28 Ideas for a High Protein Breakfast

Getting protein at breakfast is always a good idea. Here are 27 ideas for a high protein breakfast!

When protein is included with breakfast, it helps to keep kids satisfied till lunch.  Unfortunately, the typical breakfast kids gravitate towards are void of protein.  Cereal, oatmeal, and toast are great ideas for breakfast, but add protein to the mix, and the carb load levels out and the meal lasts longer.

How much protein do kids need in a day?

Protein is the building block of our muscles.  The latest recommendations are 1/2 gram of protein per pound of body weight. So, if your child is 50 lbs, 25 grams of protein per day is sufficient for all his needs!  A 100 pound child would need 50 grams of protein.

So, here are our top 28 ideas to get more protein with breakfast. Your kids will love these!

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1) Hard boiled eggs on toast

Each egg has 6 grams of protein, bread has about 2 grams (but some has more) and then avocado’s have 4, giving this piece of toast, 12 grams of protein!

2) Breakfast burritos

Combining eggs and ground turkey in this breakfast burrito, we’ve packed 20 grams of protein in each one!

Protein Packed Breakfast Burritos for the whole family

3) Peanut butter smoothie

We love this smoothie. The milk has 8 grams of protein, peanut butter has 8 grams, chia seeds have 2, and 4 in the tofu, giving this shake, 22 grams of protein!

4) Frittata

This breakfast frittata includes asparagus, eggs, and ham, giving us 18 grams!

5) Egg cups

Even spinach has protein! Combine that with the cheese, and milk, and per cup, these little egg cups have 6 grams of protein.

6) Kodiak Cakes

We love homemade pancakes!  (see our list of the best, nutrient dense, homemade pancake recipes here!) If you haven’t heard of Kodiak cakes yet, you’re missing out! We get these at Costco, but you can also get it on Amazon.  Kodiak cakes is a pancake mix that  has 14 grams of protein per half cup. Use these to make our pancake pizza!  

Breakfast Pizza Pancakes

7) Cottage cheese with Fruit

Did you know, cottage cheese has 25 grams of protein in 1 cup! That’s as much as a chicken breast!

8) Greek yogurt with fruit

Depending on your brand, Greek yogurt is a fabulous source of protein.  1 cup contains 17-24 grams of protein. You can buy it, (just look for no added sugars)  but you can also make homemade greek yogurt here! 

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9) Quinoa with fruit

Quinoa! Tastes like a grain, but it’s a seed- therefore a good source of protein! This breakfast has 10 grams of protein per serving.

10) Oatmeal with peanut butter

Both oatmeal and peanut butter have protein, but you can also include milk when making your hot cereal for even more protein!  (11 grams for this one below)

11) Quinoa Quiche

Quinoa + eggs + cottage cheese + cheese, means these little quiche cups can pack 7 grams of protein per cup, with 99 calories each! quinoa crusted egg muffins

12) Toast with peanut butter

We love this bear toast, and your kids will too!  For 1 tablespoon, enough to fit on this toast, Peanut butter has 4 grams of protein. But the bread has 2, so 6 grams for this!

13) French toast casserole

We love french toast, because even kids who don’t like eggs, like it! The baked banana french toast below has 12 grams of protein per serving (when dividing this recipe by 12)

Baked Banana French Toast for a healthier breakfast

14) Chia pudding

While chia seeds can be high in calories, 1 ounce has 5 grams of protein!  Soak them in liquid for a pudding, or add them to smoothies!

15) Greek yogurt with granola, seeds and nuts

Granola is a great place to pack in some protein. Try adding nuts (6 grams protein per ounce), seeds (9 grams of protein per ounce), and then combine with greek yogurt (20 grams per cup), and this parfait suddenly becomes a great protein power house.

16) Cottage cheese pancakes

You must give these a try! 17 grams of protein for 2 small pancakes- YUM!

Cottage Cheese Pancakes the kids will love!

17) Protein packed smoothie bowl

Made with soy milk and chia seeds, this smoothie bowl has 10 grams of protein per serving. And let’s face it, who couldn’t eat two servings!

18) Peanut butter muffins

Thanks to the peanut butter, one of these muffins has 15 grams of protein!

19) Breakfast casserole

Breakfast casseroles are usually made with a lot of eggs and cheese.  We like this one because it includes mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach, as well as 13 grams of protein!

20) Energy Bites

Chia seeds and peanut butter boost the protein of this breakfast idea! But you could also add nuts and seeds for even more!

21) Egg sandwiches

Simple and delicious!  1 grams of protein in one, homemade, “egg mc muffin”

22) One eyed monsters

Every family has their own names for this kid favorite, ours has always been, the one eyed monster! (8 grams of protein!)

23) Power packed green smoothie

Any green smoothie can pack in the protein if you include milk as your liquid, (8 grams of protein) and flax seeds (2 grams per tablespoon)!

24) Protein pumpkin pancakes

Pumpkin has protein, but these pumpkin pancakes are also made with Greek yogurt, for 5 grams of protein per 100 calories!

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

25) Protein breakfast bars

The secret protein ingredient in these breakfast bars- BEANS!  Plus, they also have flax seeds, quinoa flour, and hemp seeds. One small bar gives you 4 grams of protein, but I know you’ll eat at least 3!

French toast with nuts

26)  Nut crusted french toast

For kids who don’t like eggs, but you want them to eat them, French toast is perfect. These french toast sticks are even better as we’ve packed the nuts on!  (9 grams per slice of french toast)

27) Omelettes!

The perfect omelette for us has 2 eggs ( 12 grams of protein), cheese  7 grams per slice, and veggies (1 gram of protein) for 20 grams of protein per omelette!)

28)  Baked omelettes

If you need to save some time, and make a whole pan of omelettes at once, try baking them!  This baked omelette has 7 grams of protein, if you get 12 servings from the pan.

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28 High protein breakfast ideas for kids-no protein powder necessary!
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