02 Oct High Protein Breakfast Ideas
Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day. Even though eating breakfast is important- what you eat for breakfast really matters and helps set the tone for rest of your day.. While gooey croissants, pop tarts and sugary cereals are convenient and delicious, they’re not going to get you any closer to your health goals.
Whether you have 20 minutes in the kitchen in the morning to make a nutritious breakfast or you’re barely making it out of the door, there are plenty of options to eat a nourishing morning meal.
It’s important that your breakfast has enough protein. In fact, nutritionists often benchmark 15-25g as a good amount of protein to start your day. What does 15-25g look like? This can also be converted into 3-4 large eggs or a single scoop of protein powder. It’s important to talk to a nutritionist to make sure you’re eating enough protein depending on your workouts and desired muscle mass. Below, we’ll give you four versatile ingredients to add protein to your breakfast.
They’re easy to make (even if you’re not a great cook) and chock full of protein. Making scrambled eggs or a fluffy omelet can take only 5 minutes, especially once you practice on the pan. Add in some turkey bacon for extra protein or throw in some fresh veggies to get your greens for the day. Other options? Try baking an egg in an avocado. The mix of protein and healthy fats are not only a treat to your taste buds, they’ll keep you full even if that meeting runs late into lunch.
Not crazy about the idea of waking up and cooking? Use Sunday meal prep as a time to boil eggs for the week. With the right seasoning and a light soft boil, they’re easy to take on the go and incredibly delicious. We recommend Himalayan salt and pepper. Looking for more of a kick? Try Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning or sprinkle some Tajin for unique flavors to hit your palette while the sun rises.
Chickpeas may not be a breakfast by themselves, but they’re one heck of a versatile option for a protein packed morning. Whether you make chickpea pancakes, crepes or a scramble with delicious seasonings, there are countless options. If you’re vegan, try mixing in spinach, sweet potatoes, avocado and olive oil (or any of your favorite veggies). While they may seem like a staple for lunch and dinner, they can become a frequent part of your mornings.
3. Greek Yogurt
Whether you add some greek yogurt to your smoothie in the morning or you make a breakfast parfait, greek yogurt serves many purposes. It’s a great way to add up to 18g of protein to your breakfast and serves as a perfect match for fruits. Berries are full of antioxidants and pair extremely week with greek yogurt (and a handful of your favorite granola). There are hundreds of smoothie recipes that are absolutely delicious. Paired with a clean protein powder, you’re fueling your body with everything you need to power through your day.
4. Nut Butter
Nut butter may just be one of the most multifaceted and high protein foods out there. If you’re used to spreading almond butter and bananas on your toast and are looking for inspo for more, look no further. Nut butters pair incredibly well with parfaits, oatmeal and give shakes that magic touch. Try mixing a cacao protein powder, cinnamon, one date, frozen bananas, almond milk and your favorite nut butter. It’s almost too good to be true.
If you have under 5 minutes in the morning, don’t worry. We love high protein Kodiak cake waffles paired with a creamy almond butter and cacao nibs. It tastes like dessert, but it’s actually healthy. Looks like you can have your cake and eat it too.
5. Smoked Salmon
Smoked salmon is delicious and one cup has up to 25g of protein. There are plenty of ways to use it beyond lox (and minus the cream cheese). Try wrapping it around asparagus or adding it into a scramble. Smoked salmon can be paired with almost any vegetable and grain. In fact, quinoa and smoked salmon make an unbeatable combo that leaves your belly happy. Really tight on time? Throw some smoked salmon into a coconut wrap before running out the door. It’s delicious, quick and full of protein to help you reach your macros and health goals.