Want to eat to perform AND look like you were carved out of stone? If you’re reading this we are under the assumption you are already putting up the iron on a consistent basis (4-6 times/week) but that only part of the equation.
Driven Nutrition™ is a supplement company but our responsibility to educate our consumer doesn’t stop at putting the suggested use on the label. After all they are called supplements for a reason, they should be used to improve and “supplement” an already stellar diet. Let’s take a look at how to use a couple of our favorite products and get your day started with some performance GAINS!
I wouldn’t dare bore you with a lecture on why “breakfast is the most important meal of the day…blah, blah, blah.” What this article is meant to do is drop some science on why you are eating certain foods at certain times of the day, starting with the moment you rise from your beauty sleep (everyone is pretty online). If you are a chef prepare to be uninspired, if you like simple and effective you’re our kind of gal/guy!
The Meal: (Based on 180 lb. active male. Adjusted portions may be needed for you.)
¾ Cups Rolled Oats – Cal 225, Fat 5g, Carb 42g, Protein 8g
¼ cups Blueberries – Cal 21 Fat 0, Carb 4g, Protein 0)
½ Cups Unsweetened Almond Milk – Cal 30, Fat 1g, Carbs 1g, Protein 1g
1 Scoop Driven IsoDrive – Cal 110, Fat -1g, Carb -1g, Protein 24g
¾ Cups egg whites – Cal 60, Fat 0, Carb 1g, Protein 18g
Total- 446 Cal, Fat 7g, Carbs 49g, Protein 50g
Mix the Oats, blueberries, Protein and almond mild in a mason jar the night before. Shake for 1 min and let sit in fridge. *add cinnamon or nutmeg for flavor.
Rolled Oats: You have been fasting all night while at rest and want a good source of carbohydrates to jump start your liver and muscle glycogen stores before you hit the gym. Oats have a low glycemic index and (along with your cinnamon) will help regulate blood sugar while you workout.
Blueberries: Blueberries are packed with antioxidants allowing your body to fight free radicals as you workout. They also have been shown to improve cognitive function, which might be helpful when remembering if you’re on rounds 5 or 6 when you can’t see straight later in your WOD!
Almond milk: Use regular milk if you like but for added antioxidants and guaranteed no stomach discomfort try the almond. We like the unsweetened vanilla!
IsoDrive: When we wake it’s important to immediately increase nitrogen retention and circulating amino acids in your blood stream, muscle food! The fast acting whey protein isolates found in our IsoDrive™ are ideal for this purpose.
Egg Whites: Multiple sources of protein can help sustain circulating amino acids. Egg whites are a medium to slow digesting source of protein and have virtually no fat or carbohydrates.
Omega Drive: Healthy fats are an essential part of the diet. However in the morning we don’t want to slow down the digestion of our proteins and carbohydrates by eating a heavy fat source like almonds or avocados. We find that this is an idea time to take your Omega Drive. They are loaded with joint and heart healthy EPA and DHA, but without the fat grams to go along with it.
Supple Flex: Our supple flex was designed to improve connective tissue but also has anti-inflammatory ingredients as well. If you want to get a jump on inflammation before it starts, try taking these before you workout.
Amino: This goes back to our earlier point of immediately getting some amino acids into the blood stream and feeding those muscles. The BCAA’s in Driven Amino’s can also improve body composition as they help convert fat to energy. To ensure your fully hydrated during these with 24 oz. (a full blender bottle) first thing in the morning.
If you are a morning workout person we suggest getting up in time you can eat this meal at least 45 minutes before you hit the gym. Performance is cool, vomit is not.
There you have it! Our “Breakfast for Performers” that will not only have you ready to crush your workouts but also ready to peel off the winter layers and show off your summer tan in the gym!