If you are like many men, most days from the moment you wake up, you’re on the phone with clients or returning emails and texts. On top of that if you’re not a morning person you probably sleep in until the last second then rush out the door. If this sounds familiar you might ask yourself what is missing from your morning? Breakfast! Many of us skip breakfast either because we are not hungry or because we are in too much of a hurry to get to our busy days. Unfortunately, missing breakfast is making you fatter. When we sleep, our internal system literally shuts down. Everything in our bodies, including our metabolisms, takes a break and repairs for the next day. So when we wake up, our metabolisms need some fuel to get rolling. Unfortunately, without breakfast, our bodies cannot get up to speed properly and therefore are unable to metabolize as efficiently throughout the rest of the day. In addition, when we skip breakfast, we are often starving by lunch and eat way too much. Not to mention, when we allow our bodies to get this hungry our bodies go into “starvation” mode and end up storing more fat. So breakfast is important, especially for you guys who are trying to become lean and fit. And no, a doughnut and coffee or cold pizza does not constitute a good breakfast! The good news is, breakfast doesn’t have to take a long time to prepare. We have two fool-proof breakfasts that are loaded with muscle building protein, fiber which is great for digestion and a healthy metabolism, energyfueling carbs and antioxidants…..all delicious and all around 300 calories!
The first breakfast staple is “The Shake“. You will need a decent blender for this. We recommend buying a green powder supplement (ie: Vitamineral Greens, you can buy these at Organic Supermarkets) or spirulina powder to add to your shakes. The recipe for the shake is: 1 or 2 bananas, 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice (berries, mango chunks, etc.), a scoop of spirulina or green powder supplement, 1 to 1 and ½ cups milk (almond or soy milk work too) and a tablespoon raw hemp seed or flax seed. Blend everything together and drink. It’s a good idea to make these the night before and store them in the fridge in a Sigg bottle or any other to-go beverage container. We guarantee that after a week of drinking this shake, you will feel energized and satisfied.
The second breakfast staple is “The Energy Breakfast Bowl”. You have two options for this breakfast of champions; you can use cooked quinoa or rolled oats. If you choose to use cooked quinoa, the recipe is as follows: 1 cup cooked quinoa, 3/4 cup berries of your choice, honey or agave nectar to taste, cinnamon to taste, 1 or 2 raw dates (seeded and choppod). If you use rolled oats it’s basically the same: 1 cup rolled oats, 3/4 cup berries, honey or agave nectar to taste, cinnamon to taste, 1 or 2 raw dates (seeded and chopped). Put these ingredients together in a bowl; both of these breakfasts can be put together the night before. In the morning, simply heat up the quinoa bowl or pour boiling water into the rolled oats bowl and blend. That’s it! No more excuses guys! If you want to go from “flabby and fat guy” to “lean & fit” guy, eat breakfast no later than one hour after you wake up. We promise you (and your gut) will be grateful you did!