Monday 10 January 2022

Now that we've entered the new year and we're seeing the end of the chocolate selection boxes and family parties, one of the things on our minds is getting back on track with our health and fitness. I can't say I've been having many breakfasts over the festive period, either because I've been too full from the night before or because I've slept in until midday. That aside, I am a breakfast person and it always sets the tone for your day if you start with something nutritious but also filling. If you're looking to increase your daily protein intake, here are 5 high protein breakfasts you need to try. 

high protein breakfast

I recently purchased a digital scale which is great for measuring stuff like oats if you don't have measuring cups. When making these recipes I don't measure everything exactly (like cacao powder/nut butters) but I might measure a spoon the first time and if I know a teaspoon of almond butter is 90 calories then I'll just eyeball it next time. You can also use a handy conversion tool that allows you to convert any measurement if you're not sure what the equivalent is. Especially if you're looking at recipes that are UK/US tailored. 

1. Chocolate & Banana Baked Oats

I've been obsessed with this lately, especially because it feels like you're having dessert for breakfast. I use a a rectangular ceramic dish and throw the ingredients into a blender before adding the mixture to the dish. Remember to add around 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. I then put it in the oven at 180-200 degrees for about 20 minutes (or when it's baked to your desire). I find that if you let it set for an hour the inside will solidify more. 

Protein: 36.5g Fats: 13g Carbs: 40g

banana baked oats

2. Cheesy Scrambled Eggs on Toast

I've probably been alternating between baked oats, this and Weetabix for the last month and a half. I've been loving Biona's Rye Bread and my favourite is the chia & flax seed one. I find a lot of people either love or hate the texture but find that it adds a bit more 'oomf' to your meal. You can jazz up your scrambled eggs however you like, and I definitely don't go light on the garlic powder. The trick to the perfect scrambled eggs is to move the pan off the heat before the eggs are fully set.

Protein: 23g Fats: 18g Carbs: 35g

cheesy scrambled eggs

3. Protein Pancakes

I'll warn you now, these won't look as attractive as regular pancakes. The fact I use chocolate protein powder in mine also means that people always assume they're burnt lol. There are a number of ways of making protein pancakes, and you can play with the ingredients to see if you prefer using eggs or bananas (or both). 

Protein: 39g Fats: 13g Carbs: 51g

4. Apple & Cinnamon Porridge/Oatmeal 

When I was younger the only porridge I consumed was Quaker Oats Golden Syrup, and then of course everyone would go on about how much sugar they contain (still tastes good though). I started making this more nutritious version during lockdown and honestly if you make it on the hob you'll end up with so much that you'll be full past lunch.

I use equal parts of water and oat milk for mine but you can alter this to your liking. Make sure to add and stir in the protein powder at the end once the oatmeal is cooked. Keep your hob on a medium-heat so nothing gets stuck to the bottom either. 

Protein: 34g Fats: 14g Carbs: 48g

apple protein porridge

5. Protein French Toast

The type of bread you use for this will make all the difference. Brioche usually tastes the best and is what most restaurants serve, but if you can't be bothered to go to the shops then your regular brown or white supermarket bread works just fine! 

Mix the protein powder (I sometimes use half a scoop instead of a full one), two eggs, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a bowl and cover your slices of bread on it. Fry some butter on a pan and place your slice on the pan, turning it over until it becomes golden. Top with whatever you'd like! 

Protein: 41g Fats: 16g Carbs: 53g

I hope you've enjoyed this post and have at least found one recipe you like! 


* This is a collaborative post but all words and opinions are my own *

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