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I’m not much of a breakfast eater. The earlier I get up, the harder it is for me to choke something down. I usually end up drinking coffee until mid-morning and then have something to eat. I know that probably isn’t the healthiest way to start my day, so I’m working on it.
A high protein breakfast will keep me full longer. Anything I can prepare ahead of time is great, too-I love convenience, especially when I first wake up in the morning. (I get my coffee pot ready in the evenings so that all I have to do when I get out of bed is stumble into the kitchen and push the button.) Keep reading for easy, high protein breakfast ideas.
Up until a couple of years ago, I made instant oats for their convenience. Then someone gave me a bag of steel cut oats and I haven’t looked back! It’s true they take a bit more work, but the flavor difference and quality is so worth it. Plus Bob’s Red Mill carries a quick-cooking version that is ready in less than 20 minutes. 1 serving has 7 grams of protein. To add more, wait until you have about 5 minutes of cook time left. Stir in 2 eggs (another 12 grams of protein) and stir occasionally until cooked. Once finished, I like to add peanut butter or another nut butter. One serving of peanut butter contains 8 grams of protein. You can also add protein powder if you like. My husband likes jelly in his for a little sweetness and added flavor. Total protein: 27 grams.
Here is a great recipe for overnight refrigerator oats with steel cut oats.
Loaded Breakfast Bars
This is a recipe I got from a friend and modified. They are super easy to make and can be changed up depending on what kind of dried fruit or cereal you like. One serving has approximately 5 grams of protein, so you may need to eat a couple or pair them with something else. They are great for a grab and go breakfast, though.
High Protein Smoothie
I try to have a smoothie for breakfast a couple of times a week. I use whatever fruit I have on hand, a handful of spinach, and almond or cashew milk. I add a couple of eggs, a scoop of this organic protein powder, half a cup of quick oats, and a tablespoon of ground flaxseed. This smoothie packs a healthy punch. Total protein: 28 grams. A meal replacement smoothie should have about 30 grams of protein. I can sip on this throughout the morning and it keeps me full til lunch time.
Good Old Eggs
Eggs are always a great high protein breakfast options. Make a veggie omelet, scramble them, fry them, put them on toast with a little cheese, the possibilities are endless!
This is a great make ahead recipe. I put it in the slow cooker before I go to bed and when I get up, breakfast is ready! Find the recipe in this post. It’s loaded with eggs, veggies, bacon or sausage (or both!), and potatoes. It’s delicious and convenient, and great if you’re feeding a crowd.
What are your favorite breakfast recipes? Share in the comments below!
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