Trust Me: Healthy Grits Will Be Your New Favorite Summer Breakfast

Hot take: Grits make the best breakfast, especially in the summer. They just take me back to my childhood summer vacations, when my dad would make me grits with a bit of sugar. It's what I start to crave for breakfast as soon as the weather turns warm.

If you're over here assuming grits are just inherently unhealthy and covered with gravy...well, you're wrong.  The southern comfort staple is similar to polenta in that it's a type of cornmeal-based dish. Grits are just made from white corn instead of yellow and typically have a smoother texture, but the two can be substituted for each other. And grits on their own offer nearly five grams of protein and two grams of fiber per cup—slightly less but still comparable to the six grams of protein and four grams of fiber in a cup of oatmeal. Not too shabby, eh?

Now that I'm grown up and making my own breakfast, I've swapped the sugar I used to love for honey, but otherwise, my grits are pretty simple. I'm beyond ready to level-up my morning bowl and you should join me. You won't be sorry.

Keep reading for grits for breakfast recipes that will keep you full and satisfied all morning long.

Photo: Brewing Happiness

1. Smoked Salmon and Grits Brunch Bowl

This dish from Brewing Happiness is vegan-friendly and packed with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids thanks to the salmon. It pairs smoked salmon with a fried egg, veggies, and tzatziki sauce, giving the southern classic a Middle Eastern flare.

Photo: Cookie and Kate

2. Goat Cheese Polenta with Roasted Vegetables

From Cookie and Kate, this recipe can be made with either polenta or grits. And when topped with sweet potatoes, an egg, and goat cheese, it makes a brunch bowl so savory you might wanna pull out the leftovers for dinner.


Photo: Brewing Happiness

3. Creamy Sweet Grits with Strawberry-Chia Jam

For those who favor a sweet breakfast, this bowl from Brewing Happiness serves up just that. After making the grits with coconut milk, top with your fave nut butter, cereal puffs, and strawberry jam.

Photo: Love and Zest

4. Shrimp and Cherry Tomatoes over Cheesy Cauliflower Grits

This bowl from Love and Zest takes a unique spin on the traditional Southern shrimp and grits by subbing out the grits for cauliflower rice—making it the perfect option if you're looking for a lighter breakfast.

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