So you have your basic, easy, healthy go-to breakfasts. But you want to add more protein. How can you do this? Here are some tips to pack the protein into your cereal, oatmeal, yogurt and more!
Some cereals come loaded with protein, and some do not. For example, Kashi GoLean has 13 grams of protein while Cheerios have 1.4 grams. No matter which cereal you choose, you can still add more protein. You can add nuts or dry roasted sunflower seeds for an extra 5 grams of protein. Hemp hearts are especially potent, with 10 grams of protein in 3 tbsp!
Swap your water out for skim milk which contains 8 grams per cup. If you want even more of a protein punch, add some chopped nuts to your oatmeal. Some people even add a spoonful of peanut butter to their oatmeal, leaving you full until lunchtime.
Yogurt is a great way to start the day. The easiest way to get more protein from your yogurt is to switch to Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has 17-19 grams of protein per serving as opposed to regular yogurt with about half that amount. Add chia seeds or coconut flakes for even more of a protein pack!
Smoothies are a great convenient breakfast that you can whip up in just seconds. But if the only ingredient in them is fruit, you’re missing out on some important nutrients. Use milk or soy milk and add 1/2 cup Greek yogurt for some protein. This will help keep you feeling full longer!
Mornings are a busy and often hectic time. So it’s no wonder the most common breakfasts are the easy ones, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt or a smoothie. Just because they are quick and easy to make doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting your protein fix from them. Add nuts to your cereal, swap your plain yogurt for Greek yogurt and use milk instead of water in your oatmeal. You’ll be increasing your protein intake and decreasing your hunger pangs!