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9 High Protein Breakfast Ideas That Can Keep You Fuller

9 High Protein Breakfast Ideas That Can Keep You Fuller

We’ve all heard it said before, but it bears repeating – breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

With it’s ability to keep you feeling full longer, prompting you to eat less throughout the day and regulating your blood sugar, eating a healthy breakfast has a huge impact on your health!

Studies have shown that increased consumption of protein at breakfast can make an even bigger impact on our health and our waistlines. Heather Leidy, an assistant professor of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri, studied hunger sensations in people who had eaten 40 grams of protein at breakfast versus only 18 grams of protein. The group who ate the higher amount of protein reported decreased hunger throughout the entire day.

A high protein breakfast can help you feel less hungry, snack less, have improved workouts and increase your energy levels.

Here are 9 high protein breakfast ideas that can keep you fuller for longer:

Superfood Protein Oatmeal

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    Heart-healthy fiber, protein and amino acids come together to give you one power packed breakfast with this Superfood Protein Oatmeal! The key is the addition of quinoa, which adds nutrients and depth of flavor to this comforting breakfast. This breakfast is vegan and gluten free, so everyone can enjoy it. Add your favorite toppings – the potential combinations are endless!

    Baked Breakfast Cookie

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      A cookie for breakfast? Yes please! This protein packed breakfast includes oats, protein powder, nut butter and uses banana as a natural sweetener. Pair with a warm mug of coffee or tea and you’ll feel like you are having a special treat for breakfast.These easily freeze and travel to work/ school wonderfully.

      Fall Harvest Breakfast Salad

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        If you’ve never had a salad for breakfast, now is the time! Get your greens in for the day with this delightful and satisfying breakfast salad! Flavors of cinnamon and apple pair perfectly with a bed of leafy greens. Top this salad with a fried egg for a boost of breakfast protein.

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        Quinoa Breakfast Bars

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          These breakfast bars are packed with healthy fat and fiber, making them the perfect grab-and-go morning meal! Prep a large batch on the weekend and freeze in individual portions for a protein treat the whole family will enjoy. This is also the perfect solution for any leftover quinoa you have on hand.

          Pinto Bean Tofu Breakfast Rancheros

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            The combination of tofu and beans in this recipe gives you more than 18 grams of protein per serving! This is the perfect pre-workout meal and will help fuel you throughout the day. Treat yourself and enjoy this savory and satisfying breakfast.

            Flourless Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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              There’s nothing wrong with a little chocolate for breakfast, especially if it includes an entire cup of shredded zucchini! These muffins are gluten free and combine almond butter, bananas, zucchini and cocoa powder to form a protein-filled snack. Pair a muffin with a hard boiled egg and side of fruit for the perfect breakfast.

              Coconut Almond Protein Shake

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                Smoothies and shakes are a great way to pack a lot of nutritional and protein power into a meal. Wake up in the morning and immediately feel like you’ve headed to a tropical island with this coconut almond protein shake! Almonds, vanilla protein powder and coconut combine for a delicious breakfast shake.

                Avocado, Spinach and Chevre Scramble

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                  It’s hard to find anything more filling than eggs in the morning. Add spinach and goat cheese and you have a nutrient dense and Paleo breakfast that is good for your brain and your heart! Add variety by changing the cheese and veggies and you will never get bored of this one!

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                  Yogurt-Filled Cantaloupe

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                    Add a pop of color and a boost of vitamins by serving your traditional yogurt in a cantaloupe bowl! Yogurt is traditionally high in protein, but make sure you go for plain and organic and avoid added sugars. Top with nuts or additional fruit and enjoy!

                    Featured photo credit: Breakfast is Ready via picjumbo.com

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                    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                    The result: no more mental stress.

                    2. Unplug

                    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                    3. Easy on the Caffeine

                    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                    The result: mental stress will be gone!

                    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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