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10 Protein-Rich Breakfast Recipes To Help You Build Lean Muscle Mass Without Eating Meat

10 Protein-Rich Breakfast Recipes To Help You Build Lean Muscle Mass Without Eating Meat

Protein is essential to building muscle mass, boosting energy levels, improving mood function, and the popular macronutrient even plays a part in optimal digestion. Breakfast is one of the best times to eat protein because it energizes and sustains you without leaving you hungry an hour later, and it also helps boost focus and productivity in the morning hours when many of us need it the most.

Protein-rich breakfasts also help fuel your metabolism without causing a negative impact on blood sugar levels if you choose a lean source of protein. So, if you’re a meatless eater or looking to eat a little less meat, skip the bacon and sausage, but don’t fret—there are plenty of incredibly tasty, protein-rich breakfast recipes you can make to help you build lean muscle mass.

Here are 10 healthy options plus a few more tips to maximize the rest of your day too!

1. Customizable Protein-Packed Breakfast Cups

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    The Healthy Maven

    Not only do these breakfast cups feature protein powder and Greek yogurt, but they also contain oats which are a wonderful way to boost your intake of plant-based protein and fiber. Get the recipe for these protein-packed breakfast cups at The Healthy Maven here.

    2. Spinach Banana Protein Smoothie

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      Garnish With Lemon

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      Maybe you’re just not into baking for your morning meal. That’s okay! Here’s a quick and easy-to-prepare portable breakfast that’s packed with protein and even some fruits and veggies too! This delightful smoothie recipe by Garnish With Lemon also features a tad bit of heart-healthy fats from almond butter which will help you stay satisfied longer.

      3. Banana Nut Quinoa Bars

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        The Wholesome Dish

        Here’s another baking recipe of you that enjoy meal prepping for easy breakfast dishes all week long. These scrumptious-looking Banana Nut Quinoa Bars by The Wholesome Dish are packed with a variety of protein sources including quinoa, oats, eggs, and peanut butter. They’re also low in natural sugars thanks to the use of the almighty banana which can helps boost your energy levels further.

        4. Spinach and Mushroom Egg White Frittata

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          Foodie Crush

          Egg whites are a great source of fat-free vegetarian protein, and they’re also a wonderful canvas for any veggies you please! Scramble up some egg whites with veggies, or make this Spinach and Mushroom Frittata recipe created by Foodie Crush for a low-carb, but still filling, option.

          5. 50-Calorie Healthy Egg Muffin Cups

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            Show Me The Yummy

            Cutting calories definitely leads to weight loss, but instead of just eating a 100-calorie processed option for your breakfast that will leave you hungry and wreck your blood sugar, make these 50-Calorie Healthy Egg Muffin Cups and enjoy two or three for your morning meal. You’ll get more protein thanks to the eggs as well as some heart-healthy fiber and savory flavors from the veggies included in this recipe.

            6. High-Protein Vanilla Chia Pudding

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              Simply Quinoa

              This vegan breakfast has no sugar, dairy, eggs, or gluten but it does pack tons of plant-based protein as well as heart-healthy fats which are also needed in small quantities throughout the day for building lean muscle mass. Try out this lovely chia pudding recipe created by Simply Quinoa which you can make the night before so it’s ready to go the next morning.

              7. The Ultimate Fall Omelet

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                Kim’s Cravings

                It doesn’t have to be fall for you to take advantage of this high-protein breakfast recipe! The Ultimate Fall Omelet by Kim’s Cravings features protein-rich egg whites along with black beans which are also a good source of protein plus fiber too. This is a winning combination for a filling breakfast and great for your blood sugar levels first thing in the day. Pair this omelet with some salsa, and you’re good to go!

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                8. Overnight Cake Batter Oatmeal

                  Dashing Dish

                  Protein-packed oatmeal is a great way to stay full all morning and ensure you get your fiber first thing in the day too. But who says oatmeal has to be boring? Whip up this lean muscle-building Overnight Cake Batter Protein Oatmeal by the Dashing Dish which may taste like dessert but contains no sugar!

                  9. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

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                    Hummusapien

                    Pumpkin and bananas offer sustaining fiber while the addition of protein powder makes this recipe a total win-win for your morning meal. It’s full of fall flavors but is light and refreshing enough to be enjoyed any time of the year. This plant-based recipe by Hummusapien also features a touch of almond butter for satiating healthy fats!

                    10. Chocolate Protein Acai Smoothie Bowl

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                      The Soulful Spoon

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                      Acai is a heart-healthy berry that contains no sugar, but it does include a wonderful blueberry/chocolate flavor, as much protein as an egg, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Boost your protein intake with this lean smoothie bowl recipe, and you’ll not only feel energized and satisfied but also have a great mood the rest of the day thanks to all the nutrients in this bowl!

                      More Tips for Building Lean Muscle Mass:

                      1. Eat every 4-5 hours at the most and don’t go without a meal as much as possible. Here are some quick and healthy lunch ideas if you’re unsure about what to eat and busy during the lunchtime hours.
                      2. Base your lunch and dinner off of a lean protein source containing at least 25-30 grams of protein per serving. Great sources include:
                      • plain non-fat yogurt and low-fat yogurt made without sugar
                      • cage-free eggs or egg whites
                      • legumes like lentils and chickpeas (or beans)
                      • natural peanut butter or almond butter
                      • wild-caught fish
                      • plant-based protein powders
                      • hemp seeds and chia seeds
                      • grass-fed whey protein isolate powders
                      • oatmeal
                      • spinach
                      • quinoa
                      • amaranth

                      Remember to avoid lunch meats and fried meats at all costs. Here are some high-protein meals for under 400 calories each

                      3. Fill your plate up with greens and veggies at each meal. Complement the rest of your dish with a small side of fruit or some complex carbs like wild rice, oats, sweet potato, or quinoa.

                      4. For dessert, reach for 90% or higher cacao content dark chocolate and a piece of fruit instead of candy or cakes.

                      5. Add in 2 tablespoons of ground flax and/or chia seeds to your diet daily to boost your fiber intake as well as plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.

                      You should also take a multivitamin to ensure you’re meeting your nutritional needs, and some people may benefit from the use of a Vitamin D3 supplement and additional sports supplements if you work out each day. However, always consult someone you trust before adding in lots of supplements into your routine since you may not need more than a couple. You can adequately build lean muscle mass by eating a healthy diet, getting enough rest, and reducing your intake of sugar, fried foods, processed foods, and fatty sources of meat.

                      Finally, let’s not forget about exercise! Check out these 5 Fitness and Nutrition Hacks to Build Muscle Fast for some simple fitness tips to boost muscle growth even more.

                      Featured photo credit: Meal Makeover Moms/Flickr via flic.kr

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                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                      But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                      Sight – Visual Stimulation

                      The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                      1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                      Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                      Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                      2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                      Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                      Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                      Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                      3. Take note of your environment.

                      Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                      By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                      Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                      What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                      4. Engage in conversation.

                      Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                      Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                      Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                      Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                      5. Listen to upbeat music.

                      Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                      Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                      Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                      If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                      6. Work your nose.

                      Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                      If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                      Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                      Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                      If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                      7. Have a good breakfast.

                      Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                      Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                      Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                      Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

                      20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

                      8. Drink lots of water.

                      Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                      So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

                      How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day (and How Much Is Too Much for You)

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                      Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

                      3 Best Apps To Help You Drink Much More Water

                      9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                      Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                      Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                      Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

                      25 Healthy Snack Recipes To Make Your Workday More Productive

                      Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                      Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                      10. Splash cold water on your face.

                      Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                      This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                      5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                      11. Use acupressure.

                      Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                      Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                      12. Get moving.

                      Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                      And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                      You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                      Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                      Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

                      Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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