You’ve probably heard the age-old mantra that goes “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” sometime in your life, and though there are many opinions out there about whether we should skip breakfast or not, we all still love to enjoy that first meal of the day.
To help inspire you to whip up healthier breakfast option, I’ve rounded up some simple yet nutrient dense breakfast ideas that you can incorporate into your daily routine without too much additional effort, so you can get the energy you need to perform your next intense workout. Here we go!
5 Breakfast Ideas For Fitness Enthusiasts
1. High-Protein Pancakes
Let’s face it, everyone loves pancakes but we know that they can really aid in packing on the pounds, and because of the high amount of flour and sugar they’re not particularly healthy. However, there are a lot of alternative, healthy recipes that you can try so you can still enjoy your pancakes without feeling guilty simply because you ate something you like. A variant that I’ve come to love over the years uses just 4 simple ingredients: ¼ cup of raw oats, half of a banana, half a scoop of protein powder and three to four egg whites. I simply mix all of this together and bake them in some olive oil until they’re nice and puffy, and I don’t have to worry about refined sugar or flour that I’d be otherwise ingesting.
If you want a healthy, balanced breakfast that doesn’t take a long time to make, look no further than the good old porridge. Just cook up some oats, add some fresh fruit (apples and bananas work great in my opinion), sprinkle some cinnamon on top and you have a high-fiber, high-carb (complex carb, though) meal that will definitely keep you full for a few hours to prevent you from snacking unnecessarily, and as a plus you’ll get a ton of useful micronutrients such as vitamins B1, B2, C, biotin and pantothenic acid.
3. Plant Packed Omelet
For those mornings when you wake up really hungry, the solution is definitely to go for a high-protein meal that will satiate that appetite and give you the energy you need to get on with your day, especially if you’re planning on working out later. A high-carb meal can also work, but I feel that it often gives me a bad sugar crash later in the morning as soon as the carbohydrates are digested. A nice omelet is, in my opinion at least, exactly what you need in such a situation, as a single egg contains an entire 6 grams of protein and 78 calories in total. Add in an additional 5g of fat, and eating just two or three of these will definitely keep you going until lunch. It’s also nice to add in veggies like spinach, red peppers and mushrooms so that you can get a nice serving of greens during the start of your day.
4. Almond Protein Balls
Almonds are hands-down some of the most nutritious nuts you can have – they’re high in protein, containing an amazing 21g per 100g of their own mass, and they’re also full of various other vital micronutrients. If you have a blender, all you have to do is take some almonds, some peanut butter and half a cup of oats, adding some water so you get a nice even mixture in the end, and maybe some salt for flavor (not much). When they’re nicely blended together, you should get a nice sticky mass that
you can now shape into balls, stick in the fridge and let them harden a bit until the morning.
5. Greek Yogurt
For readers that include dairy products in their diet, yogurt is generally a pretty healthy alternative to products such as milk and cheese. If you want to take it a step further though, I recommend that you go for Greek yogurt. The difference between Greek yogurt and the regular kind is that it’s heavily strained in order to remove all the whey and lactose usually present in dairy products, so you’re left with a very creamy substance that you can use as an ingredient in almost any type of breakfast. Additionally, Greek yogurt is very high in protein, which means that it’ll leave you feeling full for longer periods of time so you’ll ultimately have to consume less food (which is great for weight loss).
Hopefully these recipe ideas have inspired you to improve your diet and start eating breakfast regularly. I wish you the best of luck in your future health and fitness endeavors!
About The Author: Monica Nichols