8 favorite dishes for the most important meal of the day

Power up for your day with these healthy creations made by local eateries

The urge to grab the nearest Pop-Tart or bagel during the morning sprint is strong – if we eat breakfast at all. But the most important meal of the day can’t always be missed, or comprised only of carbohydrates and sugar. Thankfully, many cafes and restaurants across the Granite State are offering up healthy – and convenient – ways to get your morning meal.

The dish: Quinoa & Egg Bowl
Where to find it: Earth's Harvest Kitchen & Juicery

835B Central Ave., Dover

Why it’s worth trying:

While egg sandwiches are convenient, they aren’t the only way to get your on-the-go yolks. This gluten-free dish is chock-full of nutrients, thanks to a protein-packed quinoa sauté, farm greens, meaty mushrooms, roasted vegetables, sunny side up eggs, feta cheese, and tomato salsa. Believe it or not, you won’t miss the bread.

The dish: Power Parfait
Where to find it: Purple Finch Café

124 South River Road, Bedford

Why it’s worth trying:

The Power Parfait at Purple Finch sounds and looks like a breakfast treat, but it’s lacking all the added sugar and calories. This dish boasts a generous portion of low-fat vanilla yogurt, which is layered with local, organic granola, fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas. If that won’t fill you up, it’s served with a toasted English muffin that’s smothered with peanut butter for extra satiety and protein.

The dish: Kale Yeah
Where to find it: Laney and Lu Café

26 Water St., Exeter

Why it’s worth trying:

This sandwich – served on locally made sourdough bread (or gluten-free bread, for an extra 50 cents) – consists of an organic egg fried in coconut oil, kale and jicama slaw, local goat cheese, tomato, avocado, and house-fermented hot sauce. You can feel extra good with each bite knowing that Laney and Lu Café never uses GMOs or chemicals, artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners.

The dish: Green Bike Bowl
Where to find it: Green Bike Smoothie Bar

775 Canal St., Manchester
603-493-4244 or 603-748-0665

Why it’s worth trying:

Acai bowls are basically thick smoothies topped with nutrient-packed delights, including everything from bananas to chocolate chips (yes, please). Green Bike’s signature Acai smoothie bowl, however, is topped with raspberries, coconut, blueberries, kiwi, antioxidant-rich chia seeds, walnuts, pineapple and granola. If this particular combination doesn’t strike your fancy, Green Bike has a variety of Acai bowls to suit just about any morning craving.

The dish: Power Cakes
Where to find it: Tucker's

Locations in Hooksett, New London, Concord, and Dover

Why they’re worth trying:

Who said pancakes can’t be healthy? When you want a comfort food fix – without all the not-so-healthy ingredients – try the Power Cakes at Tucker’s. These homemade pancakes are organic and gluten-free, made with eggs, Omega-3-packed flaxseed, ground chia seeds, and real New Hampshire maple syrup from Fuller’s Sugarhouse in Lancaster. These pack such a healthy punch that no one will bat an eye if you spread a little extra butter on top of them.

The dish: Crazy Good Granola
Where to find it: The Maia Papaya

2161 Main St., Route 302, Bethlehem

Why it’s worth trying:

Cereal is a common breakfast treat that’s also unfortunately commonly filled with not-the-best ingredients. That’s where The Maia Papaya’s Crazy Good Granola comes in. This vegan granola is housemade and loaded with almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, whole oats, shredded coconut, dried cranberries, raisins, cinnamon, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Have it your way in a bowl with milk (soy and almond milk are options), buy it by the pound, or enjoy it layered with vanilla yogurt and sliced bananas in what Maia Papaya expertly calls a Breakfast Sundae.

The dish: Southwest Burrito
Where to find it: The Local Grocer

3358 White Mountain Highway, North Conway

Why it’s worth trying:

Burritos can be healthy when they’re not packed with eight kinds of cheese and two tubs of sour cream. The Local Grocer proves this point with their Southwest Burrito, packed with two eggs, Maine-based Pineland Farms Monterey jack cheese, and their black bean vegetable salsa with housemade turkey sausage. The burrito is available in a whole wheat or gluten-free wrap, or as an omelette or wrap-less bowl for those trying to cut their carbs.

The dish: Organic Steel Cut Oatmeal
Where to find it: Pressed Café

108 Spit Brook Road, Nashua

Why it’s worth trying:

Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets are convenient, but they are also loaded with sugar. Pressed Café’s version is not. This particular dish is made with steel cut oats, considered a “power food” because they’re bursting with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Pressed Café tops theirs with fresh strawberries and bananas, and just enough brown sugar for flavor.   

Michelle Lahey is a food writer who was born and raised in New Hampshire. She also blogs about food at www.ahoppymedium.blogspot.com.

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