Everyone knows that a high protein breakfast is essential if you are trying to live healthily and cut fat. It’s quoted in all the diet books, and health magazines are always preaching about the craving-fighting properties of protein…so why is it so hard to do?! I’ve been quizzing health professionals and dietitians on the best and easiest high protein breakfast options, and here are the top treats I’ll be trying.
Yes, pancakes can be a high protein breakfast. You do need to make some effort, though – off-the-shelf pancakes aren’t usually good enough! Try using wholemeal flour, and unexpected ingredients like skim milk, yoghurt and even grapefruit zest instead.
2. Poached Eggs
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has made no secret of her breakfast preference – she eats the holy trinity of breakfast foods every day. Poached eggs are high in protein, and teamed with salmon and spinach, will keep your body working well. Serve with wholegrain toast or a slice of rye bread to pull it all together.
3. Smoked Salmon
This is a quicker option if you can’t poach eggs every morning – grab a wholewheat bagel, and smear with low-fat cream cheese. Add a few slices of smoked salmon, and a few pieces of avocado if you’ve got times. As long as you don’t use too much cream cheese (and avoid butter completely), this is a really healthy way to start the day.
4. Go Mexican
Grab a wholewheat tortilla wrap, and scramble up some eggs. Slice up a tomato and an avocado, and add some thinly sliced chorizo sausage. Mix the egg, tomato, avocado and chorizo, and stuff inside the toasted tortilla. This is a super tasty way to start the day, as long as you can avoid cheese!
If you love cereal, make like a celeb and making your own high-protein granola. You’ll be full of energy, and it’s a great diet food. It's incredibly easy to make as well, with lots of recipes tailored to specific tastes, so you can add in what you love and leave out what you don't! Start with something as simple as dates, rolled oats, honey, nuts, and pumpkin seeds.
6. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are very high in protein, and they contain a range of nutrients too – it’s no wonder they are being touted as the latest in superfoods. They make a great breakfast mixed with a high-protein yoghurt such as Quark, and you can even add a few berries, too.
7. French Toast
This is one of my favorite high protein breakfast ideas, and it’s really versatile. Break an egg into a frying pan, and dunk a slice of wholegrain bread into it. Soak both sides in egg, and fry until the bread turns golden. Don’t be tempted to add any oil or butter – they are empty calories! Serve with berries and Greek yoghurt, and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a spicy kick.
These tasty suggestions certainly make getting a high protein breakfast seem easier. I couldn’t bring myself to keep eating hundreds of eggs! Once your breakfast is spot-on, you’ll find that you don’t need to snack as much, and you’ll feel great. Give it a try, and let me know how you get on!