Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods For Athletes

Do you love your breakfast?  Only have a short list of “go-to” recipes?  Need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again? These three breakfast foods for athletes might be the inspiration you’re looking for.

 

Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism and weight loss. This is because protein helps you feel fuller longer and uses up a bunch of calories to absorb and metabolize it. It’s also important for repairing and growing your muscles, as an athlete. So I’m going to show you how to get the protein, as well as some veggies and healthy fats for your soon-to-be favourite new “go-to” breakfasts.

 

Eggs should be one of the regular breakfast foods for athletesBreakfast Food #1: Eggs

Yes, eggs are one of the “quintessential” breakfast foods for athletes.  And for good reason!

No, I’m not talking about processed egg whites in a carton.  I mean actual whole “eggs”. Yes, whole eggs. The whites AND the yolks!

Egg whites are mostly protein while the yolks are the real nutritional powerhouses.  Those yolks contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats.

Eggs have been shown to help you feel full, keep you feeling fuller longer, and help to stabilize blood sugar and insulin.

Not to mention how easy it is to boil a bunch of eggs and keep them in the fridge for a “grab and go” breakfast when you’re running short on time.

And…nope the cholesterol in eggs is not associated with an increased risk of arterial or heart diseases.

One thing to consider is to try to prevent cooking the yolks at too high of a temperature because that can cause some of the cholesterol to become oxidized.  It’s the oxidized cholesterol that’s heart unhealthy.

Unfortunately, I am intolerant to eggs, so they are not part of my complete breakfast.

 

One of the best breakfasts foods for athletes is nuts and seedsBreakfast Food #2: Nuts and/or Seeds

Nuts and seeds contain protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Nuts and/or seeds would make a great contribution to breakfast.

Don’t be fooled by “candied” nuts, sweetened nut/seed butters, or chia “cereals” with added sugars – you know I’m talking about the real, whole, unsweetened food here.

Nuts and seeds are also one of the ultimate breakfast foods for athletes on the go.  Grab a small handful of almonds, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds as you’re running out the door; you can nosh on them while you’re commuting.

Not to mention how easy it is to add a spoonful of nut/seed butter into your morning breakfast smoothie.

Hint: If you like a creamy latte in the mornings try making one with nut or seed butter.  Just add your regular hot tea and a tablespoon or two of a creamy nut or seed butter into your blender & blend until frothy.

 

Breakfast foods for athletes should include vegetablesBreakfast Food #3: Veggies

Yes, you already know you really should get protein at every meal including breakfast; this also applies to veggies.  You know I would be remiss to not recommend veggies at every meal, right?

Veggies are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, fiber, and water.  They should be included in every meal of the day, including being one of the staple breakfast foods for athletes.

You don’t need to have a salad or roasted veggies for breakfast if you don’t want to but you totally can!  You wouldn’t be breaking any “official” breakfast rules or anything like that.

Adding some protein to leftover veggies is a great combination for any meal.  Including breakfast.

I’ve included a delicious recipe below for you to try (and customize) for your next breakfast.

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