A high-protein breakfast is your chance to build a nutritional foundation for peak performance throughout the rest of your day – a philosophy that we’re extremely passionate about at Klean Athlete.
From protein pancakes to proats and even protein coffee, here are five delicious high-protein breakfast ideas to help you to get your day off to the best start:
1. Protein Pancakes
Pancakes are typically seen as a high-carbohydrate meal and are a great choice for starting the day with a dose of slow-release energy to keep glycogen levels high. Turning your usual carb-filled pancakes into protein pancakes with the help of Klean Isolate Protein helps to keep the recipe gluten-free and the whey protein provides extra filling power to keep hunger at bay and your muscles in great condition.
Eat two to four pancakes with your choice of toppings alongside a bowl of mixed fruit and a drink made from low-fat milk for added protein a couple of hours before a training session or competition for effective fuel.
3 cups rolled oats, blended to a flour-like consistency
Optional: blueberries, sliced strawberries, chopped nuts, chocolate, peanut or butterscotch chips, dried fruit or any other flavorings of your choice
Place the oat flour in a bowl along with the Klean Isolate powder, sweetener, baking powder and salt. You could also add ½ tsp cinnamon or 2 tbsp cocoa powder at this stage. This mixture will provide three 1-cup servings of protein pancake mix
Pour one cup of this dry pancake mix into a mixing bowl
In a separate bowl, mix the milk, egg and oil – use more liquid to make your pancakes thinner as desired
Slowly add the wet mix to the dry mix until just blended – take care not to overmix to avoid a tough batter
Heat a large skillet pan coated with butter, oil or cooking spray. Test the temperature by splashing a little water into the pan – if it sizzles, pour in the pancake batter. At this stage, add your chosen optional ingredients listed above
When bubbles start to form on the top of the pancake and the edges are lightly browned, flip it and cook on the other side for a further 1-2 minutes
Repeat the process using the remaining batter, coating the skillet with oil again in between each batch
Plate the pancakes and add your chosen toppings. For extra protein content, top them with a spoonful of Greek yoghurt or cottage cheese
Recipe makes 6 large pancakes or 12-15 smaller pancakes.
Nutritional value (for 2 large of 4-6 small pancakes): 246 calories; 22g carbs; 2g fiber; 13g protein; 12g fats; 16% of an adult’s daily value (DV) of calcium; 10% vitamin D DV; 4% folate DV; 7% vitamin B12 DV; 5% potassium DV.
2. Proats (Protein Overnight Oats)
Protein overnight oats are a great option for speeding up your morning routine. With this autumnal flavor combination, you can increase the protein content of your brekkie breakfast even further. The below recipe makes one delicious serving.
French toast is a real breakfast treat and this high-protein version means you can enjoy a little bit of indulgence before a high-intensity exercise session or even a competition. Each slice of our protein cinnamon French toast is packed with free radical-fighting antioxidants to help to keep your body in the best possible condition. Serve with fruit or yoghurt for added nutrition and filling power. Our recipe makes 4-6 slices.
These high-protein granola bars are crispy, chewy and incredibly tasty, and they contain six times more protein than the average choc chip granola bar to truly set you up for the day ahead. Recipes makes 15-18 bars, depending on your chosen size.
Ever thought of adding protein powder to your morning coffee? Enjoy straight from the blender or freeze the mixture in ice lolly moulds for a tasty cooling post-workout snack. This recipe makes two servings – share or keep one until the next day.