Sustainable nutrients are a must on both the macro [e.g., carbs, protein and fat] and micro [e.g., vitamins and minerals] levels. They should be affixed to your daily breakfast menu; and if you forgo these essentials, you can expect a decline in strength, stamina and the ability to concentrate.
Even if you’re hard-pressed for time, you can’t skip the morning meal. Here are a few quick, simple bites to sub when you don’t have time to sit down for a full dish.
Muscle Milk N’ Oats [cytosport.com]
Maple & Brown Sugar // $4 for a single-serving container
Calories: 300 Carbs: 34g Protein: 30g Fat: 6g
The lowdown: Call it power oatmeal, because it’s loaded with whole grains and 30 grams of protein per serving. Another plus: it only takes two minutes to prepare.
Elite Oats [eliteoatsnmore.com ]
Apple Spice // $14 per container
Calories: 260 Carbs: 25g Protein: 35g Fat: 2.5g
The lowdown: Formulated with whey protein, these oats offer five grams of fiber, a nutrient necessary for keeping you on track [and, ahem, regular].
Labrada Lean Body Breakfast Shake [labrada.com]
Blueberries & Cream // $90 for 20 packets
Calories: 360 Carbs: 35g Protein: 40g Fat: 7g
The lowdown: The shake provides a range of vitamins, including A, C, E and K and is fortified with whey protein. It claims to offer as much nutritional value as 10 egg whites and a bowl of oatmeal. Mix it with skim milk or cold water.
GNC Amplified Muscle Meal [gnc.com ]
Chocolate // $70 for 20 packets
Calories: 350 Carbs: 25g Protein: 50g Fat: 5g
The lowdown: Part of GNC’s new Amp line, this portable packet, which you can add to milk or water, is significantly high in protein, offering 50 grams per serving.
Labrada Lean Body Cookie Bar [labrada.com]
S’mores // $36 for 12 bars
Calories: 360 Carbs: 30g Protein: 30g Fat: 13g
The lowdown: More than just an a.m. sweet treat, this microwavable bar packs as much nutrition as a bowl of cereal and offers 30 grams of protein.
Optimal Nutrition 91 Bar [optimalnutritioninc.com]
Banana Chocolate Chip // $4.50 per bar
Calories: 260 Carbs: 40g Protein: 14g Fat: 6g
The lowdown: This meal replacement bar is made from whole foods, so your body can better absorb the nutrients at a higher rate than it would processed foods. If you have food allergies, the bar is lactose and wheat-free.