Breakfast Makeover: Protein-Pumped Recipes Your Family Will Love

With my weight loss clients, one of the biggest things I discourage is missing a significant amount of protein at breakfast. Why?

Packing in the protein at the beginning of the day helps regulate our hunger hormones throughout the day, so we don’t feel like bingeing on all the food once we get home at the end of the day. We also need to remember there is an upper limit for how much protein our bodies can use at one time, therefore it is helpful to spread our protein throughout the day.

Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding

Overnight chia puddings offer a hearty breakfast with optimal convenience. Try this delicious chocolate version! Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and calcium – this recipe offers a total of 507 mg of calcium, which is 50% of your daily value if you are a female or male between the ages of 19 and 50. I like to enjoy my chia seed puddings for breakfast in my backyard while catching up on news and social media happenings 🙂

Super Seed Smoothie Bowl

A smoothie is a typical breakfast for me. However sometimes I find that I need a small mid-morning snack to tie me over until lunch, after a breakfast smoothie. If you are finding a smoothie doesn’t quite tie you over until lunch, you definitely should try out this smoothie bowl – a smoothie with a hearty kick! The addition of nuts and seeds add fibre, fat and PROTEIN to your typical smoothie. The smoothie itself is thicker than your typical smoothie that you’d drink through a straw. It’s also vegan and gluten-free. Give it a try!

Protein Pancakes

Finally!! I’ve been on the hunt for high protein and convenient breakfast ideas that are different than my eggs or greek yogurt breakfast staples. I’ve heard about people incorporating cottage cheese into pancakes and wasn’t sure how I felt about it…however this was a perfect example of ‘don’t knock it til you try it!’ These are so easy to make – I add it to my Sunday Batch Cooking list.