A Personal Trainer & Nutritionist's Best Pre-Workout Breakfasts

A Personal Trainer & Nutritionist's Best Pre-Workout Breakfasts

Popular, Easy, & Energy-Boosting Breakfasts

Breakfast is a favorite meal for many! Not only is it yummy, but it increases your energy by restoring depleted liver glycogen stores from your overnight fast, suppresses your counter-regulatory stress hormones so you feel more calm when you start your day, programs your body to burn energy all day instead of stored energy, and eating breakfast increases cognitive function so you feel on top of it instead of foggy minded.

AKA, breakfast is KING.

But, so many of us are busy which makes the ideal leisurely breakfast during the week less than feasible. To eat breakfast even on the busiest of mornings, here are five ways to start your day:

Overnight oats

Great for: A make-ahead breakfast when you have an early morning at the hospital or an early workout/class. Make ahead the night before and you have instant breakfast on busy mornings.

Recipe: You can make a few ways. A favorite to make it to mix ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup almond milk, ¼ cup full fat Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon chia seeds, vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt. Mix it up, stick it in the fridge and then in the morning top with fruit and nuts or nut butter and you have a healthy breakfast full of wholesome carbs, ample protein, and satiating fats!


A big green smoothie

Great for: When you don’t have an appetite in the morning and can’t think about chewing food. Or if you’re too busy to make or even eat something in the morning. You can even make smoothies the night before and stick them in the fridge so in the morning you can can grab and go!

Recipe: A go-to blend is 1-2 cups of almond milk, 1 scoop plant-based protein powder, 1 cup frozen spinach, 1 frozen banana, and 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter.

Granola bars

Great for: If you're waking up to a workout (on Handstand) or to brunch and need something to hold you over, granola bars made with simple, whole ingredients, quiet hunger without ruining an appetite for a meal later.

Or if you simply haven’t thought about breakfast and need something quick, pair these with a banana and peanut butter for a quick and healthy breakfast!

Avocado toast

Great for: When you're not in the mood for sweet breakfast foods, avocado toast is the way to go. It’s hearty, so satisfying, and full of protein and healthy fats to fill you up. Can also eat for lunch or dinner since it takes 5 minutes to make.

Recipe: Toast up some sprouted grain bread, top with mashed avocado on each slice, fry up two eggs in some coconut oil and add slice tomato. Sprinkle on sea salt and cracked pepper and enjoy!


Hard boiled Eggs

Great For: The complete (breakfast) food with protein and healthy fats to get you satiated. 

Recipe: Boil until it's your favorite turnout. Even do it the night before, peel them, and stick them in your fridge so you don't have to wait much longer!


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