A high-protein breakfast is always a good way to start your day. “Protein is a vital component to a healthy breakfast,” says SELF columnist Jessica Jones, M.S., R.D., certified diabetes educator and cofounder of Food Heaven. A balanced meal that is rich in protein (as well as carbs and fat) can help keep you energized all morning, Jones says.
It’s easy to find yourself in a protein-packed breakfast rut, though. For whatever reason, scrambled or hard boiled eggs are the go-to high-protein breakfast for a lot of people. And while good old eggs are awesome, so is variety.
So we put together a round-up of recipes that either use eggs in a more creative way (in oatmeal or French toast, for instance) or forgo them altogether in favor of other protein sources (like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and tofu). All of these tasty recipes have at least 15 or 20 grams of protein per serving. From smoothies and skillets to pancakes and puddings, here are 39 delicious high-protein breakfast ideas.