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High-Protein Breakfast Recipes to Rev Up Your Morning
It's no secret that eating a high-protein breakfast helps you stave off cravings later in the day. But how much should you have? "Aim for a breakfast with 10 to 20 grams of protein," says Lisa Young, PhD, RD, CDN, a nutritionist in New York City and author of The Portion Teller. If it sounds like a lot, you haven't tried these high-protein breakfast recipes. Make one tomorrow, and you'll skip the free (and most likely stale) doughnuts in the conference room without a second thought.
Love & Zest
Breakfast Quinoa Salad with Eggs and Smoked Salmon
You don't need to save your salad for lunch. Get your greens in first thing in the morning paired with a powerhouse breakfast combo: avocado and eggs. Pump up the protein by sprinkling some quinoa in the mix for a breakfast that's both creamy and crunchy.
Get the recipe: Avocado Pesto
My Soulful Home
Spinach for Breakfast
A Sweet Pea Chef
Home in High Heels
My Fussy Eater
Granola Crust Breakfast Tarts with Yogurt and Berries
"For those who can tolerate it, dairy is a good way to get some calcium as well as 10 to 15 grams of protein," says Young. Make these tiny tarts for a weekend breakfast you can snack on all day long.
Get the recipe: My Fussy Eater
Suzy's Potato and Tofu Scramble
Great for breakfast or as breakfast-for-dinner, tofu is the only plant-based protein source that has all nine essential amino acids—the ones that are needed for a healthy diet but something your body can't produce on its own. Good morning, indeed
Get the recipe: Tedi Sarah
A Little Rosemary and Time
Sausage, Apple & Thyme Breakfast Pizza
This recipe is everything we want in a breakfast served in our favorite vessel: pizza. "When going the high-protein route fat is fine (like avocado, which is full of healthy fats), but try to eliminate trans and saturated fat, which is in a lot of meats," says Young. The chicken sausage in this recipe is a healthier alternative to bacon or other breakfast meats.
Get the recipe: Recipe Runner
The Savvy Kitchen
Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberries, Strawberries & Chocolate Chips
The perfect use for your leftover quinoa from last night's dinner: Heat it up and toss together with berries, milk, and any other healthy toppings of your choice for a fast oatmeal that's ready to eat in minutes.
Get the recipe: The Savvy Kitchen
Tomato, Bacon, Egg Open-Faced Sandwich
The McMuffin has nothing on these pretties. Throw these morning staples together on crunchy bread for a breakfast bite that's full of protein and skips the greasy stuff that can make you feel crummy later on.
Get the recipe: Munchkin Time
Making Thyme for Health
Super Green Protein Smoothie
Sometimes you just need to get the good stuff into your body in the shortest amount of time possible. Cue this super smoothie, stacked with almond butter, hemp seeds, almond milk, and matcha for a nutrient-dense sip you can feel great about.
Get the recipe: Making Thyme for Health
Eat. Drink. Love.
Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage Hash
We know, nothing says fall like pumpkin spiced latte season, but this recipe will have your kitchen smelling festive in minutes. Apple chicken sausage, sweet potatoes, and your favorite fall veggies—like Brussels sprouts or spinach—will make your mouth water before you even get it on the plate. Put an egg on top for extra protein (and because everything is better with an egg on it, yes?).
Get the recipe: Eat. Drink. Love.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Granola Bars
Packaged bars often have the least amount of protein and the most amount of sugar. Flip that nutritional script by making your own granola bars at home for a portable breakfast or snack. Dates, natural peanut butter, and honey give you a natural sweetness that won't leave you starving hours later.
Get the recipe: 40 Aprons
Amy's Healthy Baking
Back to Her Roots
Curried Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls
Simple and savory, the seasonings make this recipe stand out. Garlic and curry add a kick of flavor while farro serves as a healthier carb alternative—and one that's high in both fiber and protein. Put a couple of runny eggs on top and you may never eat breakfast out again, because your food is way better.
Get the recipe: Back to Her Roots
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