For me, one of the hardest things about eating healthy is resisting snacks and desserts. It seems like everywhere I go, I’m tempted by a bowl of candy near the cash register, or complimentary pastries at a business meeting. It’s hard enough to say no when you’re not hungry, but when you are it’s almost impossible. I’ve found that if I eat a high-protein breakfast, I stay full longer and it’s far easier to resist temptation.
Greek yogurt is high in protein, and it’s a great breakfast food. Avoid yogurts that have candy or artificial sweeteners added. Instead, look for plain or vanilla Greek yogurt and add in your own chopped fresh fruit. I love the way fresh strawberries and chopped apples taste, so, depending on the season, those are my fruits of choice. You can also top with granola and nuts for added protein and flavor.
Not everyone wants to eat breakfast first thing in the morning. If you aren’t a breakfast person, treat yourself to a protein shake instead. Just try to avoid protein powders that contain artificial sweeteners or additives. I opt for a French vanilla protein powder and then mix it in the blender with fresh strawberries or blueberries for taste. Or make a smoothie with juice, milk, yogurt, and fruit. You can mix in chia or flax seeds for additional protein and nutritional benefits.
Peanut butter is a great source of protein. If you prefer, you can choose cashew butter or almond butter instead. Just add it to a bagel or toast. Or if you prefer, you can stir in a spoonful of your favorite nut butter into your oatmeal or cream of wheat.
If you aren’t a fan of Greek yogurt, try a bowl of cottage cheese for breakfast instead. You can stir in fresh fruit for added flavor. Or add a banana and walnuts for even more protein. For the healthiest option, look for cottage cheese that doesn’t have added sweeteners, or is pre-packaged with fruit.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs are very portable and high in protein. You can boil them the day before and store them in a reusable container in the refrigerator. The next morning, just grab one or two and you’ll have an easy, healthy breakfast that is high in protein.
What is your favorite high protein breakfast when you don’t have a lot of time?