Protein: it'sÂ the secret weapon thatÂ gives your breakfast staying power, and helps keep you energized all morning long. For most people, eggs are their go-to source.Â But what if you don't like eggs, or you're allergic? Or you just can't stare another kale omeletÂ in the face? Fortunately, there are plenty of other easy, tastyÂ ways to get your protein fix in the A.M. Here, a few ideas that don't involve any yolks or whites.
Replace your morning oats with quinoa in a bowl. One cup cooked is loaded with 8 grams of filling proteinÂ (compared to about 6 grams in anÂ egg)Â and 5 grams of belly-slimming fiber. We love this recipe for maple-syrup sweetened quinoa, made with slivered almonds, dried apricots, ricotta, orange zest, and cinnamon.
Pudding for breakfast? Why not, when it has 11 grams of protein (and 19 grams of fiber), and tastes like a cold version of a chai latte? WatchÂ the video below to learn how to make our simple, no-cook recipe.
Combine protein-rich yogurt with fruit and either nuts or low-sugar granola (packaged, or DIY), and youâve got one satisfying breakfast. (We recommendÂ this recipe, which wasÂ 12 grams of protein and is loaded with super foodsâincluding dark chocolate!)
In general, you can protein-up your morning smoothie by tossing in nut butter (or try tahini for something different), hempÂ and other seeds, or yogurt. If you like to use protein powder, Healthâs resident RD,Â Cynthia Sass,Â recommends unsweetened pea protein powder. Check out ourÂ foolproof formulaÂ for whipping up delicious, good-for-you blends. Or try one of our favorite recipes from Joy the Baker: With peanut butter, flax seeds, and almond milk, it's aÂ delicious glassfulÂ of Iâm-good-til-lunch.
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There's no rule that breakfast can't beÂ fish, chicken or steak (or any other protein) left over from dinner the night before. Warm it up and enjoy it with some vegetables, or fold it into a whole-grain wrap and take it on the go.