If eggs (which we know are high protein foods) aren’t your thing, or if you are allergic or avoiding their high cholesterol levels, there are still plenty of ways to get a great protein breakfast that will keep you satiated until lunch. All you need to do is get creative, combining fruit and whole grain breads with some of the best protein substitutes out there such as beans, lean meats, nuts, soy milk, and dairy products like cheese, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese.
Health experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the one in which you should pack in the most calories to burn as energy as you go. By including protein, you’re adding extra fuel for your body’s necessary functions. According to LiveStrong’s Leigh Good, “Your body needs protein to help your body repair and create new cells. Protein is an essential building block for your body and is found in your skin cells, muscles and organs. ” Here are 10 delicious, protein-packed breakfast ideas that will outshine your average Egg McMuffin health-wise, any day of the week.
1. Peanut Butter Oatmeal
This might become the number one reason for getting out of bed in the morning. Oats and peanut butter are packed with protein, as is dairy or soymilk. Make sure to buy natural peanut butter without the sugar and preservatives.
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2. Greek Yogurt with Nuts, Oats and Berries
Eating Greek yogurt not only makes you feel like you are eating dessert due its thickness, but has a lot more protein per serving than regular yogurt. Add high-fiber fresh berries, protein-rich almonds or a high-protein cereal like oats.
3. Chia Seeds and Quinoa Crunch
For this protein-rich recipe packed with crunch and punch, you’ll need to combine cooked quinoa, low-fat Greek yogurt and chia seeds, a super food which are packed with protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
4. High Protein Banana Oat Muffins
In just twenty minutes you can be holding this scrumptious muffin in your hands. Just add banana, Greek yogurt, oats, egg whites, and two scoops of vanilla whey protein powder. Can you stop at just one muffin? We. Could. Not.
5. Cottage Cheese over Toast with Fruit
If you are in a rush, protein rich cottage cheese spread over a hot piece of delicious fresh bread is heavenly and healthy. Top it off with sliced peaches, cantaloupe or mango. If cottage cheese doesn’t do it for you, substitute with Italian ricotta cheese, yum.
6. Chocolate Nut Butter Spinach Smoothie
Nut butters like almond and peanut are fun ways to get your protein on in the morning. Here, you’ll add ripe bananas, the milk of your choice (coconut or almond work great), fresh spinach, cocoa powder and two to three tablespoons of nut butter. Good morning, world!
7. Almond Butter on Whole Wheat Bread
Aside from a Nutella temptation, the rise in healthier nut spreads are possibly the best thing that’s happened to breakfast. But instead of the sweetened hazelnut kind with chocolate, opt for non-sweetened almond or peanut butter kind. Top with apples for sweetness.
8. Vegan Tofu and Spinach Scramble
Perhaps the best way to replace a craving for eggs if you are trying to avoid them is scrambling up some protein-rich tofu and adding all your favorite toppings. Try spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms and a feta cheese combo on an English muffin or whole-wheat toast.
9. Soybeans and Pumpkin Seed Snack Mix
If you have to bolt out the door in the morning and need a portable and protein rich breakfast to go, pack a Tupper filled with soybeans (aka edamame) and pumpkin seeds and you’ll see how fast you fill up snacking on these healthy babies.
10. Lean Meat Plate
And finally, the most obvious high protein foods. Pretend you are on a European get away where it’s par for the course to fill a plate with meats, cheeses, fruit and bread any time of the day. Opt for turkey, chicken or prosciutto. You’ll be sure to get a protein kick with about seven grams per ounce.
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