Although you primarily want your breakfast to fuel your daily fitness regime, it’s got to taste good too. It’s what kick-starts your day, so shovelling down oats with water isn’t going to put you in the best mood.
So if your same-same-but-different brekkie needs a shake-up, then let these members of the Men’s Health team inspire you with how they make the first meal of the day work for them.
From hitting macros to fuelling ahead of a lunchtime workout or just snatching a bite before settling down to day’s work, one thing rings true for them all: that eating well doesn’t have to be complicated. And if breakfast isn’t usually for you, maybe we can sway you…
Jamie Carson, Branded Content Editor
“It’s taken me a while to figure out a breakfast routine to fuel my daily workout, which is usually on my lunch break during the winter months. Yogurt on its own didn’t fill the hole and porridge bored me. So I combined the two for something more exciting.
“I mix overnight oats with equal parts Arla Skyr yogurt and milk. That’s become my go-to because it’s packed full of nutrients, it’s filling and it’s ready to go when I roll out of bed, so I don’t have to blearily mix together a shedload of ingredients as I’m still waking up.
“Arla Skyr yogurt is a great base for healthy overnight oats, as it’s fat-free and high in protein. It also gives oats a satisfying thickness, as just using milk on its own was making them slightly runny.
“I throw the kitchen sink at my overnight oats when it comes to extras. Currently my mix contains chia and pumpkin seeds, almonds, blueberries, peanut butter and a half scoop of whey for extra protein. However, I change these up all the time to keep things interesting.”
Robert Hicks, Executive Editor
“I try to keep it simple: straightforward, tasty food that satisfies me and hits my macronutrients, should I be training. For me, you can’t beat a cup of coffee and a couple of eggs on buttery toast.
“If I’m feeling a little fancy, or if I have more time, I’ll add avocado with sea salt and lime and perhaps a few tomatoes. If I break the yoke in the pan it’s going straight in the bin and I’m starting again. I can’t be dealing with such failure so early in the morning.
“As someone who likes to work out, it’s important that I get enough protein into my body over the course of 24 hours to help rebuild damaged muscle tissue and regenerate depleted energy stores.”
Ed Cooper, Deputy Digital Editor
“Despite WFH, my breakfast often becomes the first victim of a rushed morning. After my morning walk, I’m online almost immediately for work so breakfast needs to be quick, and healthy. If I skip it, I can’t concentrate. If I take too long with it, I’m late to meetings.
“Right now, my go-to breakfast is a rapid berry, banana and peanut butter smoothie with protein powder. I’ll usually chuck in a handful of oats too, with a glug of milk and a squeeze of honey, and blast it all together. If I want it thicker than usual, I’ll add some Arla Skyr yogurt to bulk it out as it has a deliciously thick consistency.
“I don’t log calories or track macros, but I have a trained eye for portion size – I use fistfuls, pinches and squirts rather than grams or ounces – and knowing what my body responds to. Trying different ingredients and exploring new ways of making old favourites helps keep things from getting boring.”
Joy Ejaria, Social and Content Manager
“Whether I have training goals or not, breakfast is the foundation that sets up the rest of the day’s meals. I also find that I’m more of a pleasant person to be around when I’ve had something to eat at the start of the day.
“Prior to lockdown, breakfast used to be on the go, or when I arrived at the office. Now, if it’s not a filling and warming porridge (my winter go-to), then it’s granola and Arla Skyr yogurt with some fruit – a super-speedy, all-natural breakfast. Arla Skyr is thicker in texture as well as high in protein, so I feel fuller for longer and find I’m less likely to snack through the day.
“I like to play around and experiment with toppings and extra ingredients. Peanut butter is my weakness, and a handful of fruit means I can hit the ground running on my five-a-day.”
Make breakfast work for you and find a combo you love – healthy can be simple, with Arla Skyr yogurt with no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners
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