I found out really early on during my travel that the hardest meal to eat while doing P90X is breakfast. So many places offer the traditional hotel breakfast fare of pastries, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon…all those things that don’t fit in with the low-carb, low-fat, high-protein diet. In Atlanta it was brutal trying to find breakfast. But in Denver, I was staying just off the 16th Street Mall. That meant options! Places that actually served breakfast and had variety and could make it not taste awful. I was excited to say the least. So that first morning, I got myself out of bed, and started walking down the mall, taking in the cool morning and checking out the early morning work crowd. Ultimately I wound up at the Rialto Cafe.
The Rialto Cafe turns out to be the restaurant of the Courtyard by Marriott right on the mall. It had a nice outdoor patio and a lot of seating inside. When I walked in there were not a lot of people (but as I would pass later in the week, the patio was always packed). I took a seat in a booth, ordered coffee and water, and took a look at the menu. Given that I am really focusing on eating right, my options were still limited (but at least I had options). I went for the egg white omelette with a side of fruit. After placing my order, I looked around a little bit. There were a few people definitely having business conversations, and one reading the paper. It was like the perfect downtown breakfast joint, the type of place I would go at least once a week if I worked downtown.
My omelette came out and I breathed a little bit of a sigh of relief. Unlike what I got in Atlanta, this was nice and fluffy and looked like, well an omelette. It was filled with feta, spinach and cherry tomatoes. I dabbed a little Cholula hot sauce on it, and went to town. The egg whites were nice and light, and the spinach wilted just slightly. The tomatoes were fresh and exploded with flavor; the nice acidity and sweetness that you would expect from a tomato. And the fruit was nice and fresh which was definitely appreciated. For those following the P90X Phase 1, this was 1 protein, 1 dairy, 1 vegetable and 1 fruit. Nicely balanced.
After I finished my omelette, I had one more cup of coffee and relaxed for a little bit before heading back to my room where I had a glass of milk with some protein powder (I always try and get two servings of protein in the morning…it’s about the only way I can get enough in the day). It was definitely a good way to start the day. Good food and good service. Really couldn’t ask for much more.