From Sweet to Savory: Breakfast Ideas to Enjoy with Your Coffee

There’s no doubt that coffee is the most popular morning beverage out there—whether it’s for the smell, the caffeine, or the taste. If you’re wondering what to eat with coffee in the morning, this post has got you covered!

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Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coffee On an Empty Stomach

As much as you love that hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning, research shows that drinking coffee on an empty stomach may not be your best bet. Here’s why:

  • Coffee is highly acidic, and drinking it on an empty stomach increases your chances of having acid reflux and heartburn.
  • It could also cause a spike in cortisol levels, your stress hormone. (This hormone helps regulate blood sugar levels and metabolism, but too much can lead to anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia.
  • Coffee is a diuretic, and if you have no food in your stomach to slow down the absorption of caffeine, it could lead to dehydration.
  • It can cause an upset stomach.

Lucky for all of the coffee lovers out there, there are plenty of breakfast foods that pair perfectly with your morning cup of joe.

So, what are the best foods to eat with your morning coffee or serve to your guests? Here are a few of my favorite “go-to breakfast foods”:

Sweet Breakfasts

half sliced loaf of lemon poppy seed bread

There’s no better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than to pair these sweet treats with your cup of java:

Savory Breakfasts & Hearty Breakfast Ideas

Copycat Bob Evans Candied Bacon in a mason jar
  • Scrambled eggs with toast
  • Avocado toast with a fried egg on top
  • Breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, and cheese
  • Breakfast tacos with eggs, sausage, and salsa
  • Hard-boiled eggs with salt and pepper
  • Breakfast quesadilla with eggs, cheese, and veggies
  • Cheese omelet
  • Savory crepes
  • Breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, cheese, and salsa
  • Breakfast pizza with eggs, bacon, and cheese
  • Egg McMuffin Quiche
  • Copycat Bob Evans Candied Bacon

Healthy Options For an Extra Energy Boost

If you’re looking for a healthy snack to go with your morning cup of coffee, here are some ideas for you:

  • Greek yogurt with berries and granola
  • Smoothie bowl with granola and fruit
  • Fruit salad with yogurt and honey
  • Protein bars or energy balls
  • Apple slices with almond butter
  • Cut up fresh fruit
  • Protein smoothie with spinach and almond milk
  • Oatmeal with nuts and dried fruit
  • Farmer’s Market Fresh Spinach Quiche

Classic Breakfast Options

overhead view of bacon quiche on a cooling rack with wooden measuring spoons next to it

These classic breakfast options are a great way to kick off your morning:

  • Pancakes with maple syrup and butter or nut butter (A Pancake Charcuterie Board is perfect for guests or weekend mornings with your family!)
  • Belgian waffles
  • Waffles with fruit and whipped cream
  • Spinach and Bacon Quiche
  • Super Easy Bacon Quiche
  • Classic French toast

Continental Breakfast Ideas

The “most important meal of the day” doesn’t need to be complicated, here are some easy options:

  • Bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese
  • Toast with butter, peanut butter, or jam
  • English Muffins
  • Cheese, crackers, and a couple of slices of prosciutto


The most important thing is to balance your diet and choose options that provide a good mix of nutrients and energy to start your day. And, if you’re looking for the best coffee ever to start your morning, check out this post on how to French Press your coffee beans.

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