Breakfast: The Perfect Meal Anytime Of The Day

Breakfast is my favorite meal regardless of what time of the day it is.  I love waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, tofu scramble, scrambled eggs…..even just vegan toast with homemade almond butter or a rye bagel with ‘lox’.  This meal gets the day going or it is perfect on the weekends after a long morning of training and consuming it as brunch.  Sitting down to breakfast with a hot cup of tea is utopia for me.

The best part is that it does more for us than we know.  I read this article on Livestrong.com about oatmeal and how it is the perfect meal for breakfast because it is a high-performance, energy producing and cholesterol lowering meal.  The article goes to pit oatmeal against the sugary alternative cereal, you know Lucky Charms or Cap’N Crunch.  Those cereals give us, or shall I say those that consume them, a quick energy boost but what it does is set you up for hunger pangs in a few hours where you end up consuming more calories than your body actually needs.  Why does this happen?  It happens because the sugary cereal causes a spike in your blood sugar and this spike does not allow your body to convert that second meal’s carbohydrates to glycogen which we need for training and improved performance in races.

I have been following the formula of a ~3:1 Carb:Protein recovery drink with Herbalife24 Rebuild Endurance within 30 minutes of completing my workout.  2 hours after that recovery drink I am having a carb based meal which is typically a breakfast meal.  It could be waffles or pancakes but sometimes it is a simple tofu scramble or veggie omelet on bread or in the form of a quesadilla.

Here are a couple of recipes for the recovery drink I consume within 30 minutes of my workout:

Banana Nut Bread Shake

Ingredients; 2 scoops Herbalife24 Rebuild Endurance, 1 scoop Herbalife Cookies N Cream, 1 Tbsp Grapevine Grains Rolled Oats, 100g Bananas, 1 Tbsp PB2, 1 dash cinnamon, 1 dash nutmeg, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Nutritional Breakdown: 364 calories, 69g Carbs, 3g Fat, 20g Protein

Directions:

  1. Add 8oz Water to a blender.
  2. Add All Ingredients from above
  3. Add 8-10oz of ice to blender.
  4. Blend until it reaches your desired consistency.  I love it thick so I blend for about 3 minutes.


Blueberry Oatmeal Shake

Ingredients: 2 scoops Herbalife24 Rebuild Endurance, 1 Tbsp Grapevine Grains Rolled Oats, 1/4c Blueberries, 1/2 sheet Graham Crackers

Nutritional Breakdown: 238 calories, 42g Carbs, 2g Fat, 12g Protein

Directions:

  1. Add 8oz Water to a blender.
  2. Add All Ingredients from above
  3. Add 8-10oz of ice to blender.
  4. Blend until it reaches your desired consistency.  I love it thick so I blend for about 3 minutes.

 

Every Friday when it is rest day I make the following Banana Nut Oatmeal recipe that I follow from Rose Cameron of The Bite Me Kitchen.

QUICK BANANA BREAD OATS

Serves 2
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 ripe medium bananas (1 mashed and 1 sliced)
  • 2 cups almond or soy milk, as needed
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt & dash nutmeg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts, toasted if preferred, for garnish
  • 1 tbsp raisins, for garnish
  • sprinkling of raw cacao or a few dark chocolate chips

 

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a Vitamix or a coffee grinder, grind the steel cut oats and chia seeds into a flour. Remove and place into a medium-sized pot.
2. Stir in 2 cups of the milk heat over medium. Stir in the mashed banana, the chopped banana and maple syrup. Heat for 4-5 minutes, adding more milk if desired and reducing temperature if necessary.
3. Remove from heat and stir in the cinnamon, a pinch of salt, vanilla, and dash of nutmeg.
4. Portion into bowls and top with chopped walnuts, raisins, and/or cacao. Add more milk if desired.

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Rose’s Version Of Banana Bread Oats

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My Version With Rose’s Version On The Laptop

Do You Eat Breakfast?

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Comments

  1. Johann says:

    I always eat breakfast and it is my favourite meal of the day. I just don’t keep it healthy enough sometimes. I recover by drinking enough (lots and lots of) fluids. I also eat what my body craves after heavy running. This is often proteins after long runs.
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  2. Beth says:

    I typically have breakfasts 2-3 times a day. Its just so delicious!!
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  3. Jill says:

    Breakfast is my favorite, too. I look forward to the day my kids are gone and I can eat it regularly for lunch and dinner :). They tend to protest if I do it too often, but sometimes we do!
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  4. DR says:

    “The Beautiful Truth” documentary on Netflix
    if you have not seen it yet watch it – its good…slightlyy slow out of the gate but great 2nd half and overall really solid piece.

    • CTER says:

      Thank you so much for the recommendation. What a great documentary. Man it is an eye opener. I am going to check to see if I can get some of those books on my iPad now too. Much, much appreciated.

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