Eating more protein at breakfast might just change your life.

It can improve your energy, stabilize blood sugars, support fitness goals, facilitate weight loss, crush cravings, reduce food noise, and so much more. As a Registered Dietitian, I can confirm it’s one of the easiest and most impactful changes you can make to your diet.

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And in even better news, it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming or boring to increase your protein intake in the mornings.

I’m sharing 23 easy, healthy, high protein breakfast recipes that taste good and will keep you full. We’ll also talk more about the benefits of eating protein at breakfast, and some tips for adding more protein to meals you already love.

Why protein matters at breakfast

Protein has many benefits:

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Your protein intake can have direct and indirect effects on your health and weight.

Of course, it can help you grow muscle if you’re strength training.

And because it’s a particularly satiating macronutrient, it can regulate your appetite and reduce cravings. This can help you eat less and make more health-promoting food choices overall.

Learn more about protein and 60 high-protein foods.

What is a high protein breakfast?

Everyone’s protein needs are different.

Generally, I recommend most adults eat at least 25 grams of protein per meal, especially at breakfast.

But remember, this will totally depend on you.

Your age, height, weight, activity level, goals, and current diet all play into your ideal protein intake.

Personally, I aim for 30 grams of protein or more at breakfast. And I make most of my easy high protein breakfast recipes with that goal in mind. But you might need more or less!

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Best breakfast protein sources

Here are some easy proteins that you might enjoy at breakfast:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese
  • Protein powder
  • Whole eggs
  • Egg whites
  • Ground turkey
  • Edamame beans
  • Turkey or chicken bacon
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Smoked salmon
  • Cheese
  • Lentils
  • Soy milk
  • Dairy milk
  • Scrambled tofu

The truth is, you can eat any protein you like at breakfast! There’s no such thing as “breakfast food” so make sure you eat what you want, when you want it.

Read this: How to add protein to smoothies

Tips to add more protein to breakfast

Here are some easy ways to add more protein to your breakfast.

Add 1/2 cup of egg whites to your eggs. You’ll be adding over 13 grams of extra protein to your usual scrambled or fried eggs with a splash of egg whites!

Add protein powder to overnight oats. A scoop of protein powder contains 20-30 grams of protein. This will help increase the protein in this sometimes carb-heavy meal.

Add hemp hearts to your usual breakfast. You’re getting 10 grams of plant-based protein in just 3 tablespoons of hemp hearts. Sprinkle them on oatmeal, yogurt bowls, or toast.

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Swap white bread for whole wheat. A single slice of whole wheat toast might contain 3-5 grams of protein. If you’re serving a few slices, this can make a big difference to your protein intake at breakfast!

Use dairy milk or soy milk. Swap lower protein milk alternatives like oat milk, almond milk, or cashew milk for something with more protein. Dairy and soy milk have 7-9 grams per glass.

Just serve more protein. Sometimes, we’re simply serving smaller portions than needed to get enough protein! Increase the portion of your high-protein breakfast foods like eggs, yogurt, and cottage cheese.

23 Easy high protein breakfast recipes

Need some easy and healthy high protein breakfast recipes? I’ve got you covered!

Save the protein-packed recipes below. Most of these recipes contain 25 grams of protein or more. When they don’t, I’ve shared how to add more protein to make it a full and filling meal.

And all of these recipes are super easy and simple! There are lots of options that work great for meal prep, and many that can be made fresh each morning.

Strawberry Cheesecake Chia Pudding
An easy, healthy breakfast with protein and fiber. Try this blended and smooth strawberry cheesecake chia pudding.
35 g protein / serving
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Protein Berry Breakfast Crumble
Pie for breakfast! This high protein berry breakfast crumble is loaded with protein and fiber and makes the perfect healthy meal or dessert.
30 g protein / serving
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Warm Greek Yogurt Oatmeal
A protein-rich and filling oatmeal. Make this warm greek yogurt oatmeal for a creamy, nutritious, and super satisfying breakfast. Add more protein with peanut butter or hemp seeds on top.
17 g protein / serving
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Cottage Cheese Egg Bites
The perfect make-ahead breakfast or snack. These cottage cheese egg bites pack 6 grams of protein each with only 3 ingredients. Add more protein by serving with a slice of whole wheat toast with cottage cheese.
18 g protein / 3 egg bites
Check out this recipe
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Greek Yogurt Chia Pudding
Chia pudding, but make it high protein. This 4-ingredient greek yogurt chia pudding is tasty, filling, and the best healthy breakfast.
36 g protein / serving
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Tortilla Egg Bake
The easiest high protein meal. Try this tasty tortilla egg bake for a healthy breakfast or lunch, and learn to customize it to you!
30 g protein / serving
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Cottage Cheese Avocado Toast
A healthy snack with 15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Add this cottage cheese avocado toast to your 2-minute snack rotation.
30 g protein / 2 slices
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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
A healthy smoothie that tastes like a muffin! You’ll love this tasty blueberry muffin smoothie that’s packed with protein.
35 g protein / serving
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
A drinkable peanut butter cup with 43 grams of protein. This nourishing chocolate peanut butter protein smoothie is the perfect breakfast to keep you full.
43 g protein / serving
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Blender Cottage Cheese Oatmeal Pancakes
Cottage cheese oatmeal pancakes made in the blender! This tasty high-protein recipe is as nutritious as it is easy.
26 g protein / serving
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Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats
Cookie dough for breakfast with 35 grams of protein! These nourishing chocolate chip overnight oats taste incredible and will keep you full.
35 g protein / serving
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Savory Cottage Cheese Bowl
Get 30 grams of protein in minutes with this savory cottage cheese bowl. This easy meal is perfect for breakfast or lunch on busy days.
30 g protein / serving
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Protein Baked Oats
Meet your new healthy meal prep staple: protein baked oats. Each slice contains 17 grams of protein to keep you full and satisfied (and tastes amazing). Add more protein with a scoop of greek yogurt on top.
17 g protein / serving
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3-Ingredient Pancakes
These 3-ingredient banana oat pancakes are easy and nutritious. Try this healthy breakfast the whole family will love! Add more protein with a scoop of greek yogurt and a sprinkle of hemp hearts.
16 g protein / serving
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3 ingredient banana oat pancakes topped with maple syrup and frozen berries
High Protein Breakfast Pinwheels
Healthy breakfasts don’t have to be boring with these high-protein breakfast pinwheels. Made with vegetables, eggs, cheese, and whole wheat tortillas for an easy meal you’ll love to eat.
29 g protein / serving
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High Protein Overnight Oats
A healthy breakfast you can make in minutes with 35 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. High protein overnight oats are perfect for busy weekdays.
35 g protein / serving
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High protein overnight oats in a white bowl topped with frozen berries and melted peanut butter
High Protein Yogurt Bowls
This 2-minute recipe for an easy high protein yogurt bowl is the easiest way to get over 30 grams of protein at breakfast.
30 g protein / serving
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Cottage Cheese Overnight Oats
These high-fiber and protein-packed cottage cheese overnight oats are the perfect healthy breakfast to keep you full for hours. Add more protein with nut butter or crushed nuts on top.
21 g protein / serving
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Easy Nutella Overnight Oats
Try these easy nutella overnight oats for breakfast or meal prep. This healthy recipe is loaded with filling protein and fiber, packed with nutrition, and takes less than 5-minutes to make. 
27 g protein / serving
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Chocolate Berry Smoothie
Say hello to the creamy, healthy breakfast of your dreams: my chocolate berry smoothie! This nutritious and delicious blend will leave you full and satisfied for hours.
33 g protein / serving
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No-Bake Cheesecake Bowls
Try these healthy cheesecake bowls with strawberries for the perfect high-protein breakfast or snack for your sweet tooth. Double the portion in this recipe for more protein breakfast.
40 g protein / double serving
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High Protein Tortilla Quiche
You'll love this healthy tortilla quiche for an easy lunch. It's tasty, loaded with protein to keep you full, and totally meat-free.
37 g protein / serving
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Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie
Looking for a delicious, healthy smoothie recipe that will keep you full for hours? With 33 grams of protein, lots of fiber and no added sugars, this easy smoothie will nourish your body and soul.
33 g protein / serving
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