Pump Up the Protein: Energy-Boosting Breakfasts

Your mom wasn't lying -- breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. And when you're looking for a morning meal with a bit of staying power, boy, have we got the goods for you. We've collected our favorite breakfast recipes (all with at least 20g of protein!) to give you that energy boost you're looking for.

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    Pork and Hot Pepper Hash

    Protein Boost: 27g

    All you need to do is look at this beautiful breakfast hash to see how delicious it is. Colorful peppers, cilantro, and bright sunny-side up eggs fill this pork-and-potato hash.

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    Quick Breakfast Migas

    Protein Boost: 25g

    Looking to add a bit of spice to your breakfast? Chile peppers, salsa, and pork sausage bring the fiesta to this spicy Mexican dish.

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    Ham-Asparagus Strata

    Protein Boost: 34g

    It's official: We'd like to introduce you to the king of breakfast. Not only does this hearty ham and asparagus casserole pack the most protein of all our breakfast recipes, but it also serves up to eight.

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    Huevos Rancheros

    Protein Boost: 20g

    One dish, four important morning foods: Cheese, grains (in the form of corn tortillas), and veggies turn a plate of huevos into a fantastic breakfast recipe to kick-start your day.

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    Banana-Stuffed French Toast

    Protein Boost: 26g

    High-protein French toast? Yes! When French bread slices are dipped in an egg-and-milk mixture, filled with cream cheese, and topped with nuts, this classic breakfast recipe gets a big protein boost.

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    Quiche Lorraine

    Protein Boost: 22g

    Learning the secrets to making the perfect quiche isn't that hard. Watch how to perfect this protein-packed breakfast recipe.

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    Rice-and-Bean Frittata

    Protein Boost: 26g

    25 minutes, a large skillet, and a slew of fresh, delicious ingredients is all you'll need for this frittata. Colorful veggies, rice, and beans come together in this tasty breakfast recipe.

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    Greens and Bacon Omelet Wraps

    Protein Boost: 22g

    Wrap your hands around these tasty breakfast wraps. Lean turkey bacon, fresh kale, and egg whites combine a variety of healthy nutrients, making even a high-protein breakfast more effective.

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    Hearty Biscuit Stacks

    Protein Boost 56g

    Turn breakfast into an outrageously delicious feast. Each of our lumberjack-size breakfast sandwiches feature warm and flaky biscuits stuffed with chicken tenderloin, fried eggs, bacon, and a spoonful of sausage gravy.

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    Crustless Spinach-and-Mushroom Quiche

    Protein Boost: 25g

    Bacon-topped, riddled with red peppers and mushrooms, and held together by protein-packed eggs and Gruyere cheese. When it comes to crustless quiches, this slow cooker spinach quiche is a winner.

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    Avocado, Prosciutto, and Egg Sandwiches

    Protein Boost: 21g

    Trendy avocado and prosciutto take this breakfast sandwich from so-so to an instant favorite. Don't forget the high-protein poached eggs!

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    Cheddar Biscuits with Cajun Creamed Eggs

    Protein Boost: 25g

    Use up your extra eggs and turn them into a power-boosting wake-me-up. This spin on biscuits and gravy uses a homemade white sauce filled with eggs, andouille sausage, sweet peppers and onion as a delicious gravy alternative.

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    Eggs and Greens Breakfast Pizza

    Protein Boost: 30g

    Turn your kitchen into a pizzeria. High-protein eggs and sausage make this breakfast pizza unlike anything you'd get from the delivery guy.

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    Black Bean-and-Corn Breakfast Burritos

    Protein Boost: 20g

    Black beans and eggs turn spicy corn burritos into a protein-packed breakfast recipe. Whole grain tortillas, veggies, and beans also fuel your breakfast with 12 g fiber to keep you powered until lunch.

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    Oatmeal with Sunny-Side Up Eggs, Avocado, Cheddar, and Chives

    Protein Boost: 21g

    Ten minutes. Five ingredients. Full servings of grains, protein, and dairy. This unique oatmeal recipe has everything you need to start your morning right.

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    Flaky Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

    Protein Boost: 30g

    You didn't think we'd talk about protein-filled breakfasts without mentioning biscuits and gravy, did you? It's a staple! With homemade, flaky biscuits and a delicious spicy and creamy sausage gravy, this breakfast recipe will be a fast favorite.

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    Italian Breakfast Burrito

    Protein Boost: 27g

    Tex-Mex, Italian, and protein-packed -- this breakfast burrito might be the only one of its kind. Sliced prosciutto and artichoke hearts are tucked inside a tortilla filled with eggs and cheese for a hearty breakfast.

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    Sausage Gravy and Dumplings

    Protein Boost: 24g

    The best type of meal is a no-fuss meal. Turn biscuits and gravy into a one-pot dish. Light and flaky biscuitlike dumplings cook on top of the gravy in your slow cooker for an easy breakfast recipe.

  • Next Slideshow Our Best Brunch Recipes

    Our Best Brunch Recipes

    Whether you're planning a simple brunch for a small group or an Easter brunch to wow your crowd, we've got just the right brunch recipe ideas for you. Choose from sweet pancakes, savory breakfast sandwiches, hearty egg casseroles, and other simple brunch menu ideas.
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