It’s true, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Consider this: Your body is asleep for 6-8 hours each night, and during this time it’s not receiving any nutrients through calories. Because of this, you need to replenish your energy sources in the morning in order to avoid feeling fatigued throughout the day and to get your metabolism back on track.
“You want to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein,” Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club and Spa, told Health magazine, adding that there are tons of options to suit every palate.
Whether you’re an endurance athlete who spends the year training for various races and events or you’re a weekend warrior who fits a lot into Saturday and Sunday, keeping your energy and metabolism high all week long is just as important to your overall health and wellness as is taking care of your body pre- and post-workouts and with stretching and massage.
Tasty and simple breakfasts for a power boost
- If you’re in a hurry, opt for high-fiber, low-sugar cereal with low-fat, soy or almond milk, and top it with sliced strawberries or bananas.
- On chilly days, oatmeal mixed with almond butter, raisins or dried fruit will do the trick nicely.
- Scramble eggs with tomatoes, peppers, beans, avocados or salsa and wrap in a whole-grain tortilla for an on-the-go meal.
- Make a tasty breakfast sandwich using a toasted whole-grain English muffin, cheese and low-sodium ham. Wash it down with pure vegetable or fruit juice and head off to work.
- A breakfast the whole family will love includes whole-grain waffles or pancakes topped with Greek yogurt and berries or sliced peaches or apples on top.
- Relax while you sip green tea and enjoy a bran muffin with a side of Greek yogurt and honeydew or cantaloupe pieces.
- For those who prefer breakfast on the run, you can blend berries, spinach, peanut butter and protein powder with almond milk for a delicious smoothie on the go.
Keep in mind that protein is important to help repair sore muscles, so if you’ve worked out the day before, incorporating eggs or meat into your breakfast may be beneficial. If you’re feeling stiff, you might also want to consider giving yourself a quick 5-minute relaxing massage before heading off to work.