As I touched on in my “Why protein is important for weight loss” post, breakfast can often be the meal where protein is lacking the most. That’s why I would like to give you a few higher protein breakfast ideas.
As breakfast has to be quick for many people, all of the breakfast ideas below are very quick to make!
Cereal with milk (or plant based milk) with added protein powder & berries
This one is easy- if you like to have cereal with milk for breakfast, simply add a serving of your favourite protein powder to the milk! If you don’t like the added sweetness that comes with flavoured protein powders, there are plenty of unflavoured options to choose from! For added vitamins, I’d recommend having a serving of fruit (for example berries) on the side.
If oatmeal is a breakfast staple for you, simply add a serving of your favourite protein powder to that! Add your favourite fruit, and you’re good to go.
Scrambled eggs (or boiled eggs, which can be done the day before) on toast with beans
If you prefer more of a savoury breakfast, eggs on wholegrain toast with a side of beans might be an option for you. You get protein from the eggs, from the beans, and an additional small amount from the wholegrain toast. Depending on how you prefer your eggs and how much time you have, you can have them fried, scrambled or boiled.
Protein and oat smoothie
This is a great option for when you need to have your breakfast on the go. Add 2-3 tablespoons of oats, 1/2 banana, water or milk (or plant based milk), and a serving of your favourite protein powder to a blender, blend until you get a smooth consistency, and enjoy on the go. If you like to get your greens in this way, feel free to add some fresh spinach leaves to the blender too!
Greek yogurt with fruit and nuts
Take a serving of roughly 200g greek yogurt (for 20g protein), and add your favourite fruit and a sprinkle of nuts & seeds.
Breakfast wrap with edamame beans
To add another option for the people who prefer a savoury breakfast, I thought I’d share something that’s been a go-to for me personally lately. Edamame beans have been a recent discovery for me. They have a slightly sweet, slightly nutty taste, and are a great source of plant based protein (12g protein in 100g shelled edamame beans). You can buy edamame beans frozen and already shelled, which makes them really easy to work with. I just stick the serving size I want in the microwave for 2-3 minutes to defrost, and they’re good to go.
Now for the wrap: Take a (preferably whole grain) wrap, add some greek yogurt to it, add at least 100g of defrosted edamame beans, add a few cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper (and some chilli if you like it spicy), and a few lettuce or spinach leaves, wrap it up and enjoy. Of course, you can also adjust the additional ingredients to your liking!
What are your go-to breakfast recipes?