Breakfast is, without a doubt, the most important meal of the day, it becomes even more crucial if you are working out in the morning. Supplementing your body with healthy, energy boosting foods after a great workout can make you feel lively and spirited throughout the day.
After a heavy workout, your body is eager to make up for what has been lost. Eating a hearty meal around 60 minutes after a workout is a great way to replenish the lost nutrients.
Have a balanced breakfast
Most people believe that including proteins and carbohydrates in their morning meal is enough, but breakfast, just like any other meal should be balanced. A balanced breakfast should include foods from at least three different food groups.
Instead of having just eggs and toast, make a veggie omelet and a piece of fruit. Add fresh or frozen berries to your yoghurt to give your breakfast an antioxidant boost.
Natural (unprocessed) grains
Incorporating natural and whole grains in your breakfast instead of processed ones will pay off in terms of higher energy throughout the day. Skip crackers or puffs and have whole grain breakfast instead. Have a breakfast of whole grain oats sweetened with honey and fruits, or have bran muffin and a fruit salad.
Chocolate milk is recommended by many nutritionists after a heavy workout. It is just the right balance of fluids, protein and carbohydrates to replenish the loss. It also contains calcium, healthy fats and whey proteins.
Eggs are consumed all over the world as a breakfast staple, and not without a reason. Eggs are a great source of high-quality protein and also contain healthy fats, which are necessary to keep your energy levels up.
Avocados are full of nutritional benefits and contain a healthy amount of good fats too. You can have avocados spread on toast, or few pieces mixed into an omelette, or you can also use it to create a super food smoothie.
Try adding some super fruits in your breakfast to get your daily dose of antioxidant rich food, early in the morning. Be sure to include 3-4 different kinds of fruits every week in your breakfast menu. Do not limit yourself to the same old banana or blueberries when it comes to breakfast, choose from figs, grapefruit, acai berries, kiwi, dragon fruit or even apple depending on availability.
Keep a tab on these energy traps
Certain foods instead of boosting your energy, make you feel drained and tired. Refined flour and sugar intake should be limited or avoided altogether if you want to feel more energetic. Being hungry for too long or skipping a meal can also make you feel sapped of energy.
Caffeine consumption should also be limited as it only makes you feel alert for a period of time and the caffeine crash after that will make you feel even more exhausted than before.
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