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Sure, a plate full of scrambled eggs makes a satisfying breakfast. As does a nice omelet. And even a couple of eggs over easy. Maybe the next day you can even have some scrambled…no, wait a minute. We just did that, didn’t we?
Eggs are wonderful, there’s no denying that. Having them every morning, on the other hand, can get repetitious. Luckily, they aren’t the only source of protein that can get your engines revving in the morning.
Here are seven other protein-rich meals to get your day started. Before you start reading, here’s a warning: some of these are outside the traditional breakfast-before-lunch-before-dinner box. Hope you can handle that.
What, pancakes? Are pancakes truly protein-rich? Well, they can be, especially if you make your pancake batter with half a cup of cottage cheese. There are 24 grams of protein in a cup of cottage cheese.
If you don’t like the texture, give the cottage cheese a whirl in your blender first. Top your pancakes with two tablespoons of whipped peanut butter to kick the protein level up another eight grams!
2. Homemade Yogurt Parfait
If you tend toward the cool and creamy side of the breakfast spectrum, this one is for you. Spoon half a cup of Greek yogurt into the bottom of a jar or glass (Greek yogurt has about 20 grams of protein per cup).
Top with fresh fruit of your choice. Drizzle with honey or top with a small amount of all-natural jam for added sweetness. Add another layer of yogurt and finish off with protein-packed sprinkles of chopped cashews or almonds, chia seeds, or flax seeds.
3. Pumped-Up Avocado Toast
Avocado toast has become all the rage these days. Be trendy and get your protein fix at the same time by adjusting the ingredients. Swap out regular bread for a sprouted whole grain bread which clocks in at four grams of protein per slice.
Spread mashed avocado (four and a half grams) on top, then sprinkle with heavy-hitters like pumpkin, squash, flax, and hemp seeds. Two slices can easily weigh in around 30 grams of protein.
4. Jacked-up Oatmeal
Oatmeal makes for a hearty breakfast and it’s certainly good for you, but at only six grams in a cooked cup, it doesn’t have a lot of protein. However, you can step it up a notch.
Instead of cooking oatmeal in water, cook it in milk, which has eight grams of protein per cup. Soy milk contains the same. Stir in a tablespoon or two of nut butter to ratchet it up another eight grams.
5. Hearty Breakfast Burrito
Honestly, you could eat this burrito any time of day. Fill one flour tortilla (five grams) with half a cup of cooked black beans (seven grams) and half a cup of shredded, cooked chicken breast (21 grams).
Top with whatever tempts you: salsa, sliced avocado, chopped onion or cilantro. Eat warm while you mentally high-five yourself for the 33 grams plus of protein you’re treating your body to.
We warned you, didn’t we? A four-ounce serving of salmon provides 26 grams of protein, not to mention omega-3 fatty acids, and an entire day’s serving of vitamin D.
And what’s wrong with eating it while the sun is coming up? Nothing! Enjoy this beautiful piece of fish with a cup of wild rice (another six grams) and garlicky mashed chickpeas drizzled with olive oil (chickpeas have 14 grams per cup).
7. Last Night’s Roast Chicken
Leftovers: we all have them. Instead of dreading eggs, grab that roast from the night before. If everyone ate the breast, don’t worry about it. Dark meat has 23 grams of protein per serving, not to mention more iron than white meat.
While it’s reheating, toss a bag of frozen edamame into the microwave (16 grams per cooked cup) and make yourself a nice bed of mixed greens to serve your chicken on.
Eggs are delicious. Maybe not everyone thinks so, but we sure do. However, anything gets old when you eat it too often. Try these seven day-starters to get your protein from different sources that are just as appetizing.