You’ve heard it said about a million times before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it’s true!

And if you want to make the most out of your morning meal, make sure to include plenty of protein. By packing on the protein during your morning meal, you’ll give yourself that extra boost of nutrients that will keep you full, happy, and energetic throughout the day.

From chickpea pancakes, to bacon and avocado breakfast salads, here are some seriously delicious recipes to fuel your morning.

1. Jumbo Chickpea Pancake

If you’re looking for a savory twist on a traditionally sweet breakfast, this mouthwatering vegan dish is for you. Filled with the protein-packed chickpea, these pancakes are vegan and free of gluten, grains, nuts, oils, soy, and refined sugars. So, not only does this recipe meet basically every dietary restriction ever, it will fill you up in the a.m., leaving you satisfied and ready to start the day. Get the recipe! 

2. Mocha Banana Protein Smoothie Bowl

Calling all coffee lovers for this next one, and smoothie bowl lovers while we’re at it. Smoothie bowls are a great way to get your protein while being light, flavorful, and easy to whip up in a time crunch. The protein in this bowl of goodness comes from the bananas, chia seeds, and of course, a protein powder of your choice. Add your favorite nuts, seeds, and fruit toppings and you’ll have a protein-rich creation that’s ready for a photo op. Get the recipe!

3. Spinach Feta Breakfast Wraps

One way to have a great, stress-free morning is by having your breakfast prepped ahead of time. These hearty spinach feta breakfast wraps are freezer friendly and protein-rich. Fill your wrap with eggs, spinach, feta, and any other fresh veggies you like! This is not only a great meal prep option, but also a great option for mornings on the go. Get the recipe!

4. Breakfast BLT Salad

A salad? For breakfast? The answer is yes, absolutely yes! Eggs are a great protein source but on their own can get a little old after a while. Spice things up by throwing some hard-boiled eggs in a salad, adding more protein with some bacon and avocado, and yum! Get the recipe!

5. Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Bowl

Again, another breakfast bowl that’s easy to concoct, consume, and will leaving you feeling full and fueled until lunchtime. Chickpeas are such a great source of protein when you want to mix things up a bit. You can add eggs, avocado, and plate it on a bed of greens for extra nutrients. Feel free to kick up the heat by adding some of your favorite spices! Get the recipe!

6. Grain-Free Banana Protein Pancakes

Anyone can make a good protein pancake. Take the traditional meal up a notch with this grain-free option that uses coconut flour and very few other ingredients. Pack on the protein with some bananas and other yummy fruit for some added sweetness. Get the recipe!

7. Breakfast Quinoa Salad with Eggs and Smoked Salmon

Quinoa isn’t a traditional choice for breakfast, but pair it with eggs and salmon and you’ve got a protein match made in heaven. All three of the main ingredients are super nutritional and the perfect mix of textures to satisfy the palette early in the morning. Get the recipe!

8. Savory Tempeh Breakfast Sandwich

If you wake up starving, this is the perfect savory breakfast option for you. Crush your morning cravings and get in some serious protein with this flavorful sandwich option. Tempeh packs a punch in the protein department and will leave you full and satisfied after piling avocado and baby spinach onto an English muffin. Get the recipe!

9. Mexican-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

We all suffer from breakfast boredom at some point or another. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut of making the same quick meal every day. However, you don’t have to sacrifice taste and variation if you’re in a time crunch! This quick recipe for Mexican-stuffed sweet potatoes gives you all the protein you’ll need to get through your day: eggs, sweet potato, avocado, and black beans! Add some salsa and you’ve got a delish and different breakfast meal. Get the recipe!

10. Eggs Benedict with Avocado Hollandaise

A clean take on this brunch classic, eggs benedict is not only a crowd favorite, but can also be tweaked to be a really healthy source of your protein early on in the day. Subtract the bread, add a bed of sweet potatoes and beets, and top it all off with poached eggs and the seriously delicious avocado hollandaise sauce. Get the recipe!

11. Turmeric Quinoa Breakfast Bowls with Peppers and Kale

Turmeric is a buzzworthy ingredient in everything from chicken dishes to lattes. Find the power-packed ingredient in this protein breakfast bowl. Quinoa and eggs are the main protein sources here but you won’t spare any flavor with the onions, peppers, and of course, turmeric. Get the recipe!

12. Quick Carrot Rice Breakfast Nasi Goreng

This take on a traditional Indonesian stir-fry will definitely switch up your morning breakfast routine, and might even tempt you to have breakfast for dinner! This protein- and veggie-packed dish packs a punch with a spicy sauce with cayenne and red peppers. Get the recipe!

Bottom line: Pack the protein into your morning routine

A breakfast packed with proteins really can make a difference in how your body feels throughout the morning, and even the entire day. Try any of these delectable breakfast recipes to give your body the protein it craves in the a.m., without sacrificing variety, flavor, and certainly not satisfaction.


Corinne Keating is a health and wellness writer and enthusiast. When she isn’t writing for her blog, Why So Well?, you can find her hiking, biking, or at the nearest coffee shop.