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4 healthy breakfast recipes that will help you get summer ready

With swimsuit season around the corner, we're more motivated than ever to stick to healthy meals. What better place to start than breakfast?
/ Source: TODAY Contributor

With swimsuit season around the corner, we’re more motivated than ever to stick to healthy meals. What better place to start than breakfast?

The key to building a better morning meal is combining protein with antioxidant filled fruit — this winning duo is ideal for sustained energy and satiety.

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Starting the day off right means you’ll be more likely to stay on track the rest of the day, which is why we like to squeeze in a workout in the morning too!

But if you think bikini friendly breakfast equals boring, think again! We’re sharing a few of our favorite slimming recipes. Get excited! Muffins and pancakes are on the list.

1. Vanilla latte smoothie bowl

Your morning coffee and breakfast smoothie just joined at the hip. This Java-centered bowl of goodness packs a powerful protein punch to keep you full all morning.

Tone It Up's Vanilla Latte smoothie bowl will have you asking for more.Tone It Up

Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup of almond milk ice cubes (make these in an ice tray the night before)

1 shot of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong coffee

1 scoop of a plant-based protein powder

1/2 frozen banana

Toppings: coconut flakes, cacao nibs, crushed espresso beans

Place all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Serve in a bowl and garnish with desired toppings.

2. Sweet morning quinoa

Thanks to a high protein and fiber nutrient profile, this grain-like superfood makes an A+ breakfast option.

Sweet morning quinoa will certainly brighten up your day!Tone It Up

Makes 1 serving

1/4 cup quinoa, cooked

1 tablespoon almonds, slivered

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 banana, mashed

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until the quinoa has soaked up the liquid and the dried fruit has plumped up nicely. Add more milk if needed for consistency.

3. Blueberry muffins

This isn’t your typical coffee house pastry! Protein, blueberries and a bit of healthy fat combined to make a fluffy treat that’s delicious and slimming.

Try a taste of these delicious blueberry muffins by Tone It Up's Karena and Katrina.Tone It Up

Makes 6 servings

1/4 cup almond meal

1/4 cup of a plant-based protein powder

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup egg whites

1 banana, mashed

1/4 cup plain almond or Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1/2 cup blueberries

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Mix wet ingredients with the mashed banana and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients before combining slowly with the wet ingredients. Fold in blueberries.

Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour in batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

4. Pancakes and waffles

These pancakes are healthy AND delicious!Tone It Up

Surprised to see this on our list? We make our pancakes and waffles using a plant-based protein powder instead of flour, mixed with egg whites and half of a banana.

Top it with berries, and you have a healthy breakfast that feels like a Sunday morning indulgence!

Makes 1 serving

1 scoop of a plant-based protein powder

1/2 banana, mashed

1/4 cup egg whites

1/2 tablespoon almond milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mash banana with almond milk before stirring in remaining ingredients. Spray pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-low before pouring in batter. Flip when ready.

The key to the perfect protein pancake: cook it slow and on low! To make waffles, simply pour the batter into a pre-sprayed waffle maker.

Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott are the founders of Tone It Up — a fitness and lifestyle brand. They are certified personal trainers, nutritional coaches, and best friends. Karena and Katrina have taken the world by storm with their fun, quirky and energetic approach to fitness and have built a vibrant community based around friendship, accountability, motivation, and inspiration.