A high protein breakfast is the best way to stay full and energized all morning, and these three quick and simple recipes stay under 400 calories. Get a better start to your day!

Life Skills 101: Breakfast is good, breakfast is great, breakfast starts your day right. And yet for many of us, it’s all too easy to fail at breakfast. Why do we deprive ourselves of the most important meal of the day? Probably because it happens in the morning, when everything seems harder than it is.

Well, let’s make things simple. These three extremely easy high protein breakfasts will help your health and your budget. Instead of running out of the house at the last minute and picking up a coffee and a muffin, find 20 minutes to make and eat one of these simple, healthy, energy-packed breakfasts. Then give yourself a pat on the back for earning yourself some morning cred.

High Protein Breakfast No. 1:

Apple & Cinnamon Cottage Cheese

high protein breakfast recipe easy low calorie diet healthyNot a yogurt fan? Good for you. We need a few rebels in these Greek yogurt-crazed times. Anyway, cottage cheese gives you the same satisfying creaminess with a simpler flavor and tons of protein. Best of all, it goes with lots of different fruit toppings.

Put it on the counter:

  • Cottage cheese
  • Cinnamon
  • An apple
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Bowl

Make it: Dish up 3/4 cup cottage cheese and sprinkle it with cinnamon. Slice up an apple and use it to scoop up the cottage cheese.

Keep it slim: If you stick to low-fat cottage cheese, you can easily keep this breakfast under 300 calories — and get a whopping 25 grams of protein!

High Protein Breakfast No. 2:

Better Breakfast BLT

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Sandwiches are the perfect breakfast medium, as long as you go light on the bread. Overdosing on carbs in the morning defeats the whole point. You don’t want to be bloated and sleepy at ten in the morning. Steer clear of big bagels and rolls and opt for something simpler. You’ll be glad.

Put it on the counter:

  • Thinly sliced bread, a pita, a light wrap, or an English muffin
  • Light mayo
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Canadian bacon or turkey bacon
  • Knife for slicing
  • Knife for spreading
  • Cutting board

Make it: Prepare your bread or wrap as you like, then spread with mayo and plenty of lettuce. Top wit slices of tomato and Canadian bacon or turkey bacon. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.

Keep it slim: If you stick to low-fat mayo, this breakfast ranks in at around 200 calories while delivering 16 grams of protein. For an even bigger nutritional boost, stick to whole wheat bread and try swapping out the lettuce for spinach.

High Protein Breakfast No. 3:

Spinach, Egg & Cheese Scramble

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If you can handle the responsibility of using a pan in the morning, scrambled eggs are your best bet for an easy, healthy, high protein breakfast. Remember these three words: Spinach, egg, and cheese. The all-star breakfast trio will never let you down.

Put it on the counter:

  • 2-3 eggs
  • Spinach leaves
  • Shredded or thinly sliced cheese
  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • Bowl
  • Fork
  • Skillet
  • Spatula
  • Plate

Make it: Oil the skillet just a wee bit and toss in a few handfuls of spinach leaves. While they cook, crack two to three eggs into a bowl and beat them with a fork. Once the spinach has wilted, add the eggs to the pan. Sprinkle with cheese and scramble the mixture with a spatula. Remove from heat and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Keep it slim: Use one whole egg with two to three egg whites to cut back on saturated fat and calories, and limit the cheese to about 1/4 cup. Then you can add half a grapefruit or a similar healthy side and still clock in at under 350 calories, while getting a terrific dose of 30 grams of protein to keep you full and energized all morning!

What’s your favorite easy, high-energy breakfast? Tell us in the comments! 

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