Whether you’re looking to increase your protein intake to get lean, tone up or otherwise, with winter fully upon us, we wanted to put together a nifty little protein-rich breakfast guide to help you up your protein first thing in the morning (and get a quick helping of warmth and delicious food goodness at the same time).
High protein breakfasts don’t just help you on your way to your fitness goal, though. Oh no. No no no.
High protein breakfasts help you recover from last night's gym workout, keep you full in preparation for your busy day ahead, and ensure that your body is energised, ensuring you’re ready to tackle whatever your day has in store for you (cold weather included).
From porridge to the good old classic beans on toast combination, whether you’re on a tight schedule and you’ve got to run out the door, or are basking in your home comforts and living the working from home lifestyle, here at Innermost, when it comes to a hearty (protein-filled) breakfast, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget our protein powders are specially designed to be integrated into your diet seamlessly, too… so if you needed a reason to try The Health Protein, here it is.
Here’s five of our favourite high protein breakfasts to get you inspired and ready for the cold winter mornings ahead. We’ve got this, guys!
This wouldn’t be an easy protein breakfast guide without mentioning porridge now, would it?
Love it or hate it, porridge is an absolute breakfast time staple, and a fantastic blank canvas that allows you to flavour and customise to your taste, protein intake included. In fact, there are so many ways to enhance your protein intake through your morning porridge, that the term ‘Protein Porridge’ has been coined.
You could even say that it was the ultimate healthy protein breakfast choice.
Here are some of our favourite ways to create a 10/10 protein porridge to kick start your day the right way:
- Add protein powder to make it a protein porridge (of course)
- Top with peanut butter
- Add cheese (yes… porridge can be savoury, too)
- Make your porridge with milk (cows, or otherwise)
- Add flax seeds or chia seeds
- Top with your favourite nuts
- Add Greek yoghurt
Protein breakfast bars
Now, we know it's cold. And we know that a protein breakfast bar doesn’t exactly warm you up. But we can’t shy away from the deliciousness and the convenience of a good protein bar, can we?
Protein breakfast bars are quick, convenient, and effective – making them the perfect protein-packed breakfast solution for those with a go-go-go schedule, or those that want to add a little boost of protein to their morning coffee fix.
To make this suggestion a little bit more wintery, though, why not make your own and include seasonal or festive-themed ingredients? We’re talking a cranberry mix, a chocolate orange creation or maybe even mint chocolate if you’re feeling sweet enough.
When it comes to protein breakfast bar recipes, our guide to the best homemade protein bar recipes is where you should be heading. From Matcha green tea creations to our personal favourite chewy ginger and vanilla protein bar concoction, if you needed any more inspiration for your protein bar recipe, we’ve brought you the very best. No questions asked.
Making protein bars yourself also means that you can rid your breakfast (or snack) of any potentially unnecessary added ingredients that you may find in commercial protein bar brands, too.
Yeah, we’re talking about that hot new breakfast trend that has been taking over your Instagram feed every weekend morning for the past however long. They’re so popular in fact, that the hashtag #BakedOats was notoriously trending on TikTok recently due to a viral baked oat recipe circulating the site. Wild.
Baked oats are a healthy (not to mention delicious) breakfast that are nutritious, customisable, filling and often compared to cake. What’s not to like? Sounds like a healthy comfort food to us, and we’re all for it. It’s a super easy protein breakfast to make too.
Here’s the ingredients you’ll need for a delicious chocolate flavoured recipe:
- Rolled oats
- Baking powder
- Cocoa powder
- Milk (or a banana, the choice is yours)
- One egg
Grab all your ingredients, place into a blender and blend away. When the ingredients are mixed (and liquified), transfer to your oven-safe pan and add some toppings (if you like).
You can bake or microwave your creation – it’s up to you. Just make sure that the oats are baked! We recommend using that age-old trick of putting a utensil in the middle of the bake and making sure that it comes out clean.
Then you’re ready to go! Yum.
Beans on toast
This one may surprise you, but when it comes to easy protein breakfast ideas, this one is a real cult favourite.
Beans on toast is a pretty hearty meal, but its also a great example of a protein-packed food, too. For every 100g of baked beans, you get 6g of protein. Can’t complain at that, right?
Add some cheese for an extra protein kick (and extra cheesy goodness) and treat yourself. There’s nothing better than beans on toast on a frosty winter’s morning, after all.
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
Whether you opt for your eggs boiled, scrambled, poached or with a kiss, adding eggs to your breakfast is a great way to up your protein intake first thing in the morning. Low in carbohydrates (and cost), eggs are a great source of protein that can be integrated into almost any breakfast meal if you wanted it to…
Eggs are a complete protein source and nutritious in so many other ways, too… so it’s a real no brainer to wake up to. At only 78 calories per egg, too – what’re you waiting for? Goodbye, cereal.