19 High-Protein Breakfasts (and Snacks!) Under 350 Calories

Everyone loves a little instant gratification. And when you're starting out on a new workout regimen, seeing results quickly can help you stick to your new healthy habits.

Cereal with Berries

One of the easiest ways to quick results is to increase the percentage of protein in your diet. That's one of the reasons some of our programs—including P90X® and ChaLEAN Extreme®—begin with a high-protein phase. The extra protein in your diet will also help you feel more satiated even if you're cutting back on your calories. And ideally, we've left you with enough carbs to fuel your workouts. Plus, it will help you understand your body's relationship to carbs—how many you really need and how they affect your energy level. This will help you eat healthier in the long run.
However, this high-protein phase should be just that: a phase. You will reach a point at which you'll need to introduce more carbs back into your diet. That's because your workouts are fueled primarily by blood sugar and glycogen (stored carbs), and eventually you'll reach a point where you're just not replenishing those stores adequately. This may be after a few days or it may be after as long as 8 weeks. Let your body tell you.
Here are some signs you need to start eating more carbs:
Here are 19 breakfasts and snacks—including some vegetarian-friendly ones—to get you started. Most can be made in 15 minutes or less.

Breakfasts:

Goat Cheese, Tomato, and Parsley ScrambleGoat Cheese, Tomato, and Parsley Scramble (Body Beast®)
These eggs are seasoned with the slightly tart flavor of goat cheese. The sweet tomatoes offer a delicious balance.
(Makes 1 serving)

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Combine eggs, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  2. Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add egg mixture; cook slowly, stirring frequently, until eggs are almost set.
  3. Stir in tomato and parsley. Sprinkle with cheese; cook for 1 minute or until eggs are fully cooked.
Sagi's Variations: You can substitute the same amount of feta cheese for the goat cheese. You can use fresh basil, cilantro, or chives instead of parsley. You can use chopped zucchini, asparagus, or broccoli instead of tomatoes.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
CaloriesFatSaturated FatCholesterolSodiumCarbsFiberSugarProtein
30323 g8 g385 mg521 mg6 g2 g4 g19 g


Egg Sandwich with Canadian Bacon (ChaLEAN Extreme®)
Great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this sandwich pairs well with a simple green salad.
(Makes 1 serving)

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Combine egg and egg white in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.
  2. Heat medium nonstick skillet lightly coated with spray over medium heat. Add spinach; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until wilted. Remove from skillet. Set aside.
  3. Add eggs to skillet; cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until eggs are set.
  4. Top toast with Canadian bacon, spinach, eggs, and cheese.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
CaloriesFatSaturated FatCholesterolSodiumCarbsFiberSugarProtein
24610 g4 g206 mg545 mg16 g4 g2 g24 g


ProatmealProatmeal (INSANITY®)
This high-protein oatmeal gets a flavor boost from fresh berries and walnuts. A great way to jump-start your day.
(Makes 1 serving)

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Bring water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oats; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Combine oatmeal, berries, Whey Protein Powder, and walnuts in a medium bowl; mix well.
  3. Top with milk.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
CaloriesFatSaturated FatCholesterolSodiumCarbsFiberSugarProtein
2998 g2 g37 mg107 mg33 g6 g14 g26 g


Chicken Scramble (P90X®)
This high-protein breakfast will stay with you and keep you satiated throughout the morning.
(Makes 1 serving)

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Heat medium nonstick skillet lightly coated with spray over medium-low heat. Add egg whites; cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 6 minutes or until eggs are almost set.
  2. Add chicken and cheese; cook until set.
  3. Garnish with basil if desired.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
CaloriesFatSaturated FatCholesterolSodiumCarbsFiberSugarProtein
3249 g4 g89 mg678 mg2 g0 g2 g55 g


Breakfast Caprese with Pesto (LES MILLS COMBAT)
This Italian-style breakfast will keep you satisfied with its savory flavors until your first snack of the day.
(Makes 1 serving)

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Place egg whites in a medium bowl; whisk to blend.
  2. Heat medium nonstick skillet lightly coated with spray over medium-low heat. Add eggs; cook for 1 minute. Do not stir. As eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until set.
  3. Top with tomato, cheese, and pesto. Gently fold in half.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
CaloriesFatSaturated FatCholesterolSodiumCarbsFiberSugarProtein
1707 g3 g15 mg285 mg2 g0 g2 g21 g

5 Super-Quick Breakfasts:

Berry Healthy Cereal
3/4 cup high-protein, whole-grain cereal (such as Kashi® Go Lean) topped with 1 cup nonfat milk and 1/2 cup berries
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 266, Protein: 13 g, Fat: 3 g, Carbs: 50 g
Cottage Cheese On-the-Go
1 cup 1% cottage cheese served with 1 medium apple, or 1 medium pear, or 1 cup cubed melon, or 1 cup berries
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 257, Protein: 28 g, Fat: 3 g, Carbs: 31 g
Yogurt with BerriesCrunchy Greek Yogurt
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt with 3/4 cup high-protein, whole-grain cereal (such as Kashi® Go Lean) mixed in
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 285, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 3 g, Carbs: 45 g
The Hulk Greentealogy
1.5 scoops (or 1-1/2 packets) Greenberry Shakeology® blended with 1 Tbsp. matcha green tea powder, 1 Tbsp. all-natural peanut butter, 1/2 cup nonfat milk, 1 cup water, and 1/2 cup ice (optional)
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 377, Protein: 32 g, Fat: 9 g, Carbs: 44 g
Yogo Berry
1 scoop (or 1 packet) Greenberry Shakeology blended with 1 cup strawberry halves, 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1 Tbsp. raw honey, 1 cup nonfat milk, and 1/2 cup ice (optional)
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 401, Protein: 32 g, Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 69 g

9 High-Protein Snacks to Keep You Satisfied:

Lox and Cucumber
Spread 2 tsp. cream cheese on 4 cucumber slices and top with 2 oz. smoked salmon (lox)
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 105, Protein: 11 g, Fat: 6 g, Carbs: 1 g
Cottage Cheese with BerriesCottage Cheese and Fruit
1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese topped with 3 medium strawberries, sliced
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 93, Protein: 14 g, Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 6 g
Maryland-Style Blue Crab
1 (4-oz.) drained can of lump crabmeat mixed with 1/4 tsp. Old Bay® Seasoning
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 82, Protein: 18 g, Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 0 g
White Tuna Salad
1 (4-oz.) drained can of solid white tuna, packed in water mixed with 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise and 1 Tbsp. capers (optional)
Nutritional Information (per serving) including capers: Calories: 210, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 13 g, Carbs: 0 g
Mocha Chiller
1 scoop (or 1 packet) Chocolate Shakeology blended with 1 cup cold coffee and 1/2 cup ice (optional)
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 152, Protein: 18 g, Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 17 g
Chocolate Spice
1 scoop (or 1 packet) Chocolate Shakeology blended with 1 cup nonfat milk, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, and 1/2 cup ice (optional)
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 239, Protein: 26 g, Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 30 g
Spicy Turkey, Cheese, and Tomato on a Rice Cake
1 multigrain rice cake topped with 1 oz. low sodium, nitrite-free turkey breast, 1 oz. provolone cheese, 1 slice tomato, and 1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 163, Protein: 13 g, Fat: 8 g, Carbs: 9 g
Jerky
Though high in sodium, jerky does pack a lot of protein. For example, one bag of Trader Joe's® turkey jerky has 60 calories and 11 grams of protein per oz. Make sure you check the nutritionals before enjoying!
Egg White Salad
For a healthy, egg white salad, check out this hard-boiled egg white salad from the Hungry Girl that features lemon, lime juice, and crunchy veggies.
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 90, Protein: 11 g, Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 9 g