Chocolate-Apple Crunch

Instead of your typical whey and oatmeal breakfast, start the day with this delish shake for the boost you need

November 19, 2012
Chocolate-Apple Crunch

WHEN: Morning or Preworkout

1/2 cup chopped frozen apple
1/2 cup low-fat granola
1 scoop chocolate whey protein isolate
1 cup water

Tip: Preworkout, consider replacing half the whey with soy protein isolate.

>>Whey Isolate
Topping off your morning shake with whey protein isolate is the quickest way to replenish muscle protein and fend off catabolism. Used preworkout, it provides amino acids to build muscle.

Aside from being a good slow-digesting carb, apples are full of antioxidants. They also contain polyphenols, which have been found to increase endurance and strength and even promote fat loss, especially around the midsection.

For all its popularity, granola may be one of the most controversial breakfast foods. The cereal is made from rolled oats and nuts, and is coated with honey. Rolled oats provide fiber, which enhances digestion, and honey provides carbs to restock glycogen levels. So the sugar gives you an instant lift and the complex carbs provide sustained energy.

NUTRITION FACTS: 380 calories, 35 g protein, 55 g carbs, 3 g fat