Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it’s even more crucial if you’re fitting in a morning workout. Whether you’re getting a relaxed start before hitting the gym on the weekends, or sweating it out on the treadmill before work, we’ve got a range of breakfast ideas to fill you up and help you maximize your early exercise routine.
You already know that eggs are full of protein, but Eggland’s Best eggs have 10 times the Vitamin E, double the omega-3 fatty acids, and are a good source of B Vitamins compared to ordinary eggs. Use them in an omelet with veggies and cheese. Hard boil them to eat on the go or slice up with avocado on whole grain toast. Make a frittata over the weekend that can be sliced up for days to follow. They’re your easiest and most versatile breakfast option.
Smoothies are both filling and make a great low-acid alternative to orange juice, which will be easier on your tummy after a hard workout. Instead of dairy, use frozen bananas as a base; they have electrolytes and help keep you hydrated. You can also add a teaspoon of peanut butter for protein and flavor, and make up the rest of the smoothie with berries, peaches, or greens such as spinach and kale (trust us!).
Deliciously sour, low in fat (or fat free), and packed with protein, Greek yogurt is a great grab-and-go breakfast. Bulk it up with some fresh, seasonal fruit, top it with some high-fiber muesli or granola, or if you’re really craving something sweet, add a touch of agave or no-sugar-added jam.
Warm and hearty, oatmeal has lots of protein and fiber, can help lower bad cholesterol, and will keep you feeling full all through your workout. It’s also not super appealing on a sticky summer day. But bake some oatmeal in the oven for 15 minutes and then throw it the blender with your smoothie, and you’ll get all of the antioxidants, sustaining nutrients, and a nice toasty flavor to accompany the fruit.
Carbo-loading is okay when you’re preparing for an intense cardio workout. Endurance runners and swimmers in particular will benefit from a carbohydrate-fueled energy boost. To help avoid a crash, use whole grains when making pancakes, waffles, or French toast, to pack in more complex carbohydrates than with white flour. And instead of reaching for the maple syrup, choose fresh seasonal berries for a sweet topping.