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What to Eat for Breakfast on the Mediterranean Diet

You may be surprised to hear that a typical Mediterranean breakfast is on the light side. Although people in the Mediterranean region don’t skip breakfast outright (doing so may negatively affect your health), they typically rely on quick meals to get them through to the main meal, lunch.

Similar to the United States and Canada, the weekends are often a time of cooking more elaborate breakfasts in the Mediterranean. To truly live the Mediterranean experience, choose some simple breakfasts for most of your week and then enjoy a big breakfast a few days a week.

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Vegetable Omelet

Eggs are common in the Mediterranean diet because they’re economical and readily available. Eating eggs is a great choice for you because they’re a good source of protein and vitamins A, D, and B-12.

You can replace the vegetables in this recipe with whatever you have on hand. Some good fits include mushrooms, broccoli, and spinach. Just make sure you sauté them until they’re soft before adding your eggs.

Vegetable Omelet Recipe

2

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Frittata

Frittatas and egg scrambles are typically reserved for breakfasts on the weekends. For this simple frittata, you can use yellow squash in place of the zucchini. For other frittatas, choose healthy vegetables, possibly left over from meals prepared throughout the week.

Zucchini and Goat Cheese Frittata Recipe

3

Mediterranean Egg Scramble

Don't limit yourself to the vegetables in the recipe. For example, replace the potatoes and red peppers with artichoke hearts and fennel for an Italian scramble.

Mediterranean Egg Scramble Recipe

4

Lemon Scones

Scones and pancakes are breakfast traditions in many areas of the world, including the Mediterranean. these scones are bright and light, which follows the Mediterranean people's habit of light breakfasts, especially throughout the week.

Lemon Scones Recipe

5

Savory Fava Beans with Warm Pita Bread

Fava beans are popular in Mediterranean cuisine, and the primary ingredient in Falafel. Eating beans for breakfast probably seems odd to those used to the cuisine of the United States, but is not uncommon in the Mediterranean. Opening the door to new breakfast foods to take you out of any food ruts so you can kick back and enjoy your first meal of the day.

Savory Fava Beans with Warm Pita Bread Recipe

 
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