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Non-Traditional Breakfast Proteins That Save You Money

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January 25, 2022

We all know the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” There’s a good reason for that adage. Breakfast helps start up your metabolism and boosts your glucose to provide you with long-lasting energy. Are you looking for some excellent breakfast ideas that switch up the same old routine and give you plenty of protein for your day? Then try rotating these new protein ideas into your morning repertoire. Plus, with ingredients found at your local bulk wholesale supply store, not only will you make breakfast interesting, you’ll save on your grocery budget.

Alternative Morning Meal Options

Eggs are staples in the breakfast world. They are great hard-boiled, scrambled, and over-easy. However, it’s easy to get in a rut and have a traditional breakfast every day of the week. Here are some easy, and affordable, replacements for bacon, eggs, and toast.

Breakfast Bowls with Beans

If you want to double down on your protein intake and maximize your grocery budget, hearty breakfast bowls with eggs and beans are the solution. Not only do beans provide

39 grams of protein per cup, they are one of the most inexpensive items found at your bulk supply store. Keep the bowl low-carb with black beans, eggs, and salsa. Depending on your preference, you can also add potatoes, rice, wilted greens, or quinoa.


Want to seriously up the flavors on your breakfast? Chorizo, typically made from pork, is loaded with smoky paprika, intense garlic, and a wealth of other spices. What makes this protein so impressive is its variability. You can find it ground, in links, or even as pre-made patties. Make mouthwatering breakfast burritos for a meal on the go. For a Sunday brunch, create a hash with ground chorizo and sweet potatoes. Even add some to Shakshuka for extra pizzazz.

Avocado Toast

There’s a reason why avocado toast can be found on numerous brunch menus–it’s delicious and a breeze to make. Plus, avocados have about 4 grams of protein per 7 ounces. Grab restaurant-quality avocados from your nearby restaurant supply store and whatever bread strikes your fancy. Keep it simple with salt and pepper, or add some chile flakes for a kick. You can also top with kale, radish, cherry tomatoes, and more!

Plant-Based Breakfast Proteins for a Healthy Start to Your Day

Incorporating plant-based foods is one way to eat healthier, but it can be hard to know where to start. Looking for an alternative to ordinary bacon? Check out these standouts below!

Firm and Silken Tofu

Here area few way to build out a complete breakfast quickly.

Veganism's rising popularity means that tofu is on dining tables more often than ever. This soy-based food sucks up what flavor it comes into contact with, making it extremely versatile. You can slice firm tofu, marinate in a combination of soy sauce and liquid smoke, and assemble an epic plant-based breakfast sandwich. Turn tofu into “scrambled eggs.” Simply crumble the tofu, add turmeric for color, your favorite spices, and plenty of budget-friendly veggies. You can make an eggless version of traditional breakfast casserole by substituting silken tofu.

Vegan Bacon

This plant-based alternative to pork belly is a healthy addition to any breakfast. Chop it for scrambles, sear it as a perfect side for tofu or eggs, even make a meat-free version of a crescent-breakfast ring.

Putting Together Healthy and Easy Morning Meals

Once you’ve chosen your breakfast protein, there are many ways to build out a complete breakfast quickly. 

  • Start with exceptional, wholesome ingredients as your foundation. Look for fresh produce, whole grains, and low-fat dairy options.
  • Keep your meals simple. Yogurt and granola, smoothies, and breakfast sandwiches are just a few of the effortless meals you can make when you’re crunched for time.
  • Prepare your food the night before, or look for bulk frozen foods to help you enjoy a delicious breakfast with minimal cooking time in the morning. 

If you are looking for other ways to eat healthily or add even more innovative proteins, your bulk food supply store is stocked with cost-effective ingredients that are a breeze to prepare.

Visit US Foods CHEF’STORE for All Your Cost-Effective and Innovative Breakfast Proteins

Shop CHEF’STORE and discover aisles of nutritious, cutting-edge ingredients for home cooks at competitive prices. We provide farm-fresh produce, fresh and frozen breakfast meats, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. Contact us today or visit one of our many locations near you to see what we offer.


Building a healthy breakfast checklist.

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