“What the f*** do I eat? I just woke up and I am as hungry as a Dead Head after a 9-hour mushroom trip.”  We get this question all the time at Pongo Power.  Seriously.

Well, you intrepid traveler of the inner cosmos, we will give you some options. The first few are ideal and assume you have 20-30 minutes to prepare a solid meal.  The subsequent options are the bare minimum – you’ve got 5 minutes to throw pants on your legs and food in your belly.

Ideal breakfast #1:
1/4 – 1 cup of steel cut oats
1/2 – 1 cup of berries (of your choice), sliced apple, or banana
1/4 – 1/2 cup of nuts (of your choice).
Of course, if you can, go organic with the oats, fruit, and nuts.
In addition to your Martha-Stewart-looking bowl of oatmeal, I recommend 1-4 eggs (prepared however you prefer).
The amount of eggs, oats, and nuts you use depend on your current bodyweight, body-fat percentage, and goals for the two. **

 

Ideal breakfast #2:

 1-4 slices of Ezekiel bread ***(which is organic sprouted grain bread made with ancient grains) with 1-4 tablespoons of a nut butter
1-4 eggs (spinach omelette? Yes, thank you!) and a side of berries (1/2 cup).
Ideal breakfast #3:
1/2 – 2 cups of quinoa mixed with 1-4 scrambled eggs
1/2 cup of mushrooms
1/2 an onion
1/2 orange/yellow/red bell pepper
Bare Minimum #1:
 Two slices of Ezekiel bread with nut butter or dairy butter (from grass-fed cows) and a protein shake (ideally, grass-fed whey* or pea-derived protein loaded with berries).

Don’t do wheat? Substitute Ezekiel bread with lightly pan-fried sweet potato squares or an organic gluten-free bread***. Rudi’s Bread makes a great Gluten free loaf.

Bare Minimum #2:
 1-4 hard-boiled eggs (boiled in advance), a banana, and a handful of nuts.
Bare Minimum #3:
 1/2-1 cup of Greek/Icelandic yogurt (from grass-fed source) with a 1/2 cup of nuts and a 1/2 cup of fruit.
If you need that starch in the morning, check out our upcoming blog with some oat/sweet potato bar recipes and protein pancakes!
Also nothing wrong with a starch-less breakfast; try the meat and nut breakfast popularized by Charles Poliquin – http://www.strengthsensei.com/the-meat-and-nut-breakfast/
*If you use whey protein, it does not have to be bovine (derived from cow dairy). Studies suggest whey and casein proteins derived from goat’s milk not only have a higher bioavailability than bovine whey and casein but are also less allergenic, rarely causing lactose intolerance due to the different shape of the lactose molecule.
**You can calculate your daily  macronutrient needs (i.e. Fat, Carbohydrates, Protein) by using this calculator
*** Link’s to Organic Sprouted Bread and Organic gluten-free bread companies:
Manna Organic Bakery
Rudi’s Bakery
Food For Life (maker’s of Ezekiel Bread)
Shiloh Farms