Here’s a wild idea: Why not eat a salad for breakfast? We know, it’s a little crazy. But hear us out.
While breakfast in America tends to feature foods like eggs, oatmeal, and cereals, there is no one right way to eat the first meal of the day—in fact, people around the world eat a wide variety of breakfast foods, from rice to Vegemite.
Combine this with the fact that we could all stand to eat more vegetables every day, and you’ve got a convincing argument for tossing out outdated concepts about what breakfast “has” to be and swapping in some greens for your morning meal. The latest nutrition guidelines call for five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day (depending on age and activity level), and the more the better: Higher levels of fruit and veggie intake have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke  . Add some protein, such as an egg, tofu scramble, or quinoa to your morning produce, and you’ll be doing your body good and keeping it fueled the whole way to lunch.
Ready to become a lean, green, salad-for-breakfast eating machine? Check out the breakfast-ready salad recipes below!