People often ask me what’s the biggest piece of advice I give my weight loss patients. Besides eating more whole foods, which is a given for every patient, I recommend everyone eat a big breakfast with protein. I get my fair share of people who don’t eat breakfast at all, and just the simple act of eating something in the morning revs their metabolism so they start losing weight. But I also get plenty of people who eat carbohydrate-laden, 150-calorie breakfasts and wonder why they’re so hungry all day!
Everyone knows that eating breakfast is important, but why so many people still don’t make it a priority is beyond me. Eating a protein-rich breakfast reduces food cravings all day and aids in weight loss. However, research has shown that people tend to eat about two-thirds of their protein at dinner and only about 10 percent of it at breakfast. The first meal of the day should contain at least as much protein as dinner!
How do you get more protein in the morning? Eggs are, of course, a good choice. But I also always recommend Greek yogurt, which has twice the protein as regular yogurt. For those people who say “Yuck” or say they’ve never had it, I recommend Chobani.
There are lots of brands of Greek yogurt on the market and I love them all (I also love making my own yogurt!). But in terms of mass appeal and flavor options, you can’t beat Chobani. Six ounces of Chobani (the size of an individual container) contains 13-17 grams of protein! Combine that with some nuts or nut butter, whole grain cereal or toast, and a piece of fruit, and you’ll have a breakfast that will keep you full, get your metabolism going, stabilize your blood sugar, and reduce cravings.
Chobani just launched a new larger line of their flavored yogurts. The 16-oz size makes it easy to split with a family member and cuts back on yogurt containers in the trash/recycling. They sent me a batch to sample, including their new vanilla chocolate chunk flavor, and I’m in love.
Want to try them too? Leave me a comment answering one of the questions below. Get another entry by retweeting on Twitter or sharing on Facebook. I’ll pick a random winner on Wednesday, December 12th and Chobani will send you a case of six 16-oz blends to try!
What’s your favorite way to get protein in the morning?
If you’re a breakfast skipper, why?