3 Ways to Start Your Day with Protein

How you begin your day can create the momentum for the way the rest of your day goes. Ensuring you get protein in at the start of your morning can really help you reach your protein goal for the day! Protein provides us with important nutrients for our body, helps us feel satiated, aids in muscle repair and recovery, and so much more.

If you’ve ever found yourself unsure of what protein to have in the morning, here are our 3 favorite ways to start our day.

  1. Overnight Oatmeal. Overnight oatmeal is an extremely easy way to pack a good amount of protein into your meal, with very little effort required. You can boost the protein content by adding things like yogurt and chia seeds into the mix, in addition to protein powder. The great thing about overnight oats are that they are customizable. You can get creative with the flavor profile: banana and peanut butter, strawberries and cocoa powder, blueberries and lemon zest. The list goes on! You can also enjoy them warmed up or straight out of the fridge to support whatever floats your boat.
  2. Breakfast Burritos. Love a savory option? Breakfast burritos are an easy item to prepare ahead of time to save you time and effort. You can check out the recipe linked or just follow this structure: make an egg scramble that includes a carb (like potatoes), veggies, an additional protein of choice (ex-sausage), cheese, and add a dollop of cottage cheese. Trust me on the cottage cheese! It cooks well in the scramble, adds flavor, and increases the protein content! Once you have a giant scramble cooked up, add it to tortillas and create your burritos. I like to wrap each burrito in foil, then place each of the burritos in a gallon bag to throw in the freezer. The night before I know I will want to enjoy one, I will take one burrito out of the freezer and throw it in the fridge. Just toss in the microwave in the morning and you have a perfect, easy, protein-packed breakfast.
  3. Breakfast Hash. Making a breakfast hash is the perfect way to add more veggies into your day and use up the produce you have on hand. This recipe includes a nice mix of protein, carbs, and fats. However, I suggest adding in a chicken sausage to increase the protein even more!

When it comes to deciding what to have for breakfast, it is most important to first ask yourself, “What do I enjoy?” Something warm? Cold? Savory? Sweet? Once you narrow that down, you can hone in on which options to try! Look for a mix of carbs, protein, and fats. This ensures the meal is not only delicious, but gives us adequate energy for our day.

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