16 Protein-Packed Breakfasts for a Happier AM
Sunday evening we all have the best intentions. We’ve written out a menu, we’ve done the grocery shopping and we are set for the healthiest week of breakfasts yet. Then Monday morning rolls around and our best intentions get left in the kitchen along with our breakfast.
Even though we know breakfast is crucial to our health, it’s all too easy to chug a coffee and ride the caffeine high until lunch. But studies show that women who start their day with protein not only feel more relaxed during the rest of the day, but generally eat less during the day. So, if you only have time to eat one thing for breakfast, here are 16 breakfasts with the perfect combo of fat and protein that will help you break the cycle of snacking and keep you happier.
A smoothie is a great way to grab everything you need for breakfast on the go. This green smoothie combines the perfect amount of fiber, protein and healthy fats to keep you full throughout the day. (via Be Well by Kelly)
These low-carb, high-protein egg crepes are filled with avocados, alfalfa sprouts and turkey for the ultimate combination of protein. Eggs and avocado give you all the essential fats that you need for healthy brain function to get you through those workday blues. (via Avocado Pesto)
These look like a fancy meal to be reserved for leisurely weekend brunches, but all you have to do is whip together eggs, veggies like spinach and sun dried tomatoes, a dash of feta cheese and throw ’em in the oven for 20 minutes while you do your makeup. (via Skinny Ms.)
Pizza for breakfast? Yes, please. Especially when it’s as low-calorie and delicious as this flatbread breakfast pizza. (via The Big Man’s World)
Roll up these gluten-free pancakes with Greek yogurt and bananas. Fun, healthy and simple, this breakfast is high protein and only 100 calories per taco. (via Food Faith Fitness)
A bowl filled with fruit and cottage cheese is a low-calorie dish that will definitely keep you satisfied ’til lunch. Cottage cheese for breakfast is a great protein option that’s filled with fiber and will also help boost your immune system. (via Salad Menu)
Craving something dessert-like for breakfast? Skip the donut and go for this decadent chocolate breakfast instead. If you make it the night before, you’ll literally have to do nothing in the morning but scoop it into your mouth. (via Whole Food Real Families)
Some of us just don’t do breakfast, and that’s okay. But it’s still not an excuse for calling coffee “breakfast.” Make a batch of these protein-rich bars and toss a couple in your purse to enjoy at work when you do start to feel hungry. (via The Big Man’s World)
Think of this breakfast as oatmeal, but on steroids. Combining quinoa and chia seeds makes a sort of supercharged porridge, and quinoa is a complete protein (and anti-inflammatory!), as it contains all nine essential amino acids. (via Heart and Bowl)
It’s time to ditch that gritty protein powder. Adding egg whites to your smoothie not only thickens it, but also makes it more natural and healthy. (via My Organized Chaos)
Black beans are a great source of meatless protein. Top a tortilla with black beans, egg and a lot of salsa for a deliciously easy, Mexican-inspired breakfast. (via The Garlic Diaries)
We’d never expect you to ditch coffee completely — that boost of caffeine is what gets us through the roughest mornings. So why not incorporate it right into your healthy breakfast in the form of this caffeinated chocolate-banana smoothie? #Yum (via A Balance of Tastes)