8 Weight Loss Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Right

By Mediterranean Living
Updated October 30, 2023

Here are 8 of our favorite weight loss breakfast recipes to start your day off right! The age-old wisdom holds up… breakfast is, indeed, the most important meal of the day. And for weight loss, the importance of a healthy breakfast is even greater.

Why? Well, as most of us have probably experienced, when we skip breakfast we tend to snack and overeat later in the day. In America, breakfast is the least sacred of meals and this explains why the Standard American Diet has minimal healthy breakfast options. Typical American breakfasts are ultra-processed and made with poor quality ingredients that spike our blood sugar and do little for our bodies.

A good breakfast for weight loss consists of sustaining ingredients that are high in healthy fats, protein and fiber. These weight loss breakfast recipes below will help keep you energized throughout the day. They all follow the principles of a traditional Mediterranean Diet while being modified for weight loss. If you are interested in more Mediterranean Diet weight loss recipes check out our FREE 3-Day Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan for Weight Loss. Be well.

Blueberry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt

What a treat to wake up to blueberry overnight oats, the healthiest and easiest convenience food that takes only 5 minutes to make.

Recipe Here!


Buckwheat Pancakes

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If you are going to eat pancakes, buckwheat is the way to go.  This pancake is still fluffy and full of the flavor that comes  from the coconut cream, vanilla and maple syrup.  Top these with your favorite toppings.

Recipe Here!

Greek Omelette with Zucchini and Mint

A light and delicious Mediterranean omelette by cookbook author and Crete native, Koula Barydakis. Check out Koula’s recipe and writeup about making this for her father when she was a child in Crete using fresh vegetables in her family’s garden by clicking the link below.

Recipe Here!


Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon

Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon, Fresh Dill and Capers

Gourmet has never been as simple as this Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon, Fresh Dill and Capers!  This is the perfect blend of flavors: salty capers and smoked salmon, tangy lemon juice, the crispy bite of red onions paired with creamy avocado and warm crunchy toast.  This takes about 10 minutes to make and is ideal on the weekend when there is time to really savor the flavor.  It is my favorite avocado toast recipe!

Recipe Here!


Ful Medames

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I am always looking for healthy Mediterranean diet breakfast recipes that are quick and filling. This one for Ful Medames takes less than fifteen minutes. Ful Medames is a traditional Syrian breakfast that is plant-driven and high in healthy fats – two great characteristics for a breakfast recipe when you are trying to lose weight. This recipe is courtesy of George Assa, who was born in Syria and now continues to make delicious food inspired by his home country at Pita Pockets in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Recipe Here!


Maple Almond Granola

Maple Almond Granola

Start your morning off right with this delicious, easy & healthy Granola recipe. This Mediterranean Diet breakfast recipe uses a short list of whole foods and has just the right level of sweetness. As a plus, this recipe is also gluten-free.

Recipe Here!


Lebanese Breakfast Bulgur Cereal with Fruits and Nuts

Lebanese Breakfast Bulgur Cereal with Fruits and Nuts

This Lebanese breakfast bowl is a traditional Lebanese breakfast that is eaten often. This recipe is a great breakfast from a nutritional standpoint.  It has healthy grains, fiber, protein and fat.  It is the perfect complete breakfast alongside some coffee or tea that can be made in about 20 minutes.

Recipe Here!


Savory Breakfast Polenta with Eggs

Savory Breakfast Polenta

I get tired of the same old breakfasts all the time so I love to invent new ones!  With this Mediterranean Diet breakfast recipe, we get it all: a gluten free, vegetarian, veggie and protein packed morning meal that will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.  By using instant polenta, this breakfast polenta recipe can be made in 20 minutes tops.

Recipe here!



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  1. Dorothy DiMartino February 5, 2022 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    There is a lot of cheese used in the Mediterranean Diet. Isn’t that bad all the cheese? May bee the homemade cheese from Europe they make themselves is good.

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. February 12, 2022 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      There are a lot of different types of cheese and it is used often, but still not “a lot” compared to the amounts eaten in the U.S.

  2. Beth Myers September 25, 2021 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Appreciate all the different recipes shared in this site. Even checking how far I live from some of the mentioned restaurants.

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 1, 2021 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      There are great Mediterranean restaurants all over the country. I find them by going on yelp and typing “Mediterraenan Restaurant” or whichever type of cuisine I want to eat. I have found many hole in the wall restaurants that are amazing this way.

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