Anyone with dreams of one day ending up on the front of a Wheaties box probably shouldn’t start their day by chowing down on flakes, at least according to seasoned strength coach Charles Poliquin.
Poliquin — who has worked with Olympics gold medalists in both the long jump and shotput as well as numerous pro athletes — recommends just two foods for breakfast: meat and nuts.
The protein-rich meal helps with “optimal leanness, energy and sustained mental focus,” and Poliquin says his clients “rave about the increased mental acuity and focused energy they derive from adopting this food combination.”
In a sample week-long breakfast schedule he posted on his Strength Sensei website, Poliquin advises pairings like buffalo meat with macadamia nuts, venison with cashews, gluten-free chicken sausages with pistachios and turkey burgers with almonds.
“The meat allows for a slow and steady rise in blood sugar,” Poliquin wrote in his post. “The nuts provide a great source of healthy smart fats that allows the blood sugar to remain stable for an extended period of time. The meat and nuts breakfast raises both dopamine and acetyl-choline.”
Bon appétit and see you in Tokyo.