For overall health and wellness, as well as optimizing our body composition, protein is a critical macronutrient. And for some of us, getting in breakfast in general is a stretch, whether it be time, know how, or not feeling hungry. There are different views out there regarding breakfast. Personally, I am a fan because I know myself and my body, I know that if I don’t eat, I will be HANGRY and I will choose a less healthy option later in the day. I also know that as I age, I need to help my metabolism in any way that I can by feeding my body, and maintaining/gaining lean mass.
I thought I would share with you my top 3 protein powder breakfasts. Yes, I like to get in real food too, but some days are hectic and I also know for me, to reach my protein goals during the day, supplementing with protein helps me do so. Give them a try and let me know what you think.
3. Protein Pancake: This is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts that provides a great balance of carbohydrate and protein in the form of a past time favorite. For this one, simply prepare as if you were making a regular pancake.
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 scoop whey protein powder
¼ cup egg whites
dash vanilla extract
1 packet truvia
Directions: mix in a mixing bowl. Spray pan with Pam. Pour batter into a pan and cook as a pancake. Can serve with sugar free syrup and “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” spray. There are many variations that can be done with this recipe, but for the convenience factor, this is super basic.
2. Protein Oats: Another great, well-balanced meal that is super quick and easy to prepare.
½ cup rolled oats
1 scoop protein powder
Optional: 1 tablespoon nut butter
Directions: put oats in microwavable Tupperware. Add 1 cup water. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. Remove from microwave and add protein powder (and nut butter if using). Mix. May need to add a little more water for desired consistency.
1. Protein Shake: You might be seeing a them here J These first three recipes use protein powder; a quick and easy way to get in protein without requiring a lot of prep work.
8 ounces Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 scoop protein powder
1 tablespoon nut butter (optional)
1/2 cup rolled oats
Ice (to desired consistency)
Directions: place all ingredients in a blender (I prefer Vitamix) and blend. Add ice to your desired consistency. Easy-to go meal. And if you are pressed for time in the morning, you can make this the night before and place in the freezer.
These three recipes are all quick, easy, and can be taken to go. Remember each day is an opportunity to bring yourself closer to optimal health, and that starts with choices. One of the first choices we can make is choosing to have a healthy, protein breakfast!
Have a wonderful weekend!