There’s no question that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After all, it’s the meal that starts your day off right and gets your metabolism going. But what should you have for breakfast? There are so many different options-from healthy oatmeal to decadent waffles-that it can be hard to decide. Here are five of the most iconic American breakfast dishes, each with its own unique flavor and texture. Whether you’re a fan of savory or sweet breakfasts, there’s something for everyone in this list!

1) Oatmeal

One of the  most commonly consumed breakfasts in America, oatmeal is a fantastic way to begin your day. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which slows digestion and helps you feel full longer throughout the morning. It’s also high in protein so it’ll give you the energy you need to stay focused for hours during your busy day-without any of those dreaded mid-morning food crashes! Oatmeal is  also known for being low in sugar, making it a healthy choice that won’t wreak havoc on your blood sugar.

If you don’t know what  type of oatmeal you should try, try steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are the least processed form of oatmeal-just grab some at the grocery store, heat it up in a microwave for two minutes and add your favorite toppings!

2) Waffles

Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, waffles are an irresistible breakfast treat. They go head to head with pancakes in the sweet and fluffy category  . Not only will waffles give you an energy boost-they’re also rich in fiber, which is great for digestion! Waffles are also relatively inexpensive. If you take a look at Waffle House menu prices, you’ll notice that you have to pay only $4.50 for waffles.

The waffles served at Waffle House are special because they’re made by professionals , but you can make waffles at home too. If you don’t have a waffle maker, simply head to the closest supermarket and pick one up for less than $30. Just pour in the waffle batter, wait for the light to turn green and the waffles will be ready in a matter of  minutes! Your waffle options are endless!

3) Eggs Benedict

The perfect dish for brunch; eggs benedict is one of America’s favorite breakfast dishes because it combines two delicious foods-eggs and ham.

Eggs Benedict offers you the healthy benefits of eggs with ham’s strong flavor and many health benefits . The yolk is rich in vitamin A, which is essential for eye health, and vitamin  B12 , which is essential for metabolism. Plus, ham is rich in protein and contains only a few calories per slice. Making eggs benedict is very simple but you have to  be careful when making them at home because they can be easy to mess up. You must have a very hot pan and butter to melt into the eggs, giving them a creamy texture that we all know and love.

Place ham slices in a pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side to warm up. While the ham is cooking, make the sauce by combining lemon juice, hot water and butter. Place ham slices on a plate, then place poached eggs on top of the ham. Drizzle sauce over eggs and serve with hollandaise sauce on the side. Get creative! Add onion if  you want to improve the dish’s flavor or try making it healthier by adding spinach.

4) Pancakes

What to say  about pancakes, besides the fact that they’re fluffy, delicious and everyone loves them. Pancakes are traditionally made with flour , eggs , milk and butter . If you want to make your pancakes healthier, try whole wheat flour instead of traditional all-purpose flour. And don’t worry about sacrificing flavor-adding cinnamon will give your pancakes a unique taste while adding in blueberries will give your pancakes an incredible taste and a wonderful, fruity aroma.

Pancakes are cheap to make , especially if you make the batter from scratch by mixing whole wheat flour with milk and eggs. You can get almost ten small pancakes for less than $3-making them a very cost-effective breakfast choice!

There are  so many different types of pancakes, from  buckwheat to buttermilk pancakes. If you’re feeling creative, try making chunky monkey pancakes by adding in chocolate chips and sliced bananas. You see,  you can never go wrong with pancakes!

5) Breakfast Sandwich

When it comes to comfort food,  nothing comes close to the breakfast sandwich . It’s hearty, savory, filling and simply delicious! Breakfast sandwiches are usually served with egg , cheese, ham or bacon and sometimes veggies. A breakfast sandwich is very easy to make-just scramble some eggs in a skillet over medium heat, then add cheese on top of the eggs if you want your sandwich to be cheesy. Place the cooked egg and cheese mixture in a toasted English muffin, then add your favorite type of meat on top! You can also add veggies such as tomatoes or spinach if you want to eat healthier.

Breakfast sandwiches offer many health benefits because they’re rich in protein and contain healthy carbs . The best thing about breakfast sandwiches is that they’re very customizable-you can change the type of cheese or meat that goes into them, allowing you to make your ideal breakfast sandwich! Whether you want something healthy with veggies and whole grain bread or something cheesy with bacon and delicious fried egg, there’s a breakfast sandwich for you!

Final words

There’s a reason why these five breakfast dishes are some of America’s favorites-they’re all delicious, healthy and  very customizable! Whether you’re in the mood for something tasty and sweet or nutritious and savory, there’s a breakfast dish that will satisfy your cravings: pancakes, eggs benedict, waffles, bacon and eggs or a breakfast sandwich, there’s something for everyone! And what’s great about these recipes is that they’re all easy to make and can be tailored to your own dietary needs. So why not try out one of these iconic American breakfast recipes today? You won’t regret it!