Easy, High Protein Breakfast Scramble

scrambleOne of my goals this summer was to eat more protein — and for me, the most reliable meal of the day is breakfast. I NEVER skip breakfast. My parents always made sure we ate the “balanced breakfast” they always advertised in the cereal commercials growing up, and I took that lesson through college and into my adult life.

Funny enough, I didn’t actually eat eggs until I was an adult, living in NYC and completely broke. I knew I had to start eating eggs because they were healthy and cheap – and definitely better for me than $1 street-cart bagels and off-brand cereals. I had a former roommate make me every kind of egg around, and as an egg beginner, settled on scrambled. (As a aside, my now-favorite is poached, hence my love for eggs benny.)

Scrambled eggs were not enough, and this quickly turned to a new breakfast routine as I was able to afford more and more throughout my time in NY.

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Add some protein to your day with this quick and easy scrambled egg breakfast, recently edited to be easy, low calorie, and super high protein!

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Iced Coffee Protein Shake

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If you read my summer checklist, one of my goals this year was to eat more protein. I’ve started a wedding diet that includes tracking my macros alongside a heavier workout schedule (like teaching 7 spin classes a week!) – but in truth, I’m using the wedding as an excuse to live a just a bit healthier and ease into my newly-strict gluten free diet.

Turns out, eating more protein is REALLY HARD! I was doing some research around Pinterest and came across a coffee protein shake recipe put out by Blender Bottle. I am an iced coffee hound, so this one really struck my eye. It looked good!

It was not.

Seriously, it was terrible. The shake was at once watery and thick, with way too much banana and none of the taste of coffee.

That’s when we started playing around with our own recipes. Every Sunday, we make about 3.5 gallons of iced coffee to keep in the fridge for the week in giant mason jars. The process is a bit of a pain, but it saves us so much time, and we get to try beans from all the trips we take around the country! (Currently, we’re drinking a bean made for a coffee company in Lancaster, PA that we picked up on our road trip to the Taylor Swift concert in DC.)

I used probably 2 jars full creating this recipe, but we’ve finally settled on something we like that tastes like coffee (not water or protein) and has a smooth, shake-y texture. Plus, each scoop of powder has 25 grams of protein, which SIGNIFICANTLY amps up my protein intake for the day.

We did the hard work for you — so get drinking!

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Iced Coffee Protein Shake
Serves 2
3 cups chilled coffee
1-2 scoops protein powder – we use Ascent Protein, it’s gluten free and has zero artificial ingredients
1/2 to 1 cup almond milk
1 handful ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until ice is crushed. Enjoy! (with a metal straw, because the otters of the world love you)

Looking for more breakfast ideas? Check out my recipes for:
Eggs Benny Bonanza
Yummy Acai Bowls
High Protein Breakfast Bowls (coming soon)
Scrambled Eggs with Summer Corn Salsa

 

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Easy Party Pasta Salad

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It’s happened to everyone – it’s a beautiful day, you’re enjoying the weather with friends or family, and suddenly you come down from your NYC rooftop or in from your favorite beach and you’re at your place with a hungry crowd. This pasta salad has saved me from that desperate situation MANY times, and I’m excited to share this quick party trick with you.

Pasta salad could not be an easier way to host on the fly, and you probably already have most of the materials in your pantry. Plus, it’s easy to substitute gluten free pasta (my favorite is Banza chick pea penne, which adds some extra protein) to accommodate for dietary restrictions.

Simply: boil 1 box of pasta, rinse with cold water. While the pasta is boiling, add 1 chopped cucumber, 2 chopped peppers (any color), and 1/2 chopped onion. We have this awesome Ninja chopper my mom got me for Christmas a couple of years ago and it has taken years of food prep off my life. Top with some salt and 3/4 bottle of Wishbone Italian Dressing and you’re done!

This recipe is also easy to make ahead – just hold off on the dressing until you’re about to serve the dish, and add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil per box of pasta to keep it moist. Refrigerate covered.

I like to serve this pasta salad as a spring and summer staple, alongside anything you can cook up on the grill. It’s a hit!

 

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Gluten Free – Sweet Potato Gnocchi

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Coming from an Italian family, it’s been hard to make a full switch to the gluten free life. The struggle applies particularly to gnocchi – one of my favorite Italian dishes ever and one of the only dishes I’ll ever order at an Italian restaurant. (On principle, I don’t love going to Italian restaurants because I can make most of the dishes at home – gnocchi being a strong exception because it’s so labor intensive and so hard to nail. For those of you in the Providence, RI area, you’ll understand – especially if you’ve ever had the gnocchi from Siena.)

Anyway, I stumbled across a recipe for sweet potato gnocchi on one of my favorite food blogs, Pinch of Yum. If I was going to have to quit real carbs, I thought I’d try making one of my favorite dishes the GF way – with sweet potatoes. Plus, it fits in really well with Mike’s low-carb diet.

Here is my adaptation of the recipe fromĀ Pinch of Yum.

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Yummy Breakfast Acai Bowls

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Acai bowls – basically smoothies on crack. These yummy bowls make a great breakfast – so long as you monitor how much sugar you’re taking in! (Spoiler alert- the bowl in this picture is super sugary, so it’s great 30-45 minutes after a morning workout.)

To serve 2-3 adults for a healthy breakfast, blend 3 packets of Sambazon Acai (you can find this at Whole Foods), 1 banana (frozen or fresh), 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 2 cups of coconut milk, and 2-3 scoops of protein powder. The protein powder is key, especially if you’re watching your diet – the extra protein will make this bowl much more filling.

To turn it into a smoothie you can grab for your drive to work, just add a bit more coconut milk and a few ice cubes.

Top the bowls with whatever you desire! Granola is a great topping to make the bowls more filling. Try making my Homemade Granola Recipe for a gluten free granola option. I like to add a tablespoon of peanut butter and a drizzle of honey, and often I add coconut flakes.

Acai bowls & smoothies are a yummy, filling breakfast that will boost your protein intake for the day. Enjoy!

 

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