This post was sponsored by Chapul Protein Powder.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared a recipe post on here, let alone a recipe roundup post, but I’m so addicted to every single one of these that I had to get them out into the world! Plus, they all use my new favorite protein powder so it’s a win-win.
Why eat a protein packed breakfast?
First, a little background – why would you want a protein packed breakfast as opposed to just eating a bowl of cereal and heading out the door? Personally, I try to fill every morning with some kind of protein since I have naturally low blood sugar. I’m not officially diagnosed as hypo-glycemic, but I’m right on the edge, and protein packed meals help me avoid feeling woozy and out of energy. Even if you don’t have that problem, though, a protein-filled breakfast is great for you!
Eating protein in the morning will give you more energy, allow you to focus, and keep you satiated until lunch, unlike sugary cereal or a donut, which will make you jittery and hungry again sooner. When paired with a complex carbohydrate like whole grains, fruits, or vegetables (which all of these recipes are!), you’ll digest your meal more slowly and use energy in a more efficient way.
Where should I get the protein from?
That all depends on what you want to eat for breakfast! Eggs, greek yogurt, and meats are all a great source, but if you want to get a little more creative, protein powder is the answer. It’s my go-to when creating yummy smoothies, but as you’ll see in this post, that’s not the only thing it’s good for!
When choosing a protein powder, there are several factors you want to look for, from taste to the amount of protein per serving, many of which will be up to your personal preferences. However, another thing to keep in mind is where the protein comes from and how sustainable that source is. I’m by no means a vegetarian, but I do try to be mindful of the effect my diet has on the planet, which is why I use Chapul Cricket Protein.
Before you say “ew!” and leave this post, though, let me tell you the facts. First of all, this protein powder tastes incredible and is made of all natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about that. It has two times more protein than beef (and is a complete protein, which means it helps you build and keep muscle), four times more iron than spinach, and more vitamin B-12 than salmon, so it’s good for you. And finally, it’s so earth friendly. Insects use a fraction of the resources to produce than traditional livestock, and can even be more efficient than things like soy and rice.
Convinced yet? If not, maybe these yummy recipes will change your mind!
Caramel Date Protein Shake
Starting off strong with this shake because it’s basically like eating dessert for breakfast, it’s so sweet. This is my husband’s absolute favorite breakfast and we make it as often as I remember to buy dates from the store. Makes one or two servings. Adapted from a recipe by The First Mess.
• 5 medjool dates
• 3/4 cup coconut milk
• 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
• 2 tbsp Chapul vanilla protein powder
• 1 cup ice (or more)
• 2 pinches of sea salt
1. Remove the pits from the dates if necessary, place in a small bowl and cover with boiling water for a few minutes to soften them.
2. Strain the dates and add them to a blender along with the rest of the ingredients.
3. Blend to desired texture and enjoy!
Peach Pie Protein Oatmeal
I love putting peaches in anything and everything in the summer, so I make this all the time during the warmer months and never get sick of it. Makes one serving. Adapted from a recipe by Clean Simple Eats.
• 1/3 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 cup water
• 1 peach, cubed
• 2 tbsp Chapul vanilla protein powder
• 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon
• 1/8 tsp nutmeg
• spoonful of plain greek yogurt
• sprinkle of chopped pecans
• drizzle of raw honey
1. Mix oats and water and microwave for one minute.
2. Add milk and peaches and mix. Add protein powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix.
3. Top with yogurt, pecans, and honey.
Classic Green Protein Smoothie
Green smoothies can be intimidating, but if you do them right they taste delicious! I make this one more than any other because of how easy it is, and I can never get enough of bananas + peanut butter + cinnamon. Makes two servings.
• 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
• 3 tbsp Chapul vanilla protein powder
• 1.5 frozen bananas
• 1-2 big scoops of natural peanut butter (my favorite is Wild Friends)
• large handful of frozen kale
• 15-18 ice cubes
• cinnamon to taste (I prefer a lot)
1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.
Chocolate PB Protein Balls
If you like to exercise in the morning but don’t like to have a big breakfast sitting in your stomach while you work out, these are perfect to give you that little boost of energy before you head out the door. I make a batch every few weeks so I can have them in the fridge and ready to go. Makes 12-14 servings. Adapted from a recipe by by Bless This Mess.
• 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
• 1/4 cup raw honey
• 2 tbsp Chapul chocolate protein powder
• 3/4 cup rolled oats
• 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
• pinch of sea salt
• chocolate chips (optional)
1. Mix peanut butter, honey, vanilla, and salt together (can be done in a Kitchen Aid mixer).
2. Add protein powder and mix.
3. Add oats and mix.
4. Scoop out into balls using a spoon and form using your hands.
5. Top with one chocolate chip per serving (optional). Store in the fridge.