High-Protein Vegetarian Breakfasts for a Satisfying Way to Start the Day


These tasty breakfasts each offer 10 or more grams of protein to help you power through any project.

Savory Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

This breakfast bowl is loaded with protein, veggies, and a ton of flavor, says Shannon A. Garcia, R.D., nutrition blogger at KISS in the Kitchen. "With protein from the oatmeal and egg, this breakfast is sure to keep you powered through your morning."

Get the recipe: Savory Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

Wild Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

This smoothie is bound to make your morning brighter. In addition to 22 grams of filling protein from Greek yogurt, milk, and peanut butter, it gets its beautiful blue-purple color from wild blueberries—which boast some powerful levels of antioxidants. (These breakfast bites are another delicious way to enjoy blueberries.)

Get the recipe: Wild Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

Baked Vanilla Oatmeal Custard

"This custard is a phenomenal high-protein breakfast for vegetarians because it combines several naturally high-protein food sources like Greek yogurt, milk, and eggs in a healthy breakfast recipe that tastes more like a decadent dessert," says Lindsey Janeiro, R.D.N., C.L.C., blogger at Nutrition to Fit. A serving provides a whopping 12.5 grams of protein.

Get the recipe: Baked Vanilla Oatmeal Custard

Caprese Egg Cups

"These egg cups are a perfect high-protein, nutrient-rich breakfast that you can make ahead, pop in the fridge, and reheat on busy mornings," says Abbey Sharp, R.D., food and nutrition blogger at Abbey's Kitchen. Packed with the goodness of eggs, high-fiber bread, and delicious Italian seasonings, these are a really yummy morning meal. (Discover these seven things you didn't know about eggs.)

Get the recipe: Caprese Egg Cups

Poblano, Mushroom, and Egg Breakfast Tacos

Have two of these breakfast tacos and you'll get a healthy dose of satiating protein. They provide carbs for energy and protein to keep you full, says Sarah Pflugradt, M.S., R.D.N., blogger at Salubrious RD. (Like breakfast tacos? Well, then you're going to love breakfast nachos.)

Get the recipe: Poblano, Mushroom and Egg Breakfast Tacos

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

"Adding egg whites to oatmeal lends extra staying power to avoid midmorning hunger," says Jessica Cording, M.S., R.D., blogger at Jessica Cording Nutrition. Plus, this recipe is a great way to sneak in extra veggies first thing in the morning.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

Farmers' Market Breakfast Casserole

"This hearty farmers' market casserole is packed with both veggies and protein," says Angie Asche, M.S., R.D., owner of Eleat Sports Nutrition. It's rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium, so you know you're starting your day off with a nutrition-heavy meal. (Check out these other delicious and healthy frittata recipes. You could even make one for dinner.)

Get the recipe: Farmers' Market Breakfast Casserole

Baked Blueberry French Toast

French toast can be a carb overload, but "this baked version is fiber- and nutrient-rich with whole-wheat bread, almonds, and blueberries," says Kathy Siegel, M.S., R.D.N., nutrition consultant at Triad to Wellness. And with the addition of cottage cheese, it packs in protein to keep you satisfied longer. (Another low-carb solution? Make this single-serving French toast in a cup.)

Get the recipe: Baked Blueberry French Toast

Sweet Potato Sage Egg Muffins

"I love making a batch of these little guys on Sunday and eating them for breakfast throughout the week when I am short on time," says Edwina Clark, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., head of nutrition and wellness at Yummly. "They offer a combination of high-quality protein, high-fiber carbs, veggies, and fat to fuel my brain and body for a busy day at work." Bonus: They are insanely easy to make.

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Sage Egg Muffins

Chocolate Chia Pudding

This pudding is basically dessert for breakfast. It's loaded with protein, omega-3 fats, fiber, and antioxidants, says Kelli Shallal, M.P.H., R.D., C.P.T., C.L.T., nutrition communications specialist at Hungry Hobby. "It will give you something to look forward to [in the morning] and keep you full for hours."

Get the recipe: Chocolate Chia Pudding

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