Continuing with the theme of my previous post, The Importance of Breakfast, I want to bring to light the breakfast recipes that I use to start my day. Since each breakfast and meal provide different benefits, it sometimes proves worth researching how certain types of foods with act with your body.
Recently, I began following a running training schedule that has me covering 40 miles per week on average. Since my long runs are on Sundays, my body doesn’t normally feel the after-effects until a day later; Mondays are recovery days. I found a very simple breakfast recipe that proves to provide a ton of carbs with lean proteins to help aide in the recovery process. The low fats and easy digestion of this meal helps glucose reach the aching muscles much quicker than heavier meals. The addition of the smoothie is the staple, in my mind, and it is very easy on stomachs just starting the day after a tiring weekend. I ate this breakfast this morning, so if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, give it a shot!
Fruit Smoothie and More
- Using a blender, combine 1/2 cup (or whatever consistency you prefer) of orange juice, 1/2-1 of a frozen banana, and about a 1/2 or more of frozen strawberries.
- I also added 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder in the smoothie, just for kicks. The flavor was awesome and was a perfect start to the day.
- 1 slice of toast (wheat preferably) or a bagel with jam or jelly.
- Drink a juice, tea, coffee, or whatever liquid in the morning that gets you going. No sodas or “fake” sugar juices! About 8-10 oz. is a good serving size for these.
This meal provides about 500 calories with 10g of protein (almost 30g with the powder included), 100g of carbohydrates, and about 3.5-4g of fat. This is a very balanced meal that provides enough nutrients and vitamins, so it should hold any appetite over until lunch time. Of course, adding any small healthy snacks before then is never a bad thing!