If you have a sweet tooth, you know that the craving for something chocolaty, fruity, or just plain sweet knows no schedule. For some people, this means getting up in the middle night in major need of chocolate. For others, it means
wanting needing to start your day off with something sweet. At the same time, you may be torn because you know that you should probably eat a somewhat healthy breakfast, one that is protein-rich and will get your day started on the right foot. Quite the quandary. Do you go for the nourishing breakfast or the indulgent one? What if we told you, you didn’t have to choose? That’s right, Green Monsters. Nowadays, with a little digging, it is totally possible to find breakfast items that are protein-rich AND delicious. From chocolaty nutritional shakes and oatmeals to protein-infused bread and pancakes, there are tons of options no matter what your brekky style is. Need to see it to believe it? No problem. Here are 15 protein-rich breakfasts that will also satisfy your sweet tooth.
Health Express Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Who doesn’t love starting their morning with some sweet bread? While most of the bread and pastries at your local bakery probably have eggs, milk, and quite a bit of sugar, it is possible to find healthy bread elsewhere. Health Express Cinnamon Raisin Bread, for example, is an egg-free and dairy-free high protein bread. It is made with water, soy flour, vital wheat gluten, modified wheat starch, wheat protein, enriched unbleached wheat flour, raisins, soybean oil, cinnamon, soy protein, salt, yeast, stevia, and a few other ingredients. Each serving of this bread (two slices) is 120 calories and provides 15 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this bread tasted amazing, is “lightly sweet,” “does not taste like low carb bread,” and is satisfying. To see if you feel the same, you can get one loaf for $8.
Kashi Overnight Muesli
Nothing says easy breakfast like starting one the night before! Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you cook a full-blown breakfast before heading to bed. Products like Kashi Overnight Muesli make the process way easier than that. The muesli contains a mix of whole oats, whole rye, whole barley, chia seeds, dried cane syrup, almond meal, cacao nibs, coconut flour, flax seeds, cocoa, and salt. You simply have to add your favorite non-dairy milk to the mix, pop the container in the fridge, let it sit overnight, and voila – a hearty breakfast awaits you in the morning. Each serving has eight grams of protein and nine grams of fiber. Reviewers are reporting that this product is tasty, satisfying, and the perfect on-the-go meal. Some reviewers feel that the product is not sweet enough, but as one reviewer points out, you can always add fresh fruit or your favorite type of sweetener. To try it out yourself, you can get one two-ounce cup for a little over $2.50.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
f you know anything about hemp seeds, you know that they are nutritional wonders that are protein packed and filled with vitamins, minerals, and omegas, among other things. With Hemp Heart Bites, you can get all of the benefits of hemp seeds, in an easy and sweet bite-sized form. One serving of these raw and paleo treats has 10 grams of protein, 15 grams of total carbs, and 12 grams of net carbs. Reviewers are reporting that these bite-sized treats are filling, a great snack for active days, and have “just enough sweetness and crunch.” You can get one four-ounce bag for about $5.
Paleo Protein Pancakes
If the idea of having a tall stack of fluffy pancakes drizzled in maple syrup and topped with fruit doesn’t sound like a particularly high-protein breakfast, you have to check out BetterFoods Paleo Protein Pancakes. These pancakes are made primarily from a blend of grain-free flours – coconut, tapioca, almond – a mixture of superfood protein powders – brown rice, pea protein, purple corn, green papaya juice, hemp – xylitol, and organic cacao nibs. One serving (1/2 cup) has 230 calories and 14 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that these pancakes are healthy, delicious, and super easy-to-make. You can get one 12-ounce bag for $9.50.
ShaSha Buckwheat Snack
Have you been looking for a sweet way to incorporate buckwheat groats into your breakfast? If so, consider trying ShaSha Organic Buckwheat Snack. It’s made with the following organic and gluten-free ingredients: buckwheat groats, sunflower seed, agave syrup, dried cranberry, dried apple, sultana raisins, almonds, chicory root inulin, black currant, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, salt, and probiotics. One 1/2 cup serving of this snack has 14 grams of protein. The reviewers are mixed on this one. While most reviewers are saying that this snack is tasty, satisfying, and wholesome, others feel that it needs more sweetening and is a bit too sticky to be enjoyable. You can get one six-ounce bag for $5.75.
San Raw Fusion Bars
San Raw Fusion Bars essentially take all of the ingredients found in the company’s protein powder including almonds, dates, pea protein, tapioca syrup, prebiotic vegetable fiber, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and puts it in bar form. Each one has 15-16 grams of protein and eight grams of prebiotic fiber. It is also free of soy, gluten, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. Reviewers report using these bars as a replacement for meals or just a mid-morning snack when breakfast doesn’t cut it. In regards to flavor and texture, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. One reviewer reports that these bars have a chalky texture that is “hard to swallow” while another claims that they taste “healthy but amazing.” If you want to test ’em out yourself, these bars are definitely on the expensive side with 12 bars costing $40.
My Cereal Mix: Paleo Protein
Looking to eat paleo in addition to vegan? If so, consider checking out My Cereal Mix: Paleo Protein. This naturally-sweetened product is made with soy flour, almonds, cashews, organic cacao nibs, walnuts, flax seeds, organic pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, xylitol, and freeze-dried apples and apricots. Each 1/2 cup serving provides 17 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this cereal is flavorful without the need for any chemicals or excess sweeteners, is vitamin-rich, and is filling. You can get one 16-ounce bag for $10.50.
Yumbutter Plant Protein Almond Butter
Do you love adding almond butter to all of your breakfast dishes as a tasty, sweet addition? If so, consider checking out Yumbutter Plant Protein Almond Butter. This sprouted, organic product is made with almonds, organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sunflower seeds, organic and sustainable palm oil, almond oil, organic cinnamon, organic vanilla, organic inulin, and probiotics. Each serving of this almond butter (two tablespoons) is 180 calories and provides 10 grams of protein, and 10 percent of your daily vitamin A and daily iron. Reviewers are saying that this almond butter is flavorful, nourishing, and convenient. You should keep in mind, however, that inside of the pouch the oil and the almond butter separates so you need to knead it before using otherwise it’s a bit of a messy snack. This snack is on the expensive side – you can get one 6.8-ounce servings (six servings worth) for about $16.
Kar’s Original Trail Mix
If you like breakfasts you can take on the go, like trail mix, consider trying out Kar’s Original Trail Mix. This product is proof that you don’t necessarily have to add candy to make a delicious (and sweet) trail mix. This unsalted mix contains peanuts (roasted in peanut and/or cottonseed oil), dark raisins, sunflower kernels, and raw almonds. Each one of these packages two-ounce packages is 280 calories and provides 10 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this trail mix is “surprisingly delicious” (especially considering that it’s completely unsalted), has a nice sweetness to it from the raisins without any unnecessary sugar, and is very satisfying and filling. You can get a pack of 48 two-ounce bags for about $33.
Orgain Vegan Nutritional Shake
If you like to start your day off with a protein-rich beverage but don’t always have the time to make one from scratch, consider checking out Orgain Vegan Nutritional Shake. It is a gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free beverage. This particular posting is for the Smooth Chocolate flavor which is made with several different components or “blends.” The “Protein Blend” is the main group and includes organic brown rice protein concentrate, organic sprouted chia seeds, organic flax powder, and organic hemp protein concentrate. The beverage also includes a blend of veggies, fruits, and vitamins. Each 11-ounce package provides 16 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this drink is deliciously creamy, a good meal replacement, has an excellent nutritional profile, and is very filling. Some people didn’t particularly like the flavor, but that would be something you’d have to decide for yourself. To try it out, you can get 12, 11-ounce packages for about $22.
Kay’s Natural Protein Puffs: Almond Delight
Kay’s Naturals Protein Puffs: Almond Delight is a gluten-free and low-fat product made primarily from soy protein isolate, a blend of flours – corn, rice, soy – corn starch, tapioca starch, almond butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Each box contains six 1.2-ounce bags. Each bag provides 12 grams of protein. While Kay’s does not actually market this as a cereal, reviewers have been adding milk and eating it as such. They’ve been describing it as tasty, sweet but not overly so, filling, healthy, and versatile (you can also enjoy it right out of the bag). To try it out, you can get a box of six bags for about $5.75.
Go Picnic Sunbutter and Crackers
If you find yourself constantly packing 10 different snacks to get you through the morning, consider checking out Go Picnic Sunbutter and Crackers Pack. This gluten-free ready-to-eat meal contains five snacks: a cup of sunflower butter, multigrain crackers, unsweetened applesauce, fruit leather, and two chocolate chip cookies. None of the products contain high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, artificial colors or flavors, or MSG. In total, the meal provides nine grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that although this meal kit is a bit high in sodium, it is tasty, very convenient, and contains wholesome snacks. To try it out yourself, you can get a pack of six boxes for a little over $20.
Thin Slim Foods Cinnamon Bagels
Mornings are rough and sometimes grabbing a warm, cinnamon-y bagel at a nearby bodega seems like the easiest and most comforting sweet breakfast option. Before you do that, though, consider checking out ThinSlim Foods Cinnamon Bagels. Made from natural wheat bran, natural wheat protein isolate, natural oat flour, purified water, sea salt, calcium propionate (a light preservative), chicory roots, yeast, cinnamon, and stevia, these bagels are a lighter option. Each bagel is 60 calories and provides 13 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that these bagels are tasty, chewy, fluffy, and successful in satisfying bagel cravings. However, some reviewers felt that the bagels were a bit too dense. To try them out, you can get one 12-ounce bag (six bagels) for $8.
Wilderness Poets Hemspread Cashew
If you love to eat fruit in the morning but are looking to make your breakfast more protein-rich, check out Wilderness Poets HempSpread. As the company shares, you can use this creamy and smooth butter on a crunchy piece of whole wheat toast with banana, as a fruit and veggie dip, and as a smoothie add-on. It’s made 100 percent from hemp seeds and is handcrafted in small batches so that none of the hemp seeds impressive benefits get lost in the process. The spread is a rich green color because of the living green oil of pressed hemp seeds. Each serving (two tablespoons) is 145 calories and provides 11 grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that this spread is tasty, is a good and nutritious alternative to peanut butter, and “makes a plate of fruit even healthier.” You can get one eight-ounce jar for about $14.
Rokit Fuel Instant Oatmeal Cereal
If you like to start off your mornings with something you can grab as you run out the door, consider checking out Rokit Fuel Instant Oatmeal Cereal. Each portable package is 180 calories and provides 10 grams of protein. While some oatmeal products need to be cooked to a certain temperature, Rokit Fuel is very versatile. The company states that this product can be enjoyed hot after just one minute in the microwave, cold with just some water or non-dairy milk added to it, or in dry form straight from the package. This gluten-free and non-GMO product is made from a mix of rolled oats, pure cane brown sugar, “nutri blend” (oat flour, amaranth, chia seeds, flax seeds, buckwheat flour, maca root, hemp seed, gotu kola, quinoa flour), pea protein, almonds, sour cherries, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. Most of the reviewers on this product either loved or hated the flavors, but those who liked it all seemed to agree that this is a filling and hearty product that is nutritious. You can get a case of 16 for about $40.
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