By Alexa Tucker, SELF
The A.M. hours are notorious for leaving you tight on time and it’s all too easy to ignore your grumbling stomach as you dive headfirst into your day. But eating a protein-packed breakfast will help keep you powered up until lunch, and these 11 recipes don’t require a lot of effort or time to make.
“[Protein] will give your entire metabolism a jumpstart and help with blood sugar control,” Tara Ostrowe, M.S., R.D., tells SELF. And if you’re on that morning workout grind, noshing on a protein-rich meal will help sustain your energy levels and promote muscle recovery afterwards, Ostrowe explains. (Make sure your pre-workout snack includes carbs, too.)
Exercise or not, though, having protein early on will keep you full, energetic, and focused throughout your day, says Ostrowe. Who knows–this little boost may even turn you into a morning person. So give your breakfast extra staying power with one of these 11 filling recipes ideas from some of our favorite food bloggers.
The berries, almonds, and seeds (so many seeds) in this recipe add amazing texture to oatmeal. Get the recipe here.
These southwestern burritos can be wrapped in foil and enjoyed on the go. Get the recipe here.
If you cook a batch of quinoa on Sunday, whipping up this breakfast during the week will take only a few minutes. The sweet caramelized bananas add a gourmet touch to simple (but delicious) cereal. Get the recipe here.
These grab-and-go bites are quick to make, and they’ll stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Get the recipe here.
Avocado toast gets an upgrade with nutrient-dense kale and an egg. Get the recipe here.
This breakfast bowl brings it back to basics with fruit, nuts, grains, and Greek yogurt. Simple, balanced, and energizing. Get the recipe here.
This hearty, quick breakfast can double as a tasty weeknight dinner. Get the recipe here.
Two birds, one stone–this breakfast shake includes two shots of espresso. Get the recipe here.
The soy sauce and the maple syrup give it a salty-sweet touch. Get the recipe here.
Breakfast, dessert…why not both? The quinoa, fruit, and yogurt blend tastes like a decadent treat any time of day. Get the recipe here.
The only downside to chia seed pudding is that it requires at least four hours of planning ahead. This version skips that step and uses a high-speed blender to do all the work in just a few minutes. Get the recipe here.
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