Conflicted on what to eat before you workout in the morning? You are not alone. Our team varies from having a nutrient-dense mini snack to feasting on carbs like a king ! One thing for sure is that we always include our Spartan Whey Protein Powders in our meals so we can rebuild and repair our muscles. Everyone has their own method to their madness based on their unique body type and lifestyle. Regardless of your approach, this post is going to outline the protein-packed meals you should be having before your workout, if you choose to munch beforehand.
A Banana and Protein Peanut Butter
Your muscles use sugar in the form of glucose for fuel so you can run the miles, do the sprints, and lift the weights. Our team is not #keto, therefore we all rely on some form of carbohydrates to keep us energized and clear headed. Even though we all have different dietary preferences, we all can enjoy a banana with peanut butter because of the boost of energy from complex carbohydrates paired with a source of healthy fats. Not just plain peanut butter however, we love to mix ½ of a scoop of our whey protein powder with the super runny natural peanut butter to give it a protein boost. There are so many interesting and tasty nut butters today that we recommend you try mixing our whey protein powders with: almond, cashew, pistachio and walnut butters so you never get bored! (Our Favorites are Chocolate Ice Cream Whey Protein & Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Cups Whey Protein & Almond Butter!)
Eating oatmeal is the best possible pre-workout meal for when you want long, sustained endurance. Oatmeal has a slow-burn effect for when you want to feel satisfied for hours on end (because who likes to workout with a rumbling stomach?) It is also a great staple to have in your home as it is cheap and versatile, as the main ingredient for homemade granola bars and overnight oats. Oatmeal is a whole grain and will keep your blood sugar stable during your workout so you can feel your best ! (Pro Tip: Take a mason jar and mix ½ cup of milk of choice, ½ of oats, and 1 scoop of whey protein powder) Enjoy in the morning for a protein filled meal.
Whey Protein Smoothie
Protein smoothies are easy-to-make and allow you to enjoy your favorite fruits and vegetables in a fun way. They encourage you to get healthy by allowing you to control everything you put in them. However, it is essential to use a protein powder formulated to power your workouts instead of going protein-less and feeling unsatisfied. Using Spartan Whey, is an easy way to meet your macros and stay full with 25 g of protein and less than 1 gram of sugar. Our favorite pre-workout smoothie is 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, ½ of a frozen banana, and 2 handfuls of mixed berries with 1 scoop of our Fruity Cereal Spartan Whey.
We know how important starting your day off right is and we support your mission to eat a high-protein diet as it is beneficial for weight loss, increases muscle mass and strength, and increases fat-burning. Your breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day and with these quick and easy meals you will be able to nourish your body and keep your hunger levels under control.