As the most important meal of the day, we often look to breakfast to give us the fuel we need to start the day, and also stay healthy. Maintaining a high protein level in our breakfast often means we turn to eggs to do so, but that can get extremely boring. If you’re trying to add more protein but are sick of eggs, here are some great options to add to your breakfast.
Add chia seeds to your breakfast
Just a single tablespoon of chia seeds can add a lot of protein to your diet. Add them to your muesli, granola, cereal, oats, smoothies, or sprinkle over your jam and toast.
Top your toast with high protein options
Half a cup of cottage cheese, or as we know it, paneer, contains a lot of protein. Blitz it up in a food processor or grate it, add it to a frying pan with a chopped tomato and some ham. Top your whole wheat toast with this and you’ve got yourself a filling and healthy breakfast. Cheese is also a good source of protein, so you can even grate a little mozzarella for additional flavour.
Oats make a wonderful addition to pancake batter
You can add soaked oats to your pancake batter, or run dry oats through your food processor. Add the oat flour to your pancake to add more fibre and protein to your meal.
Don’t ignore chickpeas
Chickpeas are a wonderful make-ahead source of protein you can add to your breakfast. Keep a bowl of boiled chickpeas in your fridge that you can use whenever you need. Roughly smash chickpeas, season with herbs and spices and pile on toast. You can eat the smashed chickpeas on their own with a side of bacon or ham as well.
Add nuts and nut butter to your diet
High on magnesium, fibre, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, almonds are a great addition to any breakfast. Chop some up to top your yoghurt, oatmeal, or toast with, and you’re good to go.
To make life even simpler, peanut butter or almond butter are protein-rich foods that go very well with most breakfast items. Spread on whole wheat or rye bread toast or on sliced fruit like apples and pears, top your yoghurt or oatmeal with it—they’ll all work.