Give this High Energy Breakfast a Try

Blueberry-Banana-Nut-Oatmeal-02_miniIf you’re looking for a quick, nutritious breakfast that will keep you energized throughout the early part of your day then try a bowl of oatmeal. The beauty of this quick breakfast is the variety – in terms of toppings – that you can add on any given day. This morning I added chia seeds, walnuts, sprinkled on some wheat germ and topped it off with blueberries. Other mornings I have added sliced apple, 1/2 banana or strawberries. See benefits of chia seeds here. One cup of oatmeal offers about 4 grams of fiber and is packed with vitamins and minerals – see here for more detail. Give it a try you just may be surprised at how much you like it.

Serving Information (1/2 cup dry) Oatmeal

Total Calories – 150

Carbohydrate – 27 grams

Fiber – 4 grams

Protein – 5 grams

Keep in mind this is for just 1/2 cup – I measured what I ate and it equaled 1 cup so I had to double all the numbers above to get a more accurate representation in terms of caloric intake. I also need to be aware of the extra calories added for toppings as well. Another benefit is the ratio of carbs to protein that I’m getting – a 5:1 ratio – which also makes it ideal an option for pre/post workout fuel. Your body needs plenty of carbs (stored in the form of glycogen) to fuel your muscles and aid with recovery.

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