Exercising is essential for our mind and body. We are always busy and running around, that’s why the early hours of the morning is a great time for taking care of yourself and to exercise. Before a morning workout, it is crucial to eat natural, healthy and nutritious food. You mustn't skip food as your body desperately craves it after fasting all night and you need the energy to have a great workout. Of course, you should take into consideration the length and intensity of your planned workout and be sure to have your meal at least half an hour before your workout! The key word here is balance. If you have too little food or too much, this can result in painful and terrible performances. A perfect pre-workout meal consists of carbs paired with a little protein and fat. This will get you sustained, cover all your amino acids needs and have the energy gradually release with time. Knowing that, what are the best food choices for you in the morning?
One of the best things that you can eat before your early morning workout is fruits. Whether, they are frozen, fresh or dried. They are easy to digest, hydrate your body and are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Eat them on their own or add them as toppings for our other suggestions!
2. Smoothies and Energy Bowls
A great way to eat fruit is in smoothies or in energy bowls. An energy bowl is basically a thicker smoothie made with less water you can eat with a spoon and various toppings. They are amazing because you add some amazing things in them: some greens that you won’t even taste, a bit of protein powder, some superfood like chia seeds and any kinds of nuts you like some healthy fat. Smoothies are especially great as they are quick to make and easy to digest so they won’t hold you down while you workout. They will also keep you hydrated.
Our tip: You can easily pack all the ingredients for your morning smoothie and freeze them in individual bags. Then all you have to do in the morning is to throw them in the blender with some liquid of your choice in the morning.
3. Oatmeal and Granola
Oats should be a staple in your house, they are so good for you, they are rich in fiber and they will keep satisfied for a long time. Oatmeal can be done in many flavors. Add cinnamon, some cocoa or some instant coffee to flavor it and all the toppings you want. Fruits like apples, pears, bananas go well with oatmeals. So does berries. Fresh or frozen. Just throw a few frozen blueberry or raspberry when you oatmeal is almost done and see the magic happen! Nuts and seeds would also be delicious! Homemade Granola and Granola bar is also a fantastic snack and is much easier to make than you would think! You can add the granola to some yogurt or as a topping on your energy bowl for example.
Our tip: Overnight oats are also all the rage now! There are a lot of videos about it on social media and recipes on blogs to help you make them.
4. Homemade Bakes
Homemade bakes like pancakes, waffles or muffins are also amazing choices. Making pancakes or a waffle batter is super easy, it takes a few minutes only, you can make it a few seconds in your blender in the morning or even the night before and leave it in your fridge. The same goes for muffins. They are easy to make and bake, and they will be an easy morning meal for you for a few days. All of those recipes can come in so many flavors and have endless toppings possibilities.
Our tip: You can do a huge batch of it when you have time and freeze them. This way you will always have them on hand in the morning. Try to make them with whole flour if you can.
5. Bread and Other Cereals
Bread, rice cakes, buckwheat or rye crackers, are all decent options if you want to have a super quick snack. All you have to do is add healthy spreads on top of them.
Our tip: Read the labels and give your preference to whole cereals.
Our tip: You can hard boiled eggs in advance and they will keep for a few days. If you decide to couple meat and with bread, why not go for a breakfast burrito or an omelet sandwich you can also prepare ahead and freeze.