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Eat *This* For Breakfast If You Want Better Longevity & Healthspan

After a period of sleep, a protein-packed breakfast activates muscle hypertrophy (growth of muscle cells)for the day; yet breakfast seems to be one of the more challenging meals to make protein-dense. Well, until now: Here, find a few quick tips to help you hit your protein goals–without relying only on breakfast patties or sausages.

1.

Include tofu in your scramble.

Whether you add a bit of tofu to your eggs or opt for a tofu scramble instead (for the vegans out there), you’ll be getting a good dose of protein. In one 3-ounce serving of tofu, there’s a whopping 6.9 grams of protein–about the same as one large egg.

You can add a plethora of extra veggies to your scramble as well, from bell peppers to tomatoes and mushrooms–the list goes on. This will give your dish a nutrient boost and add some much-needed flavor. Pair the scramble with a piece of toast, eat it on its own, or couple it with a serving of fruit.

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Add a side of nuts.

If you’re dead-set on your daily breakfast, whatever it may be, we don’t blame you for sticking to a routine. However, if you notice that your favorite morning dish leaves you feeling hungry a few hours later, it might be from a lack of protein. In fact, protein is the most satiating macronutrient, so it can ease hunger and prevent overeating2.

To add extra protein without disturbing your favorite daily dish, simply add a side of nuts. You can toss back some almonds, walnuts, cashews, or any other nut you fancy right after you finish your meal or on the side.

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Toss a scoop of protein powder or collagen into your morning beverage.

If you choose to skip a formal breakfast (some of us aren’t too hungry in the mornings, and that’s OK!), you can still get extra protein via a supercharged morning coffee, matcha, or protein shake. You can opt for a collagen powder or a another type of protein powder to check this box.

Collagen has a very different set of amino acids than a typical animal or plant-based protein powder, but, it can still help you meet your protein goals; in fact, one study found that you can meet your daily amino acid needs if 36% of your protein intake3 is comprised of collagen peptides. Here are a few more pros that come with each option:

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Collagen:

It’s good for your hair, skin, and nails.* It can support gut health.* It can support musculoskeletal health, including your bones, joints, and muscles.*

Protein powder:

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The takeaway.

Having protein in your breakfast (or breakfast-like beverage) is essential for lasting satiety and overall wellness. Try adding a scoop of collagen or protein powder to your morning beverage, opt for a tofu scramble, or toss back a handful of nuts after your meal. For even more vegetarian and vegan high-protein foods, check out this guide.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications, consult with your doctor before starting a supplement routine. It is always optimal to consult with a health care provider when considering what supplements are right for you.

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