There are plenty of benefits to working out early in the morning, but it’s important to remember to fuel your body properly before you hit the gym! The types foods that you eat give your body the energy it needs to excel in your morning workout, but that doesn’t mean they have to be complicated or pricey. Start your day off right with one of these easy, healthy, and delicious options!
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Talk about meal prep! The best thing about these overnight oats is that they don’t require any cook time; just arrange the ingredients the night before and you’ll wake up to a fully prepared and delicious breakfast. This recipe by Minimalist Baker is simple, sweet, and naturally healthy. It has nearly 15g of protein (in addition to the carbohydrates that the oats provide), which will help fuel your muscles for the best strength training sessions.
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This simple breakfast dish is very on trend right now, and we can understand why! With just a handful of ingredients, you can make a satisfying breakfast that will keep you full all day long. Using whole-wheat or multigrain toast will provide you with complex carbs that break down slowly, giving you endurance for a longer workout. Try this recipe from The Bitten Word, and even add an egg on top for some added protein!
Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge
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This delightfully sweet breakfast bowl by Kim’s Cravings is a perfect use for leftovers, and it only takes 10 minutes to whip up! Brown rice is full of fiber that helps your body absorb all of its necessary nutrients for muscle growth and fat loss. Plus, bananas are high in fast-acting carbohydrates that will give you a much-needed boost of energy during your morning workout!
Egg White Omelet
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Eggs are a great source of protein, but the yolk is high in fat that can slow down digestion and should be consumed in moderation. Switch your traditional egg breakfast to the whites only pre-workout to get the nutritional benefits without feeling sluggish. This egg white omelet recipe by Bobby Deen is packed with lean protein and veggies, perfect for before an early morning lifting session.
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And for those mornings when you’re on a time crunch, a fruit smoothie is your best bet for an on-the-go energy boost! This citrus smoothie recipe by Best Health Magazine provides you with lots of energy from natural sugars along with protein and fiber from some hidden veggies.
Enjoy these yummy pre-workout recipes, but don’t forget to wait 30-45 minutes after eating to begin your workout to allow for digestion!