We’re not joking when we say that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day – skip it and you’re missing out. A balanced breakfast will boost your metabolism, fuel your brain and provide your mind and body with the energy they need to start each day powerful and positive. Wondering what a “balanced breakfast” is and how you can be more efficient when it comes to making that all-important first meal of the day a lot more effective, enjoyable and exciting? Simply follow these 4 steps to achieve a mean morning meal.
Follow the nutrient checklist
Your breakfast is only as powerful as you make it. Whether it’s sweet or savoury, your plate should include a combination of high-fiber carbohydrates, lean protein, healthy fats, and lots of bright colours coming from fruit or vegetables. An example of this is oatmeal with blueberries, banana and almonds and a hard boiled egg. Or, if you prefer savoury – whole grain bread with avocado and scrambled egg.
If you feel like you don’t have time in the morning to prepare your breakfast, then make extra beans, vegetables or eggs during the week or the night before. This way you will have something ready to take with you if you do find yourself rushing in the morning.
Don’t stick to what you think breakfast should be
You don’t always have to eat what you think is a typical breakfast. Why not eat something you would have for dinner for breakfast? For example, try adding fish or chicken to a breakfast omelet or fry with some vegetables. It’s also a good way of using up leftovers and save yourself preparation time. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Excite your taste buds and find different foods and combinations that work for you.
Choose your breakfast beverage wisely
A great breakfast is not just what’s on your plate, but also what’s in your glass. Choose your breakfast beverage wisely and you can get even more from your morning meal. Coffee (black), matcha tea, and nutrient-dense smoothies made from a mixture of fruit, vegetables and natural tea will add an extra kick of energy to your breakfast. And don’t forget your basic hydration goals! You should be drinking 500ml of water within the first 30 minutes of waking up in the morning – minimum.
Stick to these tips and you will be likely to see a big difference in your performance. Not just in your training but also at work and other areas in life. Start your day with a really good breakfast and let the results speak for themselves.