Protein Rich Breakfast Ideas

I've always been puzzled by people who tell me that they have no appetite in the morning.  When I hear that I just think to myself, I have no idea what that means.  I am very much a breakfast person.  Beyond just containing some of the most amazing foods, hello pancakes, breakfast is also a chance to set your metabolism off to a good start for the rest of the day.  A balanced breakfast gives you energy to get through your morning and feeling sated will stave off those lunchtime hunger pangs that can lead to eating too much in one sitting.  Eating breakfast also helps to stoke the fire of your metabolism and keep it burning all day long.  Skipping breakfast and going straight for a big lunch has the opposite effect since your metabolism has to work to both get itself going and process a large meal, which can lead to you not feeling your best as it does so.  The best breakfasts should have a good balance of fat, carbs, and protein to give you the energy and stamina that you need to get your day going.  Below are five of my favorite breakfast recipes.  The recipes range from gluten-free to dairy-free to vegan so hopefully I've got you covered!

Arugula Omelette -- A simple take on a classic breakfast

-1 cup of arugula

-1 teaspoon olive oil

-2 eggs

-1 tablespoon filtered water

Whisk 2 eggs in bowl with a tablespoon of water to add thickness and set aside.  Pour olive oil into a skillet on medium heat and wait until the pan is evenly coated.  Put arugula into the skillet and sauté for 1 minute.  Pour eggs over arugula and wait until the eggs are cooked to your desired consistency on one side and then flip to the other side.  Fold and serve with toast, avocado, or fruit and of course hot sauce.

Overnight Oats in Protein Almond Milk -- Add protein powder to your nut milk before soaking your oats for a protein rich oatmeal. 

-1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats

-1/2 cup of almond milk (any nut milk will work)

-2 scoops (1 tablespoon) Moon Juice vanilla mushroom protein powder

Pour almond milk into a bowl and add 2 scoops of protein powder.  Whisk until smooth and add rolled oats.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Add berries, fresh fruit, and superfoods in the morning and enjoy this protein dense take on traditional oats.

Almond Butter + Bee Pollen Toast -- Bee pollen is a complete protein meaning that it has a full amino acid profile and it offers a full complex of B vitamins so it's an energizing way to start your morning.

-1/2 sprouted English muffin or 1 piece of bread

-1 tablespoon almond butter (or any nut butter of your choosing)

-1 tablespoon bee pollen

-1/2 tablespoon cacao nibs

Toast your bread and evenly spread the almond butter.  Sprinkle with bee pollen and cacao nibs for a protein rich and nutrient dense start to your day.  

Warm Quinoa Porridge -- This tiny grain packs a punch.  As well as being micronutrient dense, quinoa contains all of the essential amino acids making it a complete protein.  

-1/2 cup cooked quinoa

-3/4 cup almond milk (any nut milk will work)

-1/4 teaspoon raw vanilla powder

-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine quinoa, almond milk, and desired spices in a pot over medium heat until thoroughly warm.  Serve in a bowl with superfoods and dried or fresh fruit.

Three Ingredient Power Pancakes -- eggs, almond flour, and almond milk make protein dense pancakes that only taste indulgent.

-1 cup almond flour (coconut flour works well too)

-3 eggs (substitute chia eggs if you're not eating eggs)

-1 cup of almond milk (or any nut milk of your choosing)

-1 tablespoon coconut oil

-1 cup of fresh berries

-1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

-1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

Combine flour, eggs, milk, and protein in a mixing bowl and mix until the batter becomes a pourable consistency.  Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat and pour the batter into the pan.  Cook each pancake for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.  Garnish with honey or maple syrup, unsweetened coconut flakes, and fresh berries.