Everyone has heard it…
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
I hate to be the one to break this to you, but it is actually true.
So many people ask me how they can decrease cravings and mindless snacking. One of the least known but most effective tips is to eat a high protein breakfast in the morning.
When you eat the right breakfast in the morning, it can actually help keep you full longer, improve mental clarity and keep you from eating more and snacking throughout the day!
That means you have to throw out your processed grab-and-go granola bars, instant oatmeal, bagels and doughnuts.
I’ll let you keep your coffee, though, because that would just be mean.
A high protein breakfast can help you feel less hungry, snack less, have improved workouts and increase your energy levels. To help you find a healthy breakfast that works for you and your busy life, I’ve put together a list of my favorite high protein breakfast ideas.
Give them all a try!
Superfood Protein Oatmeal
Heart-healthy fiber, protein and amino acids come together to give you one power packed breakfast with this Superfood Protein Oatmeal! The key is the addition of quinoa, which adds nutrients and depth of flavor to this comforting breakfast. This breakfast is vegan and gluten free, so everyone can enjoy it. Add your favorite toppings – the potential combinations are endless!
A cookie for breakfast? Yes please! My friend Gina created this gem. This protein packed breakfast includes oats, protein powder, nut butter and uses banana as a natural sweetener. Pair with a warm mug of coffee or tea and you’ll feel like you are having a special treat for breakfast.These easily freeze and travel to work/ school wonderfully.
If you’ve never had a salad for breakfast, now is the time! Get your greens in for the day with this delightful and satisfying breakfast salad! Flavors of cinnamon and apple pair perfectly with a bed of leafy greens. Top this salad with a fried egg for a boost of breakfast protein.
Quinoa makes an appearance again :). These breakfast bars are packed with healthy fat and fiber, making them the perfect grab-and-go morning meal! Prep a large batch on the weekend and freeze in individual portions for a protein treat the whole family will enjoy. This is also the perfect solution for any leftover quinoa you have on hand.
The combination of tofu and beans in this recipe gives you more than 18 grams of protein per serving! This is the perfect pre-workout meal and will help fuel you throughout the day. Put in the extra work, treat yourself and enjoy this savory and satisfying breakfast.
There’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate for breakfast, especially if it includes an entire cup of shredded zucchini! My daughter regularly asks for these for breakfast, and I’m happy to oblige. I pair it with a hard boiled egg and piece of fruit for the perfect morning meal (for her and I!). These muffins are gluten free and combine almond butter, bananas, zucchini and cocoa powder to form a protein-filled snack.
Smoothies and shakes are a great way to pack a lot of nutrition and protein power into a meal. Wake up in the morning and immediately feel like you’ve headed to a tropical island with this coconut almond protein shake! Almonds, vanilla protein powder and coconut combine for a delicious breakfast shake.
It’s hard to find anything more filling than eggs in the morning. Add spinach and goat cheese and you have a nutrient dense and Paleo breakfast that is good for your brain and your heart! Add variety by changing the cheese and veggies and you will never get bored of this one!
Add a pop of color and a boost of vitamins by serving your traditional yogurt in a cantaloupe bowl! Yogurt is traditionally high in protein, but make sure you go for plain and organic and avoid added sugars. Top with nuts or additional fruit and enjoy!
Don’t let breakfast be boring again! Make sure you set yourself up for success throughout the day by fueling your body (and mind) in the morning.