Fueling Your Early Morning Workout (Plus the Ultimate Dietitian Smoothie Round Up!)


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. 

Fueling Your Early Morning Workout

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!

Peach Cobbler Smoothie by Dietitian Lindsay L in Ohio

Peach Cobbler Smoothie by Dietitian Lindsay L in Ohio

Berry Green Smoothie by Lindsay in Ohio

Berry Green Smoothie by Lindsay in Ohio

Strawberry Pineapple Green Smoothie by Debbie in Chicago of Dietitian Debbie Dishes

Strawberry Pineapple Green Smoothie by Debbie in Chicago of Dietitian Debbie Dishes

A complete guide to making a smoothie by Dixya Bhattarai of Texas

A complete guide to making a smoothie by Dixya Bhattarai of Texas

Vegan Cherry Chia Smoothie by Dixya Bhattarai of Texas

Vegan Cherry Chia Smoothie by Dixya Bhattarai of Texas

Tangerine Strawberry Creamsicle Smoothie byNatalie Rizzo in NYC

Tangerine Strawberry Creamsicle Smoothie by Natalie Rizzo in NY

Healthy Peanut-butter and Chocolate Shake by Elizabeth Abrahamson in Utah

Healthy Peanut-butter and Chocolate Shake by Elizabeth Abrahamson in Utah

Pumpkin Spice Almond Workout Smoothie by Jessica P of Smart Nutrition

Pumpkin Spice Almond Workout Smoothie by Jessica P of Smart Nutrition

Chocolate Peanut-butter protein Smoothie

Chocolate Peanut-butter protein Smoothie by Jessica P of Smart Nutrition

Peaches ‘n Cream Protein Smoothie

Peaches ‘n Cream Protein Smoothie by Jessica P of Smart Nutrition

Spiced Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie by Jamie Vespa in Florida

Spiced Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie by Jamie Vespa in Florida

Green Energizing Smoothie by Alanna Waldron in New York

Green Energizing Smoothie by Alanna Waldron in New York

 
Red Revitalizer Smoothie by Heather G in North Carolina

Red Revitalizer Smoothie by Heather G in North Carolina

Mango-blackberry Peanut-butter Smoothie by Allison Stevens of Prep Dish: Personal Chef

Mango-blackberry Peanut-butter Smoothie by Allison Stevens of Prep Dish: Personal Chef

Strawberry Flax Smoothie Bowl by Steph Coogan, the Grateful Grazer

Strawberry Flax Smoothie Bowl by Steph Coogan, the Grateful Grazer

 
Super Green Smoothie by Lara in Florida.

Super Green Smoothie by Lara in Florida.

Refreshing Berry Smoothie by Lara in Florida.

Refreshing Berry Smoothie by Lara in Florida.

Orange Pineapple Green Smoothie by Backtothebooknutrition DenaOrange Pineapple Green Smoothie by Backtothebooknutrition Dena

Orange Pineapple Green Smoothie by Backtothebooknutrition Dena

‘I Can’t Believe It’s a Green Smoothie’ Smoothie by Liz Weiss of Meal Makover Moms

‘I Can’t Believe It’s a Green Smoothie’ Smoothie by Liz Weiss of Meal Makover Moms

Blueberry-Banana Smoothie by Marie Dittmer of HealthyIdeasPlace

Blueberry-Banana Smoothie by Marie Dittmer of HealthyIdeasPlace

Cranberry-Orange Fruit Smoothie

Cranberry-Orange Fruit Smoothie by Marie Dittmer of HealthyIdeasPlace

Wild Blueberry and Almond Smoothie with Hemp Seeds by Katie Cavuto of HealthyBites in Philadelphia

Wild Blueberry and Almond Smoothie with Hemp Seeds by Katie Cavuto of HealthyBites in Philadelphia

Cashew Milk & Cocoa-Coconut Tahini Smoothie by McKenzie and Lisa of NourishRds

Cashew Milk & Cocoa-Coconut Tahini Smoothie by McKenzie and Lisa of NourishRds

Strawberry Banana Smoothie by Jennifer Pullman of Nourished Simply in Pennsylvania

Strawberry Banana Smoothie by Jennifer Pullman of Nourished Simply in Pennsylvania

 
Tropical Green Smoothie by Nita of Carrots&Cake

Tropical Green Smoothie by Nita of Carrots&Cake

Blueberry Almond Vegan Protein Shake by Jessa Nowak of In Wealth&Health

Blueberry Almond Vegan Protein Shake by Jessa Nowak of In Wealth&Health

Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie by Amber K in Texas of HomeMadeNutrition

Apple Pie Breakfast Smoothie by Amber K in Texas of HomeMadeNutrition

Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie by E.a. Stewart, the Spicy RD

Spiced Carrot Cake Smoothie by E.a. Stewart, the Spicy RD

 

 

 

 


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