You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that breakfast is the single most important thing to do in the morning. What gym goers also know is that it is the prerequisite for a healthy lifestyle. However, eating whatever comes to you first is far from good and, instead of carbs, always choose proteins. If you are looking for effective and gym-friendly breakfast ideas, look no further – here are five ideas you should try right now!
Smoothies are the most popular sources of protein in the morning and a simple green protein smoothie, for example, is super easy to make and great if you are in a hurry – and who is not in a hurry in the morning, right? Apart from more than 300 calories and 3g of fat per serving – yes, three, while only 2g are saturated! – it also includes other helpful ingredients, such as:
- protein (15g),
- dietary fiber (6g),
- sugar (47g),
- cholesterol (6mg),
- sodium (95mg),
- carbohydrate (63g),
- potassium (795mg),
- Calcium (22%),
- iron (14%) and
- Vitamins A and C (117% and 233%, respectively).
#2 Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
A peanut butter and jelly smoothie is another recipe to consider, as it also has about 300 calories and 10g of fat, including 3g of saturated fat. On the other hand, it has high levels of protein and fibres that gym lovers need in order to maintain a fast metabolism and keep their energy level high during their visits to the gym. Made from strawberries (or any other berries of your choice), peanut butter, milk and Greek yoghurt, this smoothie will prove to be the most ideal breakfast you could ask for. It’s one for you sweet tooth fanatics out there (ps if you do have a big love for sweets, make sure you at least regularly visit a dentist to make sure you don’t completely erode).
#3 Breakfast Tacos
For people who are not fans of smoothies and oatmeal, but still make good use of a macro calculator (like this one I use every day) very seriously and wish to have a proper breakfast before hitting the gym, there is a solution. Items like dietary tacos, for example, might be the perfect idea – rich in proteins and fibre, they are a great source of energy, an efficient way to wake up and a helpful assistant when trying to lose weight. Moreover, they are easy to prepare and you can personalise them any way you want.
Oatmeal is a surprisingly high-protein breakfast choice not many people know about and an amazing way to start your day. Based on oat grains, it includes about 10 to 20 grams of protein, but you can always mix it up a little and add ingredients like chia seeds, almonds or even a banana on top of it, making it extra delicious.
Since it is rich in nutrients, but includes a moderate amount of sugar and fat, there is no reason why you should not eat oatmeal every day, especially if you have an intense training ahead of you. It will provide an abundance of energy, help your body grow and heal your muscle tissue.
#5 Loaded Omelette
Another thing to take into consideration is an omelette with vegetables, accompanied by whole grain bread and some Greek yoghurt. This unique mixture will give you everything you need – from proteins, fibre and vitamins, to strength, energy and endurance. Furthermore, it tastes really good and you can add all your favourite vegetables to it – most people prefer tomatoes, corn and kale, but you can include sweet potato, avocado and even quinoa, too.
Mix and Score
Another thing to remember when preparing these breakfast recipes is to check which ingredients you mix. But, as long as they are rich in protein, you can add whatever you like and be certain that these are the best possible ideas you could find. Just wait till you hit the gym to see the results!
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