There are some foods that can help to naturally suppress your appetite. These include high protein foods, high fiber foods, and water. High protein foods help to keep you feeling full for longer periods of time. High fiber foods also help to keep you feeling full. Foods that are high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans. Water is essential for keeping your body hydrated and it can also help to fill you up so you don’t feel as hungry. Try to drink eight glasses of water a day.
If you’re looking to suppress your appetite specifically at breakfast time, we’ve got some great solutions.
Breakfast, according to popular wisdom, is the most important meal of the day. Of course, we need enough energy to get things going on the right foot. However, it’s easy to overeat in the morning if we’re not mindful. The best possible solution is to eat a breakfast of high-protein and nutritious foods. While a fast bowl of cereal may appear more practical, you’ll primarily be consuming carbohydrates and sugar, which will make you want even more throughout the morning.
You don’t have to spend hours preparing a hearty protein-packed breakfast (and who has time for that, anyway?). Take a look at these fast, high-protein breakfasts:
Oatmeal & Greek Yogurt
Add some Greek yogurt to your morning oatmeal for a protein boost! Simply combine rolled oats, cinnamon/nutmeg, and banana slices. Stir in 1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut for a more tropical flavor, if you so desire. After that, add milk or water and microwave for 2 or 3 minutes before stirring. Allow your oatmeal to cool down for a few moments before adding Greek yogurt and stirring again.
The key is to wait until after the oatmeal has cooked and cooled slightly before adding the yogurt so you don’t risk cooking the yogurt itself and possibly destroying all of its advantages. This gives you a breakfast that’s high in both protein and fiber without changing the flavor much at all.
We prefer to combine dry and wet ingredients in a bowl, cover and place it in the fridge overnight, then add the yogurt in the morning and eat the dish cold.
High Protein Smoothie
When you don’t have much time in the morning, smoothies are a wonderful way to start the day. If you’re on the go and want a solution that’s easy and healthy, check out our high protein smoothie range here.
Otherwise, if you have time on your hands and don’t mind extra cleanup: gather your ingredients and put them into a blender until they become smooth. Try one made with peanut butter; it has a lot of protein for a protein-rich drink.
To prepare your morning smoothie, use a blender to combine banana slices, peanut butter, cinnamon, and almond milk. Consider adding a spoonful of Greek yogurt if you want the smoothie to be even more protein-rich.
Whole Wheat Toast with Almond Butter
Almond butter, which is high in protein and typically has 5 grams per portion, is a great way to start your day. It also contains several heart-healthy properties that make it an excellent beginning to the day.
From time to time, we make our own almond butter. There are loads of recipes online, like this one, that will guide you through the process, but it’s basically just adding almonds into your blender/food processor, a small amount of oil and a pinch of salt, and letting it run until it’s creamy.
Of course, you want whole grains when you can, so go for whole wheat bread. You could add banana slices, sprinkle chia seeds, or drizzle some honey on top of the almond butter after spreading it on your toast.
When all Else Fails: Grab a Protein Bar!
Grab a protein bar if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to cook anything for breakfast. When you’re short on time, protein bars are a handy substitute for real food. Make it even better by adding some blueberries for brain health and a banana. Bananas provide potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and other vitamins while still being convenient to pick up and take with you in the car. Check out all our protein bars here.
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