Lunch and dinner seem to get most of the attention when it comes to meal planning, but breakfast and snacks are the utility players you need to get through the day. When choosing nutritious options for key meals, plan for options that are convenient so you’ll stick to your plan. We are pretty obsessed with these choices that do double duty because nutritious breakfasts and healthy snacks should be as delicious as they are easy to enjoy.
It’s important to start your day off with a complete breakfast that you can actually commit to. Our favorites are ready to grab and go for those mornings when you’re in a rush. When selecting the breakfast that’s right for you, look for ones that are high in protein, or consider adding some protein powder to ensure your breakfast functions like it should, powering you through lunchtime.
Skyr yogurt from Siggi’s is made in the Icelandic tradition and packs 15g of protein per cup. To make a simple cup of yogurt into a complete breakfast, we usually top it with Michele’s Granola for texture and sometimes some blueberries or other fruit for added sweetness. To change the flavor and amp up the protein content you can mix a little protein powder into your yogurt.
Anything called a cookie is automatically okay in our book, and if that cookie is healthy, it’s a clear winner. Breakfast cookies are designed to incorporate everything you need for a healthy breakfast while still fitting in the palm of your hand. There are tons of recipes available online, but most start with oats, honey and mashed banana, but the other add-ins are up to you. Try these Chia Oatmeal cookies for an option that is high in fiber and omega-3s. When creating your own recipes, try adding some chocolate or vanilla protein powder for an added boost.
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Oatmeal seems to be all the rage these days and it’s a great choice if you’re the kind of person who picks out what you’re going to wear and packs your lunch the night before. Making overnight oats is easy, and you can make all kinds of different flavor combinations to keep things interesting.
Now hear us out, eggs can be a convenient breakfast. Hard boiled eggs are easy to grab and take on the go and you can make them ahead of time for the week or just purchase them for delivery from Terra’s Kitchen.
Pancakes are another breakfast item that you can make ahead of time and amp up by adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Try a recipe like our Kefir Cinnamon Oat Pancakes, then freeze them to reheat whenever you want. To freeze, lay your fully cooked pancakes on a sheet pan in the freezer. Once they are fully frozen, transfer them into a ziploc bag for storage until you’re ready. The easiest way to reheat your pancakes is by microwaving them on a microwave-safe plate for 20 seconds per pancake.
The 3-pm slump calls for a significant snack if you’re going to power through to the end of the workday. Whether you’re craving something sweet, something savory, or just something quick, we have options to help you finish your day strong.
These feel like a serious indulgence, but they’re packed with protein and can be made in a pinch. Our recipe uses almond butter, dark chocolate chips, protein powder, cocoa powder, water and flax seeds. Once the ingredients are combined we recommend rolling them in more cocoa, protein powder, or even matcha powder.
All bars are not created equal! We are pretty much obsessed with Perfect Bars at Terra’s Kitchen for their amazing flavors like Peanut Butter and Almond Coconut and because they always seem so fresh. They’re one of the only bars you’ll find in the refrigerated section, which is how they make sure the perfection lasts. And by perfection, the bars are non-GMO, gluten-free, full of protein and complex carbohydrates, and chock full of superfoods.
If you aren’t sure exactly what you’re craving, a bento box is a good way to get a little bit of everything. Our Decker Lunch Bundle has everything from chocolate covered pretzels, to cheese and trail mix to keep things interesting as you snack your way to 5pm.
This one satisfies sweet cravings while helping you get your recommended daily allowance of fruits, veggies and of course protein! You can order premade smoothie kits from Terra’s Kitchen, or make your own with our pre-cut fruit and protein powder. Get creative with your smoothies to keep things interesting, you can even make smoothies with coffee if you like some caffeine mid-afternoon.
This is the power snack that you don’t want to forget about! Edamame, especially when it’s already shelled, is a tasty and convenient snack that is full of protein. There is 17g of protein in a single cup of edamame! Eat them on their own with a bit of salt, or add to any salad.
What do you reach for in the morning for breakfast and at snack time? Try some of these convenient options from our meal kit menu, and add our Terra’s Kitchen Nutrient-Rich Protein Powder to increase the benefits.