Once you’ve determined your breakfast personality, it’s time to plan meals that will give you the energy you need to be your best. Not sure which meal plans are right for you? Find out your breakfast personality first.
Breakfast foods for a Busy Multi-Tasker
Go-go-go morning rushers should make ‘protein, fruit and fibre’ their mantra.
Make hard-boiled eggs on the weekend and stash them in the fridge for busy weekday mornings; eat one with a handful of baby carrots.
Not keen on eggs? Try cottage cheese with berries, an apple with almond butter, or a low-sugar granola bar (look for a 100-150-calorie bar with less than 6 grams of sugar), Bamford suggests. She also recommends supplementing these mini-meals with a mid-morning snack.
Or try one of these portable brekkies during your commute:
‘ 50-75 grams of reduced fat cheese such as cheddar, Brie or havarti with 20 percent milk fat, or two skim-milk mozzarella cheese strings
‘ An apple or pear
‘ One slice of whole grain toast, or half a whole grain bagel (optional, if you’re still hungry)
‘ Tea or coffee
‘ A natural protein bar with at least 15 grams of protein
‘ Tea or coffee with steamed low-fat dairy or soy milk, or a glass of milk
Breakfast foods if you’re a Slow Starter
‘For a sedentary lifestyle, just the essential carbs are needed: a little fruit and one serving of grains to go along with a protein-rich food,’ says Bamford, explaining that the protein will help maintain your muscles. Avoid extraneous fat, refined sugar and extra calories to minimize weight gain.
If you have time to cook, treat yourself to a vegetarian omelet made with one whole egg plus two egg whites, plenty of fresh, diced veggies such as onions, mushrooms, green pepper, spinach, served with whole-grain toast and fresh tomato slices.
Or try packing these options:
‘ Greek Yogurt Parfait:
3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp maple syrup or honey (optional)
½ to 1 cup of berries
2 to 3 Tbsp rolled oats or 20-30 grams of whole grain cereal
2 Tbsp unsalted nuts or seeds
Cinnamon, nutmeg (optional)
* With this breakfast, you’ll need a midmorning snack such as a boiled egg, says Bamford.
‘ 3/4 to 1 cup of cottage cheese with one or two percent milk fat
‘ 1/2 to 1 cup sliced fruit
‘ 1 slice whole grain toast with 1 Tbsp natural nut butter (peanut, almond, sesame, or cashew)
‘ Coffee or tea
Breakfast foods for the Morning Athlete
You may not feel much like eating before you head out for a vigorous early-morning workout, but should you force down some food to help maintain your stamina?
That depends on your activity level, Bamford says. If you’re training hard five or more mornings per week’especially in preparation for a marathon or triathlon’you definitely need to gulp down some pre-workout carbs.
‘Easy-to-digest choices include chocolate milk, regular milk, applesauce, yogurt, banana, or even a sports drink. If this is hard, a bedtime snack with low-glycemic carbs, like oatmeal and milk, is almost as good,’ she suggests.
If you workout moderately, three or four mornings per week, feel free to exercise on an empty stomach. ‘If you find your workout running out of steam, however, you would benefit from some fruit, milk or yogurt’even a coffee with at least 1/2 a cup of steamed milk (soy or dairy),’ says Bamford.
Post-workout, eat any of the breakfast options in this article. After a particularly vigorous workout, restore depleted glycogen with extra carbs on top of the menus above’drizzle yogurt with honey or maple syrup and toss in a handful of berries, or eat some extra toast with nut butter and an apple or banana slices.
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