HOW MANY TIMES have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Not to sound like a broken record, but it is. What you eat in the morning sets your energy levels for the day, revs up your metabolism, and fuels muscle growth.
So, what are your best options for the a.m. hours?
With the help of model-turned-chef Candice Kumai, author of Cook Yourself Sexy, we’ve come up with five delicious, protein-packed breakfasts.
Sunny-side up, scrambled, a nice hearty omelet—whatever way you like ’em, eggs are the perfect muscle-friendly food, so make them a morning staple.
“Eggs are full of omega-3s, protein, and amino acids,” Kumai says. And those compounds are crucial for building lean muscle mass. A protein-packed breakfast in the a.m. will not only speed up muscle recovery from yesterday’s workout, but it will also give you energy and prepare your body for the grueling training session you’ve got on tap today. Also: Don’t be afraid of the yolks. New science confirms that they’re good for you after all, despite all those years of unfair vilification.