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7 Quick Protein-Packed Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

7 Quick Protein-Packed Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

For your busy weekday mornings, 7 Quick Protein Packed Breakfast Recipes [sponsored]

[Disclosure: I was compensated by fairlife to write this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.]

It’s crunch time.

Depending on what part of the country you live in here in the U.S., your kids have just gone back to school or will be shortly (2.5 weeks countdown here in Philly). Or maybe you’re just getting back from vacation and swearing that this will be the year that you’ll ease into a morning routine BEFORE school starts (that’s me every year and it never happens).

For this upcoming school year, I’m really trying to have more robust breakfast options at my fingertips. And since I’ve been working with fairlife for the past few months, their ultra-filtered milk has honestly become my easy go-to plan when my family needs a protein boost at meals, especially breakfast (even tricky eater husband is now routinely buying their milk).

Make your oatmeal with fairlife milk instead of water for an extra protein and calcium boost (and it's lactose free) [sponsored]


  • It’s real, high-quality milk sourced from a co-op of 99 family dairy farms in the U.S.
  • It’s ultra-filtered – broken down into 5 components (water, protein, butterfat, lactose, vitamins + minerals) and then recombined into different proportions
  • Each cup provides 13 grams protein (compared to 8 grams from conventional milk)
  • It’s lactose-free and has half the sugar compared to conventional milk

So, I’m finding that I’m using fairlife routinely during breakfast these days – both in recipes and as a beverage to get that extra protein push – especially for dear daughter when she’s not eating as much but she’ll at least drink a smoothie.

But beyond the obvious smoothies, here are 7 quick breakfast ideas I’ve compiled that you can eat quickly at home or on the run. AND to make these breakfasts truly protein packed, pair them with a grab-n-go (11.5 ounce) container of reduced-fat fairlife milk (plain or chocolate) – you’ll get an additional 19 grams of protein into your and your kids’ mornings!

1) Whole Grain Pancakes

Make these whole grain pancakes on the weekend and freeze for busy mornings on the run.
I make a batch of these Everyday Whole Grain Pancakes or Triple Chocolate Whole Wheat Pancakes almost every weekend and freeze the extras. At breakfast time during the week, I pop them into the toaster for a quicky breakfast.

Recipe Notes: Swap buttermilk for fairlife milk to add even more protein and to make the batter lactose free.
On the Go: Spread peanut butter on pancake with sliced bananas or strawberries. Roll up and wrap in a paper towel.

2) Homemade Freezer Burritos

Make these homemade burritos. Freeze and heat in microwave for quick breakfasts!
I like making these on the weekend, too, and then grabbing them for an easy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Recipe Notes: These burritos are stuffed with beans, cheese and brown rice but you can add whatever your family likes – chicken, tofu, scrambled eggs, bell peppers, etc.
On the Go: Unwrap from foil, heat in microwave for 1 minute and re-wrap half of length of burrito in foil.

3) Slow Cooker Whole Grain Cereal
Make your oatmeal - or other whole grain cereals like couscous, farro or quinoa - with fairlife milk instead of water for an extra protein and calcium boost (and it's lactose free) [sponsored]

In a recent Facebook Live cast, I talked about trying out different whole grains – beyond oats – at breakfast to jazz things up. Try this Tropical Breakfast Farro or Breakfast Rice Bowl and make it in your slow cooker the night before (on low setting) so it’s ready to eat at crunch time.

Recipe Notes: When cooking any breakfast grain, swap your cooking water with fairlife milk to add more protein per serving (and not to mention a way creamier and more delicious hot breakfast cereal).
On the Go: Spoon cooked cereal into a mason jar or tupperware container with a lid. Add toppings and don’t forget your spoon!

4) Bacon + Egg Breakfast Muffins

These protein-packed bacon and egg muffins can be made ahead of time and frozen for on the go breakfast.

These filling muffins from Serena are easy to make and can be frozen ahead of time – and yes, we are dietitians who eat bacon!

On the Go: Zap in the microwave for 30 seconds then wrap in paper towel.

5) Chocolate Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Chocolate Pumpkin Overnight OatsOk, I’m breaking my rule of “no pumpkin talk whatsoever until the first day of autumn” but these overnight oats are SO good and if you are one of those peeps who can’t wait for fall (#doesnotcompute to this summer girl), this recipe is for you.

Recipe Notes: Make with fairlife milk for extra protein and to keep them lactose free.
On the Go: Spoon into a mason jar or tupperware with a lid and grab a spoon.

6) Peanut Butter Swirl Breakfast Brownies

Yes, you can have brownies for breakfast (dietitian approved) when they are packed with good-for-you ingredients!
You read that correctly. Two dietitians (as this is Serena’s original and brilliant recipe) say you can have brownies for breakfast! But not just any brownies – this recipe has healthier ingredients like mashed up beans (but you can’t tell), peanut powder, whole wheat flour and prunes but they still taste decadent. And brownies are meant to be eaten with milk, of course. Make a batch and freeze ahead of time.

On the Go: Warm in the microwave for about 20 seconds and wrap in paper towel.

7) Potato Cheddar Waffles

Make a batch of these Potato Cheddar Waffles and freeze. On busy mornings, toast, spread with nut butter, cut in half and make a on-the-go sandwich.
Like pancakes, I always make an extra batch of waffles to freeze for busy mornings. These potato cheddar waffles are especially hardy and delicious.

Recipe Notes: Use fairlife milk to make these waffles even more protein-rich and lactose-free (along with using lactose-free cheddar).
On the Go: Pop into toaster and then cut in half. Wrap in paper towel.

What are your go-to breakfasts for crazy mornings?

Janice Bissex

Monday 22nd of August 2016

I want to try every one of these recipes! Pumpkin Overnight Oats might be first, followed by the Potato Cheddar Waffles. Great ideas for getting more protein in the diet!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Tuesday 23rd of August 2016

Whoot! LMK how they turn out :)

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