Bodybuilding Breakfast Ideas

5 Easy Morning Meals for Muscle Building and Fat Burning

We’ve all been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although I could argue against that. I do think breakfast is a good opportunity provide the body with much-needed nutrients after fasting all night. It is, after all, the time to “break the fast”.

And those nutrients can set the stage for muscle building and fat burning throughout the day. For that reason, I’m here to share 5 easy bodybuilding breakfast ideas to get you off to a good start.

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The right breakfast option for you depends on your body, goals, and schedule. There is no single best breakfast for everyone. So I’ve put together this list of breakfast ideas that cover a range of scenarios.

And the best part is all of these recipes take less than 15 minutes to make!

1.   Best Bodybuilding Breakfast for Bulking

Bulking season is all about consuming plenty of healthy, calorie dense foods. This creates the calorie surplus needed to gain weight. But more importantly, provides key nutrients needed to fuel intense training sessions and grow big muscles.

Pancakes are a breakfast staple. And this healthy, simple recipe is packed with carbs for energy and protein for growth.

Bulking Bodybuilding Breakfast:

  • 1 cup raw oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 packets sweetener
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Simply mix all the ingredients in a blender. Then pour the batter in a hot skillet and cook like normal pancakes.

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2.   Low-Calorie Bodybuilding Breakfast for Cutting

When the objective is burning fat (aka cutting) I like to use a nutritional strategy called intermittent fasting.  That is not eating, or eating small low carb meals, for a designated period of the day.  Then, the majority of calories are eaten in a shorter period, usually around the workout.

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During this type of meal plan, I stay away from large high carb breakfasts.  Instead, opting for very low carb, low-calorie meals which keep the body in fat burning mode.  Here’s an example of an intermittent fasting bodybuilding breakfast for cutting.

Cutting Bodybuilding Breakfast:

  • 6 oz. green tea mixed with
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil and
  • A dash of black pepper

You’re probably squinting your eyes right now like “where’s the breakfast?!”  But trust me; this is a potent concoction of fat burning nutrients.  In my book that counts as an effective meal.

Although you could argue it’s really not breakfast since I’m not “breaking the fast”.  But that’s the point.  Also, to keep hunger pangs at bay, I drink at least a liter of water with this meal.

3.   High Protein Bodybuilding Breakfast without Eggs

I don’t like eggs.  There’s just something about the metallic taste and sulfury fart smell I can’t bring myself to eat.  I’m sure there are other people who share my aversion to the incredible inedible egg.

Those who are familiar with having to explain to random people why you don’t like eggs.  Worse yet, when you’re a bodybuilder people are like “…you know eggs are a really good source of protein, you should love them!”

It’s exhausting.  To the point I’ve started telling people that I’m allergic to eggs.  That way they just nod and say “oh OK”.  No more annoying follow-up questions.

But I digress.  My point is to provide an alternative breakfast to those bodybuilders who share my eggs-istential crisis.  So here’s a recipe for a high protein bodybuilding breakfast sans eggs.

No Eggs Bodybuilding Breakfast:

  • 1 cup full fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 banana (mashed)

Stir ingredients in a bowl and enjoy like banana cream pudding!  Spread on top of rice cakes for a higher carb option.

Another way to get around a distaste for eggs is to mix egg whites or whole eggs in a shake.  This next recipe is also good when your time is limited.

4.   Easy Bodybuilding Breakfast on the Go

If you’re like me, you have your morning routine choreographed down to the second so you can sleep as late as possible and still get to work on time.

Or maybe you just don’t have much of an appetite in the morning and you want something quick and light that you can carry out the door.

For those not so early birds who still wanna get the worm, here’s a quick and easy shake recipe. It’s packed with healthy nutrients and only takes a couple of minutes to prepare.

On the Go Bodybuilding Breakfast:

Mix ingredients in a blender for 20-30 seconds until smooth. This works best with a small blender like a Nutribullet. I’ve been using one of these for years and it’s great for all sorts of shakes. Click the picture or link to get one on Amazon.

You may have reservations about consuming raw eggs Rocky-style due to the possibility of getting salmonella. I did some research and discovered that only about 1 in 30,000 eggs contain salmonella.

And, even then the likelihood of a healthy person contracting it are low. I figured I’d have to down like 3 million eggs to get sick so I take my chances.

But those odds may not be as good for the elderly, pregnant women, or people with weakened immune systems so it’s best to be cautious.

5.   Bodybuilding Breakfast for Morning Workout

Another time when it can be advantageous to load up on healthy carbs for breakfast is before a morning workout. This meal is an opportunity to provide your body with energy to fuel intense training. As well as supply the nutrients which will set the stage for muscle growth after the workout.

My go-to pre-workout meal is Proats. Or protein powder mixed with oatmeal.

This is a super simple recipe which is also very nutrient dense. Your ingredient amounts will vary depending on your specific body type, but here’s an example.

Morning Workout Bodybuilding Breakfast:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Put the ingredients in a microwave-safe container and then add enough water to cover. Microwave on high for 90-120 seconds, then stir and let cool.

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