Living with a chronic lung condition like pulmonary fibrosis can present unique challenges, but maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet is crucial for overall well-being. For individuals taking OFEV® (nintedanib), paying attention to nutritional needs becomes even more important.
OFEV prescribing information recommends that you take OFEV with food. PF Warrior members report that taking OFEV with a meal that includes 25 – 30 grams of protein can help minimize or avoid gastrointestinal issues like stomach upset and diarrhea. In this blog, we’ll explore delicious and high-protein breakfast options tailored to support those who are taking OFEV. I’m featuring my favorites that include ready-to-eat, frozen and easy-to-cook meals.
1. Premier Protein
Premier Protein is a daily routine for many of our members. At 30 grams of protein in a tasty drink, it makes getting adequate protein along with your morning dose of OFEV easy. This brand comes in a variety of flavors including Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry. The Café Latte is my partner’s favorite.
2. One Bars
One Bars are tasty and with 20 grams of protein. Add a cup of non-dairy milk if you need something more. Available at many local grocers, our favorite is the Birthday Cake flavor, though the Maple Glazed Doughnut flavor ranks highly also.
3. think! Bars
think! bars are also a go-to choice when I am shopping. Also at 20 grams of protein. These are low in sugar, gluten free, and come in several tasty flavors.Top it off with a glass of cow’s milk or non-dairy milk to get up to 30 grams of protein.
4. Kroger Lite Turkey Sausage Egg White & Cheese English Muffin
Kroger Lite Turkey Sausage Egg White & Cheese English Muffin is as familiar as the breakfast choice at fast food joints. This one from Kroger clocks in at 16 grams of protein per serving. Add 24 almonds to add 6 grams or protein. Or add 1 cup of Silk Almond milk to add 8 grams of protein. Trader Joe’s and other stores carry similar products.
4. Just Crack an Egg Low Carb Protein Packed Scramble Breakfast Bowl Kit
This choice can be found in the dairy section of a grocery store. Add your own egg or egg whites, stir and microwave. You’ll have a hearty breakfast with a bit of sausage and potatoes in less than two minutes.
5. Amy’s Kitchen Tofu Scramble
Amy’s Kitchen Tofu Scramble avoids meat and eggs and still gives you 20 g of protein. Don’t be afraid to try tofu. It takes on the flavor of the other ingredients and spices. With organic vegetables, this selection is also prepared in a microwave.
6. Kodiak Protein Packed Buttermilk Power Flapjacks
Kodiak Protein Packed Buttermilk Power Flapjacks have 15 grams of protein per serving. Add ½ cup of greek yogurt to this meal and you will have a robust breakfast. Kodiak offers several other high protein items, including oatmeal and mixes.
7. Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl
Jimmy Dean offers a number of frozen breakfast items, several of which offer around 18 or 19 grams of protein. Check the frozen food breakfast section of your grocery and pick your favorite mix of meat and eggs. This sausage bowl gives you 19 grams of protein, so add a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter to the meal if you need it.
8. Scrambled Eggs and Cottage Cheese
Three large eggs scrambled with ½ cup of cottage cheese will add up to about 30 grams of protein, but requires cooking. Mix the eggs and cottage cheese first. Cook the mixture in a little butter or a nonstick pan, if you prefer. Add vegetables and spices to amp up the flavor. We like garlic and onion. I also add a little basil or tarragon, which both go great with eggs. Salt and pepper to taste.
9. Chocolate and Peanut Butter Shake
My partner has a bit of a sweet tooth so a shake has to taste like a treat for her. Blend 1 cup unsweetened vanilla soymilk, 1 frozen banana, and ½ cup reduced fat plain greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or a nut butter of your choice. If you can drink it all, you’ll get 26 grams protein.
10. Eggless Breakfast Wrap
If you don’t like breakfast foods, maybe you will like something a little more brunch-like. I buy cooked chicken from the deli counter or from the frozen food section of my grocery. Measure four ounces of cooked chicken, add a little salsa or avocado and wrap it all up in a tortilla. You can add a spread of beans or cheese if you can have them. Heat it up in the microwave and breakfast is ready. This will give you 25 grams of protein without any eggs or sausage.
11. Beans on Toast
If you are looking for 20 grams of protein try the old favorite, beans on toast. With 2 eggs cooked your favorite way, ½ cup of black beans on toast will likely get you at least 20 grams of protein. If you are tired of eggs, try substituting ricotta or farmer’s cheese. If you avoid dairy, substitute a slice of ham or lean meat.
12. Dave’s Killer Bread Veggie Bagel
When you just can’t stand any more eggs, have a bagel with a little goat cheese and some veggies for crunch and variety. We love Dave’s Killer Bread of all kinds. Their Epic Everything Bagels are higher in protein than most bagels. They are a little pricy, but very good. Toast one and top it with 1 ounce of goat cheese and some veggies of your choice; sliced tomato, spinach, cucumber, and carrots are good. It’s a veggie packed breakfast with about 20 grams of protein.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring nor the same every day. Whether you cook or not, there is likely something you can have that is quick, nutritious and will give you a lot of protein when you are taking medications that should be taken with food.
What food should I avoid while taking Ofev, Carmen Pope, Pharmacist, Drugs.com