HealthLifestyleTrainingGet An Egg-cellent Start To The Day

Avatar Linnaea KershawAugust 17, 2010

If I know it’s going to be a big day, I make sure I have a solid breakfast. People always say that it’s the most important meal of the day and that’s true. When you wake up in the morning, you probably haven’t eaten in at least 8 hours. Your glucose stores will be depleted, which are the main energy source of the body. A lot of people tell me, “I’m not hungry,” or “I don’t have time for breakfast,” but it’s one of those things you should probably be making time for, especially if you’re training.

Some consequences of skipped breakfast are short attention span, lack of alertness, longer reaction time, decreased productivity, low blood sugar, even a short temper. This is one of my favorites and one of my dad’s go-to breakfasts.

Broccoli and Bean Omelet

Ingredients:

– One whole egg + one egg white – I used whole eggs and keep the second yolk for something else but you can also use egg whites that come in cartons

– Cheese – I used part-skim mozzarella but use the cheese of your choice

– Veggies or other add-ins of your choice – I did broccoli and black beans but you can put in anything from carrots to zucchini to peppers or tofu

Directions:

  1. In a pan over medium heat, crack eggs and scramble.
  2. Add in veggies, beans and cheese
  3. Cook thoroughly – you can either flip it and keep it omelet-style or break it up for more of a scrambled eggs looking breakfast
  4. Enjoy. I toasted up some bread for a little bit of a carb addition and sliced up an apple to round out my breakfast.

Eggs – Nature’s Little Protein Powerfoods

– Eggs contain iron, which is very important, especially for female athletes. It carries oxygen to the cells.

– They also one of few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D, which strengthens bones and teeth. It might also help protect against certain cancers and auto-immune diseases.

– Eggs are high in selenium, which is an antioxidant to prevent the breakdown of body tissue.

– One egg provides half your daily requirement of choline, an essential nutrient that plays a role in brain function and development.

They are also protein powerhouses. They provide all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot make on its own. Amino acids are the building blocks of all protein and help in the development of muscle.

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