Going to the gym early in the morning has plenty of benefits– it helps you mark off the gym from your to-do list instead of procrastinating, it gives you an early dose of feel-good endorphins, and can help you feel more alert and energetic for the rest of the day. But if you wake up early to go to the gym, what should you eat for breakfast?
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It looks fancy, but it will take you less than two minutes to put your greek yogurt, berries, and granola in a cup! It’s a quick breakfast with a bit of protein and natural sugar and carbs to get your body ready to run!
Your body will need the carbs and the protein to power you through a high-intensity workout, so make your oatmeal the way you like it, but add nuts and the nut butter of your choice! This will help to fuel your body throughout your workout and after, and you won’t feel lightheaded or dizzy while pumping iron in the morning!
If you don’t have much of an appetite in the mornings but you KNOW you need to kickstart your metabolism for the day, try having a protein smoothie. It can be as simple (milk, greek yogurt, protein powder, fruit) or as complicated as you want to make it, but get some calories in you! Better yet, start your day with a good dose of protein to make the most of the exercise you’re about to do!
Apples and Peanut Butter
It won’t take you but 2 minutes to put together, but it will stay with you throughout your workout. Slice an apple and top each slice with some peanut butter, raisins, chia seeds, or other chopped seeds or nuts that you like to add to your dishes. This can be eaten on the run, too, if you have room in your gym bag for a food container!
Avocado and Egg Toast
If you boil your eggs ahead of time, this breakfast will take about as long as it takes to toast your bread! Mash your avocado on top of your toast and slice your hardboiled egg on top. You can add salt or pepper, paprika, olive oil, sri racha, or whatever else you’d like on top to boost the flavor level of your breakfast! The healthy fats of avocado, complete protein of the egg, and the healthy carbs in your whole grain toast are the winning combination for a healthy breakfast!
Eggs are always cheap and fast to cook. Throw in a bit of leftover protein from last night’s dinner, any veggies you might like to include, and tada! Full of protein and a great vehicle for other ingredients, omelettes are a great breakfast to get your day started with, especially if you need a protein fix after a workout!
Freezer-Friendly Prepped Breakfasts
You can make tons of options ahead of time and then freeze them, ensuring that you always have something healthy that’s ready to go when you are! Bacon, egg, and broccoli cups made in muffin tins are a great option! Turkey and egg breakfast sandwiches are a classic, and breakfast burritos with your favorite proteins are popular, too! In one sitting, you could easily prepare breakfast for 2 weeks if you take the meal-prepping + freezer route!
What’s your favorite pre- or post- gym breakfast?
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