Lately, I’ve been trying to run at least a mile before breakfast in the morning. This is all new to me, since my entire life, I’ve despised running. But, in an attempt to tone my legs before Spring-time dresses/Summer-time bathing suits and to gain more muscle, I have learned to love it. It also gives me TONS of energy throughout the day, which really makes no sense, but whatever works, right?! In order to have enough daylight, I hit the road at about 6:45AM, and get back around 7:10AM. I always eat breakfast after my run, to reload on protein and carbs that where sucked right up on said run. But if I eat nothing before it, I have a very hard time staying awake, plus my stomach is a weirdy and gets upset at the strangest things (Ex., I didn’t eat any ice cream for 1 1/2 years when I was younger because it was death to my belly, but now I eat it just fine, though I enjoy homemade banana ice cream best.)
So, this is what I usually have before a run:
(Half an apple and two Tablespoons of raisins)
Other really great options are:
A mini bagel with a Tablespoon of peanut butter
Greek yogurt and fruit
Nuts and/or dried fruit
Keep in mind that in needs to be light. Just enough to carry you though the run. So keep it between 100-300 calories. Also, give your body at least 15 minutes to digest before heading out. It won’t do you any good if you’ve already ran and come back before it even kicks in!
Also, after my snack, while waiting to go out, I drink half of a 32 ounce bottle of water and prepare my breakfast which is……Dun dun nun nun nun…….A protein shake, yay! :-p I stick it in the freezer until I come back in.
These are my usual recipes:
1-2 cups of water, depending on desired thickness
1 ripe banana
1-2 scoops of vanilla (chocolate would work too) protein powder
Handful of baby spinach
Handful of mixed berries (or whatever kind you have on hand. Strawberries are especially good!)
Pour everything (in the order it was listed) into a blender and blend until completely mixed. Pour into a plastic cup and freeze for 20 minutes.
Peanut Butter Cup:
1 cup milk (your choice. I usually use cow’s, but almond makes it MUCH yummier!)
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 TBSP Peanut Butter
2 tsp Stevia In The Raw
Pour everything (in the order listed) into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into plastic cup and freeze for 20 minutes.
Or, you can go the Undressed Skeleton route, and make a PINK protein shake! (It’s very delicious!
-1/2 Cup Water
-Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
-1/2 Cup Ice
-1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
-4 Large Strawberries
-1/4 of a medium banana
-1 Packet Stevia in the Raw
Same as before, pour everything (in the order listed) into a blender and blend until smooth. But this time, roll the rim of your glass in honey or water and dip in shredded coconut to fancify things a bit. Then, pour shake/smoothie into coconut-garnished glass and drink right then, or place in freezer for 10-20 minutes.
Enjoy your protein shakes!!