Wellness

19 Vegetarian Ways To Eat More Protein For Breakfast

06/03/2014 08:18am ET | Updated June 3, 2014

You needn't add beans to your morning bowl of cereal to get a protein-packed breakfast.

And you wouldn't dream of it, of course. But General Mills would. And did.

At the end of May, the mega cereal manufacturer rolled out Cheerios Protein. The product, which comes in Oats & Honey and Cinnamon Almond flavors, apparently gets its macronutrient boost from soy protein and lentils. With an added half-cup of skim milk, General Mills touts 11 grams of protein in each serving of its cereal (without the milk, Cheerios Protein contains just 7 grams of the stuff).

Protein, unfortunately, isn't the only addition to these new, health-washed Cheerios: Each serving from the line contains 16 to 17 grams of sugar. That's an alarming increase when compared to the single gram that sits in each serving of the original Cheerios that come in that iconic yellow box.

But Cheerios' marketing stance is right on trend. High-protein breakfast items have become hot items for good reason: Starting your day off with a hearty helping of the stuff has been shown to wake you up, stave off hunger, help you maintain a healthy waistline, and improve your chances of making better food selections throughout the the day.

No, you don't have to skip down Lentil Road to reap all the wonderful benefits of a morning meal rich in protein. To match General Mills, the following 19 breakfast recipes have at least 11 grams of protein. And if you believe eating meat is the only viable way to get protein in your diet, well, you'll be surprised: Every dish below is entirely meat-free. They entrust eggs, yogurt and -- OK -- some lentils, to achieve their protein punch. Dig in!

Chia Seed Oatmeal
CorinaNielson
3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Pancake
FitFoodieFinds
Salted Chocolate Oatmeal Smoothie
The Lemon Bowl
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
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22.1 grams of proteinGet the recipe from Apple Of My Eye here. *Editor's note: This recipe calls for meat, but could but could be just just as tasty without.
Caramel Apple Greek Yogurt Parfait
MyBizzyKitchen
Kale And Tomato Quiche
AmysHealthyBaking
Lemony Egg In A Spinach-Chickpea Nest
Kitchen Treaty
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Protein Shake
24carrotlife
Edamame Sweet Potato Hash
Apple-of-my-eye
22.2 grams of proteinGet the recipe from Apple Of My Eye here. *Editor's note: This recipe calls for meat, but could be just as tasty without.
Cinnamon Cottage Cheese With Sliced Apple
JoyBauer
Gluten-Free Protein Waffles
DessertWithBenefits
Blueberry Protein Pancakes
CorinaNielson
Breakfast Burrito
TopWithCinnamon
Veggie-Loaded Avocado White Bean Salad On Toast
KathyPatalsky
Strawberries And Cream Pancake Roll Ups
CorinaNielson
Raspberry Mango Smoothie Bowl
ILoveVegan
Avocado Protein Smoothie
KetoDietApp
Chocolate Breakfast Shake
SlenderKitchen
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
SallysBakingAddiction