The Slow Burning Breakfast

coffee-fruit.jpgIt’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe idea from my favorite healthy breakfast stash. In the past, I have shared a couple great breakfast ideas to start the day out right: Power Breakfasts and Another Great Way To Start The Day. These are all very simple meals that can be prepared in about five minutes. I am all about having great food and not having to spend much time preparing it. I don’t have much patience when it comes to eating, so if you’re the same, these simple breakfasts should be perfect match for you!

Today’s breakfast is ideal for people that add a long, but not so intense workout to their day schedule. What I mean is riding a bike for two to three hours long or working out at the gym very moderately, but for a few hours. The idea behind these activities is is to raise your endurance level. When you expend your calories, it will be over a long period of time. Having the right meal before a workout like this is key. With this breakfast idea, you will eat about 500 calories, but it will be a slow and long burn so you are left with enough energy during your workout.

  • 3 Whole Wheat Pancakes. (4-inch diameter) Waffles are a great alternative if needed. Use only 2 tsp. of butter and 2 tbsp. of maple syrup.
  • 1/2 Cup of Fresh Berries. I love to have strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and a little bit of banana. There are some great frozen fruit mixes out there that are even awesome to try.
  • 8 oz. of 100% Fruit Juice (no added sugar).
  • Coffee or Tea, your pick.

This meal will give you roughly 500 calories of fuel, 85g of carbs, 10g of protein, and 15g of fat.

You’ll probably notice that the fat content it fairly higher than most breakfasts. Since this meal is geared for including a long, stead workout afterwards, much of the calories come from this fat, so it could provide the energy that you need throughout. By adding a little more fat and protein, it will make the meal much more filling and nutritionally balanced.

I hope that this recipe will help you during that next long, endurance exercise!

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