Thursday, July 23, 2009

Raising the Bar

As far as breakfasts go, mine can be fairly boring. Now, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy it, just that variety is lacking.

Most mornings I have an energy bar for breakfast. Its the easiest thing for me to have as I can grab it and go if need be, or munch on it while I get the day started around the house.

Plus, at around 210-240 calories, I have some leeway in terms of setting myself up for a positive day with calories. I hate to reach my pm snack with only 600 calories or so to spare because that makes for a light dinner.

For the longest time, I ate the max zone energy bars from Costco but last time there I bought cliff bars and they were quite good. Still gave me plenty of energy and quelled my hunger.
I think my favorite bar though is the snickers marathon energy bar. I don't know why but it seems the only place I find these are in convenience stores. I was in Utah last year and found some in some out of the way place. And recently I got some in Arizona as I stopped somewhere on the way home and came across them.

Maybe I don't look in the right places here but I can't find them. I don't remember the exact moment I had my first one of those but I had an awesome run after eating that. I believe I got a free sample in one of my early races and I got hooked.

Anyway, I've often tried mixing up the breakfast. Usually that's when I'm out of bars. One thing I like is fiber one cereal but its so expensive. That's a good alternative. Plus you knock out so much fiber in one serving that you are set for the rest of the day.

I also like to have fruit sometimes, with yogurt or just by itself.

But I like my energy bars best. Give me a bar and a glass of water and I'm a happy man.


Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

OK, really? I would eat my arm off in hunger if all I ate was an energy bar in the morning. I usually have whole wheat pancakes with fruit and turkey sausage; or a breakfast burrito in a whole wheat tortilla, with scrambled egg whites, cheese, and turkey sausage.

Amanda said...

They actually sit pretty well in your tummy. But once you burn them off it's time to refuel. I can't do cereal anymore, too many calories for not that much food. I do like Kashi go-lean crunch over plain yogurt with some blueberries.