6 Quick Protein Packed Breakfast Ideas
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And when you fill it with high protein and nutrient rich foods, you’ll have enough energy to set your morning off right without unnecessary snacking. While having a quick bowl of cereal might seem more convenient, you’ll mainly be filling up on carbs and sugar and likely craving even more all morning long.
You don’t have to spend hours making a protein packed breakfast (and let’s face it, no one has time for that). Check out these quick, protein packed breakfast ideas:
Greek Yogurt Oatmeal
Add some Greek yogurt to a bowl of oatmeal for a protein boost. Just mix rolled oats, cinnamon, and banana slices in a bowl, then add milk or water. Microwave these ingredients for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir. Let your oatmeal cool off for a few minutes, then add Greek yogurt to it and stir. The trick is to be sure to add the yogurt after the oatmeal has cooked and cooled slightly so you don’t risk cooking the yogurt itself and potentially losing all its great benefits. This gives you a breakfast filled with both protein and fiber without really changing the flavor much. All the yogurt does is make your oatmeal a little extra creamy.
Prefer overnight oats? Simply add the Greek yogurt right to your oat mixture and refrigerate overnight.
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Smoothies make a great breakfast when you don’t have much time in the morning. All you have to do is gather your ingredients and put them in a blender until they form a smooth texture. For a protein packed smoothie, try one made with peanut butter, which contains a high amount of protein. Add peanut butter, banana slices, a touch of cinnamon, and a bit of almond milk in a blender to make your breakfast smoothie. For even more protein, consider adding a dollop of Greek yogurt.
Cottage Cheese Fruit Granola Parfait
Cottage cheese is known to be high in protein (usually around 26 grams) with less calories than other dairy products which makes it another great choice for a protein packed breakfast. Berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, offer a sweet flavor and plenty of antioxidants then the granola offers a good source of fiber. When you add these ingredients together, you can make a fast and well-balanced breakfast parfait. For a little extra something, drizzle some honey over the top.
Whole Wheat Toast with Almond Butter
Almond butter is known to be high in protein, usually close to 5 grams per serving. Plus, it has lots of heart-healthy qualities that make it a good start to your day. Choose a whole wheat bread (rather than white bread) which contains a good source of fiber that helps to fill you up. After spreading the almond butter, you could also add slices of apple, sprinkle chia seeds, or drizzle some honey of the top.
Protein Bar with Banana
If you’re really in a rush and don’t have time to make anything for breakfast, grab a protein bar. Protein bars can be a convenient source of protein when you’re short on time. Make it even healthier with a banana. Bananas give you fiber, vitamin C, and other nutrients, and you can easily grab one to have with your protein bar.
Whole Wheat Waffles with Fruit and Peanut Butter
Frozen waffles are fast and easy to make for breakfast, but they’re not always a healthy choice. Choose whole wheat waffles to make rather than waffles containing refined carbs, then top them with peanut butter. Add some banana slices or other healthy toppings for even more nutrients and a touch of sweetness.
Want something gluten free or keto friendly? Check out this super easy chaffle recipe which is a super easy and low carb waffle option.
- Nashua Nutrition