As you prepare to take on the day, one of the most beneficial ways to energize yourself each morning is by fueling your body with the proper nutrients, including protein.
If you’re looking to make healthier choices or live an active lifestyle and are short on time, a premade recipe may allow for additional productivity. Recipes that can be made in advance – like the night before – may aid your goal to consume necessary nutrients without putting a rush on your morning routine.
Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats are made with chocolate milk or almond milk and are a source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Plus, they can be made in advance, allowing you to grab a healthy, ready-made breakfast to take on the go. Adding milk to your diet helps serve as a source of energy while building and repairing muscles.
Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats Yield: 2 jars
1/2 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 container (12 ounces) organic chocolate milk or chocolate almond milk
1 ripe banana, sliced
1 pinch salt
In two mason jars, add 1/4 cup frozen cherries in each. In the microwave, thaw 30 seconds.
Divide rolled oats, milk, banana, and salt between jars. Cover with lids and shake until combined.
Store in refrigerator overnight or at least several hours. Serve cold or warm in the microwave.
Protein Waffles Yield: 8-10 waffles
2 cups pancake mix
2 large eggs
1 container (12 ounces) Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Powder
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat waffle iron.
Place pancake mix in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, protein shake, and oil. Stir into pancake mix until just combined.
Bake in waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.
Tip: To freeze for later consumption, cool waffles on wire racks. Freeze between layers of waxed paper in a resealable plastic freezer bag. In the toaster oven or microwave, heat waffles until heated through.