Breakfast, Times Two

18 Mar

After significantly stepping up my workouts a couple of months ago, I was complaining to my  trainer that no matter how hard I worked out, I wasn’t seeing the muscle tone that I wanted.

“Well, what are you eating?” She asked me. Before I could even get to the lunch menu, she gave me a chilling look that made it clear something I was doing was wrong. Apparently, waiting to eat my first meal of the day until several hours after my morning workout was a serious no-no. While breakfast is my fave meal of the day and never, ever skipped, I’m an early bird and am usually working out by 5 or 6am, so breakfast at 8 or 9 always seemed reasonable.


Per her suggestion, I began eating both before and after hitting the gym or going on a run. Guess what? It totally helped make the difference I was looking for. As in, I started getting compliments on my muscle tone within a couple of weeks.

Soooo….now I’m a real psycho about eating before I work out, even if it’s at 4:30am. Nothing crazy, just a lil somethin’ to get the metabolism fired up and fuel my workouts.

Oatmeal is my go-to: While I go in and out of liking hot oatmeal, overnight oats are always my jam. I throw them together right before bed and put it in the fridge so it’s ready to go – no excuses to skip eating that early. My favorite version is a small mason jar with a quarter cup of oats (sounds like not a lot but it like, doubles, overnight), about a half cup of unsweetened almond milk, a quarter of a banana, sliced strawberries or some smashed black/blueberries, and a light sprinkle of hemp of chia seeds.

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Now that we’ve covered pre-workout, let’s talk post-workout. It’s totally, completely important to get some protein in within about a half hour of finishing your sweat sesh, in order for the muscles to repair themselves.  I used to be super lazy about consuming protein after workouts, but now I totally have a nervous breakdown if I don’t have something onhand. If I don’t have time to make some eggs and veggies, my second fave is simple: a scoop of flavorless protein powder, a tablespoon of cocoa powder, a half cup of frozen cherries, a cup of unsweetened almond milk and some ice thrown in the blender. Tastes like a milkshake, and can be drank from a wine glass.

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It’s a win-win situation if I don’t say so myself.




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