festive spin.

I love making seasonal oats and especially on Thanksgiving morning when I can simply set this in my Instant Pot and forget about it while I finish up other tasks. Stirring in a few spoonfuls of pumpkin puree into the oats adds a thick and creamy texture as well as added nutrients. A sprinkle of pecans adds satiating healthy fats and some crunch, and a mix of spices brings it all together.

It’s no secret Greek yogurt is a nutritional all-star, with more than 20 grams of protein per cup. Plus, it’s thick, creamy texture makes it the perfect blank canvas for whatever fruit, nut, seed or spice toppings you add. The combination of protein, healthy fats and fiber in a fruit-and-nut yogurt parfait satisfies you and keeps you going all morning.

If your only meals on Thanksgiving Day are breakfast and your Thanksgiving meal, I recommend something slightly more filling for your morning meal. Try a breakfast strata — which you can make “overnight-style” — along with a salad and seasonal fruit. Prep your strata (basically a frittata with cubes of bread cooked in) by combining all ingredients in the pan on Wednesday night and storing them, covered, in the fridge. Put it in the oven the next morning and you’ll have a tasty breakfast with almost zero work.

If stovetop oats are a regular thing for you and you want to make something special, baked oatmeal is a great option.  This is great to have for leftovers for the week

8. Beachbar with a side of Fruit

If your big Thanksgiving meal is around lunchtime, keep breakfast on the lighter side.  For an easy, no-prep-required breakfast, I recommend a Beachbar with a side of fruit.