5 high protein breakfasts to set you up for the day
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Are you looking for a protein hit in the mornings?
Carb-heavy breakfasts may be the norm for most people but that doesn’t mean that it’s the best option. So what are the advantages of adding extra protein to the “most important meal" of your day.
Studies have shown that people who eat a protein-rich breakfast showed increased fullness later in the day than people who skipped it altogether or opted for a low-protein option. It’s also been found to reduce food cravings.
That means you’re less likely to stuff your face with high-sugar or high-fat snacks in the evening.
High protein breakfasts also stimulate your metabolism, which helps you burn calories throughout the day. One thing to keep in mind is that some sources of protein can be high in saturated fat, such as red meat and full-fat cheese. One solution is to opt for lean protein options like egg whites, lean mince, low-fat yoghurt or skimmed milk.
With some great deals available at Lidl, you don't need to break the bank to get your morning protein fix. Now that you've made the leap to high protein brekkies, what sort of stuff can you expect to be on the menu?
Peanut butter and whole wheat toast
It’s not always possible to channel your inner Gordon Ramsey when you’re late for work and rushing to catch a bus. Whack two tablespoons of peanut butter on toast to add an easy eight grams of protein. It’s a perfect protein-high option if you have to eat and run.
Eggs on whole wheat toast
Sometimes simple is best. Even the most limited cook can knock this together with relative ease. You can scramble, boil or poach the eggs according to your preference or schedule.
You’ll get around six grams per egg so you can calculate what you need. Simply add some bacon to squeeze in a few more grams of protein. Hmmm… bacon.
If you’re looking for a big hit of protein, get roughly 110 grams of lean mince beef and flatten it into a patty. Season with salt and pepper and fry it in some coconut oil. Add two egg whites to the pan when it’s nearly done. You can add peppers or onions if you like.
Place the beef, eggs and any extras on a whole wheat bun and add whatever sauce you prefer. This bad boy will give you a whopping 34 grams of protein.
Baked eggs with avocado
The first trick to making this is finding an avocado that’s ripe enough to eat but not overripe. Good luck with that one! Simply halve the avocado, take the stone out and drop an egg in each half.
Season and place in a pre-heated oven at 220 degrees Celsius for around 15 minutes. It couldn’t be easier and you’ll get around 21 grams of protein. Boom!
Walnut yogurt breakfast
This simple breakfast can be whipped up in now time so it's great to get a quick protein hit. You'll need three-quarters of a cup of low-fat Greek yogurt, with seven chopped walnut halves and two tbsp of wheat germ.
Add a bit of honey for sweetness and you've an easy-to-make breakfast that offers around 25 grams of protein. It couldn't be simpler.
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