5 Fast Fruity Breakfasts That Are Kind to Your Heart


We know that you’re too busy during the week to prepare complicated, time-consuming breakfasts for you and your family. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on health.

Here are five delicious, heart-healthy breakfast ideas that take no more than 10 minutes to prepare. These recipes come from nutritionist Julia Zumpano,  RD, LD, a registered dietitian in Cleveland Clinic’s section of Preventive Cardiology.

You can either fix these meals to eat on the go or enjoy them at home.

Each of these breakfast ideas are designed to incorporate at least three main food groups. This will ensure you and your family receive the necessary protein, fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals necessary for good health.

Yogurt and fruit parfaits

Alternate layers of diced fresh fruit or berries with nonfat plain yogurt and low-fat granola in a tall parfait glass. If you plan to eat them later, use a clear plastic cup and improvise a lid of plastic wrap secured with a rubber band.

5 Fast Fruity Breakfasts That Are Kind to Your Heart

Banana berry smoothie

In a blender, mix together one small banana, 1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup 100 percent orange juice, 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed or wheat germ. Pour into two 8-ounce glasses or travel cups.

5 Fast Fruity Breakfasts That Are Kind to Your Heart

Fruit pizzas

Top half of a toasted small whole-wheat bagel or English muffin with two tablespoons of nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with two teaspoons of strawberry preserves. Top with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries and enjoy with an 1-cup serving of 1 percent or nonfat milk.

5 Fast Fruity Breakfasts That Are Kind to Your Heart

PB and raisin roll-up

Spread one to two tablespoons of natural peanut butter over a six-inch whole wheat tortilla or wrap. Sprinkle with raisins, chopped apple or banana and a drizzle of agave nectar and roll. Enjoy with a 1/2-cup serving of calcium- and vitamin D-fortified orange juice.

5 Fast Fruity Breakfasts That Are Kind to Your Heart

Trail mix delight

Package 1/3 cup homemade trail mix (a mix of your favorite dried fruits, nuts and seeds) in a small snack bag. Take along a container of low-fat or nonfat yogurt. When you’re ready to eat, mix in the trail mix for a crunchy treat.

5 Fast Fruity Breakfasts That Are Kind to Your Heart

  • ts

    Could you post some for people who are fructose intolerant and can’t have fruit??

  • KQ

    I think you could improve these suggestions. Unless the yogurt is plain, most have added sugar. Orange juice is often sugary. It’s better to just add the orange. Why not add a couple leaves of kale or spinach to the smoothie? Processed agave syrup is not much better than high fructose corn syrup. And unless you choose plain yogurt, most brands have added sugar. Strawberry preserves also have sugar and a processed bagel is NOT a health food, often with added sugar and preservatives. Try Ezekiel bread. Many peanut butter brands have added sugar. Almond butter is a healthier choice. If you don’t make your own dried fruit, the dried fruits in stores and trail mixes often have added sugars and are coated in added preservatives. The idea is to eliminate sugar, not add it.

    • Jessica

      I agree with your comment, heaven tried almond butter, but what about sunbutter? It tastes great, but not sure if it’s healthy out not. May I ask what Ezekiel bread is?