Protein-Rich Breakfasts To Enjoy When Eggs Are Scarce

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 10, 2015

If you haven't already heard, you'll probably discover soon that there's a serious shortage of eggs causing breakfast lovers across the U.S. to rethink their morning meals. Here's what you should know about the current shortage and a few recipes to help you get your daily dose of protein without your favorite breakfast food.

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According to USA Today, the avian flu that is currently sweeping across the U.S. is the largest outbreak in American history. NPR reported that as of the beginning of June, more than 200 farms have been affected by the strain of bird flu, and around 45 million chickens and turkeys have been euthanized. This represents more than 10 percent of American egg-producing birds, resulting in sky-high egg prices and a limited supply for supermarkets.

If you're concerned about making up for this lost source of protein in your senior nutrition plan, here are a couple protein-rich breakfast options that you're sure to enjoy.

Protein-Packed Breakfast Smoothie
When you have a busy morning ahead, there may not be time to whip up a gourmet breakfast. Luckily, you can get a quick boost of energy with this protein-rich morning smoothie, which has the same amount of the nutrient that you'd get from an egg. Enjoy it with a piece of whole-wheat toast and fresh fruit for a balanced meal that will keep you going all day.


  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 Tbsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter or cashew butter
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Combine all the ingredients in your blender, then process for 30-60 seconds until smooth. Pour your concoction into a glass and you're ready to go!

Papaya Chia Seed Pudding
Did you know that chia seeds are packed with protein? These little black seeds make a great breakfast pudding that's easy to prepare ahead of time. Use this recipe to get your morning dose of protein and vitamin C all in one!


  • 1 organic papaya, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Shredded coconut for garnish

Place the chopped papaya in a small bowl, then mash with a fork. Spread this mixture in the bottom of a breakfast bowl or mason jar.

Next, combine the chia seeds and almond milk. Stir together before pouring over the papaya. Cover the bowl or jar and place it in the fridge for a few hours. This is best done overnight, so your breakfast is ready to go in the morning.

To serve, simply sprinkle shredded coconut over the top of the pudding and eat with a spoon.

Other protein-rich breakfast foods
If you're looking for other ways to incorporate protein into your breakfast without eggs, there are a number of ingredients that you can use. Greek yogurt is high in protein, but make sure to choose a plain variety, so you're not loading up on sugar. Different types of nut butter are usually good sources of the nutrient as well, so spread some on your morning toast for a healthy start to your day.