early morning workouts: why eating before + after is a MUST

morning workout
morning workout

For those of you that workout in the early morning hours, well before you would normally have breakfast, it is important to remember that you MUST put something in your body before that workout! Not hungry? Consider this: When you wake up, your body is in fasting mode - often having gone without food for 6 hours or more. Even if it's only a liquid, adding some form of nutrients or electrolytes to your body, will maximize your efforts and keep you from feeling like you're running empty. If you do not do this, your body will assume that it is starving and consequentially force itself to retain fat. Exercise all you want, it will not let any of that fat go! Now there is no need to go overboard. A continental style meal is not what we have in mind. Instead jump start your metabolism with a small snack pre workout and complete your morning routine with a healthy breakfast at the end of your a.m. session!

Before your workout, choose ONE:

toast almond butter
toast almond butter

1/2 cup of yogurt

1 cup of coconut water

1 cup water mixed with a scoop of greens

1/2 of a Kind Bar

2 whole wheat crackers with almond butter

1/2 slice of whole wheat toast with jam or almond butter

After your workout, choose ONE:

steel cut oats
steel cut oats

1 cup of oat bran or oatmeal with some raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon. Add maple syrup for a little sweet.

A veggie scramble: 2 eggs, some avocado, tomato, basil or what you like on top!

Shakeology!

Open-face egg sandwich: Spread avocado on 1 slice of Ezekiel toast, add a touch of goat cheese, add a fried egg on top)

Banana pancakes: 1 banana, two eggs, flax seed, cinnamon (mixed together, this will make the batter.)

1 cup of yogurt with fresh berries and walnuts, add a slice of Ezekiel toast with almond butter on the side

Steel cut oats with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a tbsp of maple syrup

Grated sweet potatoes (grate sweet potato or yam, sauté in skillet with some olive oil), 1 hard boiled or fried egg, with a few berries on the side!

2 hard boiled eggs, take out yoke and add hummus to the middle, add a side of 1 slice of Ezekiel toast with almond butter.