High-Protein Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

Find healthy, delicious high protein breakfast and brunch recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Spinach & Mushroom Quiche

Rating: 4.5 stars 30
This healthy vegetarian quiche recipe is as simple as it gets. It's a quiche without the fussy crust! It's filled with sweet wild mushrooms and savory Gruyère cheese. Enjoy it for breakfast or brunch, or serve it with a light salad for lunch.
By Julia Levy

Spinach, Mushroom & Egg Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 1
This delightful spinach, mushroom and egg casserole is layered with earthy cooked mushrooms and baby spinach, fluffy eggs and nutty cave-aged Gruyère that deepens the flavor. Serve this easy casserole for breakfast, brunch or even dinner with a green salad on the side.
By Marianne Williams

Easy Loaded Baked Omelet Muffins

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
Protein-packed omelet muffins, or baked mini omelets, are a perfect breakfast for busy mornings. Make a batch ahead and freeze for the days when you don't have time for your typical bowl of oatmeal. You can also serve these fresh with fruit salad for a simple weekend brunch.
By Carolyn Casner

3-Ingredient Bell Pepper & Cheese Egg Cups

Rating: 5 stars 2
Requiring just three main ingredients—bell peppers, eggs and shredded cheese—these portable baked eggs are simple to assemble and perfect for meal prep. Store them in the fridge for up to 4 days to reheat on demand.
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By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Cheesy Zucchini Quiche

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
This cheesy crustless zucchini quiche has plenty of leeks and zucchini enveloped in a light custard. Feta and fontina cheeses add a rich depth of flavor. Serve it for brunch or anytime you have extra zucchini on hand.
By Karen Rankin

Spinach-Avocado Smoothie

Rating: 5 stars 4
This healthy green smoothie gets super creamy from the frozen banana and avocado. Make ahead (up to 1 day) and store it in the fridge until you need a veggie boost.
By Breana Killeen

Chocolate-Banana Protein Smoothie

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Red lentils give this smoothie a plant-based protein boost. To make this smoothie vegan, try using unsweetened coconut beverage or almond milk in place of the dairy milk.
By Breana Killeen

Peanut Butter-Banana Cinnamon Toast

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
This satisfying peanut butter-banana toast gets a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra flavor boost.
By Victoria Seaver, M.S., R.D.

"Egg in a Hole" Peppers with Avocado Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Colorful bell pepper rings stand in for bread in this healthy version of egg in a hole. Cook an egg inside the peppers and top with a vibrant avocado salsa for a cheerful breakfast.
By Abbie Gellman, M.S., RD, CDN

Instant Egg & Cheese "Bake"

Rating: 4 stars 1
Learn how to cook eggs in the microwave for a quick, delicious breakfast. Spinach and Cheddar cheese make these eggs even more filling.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Muffin-Tin Omelets with Broccoli, Ham & Cheddar

Rating: 5 stars 1
Let your muffin tin help you meal-prep a week's worth of protein-rich muffin-tin eggs with the classic combo of ham, Cheddar cheese and broccoli to stash in the fridge or freezer for those extra-busy mornings.
By Adam Dolge

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Protein Shake

Rating: 5 stars 4
This creamy high-protein shake will keep you satisfied for hours and tastes like a chocolate-peanut butter banana milkshake. You don't even need to add protein powder, thanks to the naturally occurring protein in the soymilk, Greek yogurt and peanut butter.
By Hilary Meyer
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Inspiration and Ideas

Make an Egg Sandwich in the Microwave
This healthy hack for making an instant breakfast sandwich in the microwave might sound weird, but it tastes great!
How to Make a Healthy Smoothie Bowl
The creamy, frosty base in this smoothie bowl recipe is so thick you need a spoon to eat it. Top it with fruit, nuts and seeds for a protein-rich breakfast.
Berry-Kefir Smoothie
Rating: 5 stars 4

Get a probiotic boost at breakfast when you add kefir to your smoothie. Feel free to use any berries and nut butter you have on hand in this healthy smoothie recipe.