Summer is the perfect time of year for swimming, vacations and fun-filled days in the sun. Although it’s tempting to count calories to slim down for beach season, low-calorie fad diets are not sustainable and can damage your metabolism. There’s really no need to deprive yourself in order to lose weight. Instead, one of the easiest and most effective ways to benefit your body is to enjoy a protein-rich, whole food breakfast.
Enjoying a protein-rich breakfast sets the tone for healthier choices the rest of the day. Protein helps build and maintain muscle, boost metabolism, decrease body fat, reduce cravings, regulate hormones, balance neurotransmitters, enhance cognition, improve sleep, and support overall health.
Balance your breakfast by pairing quality protein with natural fats and colorful plants. Together, these whole foods are slowly digested to promote even energy and greater fat loss.
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1. Eggs & Veggies
Versatile and delicious, eggs taste great sunny side up, poached, hard-cooked, scrambled, in an omelet, or even raw in a protein shake. Add a couple handfuls of veggies, such as asparagus, spinach, peppers or kale, at breakfast for a nutritional boost in vitamins, minerals and fiber.
2. Protein Shake
Shakes are a great way to include protein and veggies with minimal effort. Whey protein in particular is rich in leucine, an amino acid crucial for burning fat and building muscle.
3. Meatballs & Walnuts
Pork, beef, bison, or turkey meatballs make delicious leftovers with nuts. Walnuts are especially helpful for fat loss as they’re filled with fiber and fats that promote satiation, reduce cravings, and prevent overeating.
4. Steak & Avocado
Grass-fed beef is rich in protein and omega-3s that support brain function, decrease inflammation and burn fat. Add avocado for a creamy side-kick loaded with healthy fat, fiber and potassium.
5. Salmon & Asparagus
Packed with protein and omega-3s, this superfood from the sea promotes fat burning, increases satiation and reduces cravings. Enjoy salmon with asparagus drizzled with lemon for a nourishing treat.
6. Sausage, Cheese & Apple
Deliciously convenient, nitrate-free sausages make a great grab-and-go option when paired with sliced raw milk cheese and green apples.
7. Cottage Cheese, Raspberries & Almonds
Quick and easy, protein-packed cottage with antioxidant-rich raspberries and fiber-filled almonds is an ideal weight loss option.
8. Yogurt, Cherries & Cinnamon
Organic full-fat, plain Greek yogurt and other natural fats help satisfy a sweet tooth. Boost flavor in this incredibly creamy dish with cherries, stevia, cinnamon and a scoop of vanilla protein powder.
9. Quinoa, Blueberries & Pecans
Ditch sugar-filled processed cereals and try quinoa, a protein-rich grain-like seed. Quinoa flakes take minutes to make and taste great with nuts and berries. Add a side of cottage cheese or eggs for protein.
10. Almond Butter Banana Sandwich
This is the least protein-rich option, but it’s a much healthier alternative to processed breakfast foods. Almond butter is delicious on Paleo bread, topped with banana slices.