How I get 50+ grams of protein at breakfast

 I purchase my Vital Proteins at Fresh Thyme — it is where I have found the best prices. Here is a  store locator  for your area.

I purchase my Vital Proteins at Fresh Thyme — it is where I have found the best prices. Here is a store locator for your area.

How important is protein to your diet? Well, every cell in your body uses it so it is safe to say, it is pretty dang important. That's my expert take on that! 

But let’s be real. In order to build muscle, experts recommend consuming one gram of protein of every pound of ideal body weight. So for me, that maps out to 170 grams of protein every day. Which is a lot. Some days it can seem daunting and I won't lie, it took me a long time to stick to that plan consistently.

After weeks of struggling to fit in my 170 grams, I quickly found loading up on protein at breakfast made hitting my goal a lot easier. It took some tweaking but by using some of my favorite products, I was able to check off 54 grams in the early morning hours.

First off, I should introduce you to Vital Proteins. It's a product I was turned onto when I did my first Whole30

That lovely blue canister has been a lifesaver when it comes to adding more protein into my diet. One serving has 18 grams of protein — unflavored! — and 20 grams of collagen. Collagen is great for your hair, skin, nails, joints and digestive system — it also helps you burn fat and build muscle. I’ve been using it every day for a year and let me tell you, I’m madly in love with it.

 Hello Kodiak Cakes! I buy mine at Lunds & Byerlys, Target or Hyvee. Here is a great map to  find the store  nearest you. Looking for a big box? Check out  Costco !

Hello Kodiak Cakes! I buy mine at Lunds & Byerlys, Target or Hyvee. Here is a great map to find the store nearest you. Looking for a big box? Check out Costco!

For years, I struggled with everyday knee pain. Since adding in Vital Proteins to my daily routine, I rarely have any issues with my knees. That includes training for and running a marathon in June. I’ve also noticed an improvement in my skin, my nails are stronger and my hair is growing like a weed (full disclosure, I have never been paid by Vital Proteins but if they want to chat about some free swag, I’m totally in).

One major reason why I love Vital Proteins is I can add it to anything without noticing a taste or texture. I start my morning by adding it to my coffee, mixed in with a little ghee (a great healthy fat). Right there, 18 grams of protein without even changing up my routine. Boom.

Then it’s time for pancakes. Yes, I eat pancakes almost every single day. The world’s best protein pancakes, thanks to Kodiak Cakes. I was turned onto this lovely product by some of my friend at Life Time Fitness.

To make my life easier, I make a giant batch on Sunday while I’m meal prepping and reheat them every morning in the toaster. That way I can pack them up for the road, which has even included a girls’ weekend at WeFest. It also saves me an incredible amount of time in the morning and guarantees I start my foot off on the right foot. I have no excuses because they are ready to go.

A regular serving of Kodiak Cakes buttermilk pancakes has 14 grams of protein but what’s great is they offer up different instructions to boost that number. I always add an egg to my batch — another 6 grams of protein. So without even trying too hard, that’s 20 grams of protein in my pancakes alone. Add in the protein I’m drinking in my coffee and I’m at 38 grams of protein before I’ve even left my house in the morning.

Because of my intense protein goal, I found I needed to add another serving of Vital Proteins to my pancake mix to help me get ahead (I have struggled to find unflavored protein powder). Again, one of the added benefits is it doesn’t change the texture or flavor of the pancakes at all.

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So this is what my morning looks like:

— Coffee with Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (18 grams of protein)

—Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix - Buttermilk (14 grams of protein)

—1 egg added to pancake mix (6 grams of protein)

—Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides added to pancake mix (18 grams of protein)

Adds up to a whopping 54 grams of protein!

I log all of my meals in MyFitnessPal so I can keeps tabs on my protein. If you haven’t used it before, it is a great tool for really seeing what you are putting into your body.

Want to know how I batch cook my pancakes? I’ll lay out my entire process in an upcoming blog post!