Healthy Protein Breakfast Ideas to Make in 30 Minutes or Less

Poached Egg Breakfast Bowls
Photo: Andy Lyons

Break out the bacon and eggs! These healthy, high-protein breakfasts are all worth springing out of bed for, and they're ready in under 30 minutes too. There's plenty here for egg white omelet fans and high protein breakfast sandwich lovers, but plenty of these breakfast ideas might surprise you, too.

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Poached Egg Breakfast Bowls

Poached Egg Breakfast Bowls
Andy Lyons

A gooey poached egg automatically makes everything better. This healthy, high protein breakfast starts by loading up on veggies (mushrooms, kale, and grape tomatoes). Then cannellini beans and a poached egg on top create a one-two punch of protein.

Grams of Protein: 16

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Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl

Cottage Cheese bowl with fresh fruit and chia seeds
Carson Downing

This might not be your usual bowl of cereal, but this yummy cottage cheese bowl packs quite a bit more protein too. Top the cottage cheese with fresh berries, kiwi, granola, and chia seeds. The result is an easy, vegetarian protein powerhouse that's ready in just 15 minutes.

Grams of Protein: 30

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Breakfast Salad

Breakfast Salad
Hannah Bigot

Load up on fresh greens and enjoy plenty of protein for breakfast too! This healthy, high protein breakfast idea has a mixed greens, berry, and avocado base topped off with poached eggs for bonus protein. Homemade bagel croutons and everything bagel dressing put this salad recipe firmly in breakfast territory.

Grams of Protein: 12

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Berry-Coconut Smoothie Bowl

Berry-Coconut Smoothie Bowl
Adam Albright

Maybe the most Instagram-worthy high protein breakfast out there, this delectable smoothie bowl gets its protein from heartier ingredients like coconut Greek yogurt, cashews, and ground flaxseed. Blend it up with frozen strawberries to create the pretty pink color, then add more fresh berries on top. Unsweetened coconut flakes and cacao nibs help add a little crunch too.

Grams of Protein: 18

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Avocado Egg Bake

avocado egg bake
Hannah Bigot

It's hard to beat a four-ingredient breakfast recipe that's also packed with protein. Scoop out part of the inside of an avocado, then add a slice of ham and crack an egg inside. The result is a warm, savory, healthy protein breakfast that you'll look forward to waking up to.

Grams of Protein: 11

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Savory Zucchini Muffins

Savory Zucchini Muffins
Matthew Clark

Making healthy protein muffins for breakfast is a quick, easy way to feed a crowd in the morning. This recipe combines corn muffins, eggs, and zucchini, then bakes them up into super-delish savory muffins. Top with a drizzle of honey and hot sauce for added sweet and spicy flavor.

Grams of Protein: 14

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Sunshine Toast with Bacon and Tomatoes

Sunshine Toast with Bacon and Tomatoes
Andy Lyons

This recipe is sure to put a smile on your face in the morning, for more reasons than one. This no-fuss, high protein breakfast features hearty toast, eggs, bacon, and fresh tomatoes. Use a sun-shape cookie cutter for the hole in each piece of toast to make this easy, yummy breakfast look extra cheerful.

Grams of Protein: 15

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Bacon-Pea-Swiss Scramble

Bacon-Pea-Swiss Scramble on white plates with orange juice
Jason Donnelly

There's always time to whip up a quick batch of scrambled eggs in the morning, but a few easy mix-ins make this healthy, high protein breakfast even tastier. Start by skillet-cooking a few strips of turkey bacon, then mix it in with your eggs, a handful of peas, and a dash of Asian chili sauce for some heat. Finish it off with fresh ingredients like cherry tomatoes and parsley, and suddenly your plain scrambled eggs aren't so plain anymore.

Grams of Protein: 15

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Zucchini and Tomato Frittata

Zucchini and Tomato Frittata
Blaine Moats

You'll want to skip the snooze button when this healthy protein breakfast recipe is in your future. Dress up a simple frittata recipe by filling it with fresh zucchini and cherry tomatoes, then toss in a few chopped walnuts for crunch. It's especially tasty in the summertime with fresh veggies from your garden or the farmers market.

Grams of Protein: 17

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Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches

Mediterranean Breakfast Sandwiches
Jason Donnelly

Forget fast-food sandwiches! You can make this healthy, high-protein breakfast sandwich in your own kitchen. It takes only a handful of ingredients (some of which you probably already have on hand) and delivers a Mediterranean-inspired meal that will keep you going all morning long. Just stack fresh spinach, tomato slices, and an egg between multigrain bread, and your healthy breakfast is ready to go.

Grams of Protein: 13

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Smoked Salmon Breakfast Wraps

Smoked Salmon Breakfast Wraps with bowl of dip
Karla Conrad

Smoked salmon is getting a healthy, high protein breakfast upgrade from its days as a bagel topper. Between the chive cream cheese spread and the slices of smoked salmon, though, these wraps definitely will remind you of bagels and lox. For extra nutrition and flavor, roll up a few ribbons of fresh zucchini into these wraps.

Grams of Protein: 12

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Avocado-Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Avocado-Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Andy Lyons

This super-easy, high-protein breakfast sandwich will have you out the door in just a few minutes. Mashed avocado, asparagus spears, and hard-cooked eggs are sandwiched between two slices of whole wheat toast, so vegetarians can enjoy this high-protein breakfast, too. Best of all, you can prep the eggs and asparagus a couple of days in advance, so this recipe is even closer to being a breakfast on the go.

Grams of Protein: 12

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Family-Style Omelet

Family-Style Omelet
Andy Lyons

Need to get your whole family moving in the morning? Instead of standing at the stove and flipping individual eggs, make this family-style omelet that'll feed everyone in your household. This cheesy spinach omelet with red pepper relish is a healthy, high protein breakfast idea that will make everyone at the table happy.

Grams of Protein: 17

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Fried Egg Toast with Tomatoes

Fried Egg Toast Tomatoes
Jason Donnelly

Plain eggs and toast are good, but serving up an egg inside your toast with a few fresh toppings is even better. Use fresh tomatoes to brighten up this healthy, high protein breakfast, along with green onions or another herb from your garden (fresh parsley, oregano, and thyme are all good choices). But before digging in, remember that this breakfast isn't complete without a few shreds of Parmesan cheese.

Grams of Protein: 11

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Asparagus and Prosciutto Frittata

Asparagus and Prosciutto Frittata
Andy Lyons

Instead of regular ham or bacon, put a new twist on breakfast this morning by filling your frittata with prosciutto. This easy, cheesy recipe takes just one skillet and 25 minutes to make, so it's much faster than making everyone their own egg. Each bite of this healthy protein breakfast also has a burst of freshness thanks to asparagus spears and fresh thyme.

Grams of Protein: 19

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Egg White Scramble with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes

Egg White Scramble with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes
Jason Donnelly

If you need to mix up your usual egg white omelet, give it a good scramble. Just as tasty and delicious, this healthy, high protein breakfast idea is packed with 15 grams of protein and topped with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. It'll also help you sneak some veggies onto your breakfast plate thanks to wilted spinach and fresh cherry tomatoes.

Grams of Protein: 15

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