In training for any fitness goal, proper nutrition is paramount if you have any hope in coming near said goals. It all begins with what's for breakfast.
There is truth to the old adage: breakfast is the most important part of the day. Then why are fewer people eating breakfast? Most people who I consult with say one of two things: "I don't know what to eat," or "I don't have time."
Starting your day off with a well-balanced breakfast is one of the best ways to ensure that your metabolism is running as you get going with your day. Let's take a quick look at some of my favorites that you may want to consider. All of these are very high in protein and will ensure you don't experience a hunger crash mid-morning.
Combine together 1 scoop of protein powder with 4 to 5 egg whites until a very thin batter has formed. Chocolate or vanilla-flavored powder will work great for this recipe, depending on your flavor preference.
Next, pour onto a hot grill. The consistency should be thin, not thick like a pancake. Cook each side until brown. Before serving,smear on low-fat cream cheese or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Add strawberries if using cream cheese or half a banana if using peanut butter, roll up, and then serve.
Another great way to start your day is with some protein pancakes. Similar to the recipe above, this one is a little higher in complex carbs.
Combine together 2 to 3 egg whites, 1/2 scoop of protein powder along with 1/3 cup of rolled oats. If you'd like, you can also add 1/4 cup of cottage cheese or Greek yogurt.
Pour onto a hot grill and cook like a typical pancake. Serve with low-sugar maple syrup or honey.
A protein smoothie is the next quick way to get your day going in a healthy manner. This is perfect for those who need to take something on the go and can't quite tolerate the thought of solid food.
To prepare this, place 1 cup of milk, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of frozen strawberries, and any other fresh fruit you desire into a blender.
Pulse blend until the shake has reached your desired consistency and then serve. If you'd like to add some healthy fats to this recipe, consider also adding in either 1 tablespoon of flaxseeds or peanut butter or some flaxseed oil or coconut oil.
So there you have three tasty and easy to make breakfasts that you can make with stuff you probably already have on hand. If you can make sure that you are feeding your body the right mix of nutrients it needs, you can ensure that you stay on course with your nutrition for the rest of the day.
Chad Smith is a Hagerstown personal trainer and co-owner of Home Team Fitness LLC. Go to www.hometeamfitness.net for more information.