5 Metabolism-Boosting Breakfasts
Protein's the key
to keeping your metabolism going and curbing hunger—and these a.m. meals have it in spades.
Photo: ©2016 Clare Winfield
A Not-Too-Sweet To-Go Treat
A delicious, healthy and filling energy bar you can keep in the fridge to grab on your way out the door on a busy morning? Sign us up. These portable breakfasts from Deliciously Ella
blogger Ella Mills' new book Natural Feasts
are chewy, with bites of juicy raisins, coconut chips and hemp seeds (which are a great source of protein
). They're sweetened with dates and apple puree, so they're not overly sugary—and they get even more protein from almond butter
Get the recipe: Roasted Almond-Butter Bars
A "Muffin" That'll Fill You Up
We're always thrilled to find a new way to eat eggs (after all, eating more protein can help increase your calorie burn
after a meal)—and these fluffy, omelet-y mini muffins are our latest discovery. They come from The Midlife Kitchen
, by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice, and can go in myriad directions. Start with simply whisked eggs; then add anything from crumbled feta, olives and red-pepper flakes to grated Parmesan, chopped scallions and diced tomatoes; or, try any other combination of ingredients you wish.
Get the recipe: Egg Muffins
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An Icy Cold Way to Get Protein and Caffeine
This milkshake-like smoothie from actress, author and Food Network personality Valerie Bertinelli tastes and looks way more decadent than its ingredients would have you believe. The recipe, from the new Valerie's Home Cooking
, stars frozen bananas, ice, almond milk, coffee and regular rolled oats as the main players, with a supporting cast of honey, almond butter, chocolate-covered espresso beans, coconut oil and a dash of vanilla extract. Whip all the ingredients in a blender and you've got a protein-rich smoothie that will keep you going all morning.
Get the recipe: All-in-One Breakfast Smoothie
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The Sandwich That's a Stretch—and We're Totally Okay with That
Here's a breakfast sandwich you'll probably want to eat with a plate, a fork, a knife and plenty of napkins handy—and if you're thinking something so messy can only be a calorie bomb, we've got excellent news. The egg and pancake sandwich from Rocco DiSpirito's new book, Rocco's Healthy & Delicious
, contains just 162 calories and 15 grams of protein. The secret is in the pancakes: They're made with unsweetened applesauce, eggs, baking powder and protein powder.
Get the recipe: Egg and Pancake Sandwich
A Case for Taking a Break from Oatmeal
Quinoa is a high-protein superfood
that's made its way into breakfast bowls. But you may not know how good it can be until you combine it with sweet-tart berries and maple syrup, which play up quinoa's nuttiness. A spoonful of hemp seeds adds crunch, while cinnamon and vanilla extract give the dish a desserty taste.
Get the recipe: Quinoa Breakfast Bowl