Breakfast is a meal that many of us skip due to lack of time in the morning, or not feeling hungry after waking up. You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why?
Well not only does breakfast mean to “break the fast” in which our bodies go through while we are sleeping, but it also helps make your day a lot more successful. Think about the times that you’ve skipped breakfast – did you have a hard time focusing, or not have the energy to do simple tasks? Or were you so hungry by lunchtime that you would eat anything in sight? Well, eating breakfast can help avoid these symptoms.
One thing I recommend to include with your breakfast meal is protein, and that’s because it’s beneficial for a variety of reasons. First, protein helps keep us full so that you don’t feel hungry an hour later after eating. It also plays a key role in rebuilding muscle after your workout, and developing brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine which are related to positive moods. Extra bonus: it helps rev up our metabolism three times more than carbohydrates or fat do! Therefore, if weight loss is a goal of yours, protein in the morning is essential.
How You Can Add More Protein to Your Breakfast!
I love eggs because you can do so much with them including scrambling, hard-boiling, or making egg bakes. When it comes to eggs, I recommend eating the whites AND the yolks because the egg yolk holds more nutrients than the whites including Vitamin D, choline, B vitamins, and selenium.
Greek yogurt contains three times more protein than regular yogurt and half the amount of carbohydrates. I recommend skipping the flavored varieties and flavoring plain Greek yogurt yourself with fruit, nuts, and a small amount of honey.
Protein powders are perfect for adding more protein to foods quickly. If you like to make smoothies before you head out the door, don’t forget to add protein to them. I suggest either a whey protein powder or rice protein powder if you are sensitive to dairy.
What’s your favorite protein-packed breakfast? Comment below!