Breakfast isn’t referred to as being the most important meal of the day because supermarkets and restaurants are looking to sell more oatmeal or pancakes, it is called the most important meal of the day because that is exactly what it is.
Most of us will eat, or perhaps take a casein protein shake, and will go to bed around one hour later, where we will hopefully sleep for around 8 hours.
That means that, as soon as we wake up, we will have gone for around 9 hours with no food whatsoever, we have essentially been fasting in our sleep, hence the name ‘breakfast’ because when we eat, we are breaking our fast.
For the average Joe, eating breakfast is very important because the food they consume will hopefully nourish their bodies and provide them with energy to kick start their metabolisms and get them through the day.
For bodybuilders however, breakfast is more important than ever, because for a bodybuilder, going for a prolonged amount of time with no food is like their worst nightmare.
The muscles constantly need to be fed, as do their bodies in general, but for most bodybuilding breakfast foods, you will find that, generally speaking, the foods are far from appetizing or appealing.
A typical bodybuilding breakfast will consist of a source of protein, carbohydrates, and/or fats, depending on how their diet and nutritional program is structured.
One thing that is for certain, however, is the fact that, after a while, consuming the same bodybuilding breakfast foods day in and day out, will not exactly be enjoyable.
Here we’ll be taking a look at several bodybuilding breakfast ideas and looking at a few examples of foods that are guaranteed to pack on the pounds of muscle, without tasting like dry cardboard in the process.
Before we do that, however, let’s first take a look at some of the main reasons why we all need to eat breakfast every day.
What Are The Primary Benefits Of Eating Breakfast?
As mentioned, breakfast is known as being the most important meal of the day, yet bizarrely, for some reason or another, a vast majority of people will skip it, or will simply eat something quick and unhealthy in a morning instead.
If you’re guilty of skipping breakfast, whether you’re a bodybuilder, a fitness enthusiast, or just somebody trying to take better care of their body, by the time you’ve finished reading this next section, you will almost certainly wish to re-evaluate your entire stance on skipping breakfast.
Breakfast Helps You To Lose Weight
Let’s face it, very few of us are entirely happy with our weight, and if we had the choice of dropping a few pounds, or a few dozen pounds, most of us would jump at the chance.
Some people seem to think that skipping breakfast in a morning will help them to lose weight, when in reality, it has the opposite effect.
They think that, by skipping a meal, they aren’t taking in any calories or fats, and therefore can’t gain weight, when in reality, all they are doing is slowing down their metabolisms.
The metabolism becomes stronger when it has energy, which it gets from calories found in the food we consume.
Without the energy, our metabolisms slow down, meaning that we find it much harder to lose weight, easier to gain weight, and we have less energy to exercise.
By eating breakfast, your metabolism fires up so you can start burning through the calories and get energized beyond belief.
Breakfast Energizes You
As mentioned, by eating breakfast, your metabolism gets a real boost, which in turn means that you have more energy.
We all feel tired and groggy when we wake up in a morning, but by eating breakfast, once the food is processed, digested, and absorbed, the calories fire up the metabolism so we start to generate even more energy as a result.
Breakfast Is A chance To Take In Protein
For bodybuilders and anybody looking to increase their lean muscle mass, you will need to meet a daily macronutrient requirement for protein intakes, which is generally around 1.5g of protein per pound of body weight.
By skipping meals, you miss out on around 20 -30g of protein, which, from a bodybuilding standpoint, is unacceptable.
Bodybuilding Breakfast Ideas
Now that we’ve taken a look at the benefits associated with eating breakfast, if you’re a bodybuilder looking to pile on the muscle mass, here is a look at a few simple and delicious bodybuilding breakfast ideas that go above and beyond your usual egg white and plain oatmeal breakfasts.
Most bodybuilders when eating oatmeal, will simply mix it with water, add a touch of salt and perhaps a dab of honey if they are feeling adventurous, and that’s that.
For the ultimate protein oatmeal that is healthy, protein-rich, satisfying, and simple to make, take a look at the following:
- 35g oatmeal
- Skim milk or water
- A handful of almonds
- 1 scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder
- A teaspoon of peanut butter
- A pinch of salt
- Take your oatmeal, place into a pan, and top up with milk or water and bring to a simmer.
- When simmering, turn the heat to low, and stir in your peanut butter, your almonds, and your salt.
- Simmer for 2 minutes until soft, and stir in a scoop of whey protein.
- Transfer to a bowl and enjoy.
Protein pancakes are easy to make, they taste great, and you can combine them with all sorts of healthy ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup of powdered oats
- A splash of milk
- A heaped scoop of protein powder
- 1 spoonful of Greek yoghurt
- A drizzle of honey
- Mixed berries
- 1 egg
- In a bowl, combine the powdered oats with the egg, and mix to a thick paste.
- Add a splash of milk so that the mixture is runny, but still thick.
- Add your protein powder, mix well, and add a splash more milk.
- Heat a non-stick skillet, wipe with a little coconut oil, and add your pancakes.
- Heat them on low, and flip them when you see small bubbles appearing.
- Add to a plate, top with a scoop of Greek yoghurt, a drizzle of honey, and a handful of mixed berries.
High Fat Special
For those of you following keto, or who are perhaps rotating your carbohydrate intakes, breakfast may very well be a high fat meal.
By taking away carbs, the fats are not stored as fat at all, they actually fuel the body because fats are the body’s preferred source of energy.
Put simply, the body doesn’t have chance to store them as fat because they are used as energy, making this a fantastic pre-workout meal.
Here’s what you need:
- 3 whole organic eggs
- 150g smoked salmon
- Salt and pepper
- Half an avocado
- A squeeze of lemon
- A sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- A teaspoon of coconut oil
- In a bowl, mix your eggs together and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a non-stick pan, add your coconut oil, pour in your eggs, and heat slowly, folding them into each other to make scrambled eggs.
- Take your smoked salmon, drizzle with lemon juice and black pepper, and place on a plate.
- Take your ripe avocado, remove the flesh, slice it, and place alongside your salmon.
- Just before the eggs are fully cooked, remove from the heat, gently fold, and let the residual heat finish the job.
- Transfer to the place with your salmon and avocado, and sprinkle with a touch of cayenne pepper.
Most people struggle to get any veggies in their breakfast, so this omelette is perfect.
- 2 whole eggs plus one egg white
- Diced onion
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced peppers
- Spring onion
- A handful of fresh spinach
- Salt and pepper
- Coconut oil
- Heat a non-stick frying pan with a touch of coconut oil, and add all of your veggies, all except the spinach.
- Soften them for 3 – 4 minutes on low, add your spinach, let it wilt, and add your eggs.
- Heat gently, fold the mixture into an omelette shape, season both sides, and turn out onto a plate.