Many people have a love-hate relationship with breakfast. Maybe you love eating delicious food in the morning but find it difficult to have the time or energy to cook something for yourself. Or maybe you don’t enjoy breakfast that much but know deep down that you need to eat it to boost your metabolism. Either way, breakfast is a crucial part of your day, and a healthy breakfast is essential to losing belly fat or other similar health goals.
To find more inspiration for healthy, fat-burning breakfast recipes, we asked our medical experts Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, CDN, CFT, and Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT, aka The Nutrition Twins, to pick a few meal options they are not only healthy, but also easy to prepare.
Here are some of the best recipes to burn belly fat, and for more healthy eating tips, check out Breakfast Recipes to Slow Aging.
“While most breakfasts are loaded with carbs and sugars that spike your insulin, cause energy spikes and crashes, and are also low in satisfying protein, these high-protein waffles are anything but a high-carb, waist-expanding breakfast. Surprisingly Light As for the carbs, these contain healthy ingredients, most of which are high in protein, including eggs, Greek yogurt, milk and protein powder,” say The Nutrition Twins.
“That’s good news if you’re looking to reduce belly fat, because research has shown that a high-protein breakfast helps promote weight loss by regulating appetite hormones and keeping you full so you eat less later.” high-fiber carbohydrates from oats, which have been shown to help control blood sugar and blood lipids and reduce weight. These waffles will give you the carbs you’re craving while giving your belly the lean edge you’re hoping for!
Get our recipe for protein waffles.
“This refreshing morning smoothie is just what your flat stomach ordered. While most breakfasts fall short when it comes to getting greens, this one includes spinach and mint leaves to start your day off on the right slender foot, as increasing veg consumption means greater weight loss and better hunger prevention,” say The Nutrition Twins.
“High in antioxidants, matcha has been shown to increase fat loss by reducing food intake, increasing fat burning, and suppressing fat cell formation. And if all that fat burning isn’t making your flat stomach happy, wheatgrass provides low-calorie, antioxidant-filled goodness to help prevent oxidative damage that leads to the chronic inflammation associated with obesity.
“Don’t forget to pair this smoothie with a protein source like Greek yogurt or a scrambled egg or tofu to increase endurance and prolong the energy boost of this mint smoothie,” say The Nutrition Twins.
Get our Matcha Mint Smoothie recipe.
“This belly-fat-taming breakfast has the perfect balance of protein and fiber to keep you satisfied and lean, plus plenty of antioxidants to ward off free radical damage and prevent chronic inflammation associated with weight gain.” The corn tortillas pack blood-sugar-stabilizing whole grains and cut out the processed grains found in most breakfast wraps, which cause inflammation and increase body fat,” say The Nutrition Twins.
“Topped with eggs and black beans to help with weight loss, and tomatoes, lime and cilantro to protect against oxidative stress that leads to inflammation, these Huevos recipes could become your best flat-stomach breakfast.”
Get our recipe for Huevos Rancheros.
“This antioxidant-packed smoothie bowl features delicious fat-loss superstars: berries. Berries can help you lose weight because they contain that phytochemical C3G which has been shown to increase the production of adiponectin, which can improve fat metabolism, and leptin, which suppresses appetite,” say The Nutrition Twins.
“The chia seeds also help with satiety, so you don’t feel hungry and want to eat again soon after breakfast. Use skim milk instead of whole milk to reduce artery-clogging saturated fat and calories, and add a few tablespoons of hemp protein powder to boost the protein and fullness of the dish.”
Get our Acai Blueberry Smoothie Bowl recipe.
“You might be surprised that decadent pancakes can be great for fighting belly fat, but these pancakes pull out all the stops for weight loss. Not that you need to count calories, but at just 310 calories, this breakfast has just the right amount of calories for a weight-loss breakfast while you fill up on the filling protein with eggs, low-fat ricotta cheese, and Greek yogurt,” say The Nutrition Twins.
“Eating enough protein is also crucial for a fast metabolism and more fat burning, as protein is essential for building lean muscle tissue, which boosts metabolism. The yogurt provides good for the gut probiotics and is associated with a healthy gut microbiome less body fat. The wild blueberries and lemon are packed with antioxidants that improve blood flow so you can also get more oxygen to your muscles and train harder.”
Get our Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes recipe.
“This breakfast is so low in calories (just 250 for the calorie counters out there) that you can even add a piece of fruit to this belly fat burning recipe and it still fits into a weight loss diet plan. With twenty grams of protein, this frittata has enough to keep you satisfied, maintain lean muscle mass, and keep your metabolism pumping,” say The Nutrition Twins.
“Eggs are a great source of choline, and researchers have found that choline turns off the genes responsible for visceral fat gain and that eating eggs for breakfast may promote weight loss. The mushrooms, onions, peppers, squash, broccoli, and basil add fiber to keep you full with very few calories to help you stay full while also packing in anti-inflammatory compounds. Reducing inflammation is important when it comes to losing belly fat Losing weight because inflammation is associated with both increased body fat and increased body fat makes it a harder time to lose weight.”
Get our Vegetable Frittata recipe.