In recent years we have seen a general consensus over the need to incorporate adequate amounts of protein in our diets. While most people consume enough to meet their daily needs, they often don’t spread their daily protein intake out evenly enough. And while eating protein at lunch and dinner poses few problems, Quebecers often go for breakfasts high in carbohydrates, such as toast, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, orange juice and so on. The fact is that breakfasts lacking a substantial source of protein won’t give you all the energy you need throughout the morning.
Ideas for adding a hit of protein to your breakfast:
Is animal-based protein in the form of cretons or ham a regular on your table come breakfast time? They may contain a decent amount of protein, but I would suggest limiting your intake of animal protein at breakfast. And since eating less meat is better for your health, breakfast seems like the ideal meal to cut down on it.
Breakfast protein dishes:
Bowl of fruit and yogurt
½ cup strawberries + ¾ cup Greek yogurt + ¼ cup homemade granola
¼ cup oats + ½ cup Greek yogurt + ½ cup soy beverage + ½ cup blueberries + 15 mL (1 tbsp.) chia seeds
1 small whole wheat tortilla + 1 scrambled egg (or scrambled tofu) + 30 g low-fat cheese + salsa
Avocado on toast
1 slice whole grain toast + ¼ avocado + 1 poached egg + 15 mL (1 tbsp.) hemp seeds
Smoked salmon omelette
2 eggs + 30 g smoked salmon + 15 mL (1 tbsp.) diced red onion + dill, to taste