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16 high-protein breakfast recipes to start the day right

by Tobias 8 minutes read

Last updated: 10 Jun, 2022

What better way to start the day than with a healthy breakfast that is packed with protein?

Here are 16 easy high-protein breakfast ideas for anyone who normally tracks their calorie and protein intake. we've steered clear of some of the more obvious breakfast options, so you wont find any smoked salmon and cream cheese here.

protein pancakes


Food For Fitness

Bored of oats or eggs for breakfast? give this recipe for high protein pancakes a go. it is free of added sugar and made with muscle-building protein. This simple recipe takes just minutes to prepare and is one of the best ways to get your day started with a protein boost!

scrambled eggs with spinach and tomatoes


BBC Good Food

Toast on it's own can be a bit tasteless and it's not exactly healthy either. The solution, as with most things in life, chuck an egg on it. With scrambled eggs, as well as tomatoes and fresh spinach this recipe is a god send when you are looking for a healthy meal to start the day properly.

easy kale, feta and egg toast


Well Plated

This Easy Kale Feta Egg Toast dish is a dish that can be made in 20 minutes without adding too many unhealthy calories.

tomato & zucchini frittata


Love and Lemons

Perhaps more of a brunch recipe, A frittata is still one of my favourites go-to's for a quick and easy breakfast, because, really, anything you need to use up can go into a frittata. This one is made with every vegetable that was close to going off – a mix of tomatoes, zucchini and some really lovely sweet potato greens.

banana oatmeal protein pancakes


The Wholesome Fork

Everyone loves pancakes! Well maybe not everyone, but everyone should! This pancake recipe is quick and easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients to make something delicious . Remember you can add whatever you'd like, my personal favourite is peanut butter or another nut butter, with 17 grams of protein per serving, you can start the day by feeding your muscles.

poached eggs with tomato, swiss chard and chickpeas


Pop Sugar

A world away from the normal boring boiled eggs and soldiers. This protein-rich take on the popular Middle Eastern dish shakshuka is the perfect post-workout breakfast, it's chock full of protein and healthy fats. You can add as much chilli as you like to perk you up for a new day.

simple vegan omelette


Minimalist Baker

Not all tofu is created equal and for this vegan-friendly breakfast recipe we have used the top-tier tofu. The secret vegan ingredient? Protein-rich silken tofu.

smashed chickpea breakfast bowl


Well and Full

Chickpeas were once an avoided food, relegated to unusual meals that nobody really cooked. but they are back and back with a vengeance, these chickpeas take the roles as a vegan-friendly substitute for eggs that are also high in protein. This recipe pairs the smashed chickpeas with green leafy veggies and avocado, making this meal both healthy and delicious.

Mediterranean Style Egg and Cheese


Men’s Fitness

Egg and cheese are normally staples in any high-protein diet. You can even reduce the fats by using just the egg white and using reduced fat cheese. The addition of tomatoes adds some much needed vitamins and nutrients to this dish, whilst also adding a sweet and slightly tart, tang.

Strawberry Breakfast Cake


Healthier Steps

This is not your average birthday cake, this is the super protein breakfast cake for those who like the sweeter things in life. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too.

poached egg on quinoa cake


The Healthy Foodie

The egg's yellow and runny yolk may as well be a delectable sauce when paired with the dish's crispy quinoa cake. Full of protein and fiber It’s proof again why quinoa truly is a dieter’s best friend.

breakfast burritos


Fit Foodies

A breakfast burrito is a staple for many people, and the king of egg recipes. For those that want to make their most important meal of the day count then this is the one for you. On top of the protein rich eggs you could add some good veg like tomatoes or black beans, or even other sources of protein such as ground beef, chicken, or tuna.

morning energy shake


Skinny Ms

This protein-rich smoothie is for you if you're the type of person who prefers not to start the day with a heavy meal. The great thing about shakes are they can contain almost any of a massive number of fruit and veg, you could add some good fats by adding chia or pumpkin seeds

PB'n'J overnight oats


Eating Birdfood

A mainstay of any breakfast list, this overnight oats recipe is a great go-to for anyone that doesn't have time to prepare anything in the morning. Simply add a scoop of protein powder and/or Greek yogurt to increase the protein content.

vegan chocolate balls


Beaming Banana

These small chocolatey balls are made from cocoa, ground oats and blended dates. These are then formed into small balls and can be served with milk. Great for those that are craving something sweet. It’s gluten-free, naturally sweetened, and absolutely healthy.

tempeh breakfast sandwiches


Via Connoisseurus Veg

Continuing with the vegan theme, this sandwich recipe features pan-fried tempeh instead of chicken, and is served on an English muffin with baby spinach and avocado. It's finished with a rich sauce for extra flavor. Depending on how strict a vegan you are, you could also add a fried egg on top.

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