There are some people out there who just aren’t hungry in the morning – and they tend to find it hard to eat enough to give them energy for their early rides. We’ve got advice for those people here – but at TWC we’ve got to admit that we’re kind of on the other end of the scale.
Whilst some find it hard to muster up the desire to eat in the morning, others find themselves peckish all through the AM, right up until lunch. A healthy appetite is a symptom of an active lifestyle, and if you’ve burned a load of calories on your morning ride then of course you’re going to need to eat up to replace them. However, if you feel you just can’t shake the hunger, there may be another reason you’re reaching for the snack draw.
Here are a few potential causes for your morning hunger that have nothing to do with actually needing calories…
Eat the right breakfast
This is probably the most common cause of needing a second breakfast: the first one didn’t do the job.
Common breakfast choices in the UK include cereal, porridge, and toast – all high carbohydrate choices. Cereal is probably the worst, as more often than not it’s loaded with sugar that spikes you’re insulin levels and leaves you flat an hour later. Porridge is an excellent choice, but it’s best with an added protein source – we’d always make it with milk, and might add some Greek yoghurt and nuts or nut butter for an extra kick. If we’ve been riding hard, a scoop of protein powder thoroughly mixed in wouldn’t go amiss either.
If you’re after staying fullest for longest, the best breakfast we could recommend would be scrambled eggs on toast, with avocado, spinach and tomatoes – that ticks off protein, carbs, good fat and some extra nutrients. Check out Katy Kurd’s Power Brekkie recipe for ideas.