Raise your hand…you, at some point in your life, have been guilty of skipping breakfast? (Raising my hand right now!) Yep, that was me about 5 years ago…” too busy” for breakfast; “got busy” and forgot; “not hungry” that early in the AM. Did I just hit the top three reasons or what for not eating breakfast?
Well, all three of those used to be my daily excuse. To me, coffee was my breakfast along with my vitamins and a large bottle of water to start the day. I could wait until lunch to actually ‘eat’. However, it was right around that time 5 years ago that I found myself SO lethargic come mid-day…or by the time I got home I could eat everything in sight.
So, I started doing some research into my own health as it got to an unbearable point of being simply tired. Low-and-behold, come to find out all the amazing research about protein in your breakfast and empowering it through your day. I, from time to time, would have a piece of toast or cereal when I woke up starving, but never focused on incorporating protein in my breakfast. Well, let me just tell you, for me, it was life changing.
Energy levels back; not reaching for any and everything come lunchtime or after work (and so odd how eating breakfast kept me full even AFTER work…I became much more even keeled on eating.) The protein at breakfast was revolutionary in my everyday life. When I try to tell my family and friends about this and to ‘get on the protein breakfast bandwagon’ they’ll constantly say, doesn’t that take a lot of time to prepare? My answer: NO!
So today I’m sharing with you my 3 go-to easy protein breakfasts that you can start incorporating into your life in minutes a day:
- Avocado toast with a hard-boiled egg. Hands down my favorite breakfast. I serve it on whole grain toast, slice up half an avocado and one hard-boiled egg…sprinkle with a small pinch of sea salt, chia seeds and sometimes even pine nuts. It’s so filling and packed with protein!
- Banana with nut butter. The girls at Breast Cancer Charities of America see me eating this a lot. It’s a wonderful “on the run” breakfast. Call me weird, but I love my bananas slightly green still and in the fridge so they’re cold. I serve that then coined up and with about 1-2 Tbsp. of nut butter (either almond butter or organic peanut butter typically). The perfect go-to when you’re in a hurry.
- Protein Shakes. Protein shakes can get a horrible rap for being bland or only for athletes. Well not mine. It’s great when my husband and I are both in a shake mood because it’s fast to make this in bulk for more than one person. Our favorite is (per person serving): 8oz. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk; 1 frozen banana; ½ c. frozen mixed berries; 1 scoop of protein powder Vanilla flavor; few ice cubes. Blend together and you’re done. Super-fast and easy to make for 2-4 people also!
My pieces of advice, if you feel like you’re struggling with those three reasons why you shouldn’t or won’t eat breakfast, make yourself a 21-day challenge to incorporate a healthy, lean protein breakfast into your day. I’d be shocked if you don’t feel 10x better after those 3 weeks! Bon Appetite.