If you are an early bird like me, then you prefer to exercise in the morning when you feel the most energized.
Your whole life you’ve heard people tell you “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and they were right! It is never a good idea to skip breakfast, before working out or even just starting your day, so make sure to have a protein and carbohydrate packed breakfast to get all the energy you’ll need for an early workout. If you want to have an effective morning workout, make sure to check out these 6 awesome pre-workout snacks.
1. Banana Almond Butter Toast
Not eating before a workout can result in low blood sugar, resulting in fatigue. To maximize your morning exercise routine, try to eat 30 minutes to an hour before your regular daily training. This quick and delicious recipe is exactly what you need: add almond butter and half of a banana, already sliced, to whole wheat toast (I like to top mine off with a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra flavor profile) for a
But, How Is This Good for You?
Only taking a couple minutes to prepare, this recipe will not disappoint. Bananas are packed with potassium and will help keep your nutrient levels high while almond butter is an excellent source of protein. The whole wheat toast (when made with 100 percent whole grain flour) will provide your body with the necessary carbohydrates that you’ll need during a workout while cinnamon is a natural metabolism booster. How can you go wrong with this pre-workout.
2. Protein Almond Butter Cups
Calling all former Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup addicts! Now, of course, this recipe is different than the sugar-filled cups you used to splurge yourself in, but these will leave you happier than those ‘guilty’ treats ever did. Different meaning, healthy with no regret afterwards—that’s a win-win scenario in my
But, How Is This So?
Being gluten-free, lactose-free, and refined sugar-free, this sweet snack will curb your ‘naughty’ cravings while also helping to keep your lean muscles happy as well! With ingredients including vanilla protein powder, natural almond butter, raw honey, and coconut oil, this nutrient dense snack is perfect for your next morning workout.
3. Apple Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins
Do you have a busy morning planned and don’t have time to prepare a morning snack while on the go?
Well, no worries here! Make these delicious muffins the night before, and you will sure to be happy to eat these grab-and- go muffins as your pre-workout morning snack.
Are Muffins Healthy?
These muffins are! (Substitute regular flour with whole wheat or almond flour to help bring up the healthy points in these little snacks. Also, sub honey for the brown sugar.) Oil-free, packed with fibre and protein, and deliciously tasty from the apples, oats, and yogurt will have your tummy and taste buds jumping for joy!
Yes, I said it! This yummy ‘dessert’ inspired recipe is great for your morning pre-workout training. Made with 2 chilled bananas, one can of coconut cream, ½ cup of coconut oil, ½ cup of Carob (or cocoa) powder, and raw honey this recipe is a simple and easy way to control your sweet tooth in the morning.
Just like any other dessert, these banana ‘’Un-Oreos’’ recipe can be addicting, so just a couple is perfect for the energy boost you’ll need in the morning.
5. No-Bake Banana Nut Protein Bars
Keeping vegans and meat-lovers happy with the same snack is often very hard to find. Well, that is until you try this amazing pre-workout morning snack! This vegan banana bread snack bar will keep you fuller, longer; which is what we all need during a workout. With nutrient crammed ingredients like dates (a great source of energy, vitamins, and fibre), banana, walnuts, protein powder, and cinnamon, finding a quick snack in the morning is as easy as running to your freezer or refrigerator!
6. Smoked Salmon with Toast
If you prefer something more savory for your morning snack, this blend of complex carbs and protein is a perfect fit for your morning routine. 2 pieces of whole wheat toast, 1 tablespoon of low-fat cream cheese, 2 ounces of smoked salmon, and 2 slices of tomato is the perfect combination to fill you up and give you long-lasting energy.
What Makes This Snack Healthy?
Well, like I said before, whole wheat toast provides your body with good carbohydrates. Salmon is rich in protein and omega 3 fatty acids that help boosts your metabolism, protect the cartilage of your joints, control inflammation in the gut, and improve your cognitive functions and insulin effectiveness. Tomatoes are a great source of antioxidants and nutrients, so you can’t go wrong with adding a couple slices to this easy to make recipe. Being a good source of calcium and protein, 1 tablespoon of low-fat cream cheese is all you’ll need in this process.
With these 6 incredibly delicious morning pre-workout snacks, you will never have to think about skipping breakfast ever again! It’s time to kick-start your day with a boom and keep your energy levels high while indulging in these protein and carbohydrate filled recipes. Enjoy!