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#1 Oct 10 2012 at 9:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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I'm supposedly paying some attention to my health or something these days, and among the improvements I'm trying to make is getting more protein in the mornings. Apparently I don't get enough (I'll let the irony of that sink in for a moment). It goes along with the cutting out the doughnut and lessening the coffee intake.

Now this is proving harder than I imagined. Because first of all, it's best if the food is portable, as eating at home is tough in the morning. I'm also not a fan of peanut butter, and that includes things like almond butter, Nutella, and the other knockoffs.

I've tried taking those frozen breakfast biscuit sandwich things. However at 2-3 dollars a piece, it's more than I want to spend on a stale piece of bread covered with sausage bits. The last thing would be going down to the cafiteria and grabbing a side of sausage, bacon, or something. But that means, #1 hospital food, and #2 you don't get much for your 88 cents. Ideally I'd like to get at least 300ish calories, so I can go a while without being hungry too.

So, since you're all food gurus here, does anyone have any ideas for some cheap/portable protein? Also because it's always fun to get some new ideas, how do you get your morning protein?

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#2 Oct 10 2012 at 9:28 AM Rating: Good
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Your not being a fan of peanut butter is really going to hurt you as far as cheap/portable protein options. Let's see. ½ cup of cottage cheese and ½ cup of whatever fruit you like? I'd say beef jerky, but that tends to get pretty expensive. A hard-boiled egg or two, maybe? Low fat chocolate milk? Special K makes protein shakes as well, though I guess there would be cheaper generic options for that as well.

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Eggs. Sometimes I'll make Oatmeal with flax instead to change it up but mostly eggs.
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I usually get a yoghurt parfait and a coffee from McDonald's. That's under 300 calories of protein though.

You can make a breakfast sandwich in about two minutes at home. Get a smallish microwavable bowl, preferably something with a flat bottom like this that will cook the egg into a handy circle. Toss bread in toaster, crack and scramble a raw egg in bowl. Microwave egg for ~30 seconds (you'll have to find the best time for your oven). You may want to give the bowl a quick hit of cooking spray before putting the egg in so it slides out easier. When toast pops up, put a slice of ham and cheese on one piece and microwave for 15 seconds to warm meat and melt cheese. Drop egg on top, add other slice of bread and done. Longest part is waiting on your toaster.

I see you wanted portable so you could either eat it on the go or make it at work (assuming you have a microwave & toaster) in about as much time as it takes to heat up a frozen breakfast sandwich.

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Jophiel wrote:
You can make a breakfast sandwich in about two minutes at home. Get a smallish microwavable bowl, preferably something with a flat bottom like this that will cook the egg into a handy circle. Toss bread in toaster, crack and scramble a raw egg in bowl. Microwave egg for ~30 seconds (you'll have to find the best time for your oven). You may want to give the bowl a quick hit of cooking spray before putting the egg in so it slides out easier. When toast pops up, put a slice of ham and cheese on one piece and microwave for 15 seconds to warm meat and melt cheese. Drop egg on top, add other slice of bread and done. Longest part is waiting on your toaster.


I'm so tempted to try this now. I've never tried cooking an egg in the microwave, that alone may be motivation enough.
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#6 Oct 10 2012 at 9:51 AM Rating: Good
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Try some fruit and veggie smoothies with protein powder. Throw a bunch of **** into the blender, add protein powder, boom, portable, super healthy breakfast. Can add yogurt too for extra creamy. The possibilities with a blender are endless.
#7 Oct 10 2012 at 9:58 AM Rating: Good
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If you can move beyond the idea of traditional breakfast food try a ham/turkey/bacon/whatever meat you like and cheese sandwich. If you have access to a microwave, I like mac and cheese for breakfast or the weight watchers mini cheeseburgers.
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I eat a reduced fat mozarella cheese stick. Mmmmm string cheese. That, along with a bowl of oatmeal and a banana. These are all eaten at my desk; the microwave here is on the other side of the warehouse, but it's the short way, not the long way (we're basically a 100 foot long tube that's 25 feet wide) so it's not that big of a deal.
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#9 Oct 10 2012 at 10:13 AM Rating: Good
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I hard-boil some eggs to keep in the fridge so I can grab one or two for a quick breakfast. I like Greek yogurt, too, but usually only buy it when it goes on sale. But yeah, protein powder smoothies are super easy and delicious.
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I know you don't like peanut butter, but what about hummus? Hummus on a pita, hummus and veggies... good stuff.
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Yogourt and Cottage cheese.
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#12 Oct 10 2012 at 10:19 AM Rating: Excellent
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I've had hummus before. It was interesting, different, I'm not sure what I thought of it. The wife liked it though, so it wouldn't be much to twist her arm there...
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#13 Oct 10 2012 at 11:16 AM Rating: Good
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Handful of almonds. Greek yogurt (it's more expensive but it's got at least 2x the protein as regular yogurt.).

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I've had hummus before. It was interesting, different, I'm not sure what I thought of it. The wife liked it though, so it wouldn't be much to twist her arm there...


You can get all sorts of different flavors. My local grocery makes black bean hummus, red pepper hummus, edamame hummus, spinach and artichoke hummus... worth trying different flavors if you have access to them.

Like I said, as a dip for veggies it's good; also, I like to put it on pita and then put it in the over for a few minutes to get it warm and toasty. Can add vegetables after this, I like to add broccoli sprouts.
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Pickled eggs. You can make a dozen or so at a time. Hard boil them, and let them sit in a jar of vinegar and other spices. I'd stick with white colored vinegar or they'll look really gross. Sprinkle with salt and pepper at time of consumption.

I know you said you don't like peanut-butter. I don't really like it either, but I like it on banana bread. I have that a lot for breakfast. i can make a loaf on the weekend and it will get me through a week.

Granola is good - and granola bars. But don't get them nature valley things that are just sugar laden blecho stuff. Granola bars are pretty easy to make on your own. I've not found a good way to eat yogurt on my commute to work.

You can always fry up an egg, throw it on some whole grain toast with other stuff and have your egg sandwich style.....

I've had to quit buying breakfast every day, for the savings I guess but more because there is no place between me an work anymore that can make a decent cup of coffee and a decent road-breakfast.

I keep thinking I'm going habituate myself to get up in the mornings, eat a nice relaxing breakfast at home before going to work I'm afraid though, that once I got my breakfast and coffee in me, I'd no longer have any motivation to get in the car and go to the office.

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Also: hard boiled eggs. You can't really mess it up, and you can make a week's worth in advance.

Edit: oh, Elinda already mentioned pickled eggs. Well, I'm suggesting the non-pickled version, so there.


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Going to agree with the egg sandwich idea. It's what I eat most mornings. It's fast, easy, reasonably healthy, and reasonably inexpensive. Plus you can be as simple or fancy as you want. I tend to fry my eggs rather than the microwave idea (since it takes about the same time to fry as it takes to toast the bread). Get yourself one of those one egg pans. They work great for cooking a sandwich sized egg patty (you can even cook two eggs if you want). You can either put slices of stuff on top as Joph suggested or dice up stuff and toss it in while you're cooking. Diced ham and peppers is particularly yummy.

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Also, vegan sausage is healthy, and basically one of the only substitute meats that are suitable, since sausage is just filler and spices anyway. I mean like the crumbly kind you can throw in a skillet with eggs and peppers. Worth a try!
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If you eat cereal there are a few out there now with protein added to them. I eat a bowl of that kind of cereal and a HB egg, plain yogurt with some protein powder or a protein shake for breakfast.
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I'm more of a breakfast of champions kind of guy. Wasn't aware that I had to spread my protein intake out over the entire day, though. I usually get my daily protein at lunch and dinner.

Anyway, slice a loaf of dark (preferably rye) bread and smear some butter on it. Slice a hard boiled egg and a tomato and layer them on the bread. For fancy stuff, add mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and decorate it with chopped chives or basil on top. Classic smørrebrødsmad! For a more Americanized version, do the same, except you slice two loafs or use a bun of some kind, smear the two halves with mayonnaise instead and turn it into a sammich. You may want to skip the chives and add lettuce instead if you're using white bread.

You get your grains, vegetables and protein, all in a quick bite.
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Guenny wrote:
Also, vegan sausage is healthy, and basically one of the only substitute meats that are suitable, since sausage is just filler and spices anyway. I mean like the crumbly kind you can throw in a skillet with eggs and peppers. Worth a try!
The Quorn chick'n cutlets are really good, but they're made with eggs, so obviously they're not vegan. That said, they're great for basically any dish you'd use chicken for.
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I scramble up 6 eggs at a time and add in diced tomatoes, mushrooms, fresh spinach and ham. Keep it in Tupperware in the refrigerator. I pour out a bit in a microwaveable bowl, cover, nuke, make some toast. (I usually do an English muffin) When it's done, throw it in the bread and head out the door. I keep the rest in the refrigerator and usually take about 4 days to go through that.
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Also, vegan sausage is healthy, and basically one of the only substitute meats that are suitable, since sausage is just filler and spices anyway. I mean like the crumbly kind you can throw in a skillet with eggs and peppers. Worth a try!
The Quorn chick'n cutlets are really good, but they're made with eggs, so obviously they're not vegan. That said, they're great for basically any dish you'd use chicken for.


It's amazing how many meat substitutes have eggs, cheese, or milk. That said, almost every substitute meat product tastes different, and it's worth trying a variety of stuff. There are some really great veggie patties out there (and I bet the ones with cheese in them are even more delicious!)

However, substitute cheese is something I cannot handle yet. Nutritional yeast does in a pinch for cheesy cravings though.
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While it's not the answer to your particular problem, I go to Sheetz and get a breakfast burrito (I stay away from the fattier meats and add lots of veggies and such, so it's healthier than it sounds) and a Monster (usually one the Rehab flavors that doesn't taste like bottled ***). Most days it runs $6.66, (there's a sale going on now that takes a couple dollars off), which is more than you want to spend, but it works for me.
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Guenny wrote:
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Also, vegan sausage is healthy, and basically one of the only substitute meats that are suitable, since sausage is just filler and spices anyway. I mean like the crumbly kind you can throw in a skillet with eggs and peppers. Worth a try!
The Quorn chick'n cutlets are really good, but they're made with eggs, so obviously they're not vegan. That said, they're great for basically any dish you'd use chicken for.


It's amazing how many meat substitutes have eggs, cheese, or milk. That said, almost every substitute meat product tastes different, and it's worth trying a variety of stuff. There are some really great veggie patties out there (and I bet the ones with cheese in them are even more delicious!)

However, substitute cheese is something I cannot handle yet. Nutritional yeast does in a pinch for cheesy cravings though.
Apparently Quorn now has a vegan burger option. I don't know how it is, though. Morningstar Farms makes some vegan "chicken" strips that are really good in a stir fry.
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So, since you're all food gurus here, does anyone have any ideas for some cheap/portable protein?
Try these.

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4 ounces turkey sausage
1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute or 4 eggs
1 large egg
1 can (12 ounces) mushrooms, sliced, drained
1/2 cup reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Coat a 6-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.

2. In a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the sausage, pepper, and onion 5 minutes, or until sausage is browned.

3. Spoon mixture into a bowl and cool slightly. Stir in egg substitute or eggs, egg, and mushrooms. Spoon mixture evenly into the prepared muffin pan. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, or until egg is set.
You can easily vary the vegetables and meats that you put into them. Haven't tried freezing them, but they keep well enough in the fridge for a few days, which is perfect for me, since two make a fairly satisfying quick breakfast(30-45 seconds in the microwave). They're also simple enough to make while also making dinner.

My favorite filling involves ham, bell pepper, green chile and a can of diced tomato. Also, full fat cheese, because I can't stand the lowfat stuff.

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My breakfast is muesli, soya yoghurt and fresh berries, so not really high in protein or portable.

I like adding a spoonful of pumpkin seed butter to my smoothies, gives it a bit of a richer texture and I can't really taste it that much (I do like it on it's own though, so it might stand out more for someone who doesn't like the flavour).

You could cook up a chicken breast when you're making dinner the night before and have that for breakfast, either on it's own or in a sandwich.

I'm also a fan of having protein shake in the cupboard for when I don't have enough time to get food. Don't think I'd want that for breakfast everyday, but sometimes it's a better alternative than what you can pick up at work. I've got some tupperware cups and I just put a scoop in that and add water when I'm ready to drink it. Last advice I read on protein shakes was to go for one with at least 20g of protein and the same amount or less of carbs.
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I'll usually have some oatmeal with protein powder in the morning. However, my main protein sources are eggs, milk, tuna, poultry and greek yogurt. I also have some cottage cheese from time to time which is delicious too. ;P
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Normal breakfast is three eggs over medium. Four slices of bacon along with hash browns and toast. Add Milk,or Tea, or Juice to wash it down.
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Normal breakfast is three eggs over medium. Four slices of bacon along with hash browns and toast. Add Milk,or Tea, or Juice to wash it down.


But where are you hiding the sausage?
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Bagel with Cream cheese. Takes as long as your toaster. Wrap it in paper towel and eat it on the go. Nutrition here kind of depends on the bagel but you'll get your protein.

Handful of peanuts and whatever filler you want (glass of milk before you run out the door then snack on some peanuts on the way, works well but bring a bottle of water with you).

Cottage cheese and yogurt. Cottage cheese with fruit in the bottom (comes in yogurt cups). Greek yogurt is really good, just stick with the "normal" flavours, not Lime or Honey until you're used to it.

All manner of protein shakes, but those aren't really good if you're in a hurry as they require clean up time for the blender.

You can make egg sandwiches of various types the night before, plastic wrap them and nuke them in the morning but that requires prep time the night before so isn't always feasible. I'm not a fan of microwaving my eggs (nothing wrong with it, just tastes different), but I will heat them up after they've been pan fried in olive oil the night before.
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Normal breakfast is three eggs over medium. Four slices of bacon along with hash browns and toast. Add Milk,or Tea, or Juice to wash it down.


But where are you hiding the sausage?


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yogurt, cheese,
When i used to work outdoors in the wintertime id live on cheese in the morning.
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Guenny wrote:
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Normal breakfast is three eggs over medium. Four slices of bacon along with hash browns and toast. Add Milk,or Tea, or Juice to wash it down.


But where are you hiding the sausage?


LOL sorry I don't have one!. Unless its a really good brand or from a butcher from my home town I avoid sausages for
breakfast these days.
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yogurt, cheese,
When i used to work outdoors in the wintertime id live on cheese in the morning.
A gas station I often stop at for coffee sells pizza slices for breakfast - with lots of cheese. They do a brisk morning business.

If they have a hawiian topped pizza out when I stop for coffee I'll almost always have to indulge myself. It actually sits in my tummy pretty well at 7:15 in the morning.

They bbq chicken pizza at that time of the morning though I find nauseating.
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A can of tuna and a tablespoon or two (preference) of light mayonnaise. Would make two quick sandwiches in the morning before work.
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