Bariatric Breakfast Ideas:
Wake Up and Smell the Protein

Are you tired of waking up to the same old protein shake or hard-boiled egg for breakfast? Well, fear not, because I’ve got some fresh, delicious, simple bariatric breakfast ideas that will kickstart your day with a protein-packed punch!

From spicing up your cottage cheese to getting creative with your Greek yogurt, these fast and simple combos will have you looking forward to waking up in the morning. So, forget that old boring lapband, bypass, or VSG breakfast and let's get cooking (or should I say “combining”)!

bariatric breakfast ideas

Cottage Cheese Mix Ups

Note: Use nonfat or low-fat cottage cheese

  • Cottage cheese + cinnamon
  • Cottage cheese + apple pie spice 
  • Cottage cheese + pepper
  • Cottage cheese + Everything but the Bagel seasoning 


  • Cottage cheese + banana slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon
  • Cottage cheese + canned peaches (in own juice)
  •  Cottage cheese + mixed berries 
  • Cottage cheese + tomatoes slices. Sprinkle with dill

Greek Yogurt Madness

Note: Use plain, nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt

When using extracts and seasoning for flavor, start with a few drops, then add add more to taste. You can always add more, but you can't take it out if you add to much to begin with!

  • Greek yogurt + vanilla extract + cinnamon
  • Greek yogurt + coconut extract
  • Greek yogurt + cake batter extract (!)
  • Greek yogurt + unsweetened applesauce. Sprinkle with apple pie spice.
  • Greek yogurt + powdered peanut butter. Eat as is, or freeze and eat like a frozen treat.


  • Greek yogurt + banana slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon
  • Greek yogurt + powdered peanut butter + strawberries. Eat as is, or freeze and eat like a frozen treat.
  • Greek yogurt + blueberries + ground flaxseeds
  • Greek yogurt + diced apples. Sprinkle with apple pie spice.
  • Greek yogurt + diced apple + apple pie spice + sprinkling of walnuts , pecans or slivered almonds

Egg-cellent Ideas

Pro Tip: Elevate your basic egg by adding seasonings like Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, Mrs. Dash, or salsa

  • Poached egg
  • Scrambled egg
  • Scrambled egg + low-fat cheddar or mozzarella. Flavor with a dash of hot sauce.


  • Hard-boiled egg; sprinkle with Everything but the Bagel seasoning (my personal fav)
  • Hard boiled egg mashed with cottage cheese. Sprinkle with pepper.
  • Hard boiled egg mashed with cottage cheese and avocado. Sprinkle with Everything but the Bagel Seasoning.
  • Hard boiled egg + Morningstar Farms breakfast link
  • Hard boiled egg + low-fat string cheese


  • Egg scrambled with pinto beans. Top with salsa.
  • Egg scrambled with black beans. Top with diced avocado.
  • Cook an egg like a thin omelet so you can use it like a tortilla. Fill with tomato slices and avocado. Roll and eat.
  • Cook an egg like a thin omelet so you can use it like a tortilla. Fill with cottage cheese. Roll and eat.


  • Egg white omelette filled with sautéed spinach and onions + feta cheese
  • Popeye the Sailor Man breakfast bowl: scrambled egg + sautéed spinach; top with diced tomatoes and feta cheese
  • Mexican Fiesta breakfast bowl: Scrambled egg + black/pinto beans + lowfat cheese + salsa

The Joy of Meal-Prep

A little meal prep goes a long way to ensure you have healthy, high-protein options readily available!

  • Hard-boiled eggs (Boil a dozen at a time, keep them in the shell and peel when you’re ready to eat)
  • Protein pancakes or waffles that can be frozen and then reheated as needed
  • Individual portions of Greek yogurt with berries and nuts all prepped and portioned for the week and stacked in the fridge ready to grab-n-go
  • Veggie omelette cups with diced veggies and turkey bacon
  • Protein overnight oats

Power of Protein Powders

Choose Whey Isolate (best choice) or Egg, Pea, Hemp or Soy Protein Powder:

  • Blend into a smoothie with frozen fruit and a cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • Green smoothie (for the strength of the Hulk…minus the green skin)
  • Create your own protein shake


  • Add to oatmeal for a protein boost
  • Stir into plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Mix with water and a dash of cinnamon for a quick protein shake

Thinking Outside the Box

  • Leftover dinner: chicken + vegetables
  • Rolled deli turkey slices + hard boiled egg
  • Oatmeal prepared with a ready made protein shake instead of water. Optional: Stir in berries and top with sprinkling of chia seeds
  • Blend Milk or Ready Made Protein Shake + frozen fruit or vegetables. Examples: Vanilla Premier + a few frozen strawberries, or Vanilla Premier + frozen spinach + ¼-1/2 banana + powdered peanut butter

Bariatric Breakfast Ideas:
150-200 Calories, 14-20 grams protein

Here are some ideas with exact portioning so the math is taken care of for you. Any one of these ideas have about 150-200 calories and 14-20 grams of protein:

  • 1 individual carton plain nonfat Greek yogurt + ½ cup berries + 1 Tablespoon powdered peanut butter. Mix and eat or blend and drink.
  • 1 individual carton plain nonfat Greek Yogurt + ½ cup peaches. Sprinkle with cinnamon
  • ½ cup lowfat cottage cheese + ½ cup blueberries. Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon chia seeds.


  • 1 hard boiled egg + 1 lowfat cheese stick
  • Omelet: Scramble 1 egg and 2 egg whites with spinach. Top with 2 Tbsp. shredded lowfat cheese. Dot with salsa or hot sauce.
  •  1 serving of protein pancakes made with a protein powder. Top with Greek yogurt and berries

Bon Appetit!

Top Breakfast Tips

Don't let boring breakfasts keep you down. Get creative and give these breakfast ideas a try. Wake up and smell the protein, it's time to make breakfast interesting again!

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