High Protein Breakfast Ideas

Hello, friends!!  Today I’m taking a break from learning about food to give ideas for high protein breakfasts without added sugars!  Skipping sugar will keep you off the sugar-roller coaster first thing in the morning, while the protein will help keep you satisfied until lunch.  Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day, so I’m pretty excited to talk about it today!

Alright, let’s rethink the bowl of cereal, and get ourselves a big satisfying breakfast!

Eggs & Vegetables

My absolute favorite high protein breakfast food is the incredible edible EGG!

Eggs are a perfect protein and super easy to make.  I love how versatile eggs are for sneaking in an extra serving of veggies at breakfast!  If you chop your veggies in bulk over the weekend, you can add them to your egg dishes every morning the rest of the week.  Another helpful tip is to try using fresh herbs in your egg dishes. It’s unbelievable how much flavor herbs bring to the table.

Here are some of my favorite ways to eat eggs:

Scrambled eggs
  • scrambled with fresh dill
  • mixed with a scoop of cottage cheese, topped with salsa and/or avocado
  • scrambled with a scoop of black beans and a scoop of corn, topped with salsa, avocado, a scoop of plain Greek yogurt, and/or a sprinkle of cheese
  • scrambled with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil

Making a single quiche will give you breakfast for the week, and you can add in a ton of veggies.

BONUS: Quiches freeze well too!

Tip: The basic ratio for a quiche is 1 egg to 1/2 cup milk or cream. Stick to that ratio, and you’ll always have a fluffy yummy quiche!


My current go-to breakfast!  I saute chopped bell peppers, chopped onions, and spinach until wilted. I use these sautéed veggies along with a pinch of shredded cheese as additions to my morning omelet. That little bit of cheese goes a long way in making a difference in taste. Then I top it all off with fresh diced tomato.

There are SO many fun combinations so keep experimenting to find your own favorite.

Breakfast burritos

Using a large leaf of romaine instead of tortilla adds a tasty crunch!

Burritos freeze well if you use traditional tortillas. 

Old fashioned bacon and eggs

Who could forget a classic like bacon & eggs.  Serve with sliced tomatoes and avocado.


In addition to eggs, here are some other high protein breakfasts without added sugars that I adore:

Cottage cheese with fresh fruit

Apples, peaches, or berries are my favorites!

Overnight oats

Mix together 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk or yogurt or a combination of both, a tablespoon of chia seeds and a dash of salt.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  When you are ready to eat the oats, add mix ins like fruit, nut butters, and more.

The combinations here are endless, but I particularly love to mix in a mashed banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter!

Crockpot oats

There are a ton of ways to customize slow cooker oatmeal.  Check the end of this post for my Apple-Carrot oatmeal recipe that can be made in the crock pot overnight. Top them off with a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt for creaminess and bonus protein!

Love that this makes enough for an entire week’s worth of breakfasts.

Breakfast quinoa

Similar to oatmeal, but use quinoa instead of oats! Lots of mix in options here too!

Tip:  If you find that the high fiber content of quinoa upsets your stomach, try mixing your prepared quinoa with an equal amount of oats.


Add in peanut butter, protein powder, chia seeds, wheat germ, yogurt, or milk for extra protein.  Sweeten naturally with a banana or applesauce, and boost flavor with cinnamon or vanilla.  Smoothies are a great opportunity to sneak in another vegetable — spinach and kale are always welcome additions to any smoothie!


I hope that gave you some ideas for a delicious and filling breakfast! Be sure to check my Pinterest board for more inspiration.  I’d love to hear any ideas you have in the comments!



Print Recipe
Overnight Crock Pot Apple-Carrot Oatmeal
Inspired by carrot cake, this oatmeal is sweetened with the natural sugars of apples and carrots. Having the slow cooker do the work while you sleep allows you to treat yourself to a warm, healthy breakfast upon waking.
Course Breakfast
Cook Time 7-8 hours
Topping Ideas
Course Breakfast
Cook Time 7-8 hours
Topping Ideas
  1. Mix all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low overnight or 7 to 8 hours. When ready to serve, place desired toppings on top of individual bowls of oatmeal.
Recipe Notes

Be sure to use STEEL CUT OATS, not rolled oats, in this recipe.

You may need to add extra liquid if you plan on leaving the oats cooking longer than 7 to 8 hours.

Serving size is listed as 6, but it's more like 6 to 8, depending on bowl size.  🙂

I highly suggest topping with a scoop of Greek yogurt.  It adds a delightful creaminess to the oatmeal!

Enjoy! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “High Protein Breakfast Ideas

  1. This looks yummy! Thanks! When you add chia seeds, do you add them with the rest of the ingredients the night before?

    1. Great question, it makes quite a bit. A single serving of steel cut oats is 1/4 cup, so I’d venture to say this recipe makes between 6 to 8 servings, depending on how big your bowl is haha 🙂

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