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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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                      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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