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Your mum was not wrong; breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day. Don’t eat it and you will subject yourself to cravings later in the day, a slow metabolism and generally feeling sluggish and without energy. Eating something is better than nothing, but getting good nutrition in the morning is very important. You have a wide range of choices when deciding what to eat for breakfast, and I am going to show you three great option, which just happen to be my favourite.
Great Breakfast Options
We have repeatedly spoken about the benefits of eating enough protein in your diet. You probably need more, not just for the muscle builders, but for those wanting to lose weight as well. Protein will help speed up the weight loss process, and filling your plate with it will only lead to good things. I like to get a bit more of it in the morning as well, and along with some slow burning carbs, it really provides you with a kick-start to your day. You will ensure that you stay full for longer, and get through until lunch without the usual cravings. There are three things that I personally rotate for breakfast, I tend to stay away from bread, so my mornings will be an omelette, a smoothie or some porridge, or oats if you aren’t from down under! Here are a few ideas and why each option is so great.
Eggs are great. They have 7 grams of protein in each servings, and you can eat them however you want. An omelette is an even better option because you can get a whole lot of other nutrients in there and really pump up your breakfast. Some options to put in your omelette to get taste and nutrition are:
- Cottage Cheese (it’s like super cheese… seriously)
- Any Vegetable Your Stomach Desires
Seriously super easy, whisk two eggs, dice up your ingredients, put it all in a frying pan and even the most disastrous of cooks cannot go wrong.
Smootheis are fantastic because you can get a whole lot of good things in there, quickly and conveniently. If you use your imagination you can really work out some great smoothies. If you want to get extra protein in make sure you use some milk, and you can even put a scoop of protein powder in there. For interest sake I will put my morning smoothie up:
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 Tub low fat sugar free strawberry yoghurt
- Frozen berries/ strawberries (Lots!)
It’s super simple but it tastes great. If I have it after workout I usually put two scoops of protein in.
Porridge is a great option, you can put whatever you want in it, and you get slow burning carbs and a hit of protein. You can make it with milk or water, and add whatever you like. I put a scoop of vanilla protein powder and a banana in. Berries go well, honey for some sweetness, cinnamon, yoghurt… the options are endless. Oats will fill you up and keep you going for much longer.
We have discussed the benefits of eating breakfast before, but it is something that is more than necessary to reiterate. Breakfast kick-starts your day and gets you going, if you can throw in some natural protein sources in there, you are doing even better. Like I have said before, eating something is better than eating nothing, but any of these three things are a prefect breakfast that you can really get your body and your metabolism going nicely. Try to add them to the start of your day and you will see the benefits immediately.