A couple of weeks ago when I posted on becoming a morning exerciser, I emphasized in a few different places on the need for preparation in order to ensure your early morning exercise success. The organization the night before really has a huge impact on how well things will go in the morning – or if the exercise will be a go at all! Today I am going to share some breakfast suggestions for things you can make the night before that will be quick and easy in the morning for after your awesome workout!
1) Smoothies – Who doesn’t love a healthy, tasty good morning smoothie? Whether it is green, some awesome flavour, or just thrown together with whatever fruit you have in the fridge, smoothies are a good post-workout breakfast option. You can even add protein powder if you prefer as well as any other superfood powders you have. If you are interested in learning more about superfood powders and which ones would be best suited to your lifestyle and nutritional needs, check out my post here. I put all of the solid ingredients in the blender jar or bullet cup the night before, put it in the fridge and then in the morning, just add my liquid of choice and blend away. I like the bullet when I am making a smoothie for each of us, because I can make it up in two cups, whiz it for a couple of minutes, put on the cover and we are both out the door with a smoothie in hand. I like the green ones best, and I always put greens in the mix, but sometimes I like to mix it up with flavours and try some others, like this blueberry one! No matter what though, getting all the ingredients set the night before is key!
2) Smoothie Bowls – Lately I am all over smoothie bowls. I just can’t get enough. New flavours, new combinations, new ingredients to try, so much goodness! It actually gets me so excited just thinking about it, and I sit at my desk every day and dream about the new flavour I should make. And these are good for lunch too! The night before, just whip up your ingredients in a blender/food processor and put in a bowl, cover and pop in the freezer. Before you leave for your workout, set it out on the counter to thaw. When you come back, just top it with all the things you desire and you’re good to go. Here’s a recipe and directions to get you started!
3) Overnight Oats/Oatmeal – I have only made overnight oats a handful of times. They work great, and are definitely a good quick breakfast option seeing as they are all ready when you wake up. Alternatively though, you can just prep all your oatmeal goodness in a pot the night before, and the next morning, add water and cook. I usually take large flake oats and put them in the food processor so they are smaller and cook faster, then add in some chia seeds, flax, cinnamon and hemp hearts and prepare that all in a pot the night before. In the morning, I add water, banana and some frozen berries and set it to cook. Takes 5-10 minutes and it’s piping hot and delicious. Take a look at this post for some good recipes and how-tos on overnight oats and then experiment with both options and see which one works best for you!
4) Oatmeal bake – This one is great to make in a big batch and have all week long! I will sometimes make this on the weekend in a big dish and then leave it in the fridge. Each morning, you can just cut a piece off, heat it up if you prefer, and then top with fruit, nuts/nut butter, hemp hearts, whatever you like and you’re all set. Here’s a recipe for baked oatmeal that I posted on the blog a couple of months ago, that you can try.
5) Green Juice and Fruit – This is one of my go-to breakfasts when I feel like I need a really great health boost in the morning. I have a juice every day, and then on many mornings, I enjoy a big mid-morning fruit salad. It gets me my fruit servings for the day, and honestly, I love fruit salad. I crave it. For me, this is a win win in every way! And good news: this is a good time to eat fruit. I prepare the juice bowl every night, by cutting everything up and putting it in a bowl in the fridge. In the morning, I just run it through the juicer and I have fresh juice for the go!
6) Protein Bars/Energy Balls – I try to make sure I always have homemade protein bars or energy balls in the house. I make a batch on the weekend and leave them in the fridge to grab all week long. Not only do they make a good quick brekky, with a smoothie or some fruit, but they’re good for the boy when he gets home from work and needs a refuel before dinner. Stay tuned for a protein bar recipe next week and in the meantime, have a look at these energy balls. And as always, experiment with your own flavours and ingredients and see what you come up with! I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!