It’s not as easy as you might think to have a good, high protein breakfast before working out. Popular breakfast foods like biscuits, potatoes, and waffles or pancakes are usually high in sugar and carbs, not protein. High protein breakfasts like eggs with meat and cheese can take a long time to make, and protein shakes can get pretty boring. Here are some fast and easy high protein breakfasts that go beyond eggs and protein shakes.
1. Quinoa with fruit and yogurt. Take a scoop of cooked quinoa and combine with berries and yogurt. Add some almonds and honey for extra flavor.
2. Breakfast BLT. Top a toasted whole wheat English muffin with lowfat mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and a slice of Canadian bacon or 4 strips of turkey bacon. 16 grams of protein.
3. Peanut butter or almond butter on whole wheat toast. Simple but effective! Two tablespoons of nut butter pack 8 grams of protein. Look for natural nut butters with very short ingredient lists.
4. Greek yogurt with berries and nuts. A serving of Greek yogurt has 14 grams of protein, that’s way more than regular nonfat yogurt. Add some berries and nuts or seeds for fiber.
5. Frozen bananas. Cut a banana in half and lay on a baking sheet. Spread each half with almond butter and then sprinkle with some granola, nuts or seeds. Insert a popsicle stick into each end and freeze at least 2 hours.
6. Oatmeal with turkey bacon. You’ll get a full 25 grams of protein when you combine a serving of oatmeal with crumbled pieces of turkey bacon (cooked crispy) and topped with black pepper and grated parmesan cheese.
7. White bean and avocado on whole wheat toast. Mash ½ ripe avocado together with ½ cup of white beans, season to taste and spread on toast. 14 grams of protein.
8. Prosciutto and melon. Sounds more like an appetizer at an Italian restaurant than a breakfast, but topping some low calorie melon like cantaloupe with a few slices of lean prosciutto ham is a great quick, high protein breakfast.