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10 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas (That Aren't Eggs)

10 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas (That Aren't Eggs)

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Eating breakfast every morning is important, but what you choose to eat is even more important. If you want to keep satisfied all morning long—without the dreaded 10:30 a.m. hunger pangs—you need to make protein a big part of your meal.

Instead of whipping up your usual scrambled eggs or throwing a dash of protein powder into your smoothie, look to some other delicious foods that can easily add to your breakfast protein count. We rounded up 10 good morning recipes that contain 13 to 30 grams of protein per serving. (And for more good-for-you morning meals, check out these low-calorie breakfast ideas to supercharge your day.)

Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Barley

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If you aren't on the carb-loving train yet, this super grain will convince you to hop aboard. Just 1/4 cup of dry barley packs 6g of protein and 8g of fiber, making it a hearty and filling option for your breakfast base. (And that just skims the surface of all the health benefits of barley.)

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Whole-Grain Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

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If barley didn't blow your taste buds, farro—another super grain that's like the love child of oatmeal and brown rice—definitely will. This farro and Greek yogurt parfait is easy to meal prep ahead of time for a grab-and-go breakfast that hits all your a.m. nutrient needs. 

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Peach-Halva Smoothie

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Bust out of your banana and berries smoothie rut and swap out the latter for peaches instead. Add tahini—a spread made from ground sesame seeds—and some soy milk for a 15g protein smoothie perfect for starting your day. (Here's how to use the rest of that tahini.)

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Overnight Cookie Dough Oats

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Non-morning people, meet your breakfast match made in heaven. These overnight oats are prepped the night before (meaning, less effort in the a.m.) and taste like a straight-up dessert. Not to mention, with 13g of protein, this breakfast will have you ready to tackle the day. (Obsessed? Try these other 20 overnight oats recipes.)

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Baked Blueberry French Toast

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The secret ingredient in this hearty baked French toast recipe? High-protein cottage cheese. Make a big batch on Sunday for easier mornings all week, or share your masterpiece with friends for a DIY (healthy!) brunch. (For best results, serve with one of these healthy, creative mimosa recipes.)

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Whipped Banana Cream Cheesecake Shake

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In case you haven't caught on, it's totally possible to have dessert for breakfast. This high-protein cheesecake shake also uses cottage cheese for a serious (and surprising) protein boost, plus bananas, graham cracker, and vanilla for a dish that's just as healthy as it is delicious.

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Almond Breakfast Porridge

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Ground almonds (one of the healthiest nuts out there) make a hearty and healthy base for this indulgent breakfast porridge. The combination of nuts and coconut cream make this dish high in healthy fats, and the warm spices make it the breakfast version of a cozy cup of chai. 

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Pinto Bean Tofu Breakfast Rancheros

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In the mood for something savory? Eggs aren't your only option. These pinto bean tofu breakfast rancheros pack 18g of protein and are totally vegan, proving that you don't need animal products to get the protein you need. (More proof: these vegan comfort food recipes.)

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Oatmeal Griddle Cakes with Whipped Ricotta Topping

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Take your oatmeal out of the bowl with these healthy oatmeal griddle cakes filled with Greek yogurt and almonds and topped with a high-protein ricotta spread. For only 350 calories, you'll get 17g of protein and a breakfast worthy of Sunday brunch.

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Chocolate Nut Butter Spinach Smoothie

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This simple, five-ingredient smoothie is like sipping chocolate cake for breakfast—with a sneaky serving of greens inside. (If you're really a chocoholic, you'll die over these other chocolate smoothie recipes too.)

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