How do you Fueling Your Early Morning Workouts? I didn’t have to think about it because my fitness class is on Monday evenings at 7 pm and Saturdays at 11am so there’s plenty of time to feel rested and fuel appropriately. The energy in the room is high and everyone seems fully prepared for rotation of crunches, V-sits and planks (or “Ab Alley”) followed by burpees, mountain climbers and my all-time nemesis: push-ups. High intensity interval training takes all you have so afternoon and evening classes are great for me.
When we started our first Wednesday 6 am class a couple months ago, there was something missing…our zip. This team prefers to roll out of bed before the workout – for example, I get up at 5:30 for the 6am class. But doing tabata without having coffee, water, or breakfast feels terrible. I have never, ever been able to get up for a morning workout in my life but I’m committing to this one and I’m doing it. My classmates want to know: what is the best quick and healthy option that time of day so I can power through those squats and get on with my life? Read on for my tips on Fueling Your Early Morning Workout PLUS a gigantic recipe roundup from fellow dietitians from around the country to help you out with fuel ideas.
There are some awesome workout snack posts out there; be sure to check out Stephanie at Grateful Grazer and her pre- and post-workout snacks for fueling fitness as well as Dietitian Debbie Dishes and her 10 Simple and Healthy Workout Snacks for more ideas. But first thing in the morning, I’m thinking a simple protein shake that could be blended in a quick minute or even be made the night before and put in the refrigerator. I have posted a simple recipe for a fast, easy shake, perfect for a very early morning workout on my recipe card below but I also asked some of my creative dietitian friends for their favorite simple smoothies for pre- or post-workout and wanted to list them below for you.
Ultimate Dietitian Breakfast Smoothie Round-up!
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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