During the off season, most athletes are not training 10 to 15 or even more hours a week. We are not putting in those double days and burning calories (carbohydrates) at an obscene speed. The off season is a good time to start cutting back on simple carbohydrates, start eating more clean, whole foods, that keep us nourished and full on less calories.
Try these 5 healthy breakfast ideas for the off season that are lower in carbs, high in fiber and will make sure you keep on track.
1. Southwest Egg Scramble
Saute onion, garlic, black beans and red bell pepper together for about 5 minutes. Add in a chopped tomato, 2 egg and 2 egg whites scrambled. Season with some salt, pepper, cumin and sprinkle in some cheese. Keep stirring until the eggs are cooked all the way through and the cheese has melted.
2. Oatmeal Cinnamon and Raisin Custard
Measure 1/2 cup of quick cooking oatmeal. Place in a bowl with 2 cup of water and 1 egg scrambled. Season with a pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or whatever sweetener you like), 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 1/2 tablespoons of raisins. Place in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Remove and stir.
3. Breakfast Sandwich
Toast a whole grain English muffin. Cook an egg over medium heat (scrambled, fried or poached). Make the sandwich with a slice of Canadian bacon, large slice of a tomato and 1/2 slice of cheese and your egg.
4. Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie
Put 1 cup of frozen mixed berries/ 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt and a splash of orange juice. Puree in a blender until smooth.
5. Tofu and Kale Wrap
Saute onion, tomato, kale until tender. About 5-7 minutes. Add in the tofu and saute for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Place in a whole grain wrap. Optional ingredients: 1 scrambled egg and some cheddar cheese.