Yawn. Yes you’ve probably heard it time and time again but breakfast really IS the MOST IMPORTANT meal of the day.
Eating first thing will get your metabolism going, give you energy and keep you satisfied until that late morning snack / lunch.
If you’re trying to be healthy, skipping breakfast is a no no. You need to nourish your body, not starve it. Also, research has shown that those that don’t have breakfast, actually put on weight. By missing meals, your body will go into starvation mode, so when you do next eat something, it will CLING onto the fats. Be an athlete, not a dieter.
Here are my recommendations for a healthy breakfast:
A) Porridge with semi skimmed / full fat / almond milk. Topped with honey. Add blueberries and almonds for extra yumminess. (I am on a student budget so tend to stick to simply honey).
B) Cereals such as bran flakes and muesli with extra fruit and nuts. Try with almond milk for something a bit different (and for extra protein!) and dollop some full fat yogurt of your choice on top.
Eggs are also recommended for breakfast as they are rich in protein so will nourish your muscles and help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Personally, I prefer to have eggs for lunch. So you’ll have to be patient and wait for another post that will include some delicious egg recipes.
I always have a large glass of water with breakfast and a green tea. Hydration is essential for a healthy body.
I’m not going to preach about what you should and shouldn’t have for breakfast. But I would suggest avoiding things very high in sugar such as chocolaty, sugar coated cereals. Sugary foods will give you a quick little boost but won’t substantially fill you up or give you long lasting energy.
Personally, I have a very large portion for breakfast. I know I need a LOT to keep me going and give me enough energy for training. Think about how much you’re doing and how active you are and adjust your portion size accordingly. There’s no right or wrong. But be sensible and think how much YOU need.
Don’t calorie count. When you have an active lifestyle your body has different needs. Be wise and make healthy choices. For example, brown granary bread has more calories than white bread, but granary bread has a higher nutritional value, more fibre etc.
A filling, fresh, nutritional breakfast is essential for good health and progression in training.
Run to get fitter, run to get faster, run to feel happier.
All the best,