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5 Simple Ways to Add Extra Protein to Your Mornings

Try these quick and easy ways to help you and your family stay full throughout the day

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Whether the kids are going back to school, you’re heading back to the office, or you’re all running late to a video call, both you and your kids have places to be, and mornings are getting more rushed than they’ve been in a long time.

It’s easy to give into a simple yet sugary breakfast to get through the morning — sweet cereal, chocolate spread on toast. It’s something your kids beg for, and it shaves minutes off ferrying everyone out of the house or to their respective rooms for at-home school and work. But your energy slumps well before lunchtime and your stomach growls an hour later, like you never had breakfast at all.

Convenience doesn’t have to mean compromise. With just a bit of planning, you can add extra nutrients into your family’s mornings without upending your whole routine. Incorporating more clean nutrition from Orgain’s powders, shakes, and bars will start your day with an extra dose of protein, which will help keep your family full longer, whether they’re on the go or trying to stay focused at home.

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1. Pair Protein and Caffeine

As we all know too well, coffee comes first. Or at least, before anything that requires much thinking. And while we all have our favorite ways to get caffeine, after drinking the same thing the same way every day, it’s time for a bit of change. Discover your new favorite creamer by mixing in a splash of Orgain Vanilla Bean Clean Protein Shake in your morning coffee for a smooth, delicious taste that adds a morning boost of 20 grams of grass-fed protein per serving. Or try this iced vanilla latte recipe which uses Orgain Organic ProteinPlant-Based Protein Powder blended with coffee, a touch of sugar, and milk for a frothy and sweet start to the day. Take a minute to yourself to really savor it — then you can get to everything and everyone else.

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2. Make Weekday Breakfasts Fast and Filling

For the days when there’s no time for anything but the shake of a cereal box, switch out milk or a nut milk alternative with an Orgain shake. To make it seem like even more of a treat, pair a chocolate Orgain Kids Organic Plant Protein Nutritional Shake with your kid’s favorite cereal. They won’t believe their luck, and you’ll smile knowing they’re getting more nourishment than they probably think.

Overnight oats and chia pudding also make for an easy family breakfast. Just mix oats or chia with an Orgain Organic Clean Protein Shake the night before, and drizzle with honey or top with sliced apples or other fresh fruit in the morning to share with the whole family. You can also package together everything you need for fruit-filled smoothies in the freezer, then pop your ingredients into the blender with a few scoops of Orgain Organic Protein™ Plant Based Protein Powder. They’re endlessly customizable to your taste. For some inspiration, check out these recipes for a vanilla berry, pineapple ginger, or kiwi blueberry smoothie to fill up on protein and a serving of fresh fruit and start your day right.

3. Mix Protein Into Weekend Brunch

Before soccer practice or a trip to the farmer’s market, everyone (including you!) can sleep in a bit. But once everyone’s up, it’s off to the races. Both you and your family deserve a bit more than toast, and if you have more time, try mixing in Orgain Organic Protein™ Plant Based Protein Powder into pancake, muffin, waffle, or banana bread batter for an indulgent yet nutritious breakfast. You can even freeze the leftover waffles and banana bread slices and toast them on the upcoming weekday mornings. Try these recipes for chocolate muffins, chocolate banana bread, or waffles, all with a serious boost of protein.

A person mixes protein powder into an orange dip with lemons and pomegranate seeds on the same cutting board Courtesy of Orgain

4. Upgrade Stay-at-Home Snacks

If you and your kids are hankering for a pre-lunch snack while studying and working from home, then make sure you have something around that’s nutritious and will help keep them full until it’s time for a real meal. Add a scoop of Natural Unsweetened Orgain Organic Protein™ Plant Based Protein Powder into your favorite condiments and dips for a hidden boost of nutrition. Try these recipes for sweet potato hummus, beet hummus, guacamole, and spicy spinach artichoke dip. Serve them with carrot sticks, broccoli, bell peppers, cucumbers, or celery — whatever you have on hand — for a fresh and easy snack filled with protein.

5. Boost Up a Brown Bag

For mornings when everyone’s rushing out the door, lunch is usually the last thing on your mind. After all, the morning’s for getting everyone to eat breakfast — and lunch is another challenge altogether. To make sure that everyone has a complete lunch, even if all you have time to put together is a peanut butter and jelly, toss in an Orgain Kids Organic Plant Protein Nutritional Shake with 8 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 23 vitamins and minerals per serving, or an Orgain Organic Kids O-Bar made with less sugar than leading brands, or an Orgain Organic Protein Snack Bar with 10 grams of plant protein, so that everyone can enjoy a good dose of midday nutrients.

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