I’ve told you how my eyes were opened when my friend Carol commented in passing how much better she feels when she has a bit of protein in the morning. The revelation really hit me. Ever since, I’ve found that making certain protein’s a part of my breakfast really helps me feel better, too, and it keeps me feeling satisfied longer, so I’m better able to maintain a healthier eating routine throughout the day.
Seeing as how I know things can get a bit rushed in the morning, I wanted to suggest a couple of quick breakfast ideas to remind us all, myself included, just how easy it can be to prepare and actually have a yummy breakfast, rich in protein, in almost no time, so we don’t have to skip the most important meal of the day.
It’s no secret I have a love affair with milk, I sing its praises a lot, and you know my family has a long history with milk. And here’s another reason I’m so fond of it. Did you know just one 8 ounce glass of milk has 8 grams of high quality protein in it?
Ok, so here are some quick and easy breakfast ideas for starting the day with a boost of energy and satisfying protein.
In Mexico, we make something called a licuado which is just fruit and milk blend up in the licuadora (the blender). The beauty of it is it’s so simple, while still providing that protein punch. I like to keep fruit like strawberries, bananas, and mangos in the freezer for fast and easy prep. You can add all kinds of other things to it, too, but total prep time, if done this way, is about 1 minute and 30 seconds! No joke.
Another very simple idea is to add milk instead of water to your morning oatmeal. This is great because the two main components, milk and oatmeal, provide 4 of the essential ingredients most of us are lacking, fiber from the whole grain oats, potassium, calcium and vitamin D from the milk.
One last idea that’s particularly dear to my heart is to make a little arroz con leche the night before. My mom used to make it on Sunday evenings and serve it to us warm on cold Monday mornings, or cold on warm Monday mornings, with plenty of cinnamon and piloncillo. Just scoop and serve, very simple and delicious.
As for my kids, you can probably guess, but hear for yourself what their favorite breakfast includes (English translation follows, and if you are reading this post via email, please click on the title of this post at the top of your email to head on over to my blog and hear it for yourself, thanks! It’s kind of cute.)
(Translation: How do you want your milk? I want mine cold with chocolate, please. With a straw? Yes. Ok, here it comes.)
Did you notice how I was almost finished preparing it by the time I asked him what he wanted? Mom’s know these things!
Small changes can make a big difference, so remember to think about breakfast as you try to create healthier routines throughout the year.