I made the mistake of telling some folks about this.Now that we're officially "with-child" and everyone knows, it's fair-game conversation topic. People are constantly asking me how I'm feeling. I don't always know how to respond, so I typically tell the truth - polite or not. A few weeks ago, this meant several church-folks knew I was eating like a horse.
Last week at church Jarrod overheard at least 3 people ask me, "How many breakfasts have you had today?" This struck Jarrod as off that so many people knew that I was eating very frequently. (Disclaimer - I'm not eating a lot at each meal, just small little meals all day. It seems to be working for me.) He thought this was funny. And it was, but it brings up a struggle I've been having recently - how do I get enough protein and energy at breakfast that I can make it until 10am at least? I know what foods contain protein and know how to get it, but how to get it in a quick, easy, and out-the-door breakfast is not my specialty. My egg and toast breakfasts have been working really well, but tend to make me rushed in the morning.
So I hit the internet to see what was out there. I was looking for something high protein but not too high calorie that was easy to prepare or warm up and go!
Here's what I have on my list to try:
Baked Oatmeal - I thought this would be a good one to make and cut into squares that I could eat on my way to work. It suggests serving it with milk, but I think it'd be fine without. It has 359 calories and 9 g. of protein but is also packed with fiber and carbs to keep me going throughout the day!
Broccoli Turkey Casserole - 303 calories and 33 g. of protein? Yes, please! I love turkey and broccoli and think this combo would be delicious.
Start Right Strata - Bread makes this casserole even more hearty and at 247 calories and 17 g. of protein, that would be a delicious start to the day!
Potato Egg Bake - I'd replace the eggs and egg-whites for egg beaters because of personal preference, but either way, this looks delicious! The potatoes make it more substantial without adding too many calories. This one has just 233 calories and 20 g. of protein!
French Toast Bake - While not quite as high protein as the others, this delicious casserole is definitely on my list! I am a HUGE French Toast fan and love that I could quickly pop a piece in the microwave and eat it on the go! It has 223 calories and 11 g. of protein.
I typically don't sit down to eat breakfast in the morning. I either eat in the car on my way to work or while I'm blow drying my hair. I enjoy cereal and other sitting-essential meals, but that would require less sleep, sleep I'm not willing to give up. :-)
I'll let you know how these go. I'm hoping to use some time on the 4th of July to give one of these a go!