You’ve heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And we tend to agree. Making breakfast a daily habit is one of the best things you can do to start your day in a healthy way. By eating a nutritious meal first thing in the morning, you jumpstart your metabolism and prevent overeating later in the day. Protein-rich breakfasts boost your energy, reduce mindless snacking, help control appetite and give you the fuel you need to power through the day. So, rise and shine with these 15 nutritious high protein breakfast ideas under 300 calories (we’ve also got gluten free breakfast ideas and low carb breakfast ideas!):
Breakfast Quinoa by Chocolate Covered Katie
Quinoa is a great alternative to your typical bowl of oatmeal, as it’s also packed with protein. For an added touch of sweetness, add in chocolate chips and slowly let them melt into the hot quinoa concoction.
Breakfast Bruschetta by Slender Kitchen
This unique take on the Italian appetizer is extremely easy to make and packed with healthy ingredients. Topped with a nice, runny egg, your breakfast just got upgraded.
Related: Why Breakfast Is So Important
Cheesy Egg White Veggie Breakfast Muffins by Ambitious Kitchen
If you’re looking for low carb breakfast ideas, these delicious muffins are ideal for mornings tight on time. They’re gluten-free and chock-full of protein, they’ll fuel you up while you’re on-the-go.
Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Breakfast Bars by Ambitious Kitchen
Another great option for when you’re tight on time, these breakfast bars will satisfy your sweet tooth without sending your blood sugar levels for a spin. They taste just like banana bread, yet have no flour, butter, eggs or dairy!
Skinny Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Enchiladas by Ambitious Kitchen
Protein-packed eggs and black beans, avocado, red bell pepper, cilantro and jalapeno are just a few of the healthy, filling and fun ingredients that make up this delicious recipe. Drizzled with lots of red sauce, it’s a unique option for your usual morning meal.
Sweet Potato, Black Bean & Egg White Breakfast Burritos by Ambitious Kitchen
Stuffed with sweet potatoes, black beans, egg whites and avocado, these breakfast burritos prove savory yet healthy. Great for taking with you out the door, you can freeze the rest and eat them intermittently throughout the week.
“Baked Apple” Yogurt by Slender Kitchen
Apple pie for breakfast? While that’s always a nice, post-holiday treat, this healthy version will certainly fulfill your sweet tooth dreams. Simple and quick, it’s a gluten free breakfast idea that is also protein-packed and takes under 3 minutes to make.
Spinach and Strawberry Protein Smoothie by Slender Kitchen
Smoothies are a popular breakfast option, since they take mere minutes to blend up, and are great for getting out the door in a flash. Full of nutrition, hemp protein will give you the energy you need to power through your morning.
For more great smoothie recipes, be sure to check out our new recipe book: 6-Minute Smoothies!
Purple Power Protein Smoothie Bowl by Get Healthy U
This smoothie bowl is a protein powerhouse. It’s also rich in antioxidants, energizing nutrients and unique ingredients like beets. You can thank the sweet, mild taste and vibrant purple hue of this breakfast bowl to the beets, whose anti-inflammatory nutrient, betanin, will help your stomach feel satisfied and soothed.
Omelette in a Mug by Get Healthy U
This Mediterranean-inspired omelette recipe takes a whopping 2 minutes to make, and is packed with protein and vegetables to keep you full and energized all morning long.
Baked Eggs in Peppers by Sugar Free Mom
Low-carb, low-cal and high in protein, these cute little pepper cups are super simple to make. A great way to get a healthy dose of veggies in the morning, you’ll enjoy this unique and perfectly filling breakfast option.
Strawberry Banana Chocolate Baked Oatmeal by Slender Kitchen
Sometimes making something unique is all it takes to regain your love for breakfast. If you have a thing for sweets, you’ll enjoy this recipe. Full of natural sweetness from the strawberries, bananas, honey and chocolate, you’ll almost forget you’re eating a good-for-you, protein-rich breakfast!
Berry Light Breakfast Smoothie by Get Healthy U
Sometimes you want to keep it light in both calories and taste in the morning, which makes this smoothie recipe the perfect, refreshing choice. Packed with protein and antioxidants, you’ll enjoy a light and creamy drink that will fill you up without weighing you down.
Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding by Slender Kitchen
This super easy, low-maintenance recipe uses nonfat yogurt, cinnamon, chia seeds, milk and vanilla extract to provide you a healthy morning option that you can’t resist.
Quinoa Pumpkin Pancakes by Slender Kitchen
Super simple to make but rich in flavor, this healthy recipe will have you wondering why you ever gave up pancakes! Quinoa is a great additive and alternative to so many classic dishes. A complete protein, it’s the perfect option for both vegetarians and meat eaters alike.