You’ve heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast jump starts your metabolism, and gets your day off on the right foot (..well besides attending that 6am Pure Barre class). However, a lot of times we can feel hungry just 30–60 minutes after eating breakfast. But why?
If you are feeling this way you might be lacking one key thing in your breakfast: protein! Think about it; most “breakfast foods” contain mainly carbohydrates. These are things like cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, doughnuts – the list goes on and on. While these foods will definitely get your blood sugar levels up from the night, and break your fast (get it, break-fast?), they might not necessarily keep you full until your morning snack or lunch. This is where that key ingredient, protein, comes into play in your first meal of the day.
Check out these 7 ways to easily add protein to your healthy breakfast to keep you full for hours. Bonus: they are things you might already have in your pantry!
7 Natural Ways to Add Protein to Your Breakfast
- Swap 6oz of low fat yogurt for 6oz of Greek yogurt and add an extra 6 grams of protein. (12g protein total)
- Bump up the protein by 2 grams by trying 1 cup quinoa for breakfast instead of 1 cup of oatmeal! Quinoa goes great with the traditional berries that are served with oatmeal, and is also gluten free. (8g protein total)
- We love whole wheat toast with ½ of a mashed avocado because it provides heart healthy fats (and tastes great). Add a large fried egg and increase the protein by 6 grams! (13g protein total)
- Need something for on the go? Try grabbing a large hardboiled egg with an apple on your way out the door and give your body the carb + protein combination it craves. (6g protein total)
- Who said you can’t have cheese for breakfast? 6oz of cottage cheese is a healthy option and goes well with fruit such as mandarin oranges. (18g protein total)
- Are you a cereal lover? Opt for 3/4 cup of a low sugar, high fiber cereal (like bran flakes) and try adding a 1oz of walnuts to increase the fullness factor by 4 grams! (7g protein total)
- A whole wheat English muffin is great with butter – it’s even better with 2 Tablespoons of natural almond butter! (10 g protein total)
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– Written by Brittany Chin, RD. Brittany is the Content Marketing Manager at Pure Barre Corporate and is also a Registered Dietitian with her Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. She received her B.S. in Nutrition Science and Dietetics from Syracuse University and completed her Dietetic Internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently obtaining her Master’s in Health Communication from Boston University. She loves food, cooking, Pure Barre and of course, social media.