It’s not easy to get out the door on time in the morning, let alone with a nutritious breakfast in your belly. We hear this time and again from our personal training clients. Problem is, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So what’s a busy person to do?
Luckily there are a lot of “grab and go” breakfast options. Here are some of our favourites. Each taste great and will keep you going for hours:
1. A smoothie.
There are a million ways to make a great smoothie. We shared one of our favourite post-workout shakes here.
In the Nielsen household, the following is our go-to recipe (all amounts are approximate – no need to measure!). Blend it up in whatever kind of blender you have – we use a magic bullet to minimize mess and dirty dishes – and bring it with you in a travel cup. You can even put your ingredients together the night before – just store in your blender in the fridge until morning
½ cup frozen berries
½ a banana
Handful of spinach
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (the flavoured varieties are chock-full of sugar – stay away!)
¼ cup pure pomegranate juice
Enough unsweetened vanilla almond milk to cover most of the other ingredients – about ¾ of a cup.
Any add-ins you like. We usually add some Usana Optomega oil, probiotic, as well as a high-quality protein powder.
2. Homemade breakfast "muffins"
These are easy to make, nutritious, and pretty tasty to boot. Make them on the weekend and keep them in the freezer for the week. If this particular recipe sound good to you, check out Pinterest for hundreds of other recipes and ideas.
Mix the following ingredients together, then bake at 350 until then look done (about 15 to 20 minutes):
3 mashed bananas (the riper the better)
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp baking powder
3 cups quick oats
1 tsp vanilla
Handful of chocolate chips and/or blueberries and/or nuts
(Note: these are very different from regular or store-bought muffins. Be very leery of regular muffins - even though they may sound healthy, they almost never are.)
3. If neither of these real food options are going to work for you, it’s time to think about a meal replacement.
We recommend meal replacements to those who would skip breakfast otherwise (or who’d be eating donuts or Pop Tarts instead). A great choice is Usana’s Chocolate Whey Nutrimeal. It’s gluten-free, soy-free, and delivers 15 grams of protein per serving.
There you go - three easy ideas for morning fuel that will start your day off right, rev up your metabolism and give you energy to think and do. No more excuses!
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 16 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!