What better way to start the daily grind than with a breakfast that isn’t just hearty, but healthy and packed with protein?
In this article, we’ve rounded up 17 high-protein breakfast recipes for the calorie and protein counter.
1. Protein Pancakes
Via Food For Fitness
Fed up with oats or eggs for breakfast? Try this recipe for high protein pancakes. This recipe for protein pancakes is free of added sugar and made with muscle-repairing, craving-busting protein. This simple recipe for protein pancakes takes minutes to prepare and is a great way to kick-start your day with a protein boost!
2. Scrambled Eggs with Basil, Spinach & Tomatoes
Via BBC Good Food
Sure, toast is delicious but it’s not exactly healthy either. This healthy alternative, however, still comes with scrambled eggs, plus fresh tomatoes and spinach for a healthy meal to start the day.
3. Easy Kale Feta Egg Toast
Via Well Plated
This Easy Kale Feta Egg Toast recipe is a wholesome and Instagram-worthy dish that takes just 20 minutes to prepare. The combination of an egg, kale, and feta cheese jacks up the protein content without adding too many calories.
4. Tomato & Zucchini Frittata
Via Love and Lemons
The frittata is one of my favorite things to throw together because, really, anything you need to use up can go into a frittata. This one is made of every vegetable I had on hand last week – a variety of tomatoes, zucchini and some really lovely sweet potato greens.
5. Lemon Poppy Seed Protein Pancakes
Who doesn’t love pancakes? This pancake recipe is packed with protein thanks to the combination of poppy seeds, eggs, and protein powder.
6. Poached Eggs with Tomato, Swiss Chard, and Chickpeas
Via Pop Sugar
This protein-rich take on the popular Middle Eastern dish shakshuka is the perfect post-workout breakfast or hearty dinner. Make it as spicy as you like to perk you up for a new day.
7. Simple Vegan Omelet
Via Minimalist Baker
This vegan-friendly breakfast recipe tastes just as good as it looks. The secret vegan ingredient? Protein-rich silken tofu.
8. Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Bowl
Via Well and Full
Chickpeas are a vegan-friendly substitute for eggs that are also high in protein. Paired with green leafy veggies, you have a hearty and very affordable breakfast bowl.
9. Mediterranean Style Egg and Cheese
Via Men’s Fitness
Egg and cheese are staples in a high-protein diet, and this recipe is proof of that. The addition of tomatoes ensures you get your recommended dose of lycopene, an antioxidant that’s good for your eyesight and immune function.
10. Strawberry Breakfast Cake
Via Healthier Steps
Whoever said you shouldn’t have cake for breakfast hasn’t come across this protein-packed cake. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.
11. Quinoa Cakes and Poached Eggs
The yellow and runny yolk of the egg might as well be a delicious sauce when paired with the crispy quinoa cake of this dish. It’s proof again why quinoa truly is a dieter’s best friend.
12. Customizable Protein-Packed Oatmeal Cups
Bake over the weekend, keep in the fridge, and pop in the microwave before you shower. Each oatmeal cup is packed with 11 grams of protein, making it the perfect breakfast meal on the go.
13. Protein-Packed Breakfast Burritos
Via Fit Foodies
A burrito for breakfast without the guilt? Yes, it’s possible. And the best part? You can make these over the weekend to last you all week long.
14. Morning Power-Up Energy Shake
Via Skinny Ms
If you’re the type who doesn’t like to start the day with a heavy meal, this protein-rich smoothie is for you. It’s also packed fats, fiber, vitamins, calcium, and potassium—what more could you ask for?
15. Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
Via Eating Birdfood
Of course, no list of high-protein breakfasts would be complete without the obligatory overnight oats recipe. Simply add your protein powder of choice and/or Greek yogurt to increase the protein content in your oats even more.
16. Vegan 3 Ingredient Chocolate Cereal
Via Beaming Banana
This vegan-friendly chocolate cereal recipe is made from ground oats, cocoa powder, and blended dates, formed into small balls and served with milk. It’s gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and absolutely healthy.
17. Savory Tempeh Breakfast Sandwiches
This healthy sandwich recipe replaces a chicken filet with pan-friend tempeh drizzled in a rich sauce, sandwiched between an English muffin, baby spinach, and avocado.